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Taking a NOLS River Expedition

By Rob Motley on Jun 5, 2019
Photo by Austin Danicic
 

“It’s impossible to be bored running a rapid,” according to Fabio Oliveira.

He would know. Despite spending 289 weeks in the field as NOLS instructor, he’s never gotten tired of leading river expeditions. A long-time instructor from Brazil, Fabio has spent the last five years primarily teaching whitewater courses that are full of rapids, cheering, and giggling.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, canoeing, kayaking, River, education, whitewater rafting, NOLS Expeditions

Turnback Canyon: A NOLS Instructor Shares Lessons from Whitewater Paddling the Alsek River

By Natalie Sands on Apr 9, 2019

I sit on a rocky shelf, studying the colours and rock formations of a mountain across the river that seems to stare back. The ridge below Bates Creek has bright orange scree that contrasts against the nearby grey and black rock, still scarred by the ancient glaciers lining this valley.

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Topics: whitewater, kayaking, Educators Notebook, Yukon, instructor, inspiring women, paddling, Instructor expedition, stories

Instructor Expeditions of 2018

By NOLS on Mar 25, 2019

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: whitewater, Training, kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, rock climbing, education, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), Instructor expedition

NOLS Instructor Expeditions of 2017

By Molly Herber on Jun 6, 2018


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

5 Things You Already Do That Make You a Female Outdoor Leader

By Annalise Grueter on Oct 19, 2015

 

The author looking out at the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado from Mount Adams at 13,931 feet. Photo by Ryan Richardson.
 

Backpacker magazine recently posted this piece online touching on the fact that, regardless of outdoor experience, their female readership were less likely to view themselves as leaders than their male readership, and that needs to change. We agree.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, cooking, communication, Backpacking, adventure, kayaking, Outdoors, Live the Dream, mountaineering, all-women, wilderness, backcountry, leadership

Educator Expedition: Reading the Rapids on the Colorado River [Video]

By Molly Herber on May 25, 2015
Ledges camp. Photo by Michael Dooley.
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Topics: leadership, adventure, kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructor, expedition, education

Educator Expedition: New Zealand Whitewater

By Casey Adams on Mar 20, 2015

By Geoff Kooy, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: NOLS New Zealand, kayaking, Educators Notebook, instructor

In Their Words: NOLS New Zealand

By Casey Adams on May 13, 2014

Students who turn to NOLS for their semester abroad treasure the experience. Wendy Cirko and Cory McDonald both took NOLS semesters as their semesters abroad last year. Both Spring Semester in New Zealand graduates, shared their reflections on the experience and the education with us recently, and we had to share. Learn more about upcoming semesters in New Zealand here.

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Topics: Semester abroad, listen, NOLS, leadership, academic credit, self confidence, Behind the Scenes, Semester, outdoor recreation, graduates, active learner, navigation, sailing, future, college, first aid, National Outdoor Leadership School, feedback, communication, Semester of campus, natural resource recreation management, New Zealand, university credit, risk management, Backpacking, environmental studies, kayaking, life-changing, self-awareness, perseverance, degree, outdoor education, wildlife, leave no trace, philosophy, route planning, team member, college credit, education, Salisbury University, wilderness, backcountry

Virtual Sea Kayaking - Alaska through a NOLS Student's Lens

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 3, 2010

High Schooler and Morehead-Cain Scholar Jarrard Cole posted this great video about his month-long Southeast Alaska Sea Kayaking Course with NOLS Alaska.

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Topics: Southeast Alaska Sea Kayaking, Expedition Prep, NOLS Alaska, kayaking, Jarrard Cole, Morehead-Cain