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

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $220

Dates: April-October, 2021

Location: Bryson City, NC

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

Wilderness Travel and Navigation

Duration: 2 Days

Price Per Person: $220

Dates: July 24-25, 2021
August 21-22, 2021
October 16-17, 2021

Location: Bryson City, NC

Learn to manage your situation after the 72-hour survival window is over. Instructors teach survival, primitive skills, and navigation. Learn More

Wilderness Survival Instructor Training

Duration: 5 Days

Price Per Person: $550

Dates: June 6-10, 2020
Sep 12-16, 2020

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: Full Day starting at $200
Half Day starting at $125
(Multi-Person Discounts Available)

Dates: Call for availability

Location: Bryson City, NC

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