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How Outdoor Adventures Set Teens up for Life Success

By Brooke Ortel on Mar 2, 2020
Photo by Kirk Rasmussen

In today’s world, students find the idea of failure appalling, intolerable. It’s like standing on the edge of a looming precipice or swift-flowing river with no guarantee of a safe crossing. But in reality, the prospect of failure isn’t (usually) a looming gorge—it’s a botched exam, lower-than-desired SAT score, getting cut from the team, losing the race for class president.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, teens, Adventure Courses, Research, education, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Expeditions, Leadership

Start Dreaming: Summer 2020 Expeditions Now Online

By NOLS on Jul 31, 2019
Photo by Ari Bruns

Dreading the end of summer? We are too, just a little.

But don’t despair: looking forward to next year’s outdoor adventures is a great way to shake off the end of summer blues.

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Topics: Events, summer, Adventure Courses, NOLS semester, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements, classic courses

A New Map: A NOLS Grad’s Journey to Walking Again

By Dan Kenah on Jan 14, 2019
Photo by Mireille Brown

In his 1997 Idaho Adventure Course evaluation, Jim Harris’ instructors noted that “map reading comes easily to Jim.”

He reflected on that skill recently, and how it felt like he "was given the keys to the castle. I could go anywhere on the planet" with it. But at the time he had no idea it would lead him down a path where few maps exist to show the way forward.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS alumni, Adventure Courses, Stories, Alumni Accomplishments

From the Sears Tower to the Adirondack Mountains

By Lindsay Yost on Jun 3, 2015

16-year-old Charlie Knepper transforms from a "city boy" to a competent, confident outdoor traveler.

 

Feeling at home in the outdoors. Photo by Meriwether Hardie.
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Topics: Adventure Courses, Backpacking, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Teton Valley