the Little Popo Agie River that flows through the largely federally protected
Red Canyon near Lander, Wyo. is the new NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus,
dedicated Oct. 12. This week, the campus will welcome its first Wilderness EMT
Of the 243 acres
NOLS acquired for NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute courses, the Wyss Campus only impacts a small portion. NOLS’ decision to
leave most of the property undeveloped assists in the conservation of valuable
wildlife habitat within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The campus itself is comprised of seven structures—five
student cabins, the main educational facility, and a caretaker
residence—totaling almost 20,000 square feet. The multi-functional facility
includes residential capacity for 32 students, and the main building holds an
additional 30 day-users in the classroom and main dining area.
Lindsay D'Addato photo
The campus boasts highly efficient building and
energy-usage technologies that will be used to educate all users on their
NOLS parent Hansjörg Wyss, the lead donor for the campus,
addressed the crowd of about 130 that attended the Oct. 12 dedication,
declaring his appreciation of NOLS and the Wyoming landscape.
As of this week, Wilderness EMT students will be afforded
the chance to appreciate the same landscape, coupled with an unrivaled WMI