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NOLS Instructor Expeditions of 2017

By Molly Herber on 6/6/18 9:36 AM


Photo by Eric Page.

How do you become a better educator? There’s no one best answer, but continuing to be a learner yourself is certainly up there.

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Topics: canoeing, Himalaya, kayaking, mountaineering, Alaska, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership, packrafting, Instructor expedition

Educating the Educators: Instructor Development with the American Canoe Association

By Justin Kleberg on 11/23/15 7:00 AM

Instructor development workshops are a cornerstone of the American Canoe Association. Each fall, Mike Mather of Mather Rescue hosts an annual swiftwater instructor workshop in collaboration with ZOAR Outdoors and the ACA on the Deerfield River in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Having obtained training from several individuals who dramatically impact the swiftwater rescue world, I was eager to study under Mike's tutelage.

Dropping into Tunnel, Gore Canyon on the Colorado River. Photo by Adam Mayo.
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Topics: canoeing, National Outdoor Leadership School, Educators Notebook, instructors, education, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership

The Engineer’s Return in the Yukon: Part Two

By Stéphane Terrier on 10/29/15 8:58 AM

Editor's note: After his first NOLS experience, engineering PhD candidate Stéphane Terrier of Lausanne, Switzerland, was eager to go back into the field for more. Stéphane had already built a relationship with our design department thanks to the stunning photos he submitted after his first course, so we were thrilled to hear he had enrolled on a Yukon Outdoor Educator course.

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Topics: Alumni, canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Expedition Prep

The Engineer’s Return in the Yukon: Part One

By Stéphane Terrier on 10/28/15 8:00 AM

After his first NOLS experience, engineering PhD candidate Stéphane Terrier of Lausanne, Switzerland, was eager to go back into the field for more. Stéphane had already built a relationship with our design department thanks to the stunning photos he submitted after his first course, so we were thrilled to hear he had enrolled on a Yukon Outdoor Educator course.

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Topics: Alumni, canoeing, NOLS Yukon, Expedition Prep, Backpacking, backcountry

Who Needs a Hat? A Lesson from My Australian Adventure

By NOLS Blog on 10/26/15 8:00 AM
Hats provide shade during mapreading. Photo by Brian Hensien.
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Topics: Alumni, canoeing, NOLS Australia, Backpacking, adventure, culture, Live the Dream

Exploring Alaska's Brooks Range with My Camera

By Alex Phillips on 5/29/15 2:00 AM

Editor's note: Some students write journals in the field, while others bring sketch pads. NOLS student Stéphane Terrier, however, chooses to go with a slightly heavier medium to record his memories from the field: a DSLR with two lenses. While we typically discourage students from bringing more gear into the field, Stéphane, a PhD student from Switzerland, was adamant that his camera was an essential item. 

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Topics: Alumni, canoeing, Expedition Prep, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, backcountry