Lessons & Training

Survival Skills Course and Training

All backcountry recreation enthusiasts risk getting lost or stranded for a short time in the outdoors. NOC’s wilderness survival classes teach you how to survive--and even thrive--in such situations. With a diverse group of instructors ranging from international expedition team leaders, to biology teachers and primitive skills instructors, NOC’s elite team offers the best in survival learning. NOC instructors lead you in fun survival and primitive skills exercises here in the Nantahala National Forest, showing you how to work with nature and its resources to survive.

Outdoor School Courses

Wilderness Survival 1

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $185 (must have a minimum of 4 students otherwise cost is $110 per day)

Dates: April 30 - May 1, May 14 - 15, July 30 - 31, August 20 - 21, October 1-2

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to survive the critical first 72-hours in this 2-day course. Instructors will guide you through 6 essential concepts. Learn More

Backcountry Survival Instructor Training

Duration: 5 Days

Price Per Person: $400

Dates: June 6-10, September 19-23

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to organize, lead and teach wilderness skills in this 5-day course. Ideal for outdoor program professionals. Learn More

Wilderness Survival Skills & Custom Programs

Duration: Available in half-day, full-day, or multi-day programs

Price Per Person: Half-day $60, Full-day $110, Two-day $185 (must have a minimum of 4 students otherwise cost is $110 per day)

Dates: Call for availability

Location: Bryson City, NC

Tailor a Wilderness Survival Course to fit your needs. Learn about fire starting, natural shelters and more. Learn More