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It’s what we do! Education Without Walls is the prosocial outdoor experiential education program that provides long-term academic and life skill guidance for motivated teens with financial needs. 

Educate. Empower. Engage.

Give a motivated teen the opportunity to backpack for two weeks in the summer and receive ongoing support to reach personal and academic goals throughout the school year. 

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Learning achieved through Education Without Walls may be eligible for high school credits through Blueprint Education, an accredited distance learning school for grades seven through 12 with the mission of inspiring students to make better choices and be champions of their own learning. 

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Education Without Walls is a prosocial outdoor education and mentorship program that provides academic and life skills guidance for motivated teens with financial needs. By merging meaningful outdoor adventures with ongoing mentorship we help aspiring students achieve their academic and personal goals.

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beyond the classroom

Watch as EducationNC, an award-winning journalism and public policy research organization, goes behind the scenes on a recent Education Without Walls expedition.

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Education Without Walls is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization established by The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) in order to provide scholarships for motivated students in financial need.

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Using the wilderness as a classroom offers an exceptional learning environment — one where instructors foster curiosity, students apply critical thinking, and amazing memories are constructed and not soon forgotten.

courses

Using the wilderness as a classroom offers an exceptional learning environment — one where instructors foster curiosity, students apply critical thinking, and amazing memories are constructed and not soon forgotten.

scholarships

Education Without Walls is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization established by The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) in order to provide scholarships for motivated students in financial need.

beyond the classroom

Watch as EducationNC, an award-winning journalism and public policy research organization, goes behind the scenes on a recent Education Without Walls expedition.

beyond the classroom

Watch as EducationNC, an award-winning journalism and public policy research organization, goes behind the scenes on a recent Education Without Walls expedition.

scholarships

Education Without Walls is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization established by The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) in order to provide scholarships for motivated students in financial need.

courses

Using the wilderness as a classroom offers an exceptional learning environment — one where instructors foster curiosity, students apply critical thinking, and amazing memories are constructed and not soon forgotten.

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Many of our students return year after year with 47% coming back for a second expedition. One student has even accumulated over 6 months of backcountry travel with Education Without Walls.

Each of our students hiked 63 miles on trails in 2018, while learning leadership skills and reflecting upon their own civic and environmental impact.

In 2018, our students participated in 42 days and nights of outdoor expeditions, supported by 365 days of mentorship.

These ambitious go getters are a force to be reckoned with. Our students are actively seeking change. When asked what it is they want to get out of Education Without Walls, many students say they want to do better in school, meet new friends, explore outside, feel more confident, and learn new things. Our students are excited to climb tall rocks, paddle rivers, hike down into valleys and surf fun waves. Unfortunately access to Wilderness and year-round academic support isn’t inherently part of their experience. We change all of that, because unfair disadvantages don’t have to be part of determining one’s future, nor should they dampen our students’ adventurous spirits.

our students rock!

"Hiking through the Pisgah National Forest while learning about Leave No Trace, wilderness travel, and myself, gave me a new appreciation for wilderness and a growing passion for environmental conservation.
 My experience has changed my outlook on life and influenced my focus of study in college. Because of this trip, I have decided to major in Environmental Studies at UNC Asheville. I want to enroll in more courses and maybe even be an instructor."

-Sabrey Franks, student

"This was one of the greatest experiences of my life! It helped me to grow emotionally and taught me skills that I am able to transfer into my everyday life. I am truly grateful and lucky to have been a part of this program. The wilderness adventures I experienced, including backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking and surfing, were ones I’ll never forget. The instructors were teachers, friends and role models and along with the other students on my course, I felt I’ve made a family for life!"

-Joaly Canseco, student

"My daughter Ana’s experience has served as 
a positive launching pad for how she now chooses to approach her life. I am so impressed and so very thankful for the experience she had on her course."

-Michelle Dickens, parent

"The best thing about the expeditions is the Summits. It’s a place where I was able to be me and wasn’t judged. I was somebody. I expressed a side that never gets to come out. In the end, no matter how challenging it was, I would turn around and do the whole thing again."

-Nyasia King, student

"I am grateful to have been a part of this program. I’ll never forget the wilderness adventures I got to participate in, including backpacking & mountaineering, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking and surfing. It has helped me to grow emotionally and I had a lot fun while doing it."

-Cam Nau, student

-Nyasia King, student

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Do you currently receive free or reduced school lunches? Then you’re likely already qualified for a full scholarship. Other students may apply for a partial scholarship.

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Education Without Walls offers full and partial scholarships to motived teens with financial needs.

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Do you want to explore the backcountry, make new friends, be active, challenge yourself, learn new things, and be part of something that’s larger than yourself? We can help!

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