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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

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

Quiz: Winter Injury and Illness

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

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

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

Educator Expedition: Advanced Rock Guiding Course

By NOLS on 12/11/14 2:42 AM

By Andrew Megas-Russell, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, rock climbing

Educator Expedition: San Juan and Gulf Island Keelboat Sailing

By NOLS on 12/9/14 7:39 AM

By Bradley Martin, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: sailing, Educators Notebook, instructor, education

NOLS Southwest Celebrates Wilderness

By NOLS on 12/2/14 8:56 AM

What better way to celebrate the Wilderness Act than to get out and enjoy a piece of public lands?

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Southwest