John Gookin Receives Paul K. Petzoldt Award

Posted by: Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 2/22/10 2:37 AM

4370967718_ffa09e5a1c_mAt this past weekend's National Conference on Outdoor Leadership in Estes Park, Colorado, our very own Curriculum & Research Manager John Gookin was honored with the Paul K. Petzoldt Award. Conference co-host Wilderness Education Association recognized John for his significant contributions to the field of outdoor leadership.

With this award, John joins the ranks of an elite group of 23 outdoor juggernauts, including the revered Glen Exum, Yvon Chouinard, Phil Powers, Tap Tapley, and Bill McKibben.

Drew Leemon, NOLS Director of Risk Management, couldn't have put it better - “John is a dedicated educator has passionately provided leadership to legions of NOLS instructors and students for embracing experiential education. John doesn’t give you the answers, he gives you the tools to find them yourself and to be a life long learner. This award is a fabulous recognition of John’s talent, experience, dedication and expertise.”

John has more than 250 weeks in the field as a NOLS instructor (he started in 1981) and has been the "father" of the NOLS curriculum for 21 years. We are psyched and honored that John is part of the NOLS family!

Aparna is a NOLS instructor and has been the PR and Marketing Intern, PR specialist, and the Diversity & Inclusion manager at NOLS. She is a founding partner of The Avarna Group (