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Outdoor Educator Students and BLM Team Up for Monitoring Project

By NOLS Scandinavia on May 7, 2010
On April 29, the NOLS Rocky Mountain (RM) Outdoor Educator Semester
(OES) took a break from their climbing camp to spend the day with the Bureau of
Land Management’s (BLM) Lander Field Office
. A windy day provided a great opportunity for OES students
and instructors to stay on the ground and help the BLM monitor Wilderness Study
Areas (WSAs) in the Granite Mountains, east of Jeffrey City, Wyoming.

Photo: NOLS Field Instructor Christian Gauderer assists students Varley Hopkinson, Maegan Fitzgerald and Zach Parelman as they monitor wilderness characteristics in the Split Rock Wilderness Study Area.

The morning began with a safety and orientation talk, after which
BLM Recreation Technician and NOLS instructor, Brandon Thielke discussed
various wilderness characteristics and values the group would be documenting,
including evidence of development, naturalness, viewsheds, and opportunities
for solitude. Armed with worksheets, maps and GPS units, the students
and instructors hiked into the Split Rock and Miller Springs WSAs. By
day's end, the group had monitored approximately 15 miles within and near
the boundaries of the WSAs and logged a combined total of 84 hours of
service.
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Topics: Behind the Scenes, blm, wilderness study area, Wyoming, jeffery city, Outdoor Educator, land management, Rocky Mountain

Transpo sings a new tune . . .

By NOLS Scandinavia on Oct 21, 2009
It stuns us as much as it must stun our loyal blog readers. . . The brotherhood of the wrench has gone rogue. Perhaps the unpredictable weather is contributing to their unpredictable behavior. Nevertheless, in a unanimous decision, they decided to re-name their entire fleet of vehicles.
"No longer will our fleet have names like like G-47X. We will name them as they should be," declared Steve at the recent manager's meeting.
"Cupcake, Periwinkle, Muffin, and Barney are the first names we came up with," asserts Tom. "Soon, we will name all of our fleet of over 20 vehicles" pipes in Mark.
"I never thought I'd see this day come to fruition" sighs Rob, "but I'm as happy as a clam that we've finally taken this bold move forward. I truly believe this is a step in the right direction for student and staff happiness".
Steve's smile couldn't be wider these days and we now understand why.
Below is a temporary sign for Cupcake, formerly named G-52X. The brotherhood is in the process of designing and eventually installing the new signs. Keep an eye out! In the meantime, leave your vehicle name suggestions in the comment area.
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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Connecting with the mountains and the sea . . .

By NOLS Scandinavia on Jul 1, 2009

During their in-town preparations, NOLS Scandinavia students and staff take time to ruminate on their new surroundings.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Happy birthday, NOLS Rocky Mountain solar array!

By NOLS Scandinavia on Feb 19, 2009

The NOLS RM solar array marked its first birthday earlier this winter. However, in the “data digital world” it turns one today! One year ago, we officially began collecting data on-line. Click here to check out the live solar stats-- scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

A new bin on the block. . .

By NOLS Scandinavia on Aug 21, 2008

Our new commercial size composter arrived and it's located in the alley behind the Noble Hotel.  We're fired up about the new composter!  Why? You might ask.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Hello and Farewell

By NOLS Scandinavia on May 16, 2008

A big Rocky Mountain WELCOME to our new summer intern, Abe Goodale!  Abe originally hails from the great state of Maine.  Recently, he's attended the University of Utah where he studied Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in Experiential Ed and a minor in ceramics.  We are thrilled to have Abe a part of our RM team.  From the sounds of it, he's got mad art, frisbee, photography, skiing and good human being skills.  Abe will be joined by two other interns, Sara and Chris, in early June.  Stay tuned. . .

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Notes from the field

By NOLS Scandinavia on Feb 12, 2008

NOLS Rocky Mountain (RM) Outdoor Educator Semester students are in the midst of their first section: an 80 hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course at the NOLS RM Three Peaks Ranch in Boulder, WY.  Joining them on the course are students from all over the states including a few NOLS HQ employees. 

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Huddle up. . .Tele power!

By NOLS Scandinavia on Feb 8, 2008

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

NOLS Rocky Mountain convenes at Three Peaks Ranch

By NOLS Scandinavia on Jan 16, 2008

Recently, NOLS Rocky Mountain in-town staff met at the Three Peaks Ranch in Boulder, Wyoming to discuss new and on-going initiatives, the vision for the branch, and to reflect on the last year.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

'Twas the night before solstice. . .

By NOLS Scandinavia on Dec 20, 2007

'Twas the night before solstice and all through the halls,
not a student was scurrying, and nary a phone call; 
The backpacks were hung in the issue room with care,
in hopes that our students would soon be back here;

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

FSR 5 and 6: fly the coop!

By NOLS Scandinavia on Dec 5, 2007

Another bittersweet goodbye to two of our fall semesters.  Freshly showered with only remnants of the wilderness funk smell
lingering, semester students spent their final day and night
together debriefing their expedition, deissuing their gear and celebrating the end of their semester.  We will miss watching them progress through their semester as they grow more competent and confident expedition members, and we wish them well on their next endeavor.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

FSR 3 and 4 : Before and After

By NOLS Scandinavia on Dec 3, 2007

The Fall Semester in the Rockies 4 Brodeo from "Where are we going?" to. . .

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

A fond farewell

By NOLS Scandinavia on Nov 23, 2007

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

Outdoor Educators Head to the Mountains!

By NOLS Scandinavia on Sep 14, 2007

Outdoor Educator Semesters 1 and 2 (OES) headed for the Wind River Mountains today!  This is the first section of their 94 day semester.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes