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Announcing New Expeditions for Summer 2020

By NOLS on Jan 16, 2020
Photo by Mara Gans

This summer, kayak past Alaska’s towering ice-blue glaciers. Or go backpacking in the majestic snow-capped peaks of the North Cascades.

It’s the start of a new year, and we’re celebrating with seven new courses. Summer 2020 might be the perfect opportunity to pursue the outdoor adventure of your dreams!

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Topics: Events, education, new courses, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements, affinity

Celebrating NOLS in the New Year

By NOLS on Jan 9, 2020
Paul Petzoldt instructing a group of NOLS students in the early years of the school. Photo from NOLS archives.

January 2020 is a month of great reflection and celebration at NOLS. It marks the:

  • Welcoming of our first female president,
  • Paul Petzoldt's 112th birthday,
  • our 55th year educating students in the outdoors, and
  • 50 years of NOLS in homes across America.
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Topics: NOLS, Events, anniversary, history, paul petzoldt, documentary, Announcements, Stories, Terri Watson, 55th anniversary

Spring Break 2020: Get Ready for Adventure

By NOLS on Oct 1, 2019
Photo by Molly Hagbrand

Make your spring break an adventure. Forget the crowded ski resorts or touristy beach vacation—it’s time to do something different.

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Topics: Skills, Baja Sea Kayaking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, education, backcountry skiing, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements, spring break

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

Winter & Spring 2020 Expeditions Now Online

By NOLS on Jun 11, 2019
Photo by Lisa Moen

Summer's here, and we want you to savor every single late-evening walk and early morning paddle.

But don't be fooled—fall and winter will arrive sooner than you think, and you don't want to be the person finishing out summer with nothing to look forward to until next year!

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Topics: Sailing, Events, climbing, Skills, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements, spring break, affinity

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: Events, John Gans, Announcements, 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: Events, expedition, education, all-women, new courses, Announcements

New Courses for Fall 2018

By Molly Herber on May 16, 2018

Planning a trip always represents new possibilities: Where will we go that’s new? And where will we return to in a way that’s radically different?

With the new courses starting this fall and into December of 2018, we’re offering more experiences designed for adults to spend time outside between work and family commitments, and more opportunities for students to combine their passions.

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Topics: Events, expedition, Adult courses, new courses, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements

New Courses for Summer 2018

By Molly Herber on Jan 29, 2018

Putting a new course together is good practice for tolerance for uncertainty. We try to answer questions like, will folks be excited about canoeing the Adirondacks this year? Or would they rather go on an all-girls backpacking expedition in the Olympic National Forest? In the end, we have to do the same thing we do in the backcountry—use the information available to make a decision, and then see what happens.

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Topics: Events, new courses, NOLS Expeditions, Announcements

New Courses for Summer 2017

By Molly Herber on Feb 21, 2017

When we decide to create a new course, it comes from a combination of our faculty’s passion for the area and constant desire for growth, and from what students say they want to see more of.

So, here’s a peek at the new courses you can take starting the summer of 2017. You can focus on service learning, explore the far north of Norway, or walk through the heart of Alaska’s Talkeetna Range.

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Topics: service, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Sea Kayaking, Events, Skills, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, Kayaking, NOLS Scandinavia, Announcements