New Courses for Summer 2017

Posted by: Molly Herber on 2/21/17 9:50 AM

When we decide to create a new course, it comes from a combination of our faculty’s passion for the area and constant desire for growth, and from what students say they want to see more of.

So, here’s a peek at the new courses you can take starting the summer of 2017. You can focus on service learning, explore the far north of Norway, or walk through the heart of Alaska’s Talkeetna Range.

Take a look and see for yourself:

Wind River Service Expedition

Wind River Service Expedition

Photo by Katrina Panasuk.

"NOLS has had a long-standing interest in having students engage in service projects on our courses. This course takes that a step further by making service a key focus of the course itself. It is a goal of all NOLS courses to foster a sense of stewardship for public lands amongst our students. Working on a landscape is a great way to help people achieve that goal."

—NOLS Rocky Mountain Assistant Director Andy Blair

Alaska Backpacking - Prime

Alaska Backpacking - Prime

Photo by Eric Page.

“This is a fly-in and hike-out route—that means you'll fly into the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains and get a good look at where you'll be hiking during your course. Students often say that getting re-rationed by our iconic bush pilot, Mike Meekin, is one of the highlights of their course, because he tells stories about the area’s history and unique geology and flies low to point out wildlife on the way.”

Ashley Wise, NOLS Alaska Program Manager

Scandinavia Sea Kayaking - Prime

Scandinavia Sea Kayaking - Prime

Photo by Lydia Daniels

“In Scandinavia, the Right of Public Access is part of the culture, so there is a strong sense that the land is for everybody and we need to take care of it for everybody.”

– NOLS Scandinavia Program Manager Maija Pukkila

Find more courses here.

Molly loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming.