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Instructor Expeditions of 2018

By NOLS on 3/25/19 11:31 AM

How do you become a better educator? There’s no one best answer, but continuing to be a learner yourself is certainly up there.

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Topics: whitewater, Training, kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, rock climbing, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), Instructor expedition

Your 8 Favorite Wilderness Medicine Posts of 2018

By NOLS on 12/19/18 4:43 PM

While wilderness medicine is a constantly evolving field, some things stay the same—like people wondering whether it’s really ok to suck out snake venom, or the steps of the Patient Assessment System.

As 2018 wraps up, our team gathered this year’s most popular wilderness medicine topics from the NOLS Blog. Take a look to refresh your skills and get ready for whatever comes your way in 2019!

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Live the Dream

NOLS President John Gans Announces Retirement

By NOLS on 11/30/18 3:51 PM

NOLS President John Gans announced on November 28 his plans to retire at the end of 2019. He is the fifth president in the school’s 53-year history and longest-serving leader. Gans has been a part of the school for 38 years and at the conclusion of 2019, he will have served as the school's executive director and president for 24 years. He started his NOLS journey as a scholarship student in 1979 on a Semester in Kenya, later serving as director of NOLS Alaska, admissions and marketing director, and operations director before assuming the role of president in October 1995.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, John Gans, story

New Courses for Winter & Spring 2019

By NOLS on 11/5/18 3:30 PM


Photo by Nikole Wohlmacher.

For winter and spring 2019, we’re excited to offer two new women-only courses, backpacking in the Southwest and backcountry skiing and snowboard touring in the Tetons, and a new service expedition.

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Topics: leadership, Behind the Scenes, expedition, all-women, new courses

Quiz: Winter Injury and Illness

By NOLS on 11/16/17 10:47 AM
 
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Topics: wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, winter, quiz

Camping Recipe: Potato Pancakes

By NOLS on 9/8/17 8:45 AM

Fill up for breakfast or dinner with this delicious camping recipe for potato pancakes. (Don't forget to top with your favorite hot sauce!)

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, camping

Reaffirming Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future

By NOLS on 6/2/17 12:57 PM

“We want [our students] to use the education to be leaders in their community with an understanding of ecology and conservation for the wild outdoors far beyond their legislators back home. We expect these people to be a grain of sand on the beach of future leadership.” —Paul Petzoldt

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Where Should You Take Your Gap Year? [Quiz]

By NOLS on 3/21/16 8:40 AM

You’re ready to spend some time exploring before heading to college—but where should you go?

Take the quiz and find out!

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, adventure, Gap Year, education, quiz

Spring Break in a Tent: The Patagonia Leadership Trek

By NOLS on 5/7/15 2:00 AM

 

 
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Topics: leadership, NOLS Patagonia, Backpacking, Live the Dream, backcountry, NOLS Professional Training, NOLS Custom Education

Educator Expedition: Paddle Sport Coaching

By NOLS on 1/15/15 1:48 AM

By Rachael Bates, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Sea Kayaking, Educators Notebook

Win a Free NOLS Course in San Diego

By NOLS on 1/14/15 1:12 AM

Visit the NOLS booth at the Travel and Adventure show in San Diego, February 14–15, and enter for a chance to win a free NOLS course.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Educator Expedition: The Gales Storm Gathering

By NOLS on 1/8/15 1:15 AM

By Steve Robitshek, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Sea Kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructors, expedition

Enter to Win a Free NOLS Course

By NOLS on 1/7/15 1:00 AM

Visit the NOLS booth at the Travel and Adventure show in San Francisco, February 7–8, and enter for a chance to win a free NOLS course.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

WMI Soap Note App Launches

By NOLS on 1/2/15 8:36 AM
Rogers climbs the Grand Teton.
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Topics: wilderness medicine

NOLS, REI proud to sponsor Latino Outdoors WFA

By NOLS on 12/18/14 5:49 AM

On November 8-9, NOLS and REI collaborated to offer a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course to the leaders of Latino Outdoors.

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Topics: wilderness medicine