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NOLS President John Gans Announces Retirement

By NOLS on Nov 30, 2018

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, stories

New Courses for Winter & Spring 2019

By NOLS on Nov 5, 2018


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

Quiz: Winter Injury and Illness

By NOLS on Nov 16, 2017
 
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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, winter, quiz, hypothermia, frostbite

Camping Recipe: Potato Pancakes

By NOLS on Sep 8, 2017

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 Jun 2, 2017

“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, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, leadership, climate change

Where Should You Take Your Gap Year? [Quiz]

By NOLS on Mar 21, 2016

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

What to Know Before You Go: Common Pre-Course Questions

By NOLS on Feb 22, 2016

Before you go, a NOLS course can seem like a mystery. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the common questions we get about our courses—we hope they help you out!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, cooking, Backpacking, adventure, education, backcountry, leadership

Spring Break in a Tent: The Patagonia Leadership Trek

By NOLS on May 7, 2015

 

 
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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 Jan 15, 2015

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 Jan 14, 2015

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 Jan 8, 2015

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 Jan 7, 2015

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 Jan 2, 2015

 

Rogers climbs the Grand Teton.
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Topics: wilderness medicine

Watch the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus video

By NOLS on Mar 22, 2013


Completed in the fall of 2012, the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus provides classrooms, practice fields, residences and dining facilities for WMI students and instructors. With over twenty years of experience, we know what attributes a state of the art wilderness medicine facility should have, and ours is specifically crafted to aid in the delivery of the very best wilderness medicine training.

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Topics: wilderness medicine

Saag with Tofu - The NOLS Cooking Show

By NOLS on Dec 5, 2012

Submitted by Geoffrey Journeay-Kaler, NOLS Rocky Mountain
Intern

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Educators Notebook