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NOLS' Newest Book is a Perfect Holiday Gift: Canoeing

By Mike Casella on 12/2/13 4:49 AM

Effortlessly gliding through the crystal clear, smooth water, the canoes’ bow pierces the flat surface and sends ripples outward toward the shores. A single-bladed paddle silently dips into the water, propelling the watercraft further onward.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

NOLS 2013 Stewardship Award goes to Myron Jeffs of the BLM Henry Mountain Field Office

By Mike Casella on 11/7/13 1:40 AM

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) awarded its 2013 Stewardship Award to Myron Jeffs, outdoor recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Henry Mountain Field Office in Hanksville, Utah. The NOLS Stewardship Award, presented annually since 1990, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional stewardship of public lands and the environment.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Taking Stock of the Government Shutdown

By Mike Casella on 11/6/13 3:00 AM

Tourists and wedding hopefuls weren’t the only ones
disappointed by the closure of the National Parks and other public lands during
the partial government shutdown. As barricades and closure signs adorned the normally
welcoming entrances to parks and national forests, those in the outdoor
education industry were, in some cases, left without a classroom. Several NOLS
locations had to re-route courses at the last minute, quickly adapting and
finding new locations for several courses.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

NOLS to Play Major Roles at Cowboy Tough Adventure Race

By Mike Casella on 7/17/13 8:52 AM

Starting Thursday morning in southeastern Wyoming is the
Cameco and City of Casper Cowboy Tough Expedition Race. As part of the Rev3
Adventure Race Series, this point-to-point race, starting in Cheyenne and
ending in Casper is also a national qualifying race for the North American
Adventure Racing Series (NAARS). Teams of two or four people will race through
a series of outdoor disciplines including trekking, biking, river travel,
rappelling as well as other challenging activities.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, North American Adventure Racing Series, natural world, Cheyenne, National Outdoor Leadership School, wilderness medicine, Wyoming, adventure race, Cowboy Tough Expedition Race, Rev3, Casper, wilderness

NOLS at the International Climbers' Festival

By Mike Casella on 7/17/13 3:43 AM

Lander, Wyo. — This past weekend
the International Climbers’ Festival took place in beautiful City Park in
Lander Wyo. In its 20th year, the festival is the longest-running
climbing festival in the world.

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Topics: bouldering, NOLS, Sinks Canyon, Behind the Scenes, outdoor industry, Lander, Expedition Denali, National Outdoor Leadership School, International Climbers' Festival, Rocky Mountain