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Bruce Palmer

Bruce Palmer
Bruce Palmer served as the NOLS admission and marketing director from 1996 to 2018.

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NOLS "Caps Off" Cole Gude's H.S. Years, Launches College Career

By Bruce Palmer on Jun 5, 2009

East Lansing High School's Cole Gude showed his Gap Year intentions recently when he displayed his NOLS colors at graduation.

Congratulations, Cole. See you in September for your Fall Semester in the Rockies.
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Topics: Expedition Prep

The Time of Year When Parents Thoughts Turn To...

By Bruce Palmer on May 3, 2009

As I have been traveling over the past few months speaking with students and families about taking a NOLS course quite a few have mentioned that they read a blog entry I made a few years ago when my son, Clay, was on his Wind River Wilderness course. A few have mentioned that it gave voice to some of their concerns as they get their child ready to head off for thirty days with NOLS. Read the entry. Maybe you'll find it helpful, too.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Nature Deficit Disorder

By Bruce Palmer on Dec 18, 2008

A recent Plenty Magazine column on the health benefits of outdoor play and experience references Stephen Kellert's research on NOLS and other outdoor programs. Explore published research about NOLS and outdoor education here.

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Topics: Louv, NOLS, Educators Notebook, Plenty, Nature Deficit Disorder, Kellert

Minturn will forgo his senior year |

By Bruce Palmer on Feb 19, 2008

Link: Minturn will forgo his senior year |

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Wind River Mountaineering Course - NOLS Trip Report

By Bruce Palmer on Nov 6, 2007

Link: Wind River Mountaineering Course - NOLS Trip Report.
Today NOLS grad, Louie Dawson posted a guest blog about his NOLS course on the Lou Dawson's Backcountry Skiing Blog. Check it out!

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Topics: NOLS mountaineering ski mountaineering Wind River, Expedition Prep

NOLS Grad is Time Magazine's Picture of the Week

By Bruce Palmer on Nov 5, 2007

Link: Pictures of the Week - TIME.

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Topics: NOLS NASA International Space Station, Live the Dream

Two-time NOLS grad is selected for Fulbright

By Bruce Palmer on Oct 29, 2007

Link: MSU filmmaking students win Fulbright Scholarships.

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Topics: Fulbright Fulbright Scholarship NOLS film Iceland, Live the Dream

Live from Banf-f

By Bruce Palmer on Oct 24, 2007

In just a few hours this year's Wilderness Risk Management Conference
kicks off at the Banff Mountain Centre (that's Canadian for center!). Of course a lot of folks have actually been here for quite a while. The NOLS Pro gang are in charge of the conference logistics and came up on Sunday to make sure everything was in place for this years conference.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

A Star is Born!

By Bruce Palmer on Oct 13, 2007

Lara McCluskey made her fashion show debut in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. No runway model, Lara tested out rock climbing pants while bouldering in Lander's near-by Sinks Canyon.

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Topics: bouldering, Sinks Canyon, New York Times, Live the Dream

Inc. Magazine Runs 8 Page Feature Story on NOLS Professional Training

By Bruce Palmer on Oct 2, 2007

Link: Into the Wild - Team Building - Executive Offsite - Timbuk2.

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Topics: leadership, Timbuk2, team-building, Educators Notebook, extreme, teamwork, Inc. - Students participate in gap year more frequently

By Bruce Palmer on Sep 21, 2007

Link: - Students participate in gap year more frequently.

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Topics: Virginia Tech, NOLS, Harvard, Expedition Prep, Gap Year

Leadership 2007: The business of building leaders - October 1, 2007

By Bruce Palmer on Sep 20, 2007

In a sidebar to the Fortune Magazine story, "How Top Companies Breed Stars" NOLS shares space with the Military's Special Forces and England's Eton School. The header on the Sidebar?

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Topics: NOLS Fortune Eton Special Forces, Live the Dream

NOLS Grads Preview "Into the Wild"

By Bruce Palmer on Sep 11, 2007

New York City NOLS grads took Times Square by storm tonight as Paramount Vantage films hosted us for a preview screening of the new film "Into the Wild". Written and directed by Sean Penn, the film is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young college graduate who gets rid of all of his possessions and sets out on a journey of self-discovery.

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Topics: NOLS, Into the Wild, Emile Hirsch, Sean Penn, Live the Dream, Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless, McCandless

Competition -

By Bruce Palmer on Sep 11, 2007

Link: Competition -
NOLS has teamed up with Lonely Planet and the new Sean Penn film, "Into the Wild" to bring you a contest to win a NOLS course to be offered in 2008. You and a friend will explore pristine wilderness while you learn skills and develop your leadership. Tuition, gear and travel are all covered in this incredible contest. Upload your video entry today!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, Into the Wild Sean Penn McCandless Chris McCandles

ITW Interview: National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Video on IMEEM

By Bruce Palmer on Sep 11, 2007

Link: ITW Interview: National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Video on IMEEM

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Into the Wild McCandless Chris McCandless