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4 Ways You Can Always Be Learning

By Molly Herber on 3/16/17 8:45 AM

At the start of a 10-day rock climbing seminar for NOLS instructors, I didn't know what to expect. It was my first seminar, and I worried that I wouldn't know as much as everyone else and would always be working to catch up. But once I got to NOLS Southwest and started meeting my coursemates, I quickly realized that wasn’t the case.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, instructors, rock climbing

Educator Expedition: Paddling at the South Pacific Sea Kayak Symposium

By Jonny Hepburn on 7/21/16 10:46 AM

Southern Chile offers world class sea kayaking. In northern Patagonia, where NOLS is based, the Pacific Coast of South America fragments into a network of islands and fjords that offer some of the most remote, challenging, and beautiful paddling in the world. I had the chance to spend almost five months travelling and working for NOLS in Chile this past winter, and was grateful to receive an IDF grant to attend the South Pacific Sea Kayak Symposium in December.

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Topics: NOLS Patagonia, Sea Kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructors, education, IDF, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

Thriving as Women Boaters on the Main Salmon River

By Liz Hardwick on 5/24/16 9:53 AM

NOLS instructor Liz Hardwick writes about learning new tricks on a familiar river.

Jen pokes me awake as I am drifting off, trying to sleep before the moon gets up above the canyon walls. “Do you think I can run Vinegar in a solo boat?” she asks.

We’re camped on the Main Salmon River, all white sandy beaches, steep dry mountains and fun, fun rapids. This is the night before we get off the river and Vinegar is downstream of us, the last big rapid and one of the most challenging ones on the river.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, canoe, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, education, NOLS Teton Valley, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership

Educator Expedition: Winter Exploring

By Ethan Wolston on 4/22/16 2:23 PM

Three winters ago I cut my old Never Summer snowboard in half and made a splitboard from the pieces. It was a fun project and the beginning of a new adventure exploring the winter backcountry around my home.

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Topics: adventure, Educators Notebook, instructors, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, splitboarding

NOLS in Solidarity with the Bomberos of Honduras

By Kevin Wilson on 4/13/16 8:34 AM

NOLS instructors partner with Honduran firefighters to expand medical training in areas with limited resources.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, instructors, education, backcountry, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

Educator Expedition: Multi-pitch Climbing in Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 3/18/16 2:04 PM
Climbing the Birdland route. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Martin.
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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Southwest, IDF, Instructor Development Fund

Educator Expedition: Avalanche Training in the Tetons

By NOLS Blog on 3/17/16 7:56 AM
Digging an avalanche pit. Photo courtesy of Mandeep Nandal.
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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, winter, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership

Educator Expedition: A Multimodal Loop in Texas Big Bend Country

By NOLS Blog on 2/16/16 8:57 AM
Two vehicles = amazing yardsale for switching gear. Photo by Lindsay Nohl.
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Topics: packraft, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, NOLS Southwest, backcountry

Games to Stay Entertained in Camp

By Molly Herber on 1/29/16 12:47 PM

Whether you’re leading a group of novices on their first camping expedition or taking your friends on a casual weekend trip, the weather gets nasty, playing games is a great way to keep spirits high!

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Outdoors, instructors, backcountry

Educator Expedition: A November Trip to Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 1/7/16 11:08 AM
Ready to start climbing. Photo by Hadley Warner.
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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, instructors, education, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

Educator Expedition: Mountaineering in Ecuador

By NOLS Blog on 1/4/16 6:53 AM

By Travis Magaluk, NOLS instructor

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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, mountaineering, instructors, leadership

Educating the Educators: Instructor Development with the American Canoe Association

By NOLS Blog on 11/23/15 7:00 AM
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

Highlights from the 2015 Wilderness Medicine Institute Staff Meeting

By NOLS Blog on 9/24/15 8:00 AM

This September, the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute hosted our annual staff meeting at the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus in Lander, Wyoming. Read on to find out about some of the neat things we learned!

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Topics: Lander, Educators Notebook, instructors, education, John Gans, leadership, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute

Educator Expedition: Whitewater Challenges in Peru

By NOLS Blog on 9/14/15 8:00 AM

By Christian Martin, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, education, whitewater rafting

Use These 3 Strategies to Empower Student Learning

By NOLS Blog on 7/20/15 8:00 AM

At NOLS, our instructors act as coaches and mentors rather than directors who simply tell students what to do. We focus on education and self-development, even if that means letting students make decisions that turn a three-mile day into a thirteen-mile day.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, education, leadership