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The state of the school: FY 2012

By Casey Adams on Oct 16, 2012

Staff, faculty , advisory council members, and NOLS Board of
Trustees gathered in Lander, Wyo.
last Friday for the annual board and
committee meetings. The weekend commenced with State of the School addresses by
new Board Chair Kate
Gunness Williams
, NOLS Executive Director John Gans, and the executive
director team.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, WyoFile, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Board, Trustees, Lander, Kate Gunness Williams, educate, enroll, faculty, awards, wilderness education, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, Faculty Summit, County10, fundraising, strategic plan, WMI, advisory council, Nonprofit Times, Outside Magazine, State of the School, staff, student, Expedition goals, leader, wilderness, record, John Gans

Lander business supports scholarship fundraising effort

By Casey Adams on Jun 13, 2012

Lander’s Valley Printing surprised NOLS with a generous donation yesterday. The local business donated all the postcards for a NOLS mailing about a Lander Community Challenge for Charities event.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, donation, scholarship, fundraising, Lander 5K, Lander Community Challenge for Charities, Valley Printing, Lander Half Marathon

Adventure Medical Kits Supports the NOLS Scholarship Fund

By Larkin Flora on Jan 31, 2012

Demonstrating their commitment to outdoor education and safety, Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) raised money for NOLS last month at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer (OR) Winter Market. During the first two days of OR, AMK sold their award-winning SOL Escape Bivvy with all proceeds going to the NOLS Scholarship Fund.

The bivvy is AMK’s new, heat reflective, highly water resistant, windproof, and, most importantly, breathable emergency shelter or primary sleep system for backcountry adventures. It weighs a trim 8.5 ounces, and at $50, it’s very affordable. Although it just began shipping this month, the SOL Escape Bivvy has already gleaned awards for 2011 Gear of the Year from both Gear Junkie and National Geographic Adventure.

So why did AMK decide to donate their proceeds to the NOLS Scholarship Fund?

“The question is more like, why didn’t we do this earlier?” explained AMK Chief Marketing Officer Frank Meyer, “I think the opportunity to learn outdoor and leadership skills should be afforded to as many people as possible regardless of income level.”

Each year, NOLS offers more than $1 million in scholarship assistance to applicants who demonstrate great potential to excel as NOLS students but lack the financial means to attend. Without the generous support of staff, alumni, the broader NOLS community, and organizations like Adventure Medical Kits, many students would not be able to experience an NOLS education.

“Adventure Medical Kits’ donation to the NOLS scholarship fund through the sales of Escape Bivvys at Outdoor Retailer was a great way to show our support to a core group of outdoor users,” concluded Meyer, “We look forward to continuing to support NOLS in the future.”


To learn more about the NOLS Scholarship Fund and Campaign NOLS: Endowing Our Core Values, click here.

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Topics: NOLS, Outdoor Industry Association, Behind the Scenes, awards, National Outdoor Leadership School, amk, scholarships, sol escape bivvy, fundraising, Adventure Medical Kits, Outdoor Retailer

Donor Profile: Erik Christensen Gambles for NOLS

By Larkin Flora on Dec 6, 2011

With Campaign NOLS: Endowing Our Core Values nearing the end of its second calendar year, we approach the halfway point of our $20 million goal. To mark this exciting time and build energy for the second half of the campaign, we will be featuring unique and interesting donors regularly on the NOLS blog.

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Topics: leadership, fundraising, gambling, Live the Dream, campaign NOLS