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Hot Tang or Hot Chocolate? The NOLS Experience in 1965 and Today

By Larkin Flora on Aug 24, 2015
Melty cheese is delicious no matter what year you took your course. Photo by Nicholas Byrne.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, leadership

Austin Alumni Reconnect Through Service

By Larkin Flora on Mar 17, 2015

By Hunter Mangrum, Semester on the Borders '08

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Topics: Alumni, Live the Dream

Honoring a Shared Legacy

By Larkin Flora on Jan 21, 2015
Paul Petzoldt (second from left) poses for a photo at Camp Hale, Colo. Photo: Frank Chuk
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes

Campaign NOLS: Explaining Our Core Values, Part 6

By Larkin Flora on Dec 19, 2013

NOLS’ core values are at the heart of our institution. Leadership, community, safety, excellence, wilderness, and education inspire everything we do. We share a commitment to these values; they define and direct who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Campaign NOLS: Explaining Our Core Values, Part 5

By Larkin Flora on Oct 16, 2013

NOLS’ core values are at the heart of our institution. Leadership, community, safety, excellence, wilderness, and education inspire everything we do. We share a commitment to these values; they define and direct who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Sharing a Love for the Outdoors: Debi and Scott Flora

By Larkin Flora on Aug 29, 2013
Scott and Debi Flora on a night hike up Mount Cutler in Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Topics: Expedition Prep

NOLS' Own Marco Johnson Gets More Than He Gives

By Larkin Flora on Aug 7, 2013

NOLS
is a remarkable place. Long-time NOLS field and WMI instructor Marco Johnson
realized that shortly after hearing about his friend’s semester experience. The
two young men were working a summer outdoor education program leading trips in
the Adirondack Mountains. It took him all of five minutes to decide that he
wanted a similar experience and education.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Campaign NOLS: Explaining Our Core Values, Part 4

By Larkin Flora on Jul 17, 2013

NOLS’ core values are at the heart of our institution.
Leadership, community, education, wilderness, safety, and excellence inspire
everything we do. We share a commitment to these values; they define and direct
who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Justine Frantz: Scholarship Student Steps Up

By Larkin Flora on Jun 19, 2013

In 2007, Justine Frantz visited a friend, a NOLS instructor, in Lander, Wyo. The girls had gone to college together, and her friend boasted about the great climbing access in the Lander area. A budding rock-climber, Justine had to check it out. She soon fell in love with the small town and the dolomite limestone, returned to Denver, and promptly moved all her belongings up to Wyoming for the summer.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Hang Thao: Discovering His Full Potential

By Larkin Flora on May 14, 2013

As a high school student who rarely missed class and
finished all his work, Hang Thao was introduced to Seattle Summer Search, a
leadership development program for low-income youth in King County, Wash.
Through the organization, the 16-year-old was directed to NOLS and found his
chance to reach for more. His Wind River Wilderness course in Wyoming helped
Hang discover that he had much more to contribute to the group than “just being
around.” He could, and did, lead a
group of peers through times of conflict.

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Topics: Live the Dream

The Wonder Wedge: Inventing for a Cause

By Larkin Flora on May 1, 2013


Jim Opeka and his son, Daren, in Lander, Wyo.

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Topics: Live the Dream

Campaign NOLS: Explaining Our Core Values, Part 3

By Larkin Flora on Apr 2, 2013

NOLS’ core values are at the heart of our institution.
Leadership, community, safety, excellence, wilderness, and education inspire
everything we do. We share a commitment to these values; they define and direct
who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Lizann Peyton: Donor Inspired by Her Daughters

By Larkin Flora on Jan 10, 2013

If there is one thing that we love to hear from our graduates
or their parents, it’s that they continue to be leaders and positive motivators
in their communities after their NOLS education. NOLS parent and NOLS Annual
Fund supporter Lizann Peyton, a non-profit consultant, remains inspired by the
strength and outgoing nature of her daughters, Natalie and Emily Clark, both NOLS
alumni.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Small Gifts DO Make a Difference

By Larkin Flora on Dec 18, 2012

Sure, you’re young, you’re fresh out of college, and you
have a pile of student loan debt. I get it; I’ve been there, spending six
months unemployed after graduation before I finally got hired.

You might not have the means to make a significant gift, and
you probably think that your small gifts to NOLS won’t really make a difference
in the big bucket.

Think again.

Do you drink gourmet coffee? Beer? Try donating a couple of
those each month to NOLS. Drink two fewer pints with your friends, or two fewer
lattes, save the $10 and, give it to NOLS. Doing that each month will add up to
$120 a year!

It still may not sound like much, but if even a quarter of
our more than 200,000 graduates did this, it’d be a whole lot. Over $6 million
in fact. That’s enough to meet the scholarship needs of over 3,000 students.

It’s easy to give monthly; just sign up for the program with a few clicks on NOLS’secure online giving form. Your donation will be charged to your debit or credit card on the first of the month or the nearest business day.

Still don’t think your small gift will make a difference? Go
on—just try it. See the impact you can make. Together we can ensure that all
students have access to unparalleled wilderness education, regardless of their
financial background.

Larkin Flora graduated
from college in 2010 and was lucky enough to land an internship with NOLS Alumni the following year. She now works as the Development Communications
Coordinator at NOLS Headquarters in Lander, Wyo.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Campaign NOLS: Explaining Our Core Values, Part 2

By Larkin Flora on Dec 3, 2012

NOLS’ core values are at the heart of our institution.
Leadership, community, safety, excellence, wilderness, and education inspire
everything we do. We share a commitment to these values; they define and direct
who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

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Topics: Educators Notebook