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NOLS President John Gans Announces Retirement

By NOLS on 11/30/18 3:51 PM

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: Behind the Scenes, John Gans, story

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

The state of the school: FY 2012

By Casey Adams on 10/16/12 7:41 AM

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

Gans named Champion of Change by the White House

By Casey Adams on 7/10/12 2:24 AM

Here at NOLS Headquarters, we all know and love John Gans, NOLS executive director for the past 16 years. He is the sort of leader who remembers the interns’ names and every staff member’s latest venture. He brings a passion to what we do at NOLS every day when he walks through the door. We’ve long known he’s a hero who leads our effort in changing the world for the better.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Champions of Change, Behind the Scenes, White House, National Outdoor Leadership School, leaders, Environmental Stewardship, leave no trace, wilderness, John Gans

OR holds fundraiser, celebration for NOLS

By Casey Adams on 1/17/12 2:58 AM

If you’re planning on attending the Outdoor Retailer (OR) Winter Market this week, be sure to stop by the NOLS booth and congratulate them on their recent award and visit Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) to get your hands on a bivvy.

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Topics: NOLS, Outdoor Industry Association, Behind the Scenes, outdoor gear, National Outdoor Leadership School, OIA, amk, scholarships, OR, Adventure Medical Kits, Outdoor Retailer, honors, adidas Outdoor, Outdoor Inspiration Awards, fundraiser, John Gans

NOLS recognized for ‘rejuvenation and spirit’

By Casey Adams on 1/10/12 12:50 AM

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced its Outdoor Inspiration Awards today, and NOLS was among the recipients. The awards “[celebrate] the rejuvenation and spirit that inspires so many people to embrace the active outdoor lifestyle.”

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Topics: NOLS, Outdoor Industry Association, Behind the Scenes, OIA Outdoor Inspiration Awards, National Outdoor Leadership School, award, Outdoors, honors, adidas Outdoor, John Gans

Mount Kilimanjaro Alumni Trip Reaches Africa's Top

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 5/20/10 9:47 AM
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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Mount Kilimanjaro alumni trip, National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS Leader, NOLS Kenya, Mt. Kilimanjaro alumni trip, NOLS Kilimanjaro, John Gans

Radio Stations Interview John Gans About White House Conference

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 4/26/10 3:27 AM


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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, White House Outdoors, National Outdoor Leadership School, White House Conference on Great Outdoors, John Gans

NOLS Front and Center at the White House

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 4/20/10 2:48 AM

NOLS is participating front and center in public discussions regarding
the management of our public lands and reconnecting American families
with the outdoors. And when I say "front and center," I mean literally.

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Topics: NOLS, White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, White House conservation, Initiative on Great Outdoors, John Gans

"The White House Cordially Invites You"

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 4/14/10 5:10 AM

That's what NOLS executive director John Gans saw in his e-mail inbox a few weeks ago. Yup, just your run-of-the-mill invitation . . . from the President of the U.S.A.! Needless to say, John said yes, and the big date is this Friday.

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Topics: NOLS, White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors, Behind the Scenes, White House Conference Outdoors, National Outdoor Leadership School, John Gans