Come Meet Our 108-Year-Old Founder

By Sarah Zimmerman

Feb 23, 2016

Bronze Statue of Paul Petzoldt

At NOLS, we have a tradition of celebrating our history. To honor and commemorate the leadership of our founder, Paul Petzoldt, colleagues, longtime friends, and NOLS faculty and staff gathered to dedicate a “bronze Paul” at our headquarters in Lander, Wyoming.

Now, he will forever welcome visitors and remind them of the lessons he taught and that we continue to teach about the power of wild places and the strong bonds built within them.

Some interesting facts about the bronze:

  • It was cast in 17 sections that were individually fitted, welded, shaped, and finished to make the completed, seamless figure.
  • Inside Paul, you’ll find 15 feet of structural steel which ties the bronze artwork and the steel substructure together to anchor the monument to its concrete pad.
  • When completed for installation, the piece weighed in at 393 pounds, the equivalent of 15,720 malted milk balls (a student favorite).

If you weren’t able to make it to the dedication, watch what we captured from the experience here:


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Sarah Zimmerman

Sarah Zimmerman works through words, images, events, and the outdoors. She has experience as a kayak instructor and an agency coordinator, and she loves to combine her passion for nature with her strategic marketing and PR skills. Sarah strives to create and share engaging, useful content while bringing people together for worthy causes.

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