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Celebrating Earth Week at NOLS

By Sarah Zimmerman on Apr 18, 2016

At NOLS, we value the environment and are excited to celebrate it during Earth Week! A healthy environment sustains our livelihood on many different levels because we love to work, play, and learn outside.

Take a look at what we’re doing to celebrate Earth Week at Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming—maybe you can bring some of these ideas to your workplace!

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Topics: Lander, Environment, Stewardship, sustainability

Why I Moved 1,600 Miles to Intern at NOLS

By Sarah Zimmerman on Apr 6, 2016

When I decided to travel about 1,600 miles from home to the middle of Wyoming for an internship in public relations and marketing, my friends and family wondered why I couldn't do the same type of thing a little closer. Coming from a full-time position at a full-service PR and marketing agency in Tennessee, people also couldn’t see why I would choose an internship for my next career move. But what they didn’t understand was that I wanted to deepen my knowledge of PR and marketing within the frame of the outdoor industry, from the leaders in wilderness education.

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Topics: NOLS, Leadership Skills, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, National Outdoor Leadership School, education

How NOLS Ruined the Old Me

By Erin Sullivan on Mar 1, 2016

The summer I was 19, I went on a thirty day Wind River Wilderness course.

It wasn't like I was outdoorsy. I never went to summer camp as a kid. I was in Girl Scouts, but I only lasted until we had to sleep in tents. Then I was out. I was not the kid playing in the dirt.

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Backpacking, education

Come Meet Our 108-Year-Old Founder

By Sarah Zimmerman on Feb 23, 2016

At NOLS, we have a tradition of celebrating our history. To honor and commemorate the leadership of our founder, Paul Petzoldt, colleagues, longtime friends, and NOLS faculty and staff gathered to dedicate a “bronze Paul” at our headquarters in Lander, Wyoming.

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Topics: Alumni, Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School

Why I Used the GI Bill for NOLS

By Kevin Wilson on Nov 11, 2015

The Outdoor Educator group in the Wind River Range. Photo by Cooper Davis.

NOLSies pay for their courses in all sorts of ways, from savings to scholarships to working a summer job through high school to take the trip of a lifetime when they graduate. Some students even use their veterans benefits to fund their course.

We spoke with Navy veteran and graduate from a Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator course and a Wilderness EMT course, Kevin Wilson, to learn about how and why he used his veterans benefits for NOLS and what he learned from his NOLS experiences.

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Topics: Alumni, Wilderness EMT, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS financial aid, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, WMI, Backpacking, backcountry, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

History Comes Alive for the 10th Mountain Division

By Molly Herber on Oct 15, 2015
Historical display of 10th Mountain Division artifacts. Photo by Eryn Pierce.

While many folks at NOLS know Paul Petzoldt as the founder of the outdoor school, he was a ripe 57 years old by the time he started the school in 1965. What did he do in the 57 years before arriving in Lander, Wyoming?

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Lander, Mountaineering, Wilderness Medicine

Anniversary Amble Athletes Abound

By Casey Adams on Oct 14, 2015


Friends finish strong! Photo by Matt Herr.
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Topics: Alumni, Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School

5 Things Not to Miss at NOLS’ 50th Anniversary Party

By NOLS Blog on Oct 7, 2015

The NOLS 50th anniversary party is finally here, and we want to make sure you hit all of the important events! Check out our highlights below.

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School

Highlights from the 2015 Wilderness Medicine Staff Meeting

By NOLS Blog on Sep 24, 2015

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: Leadership Skills, Lander, Educators Notebook, Becoming an Instructor, education, John Gans, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute

There and Back Again: An Intern's Tale

By Cole Medders on Aug 31, 2015

To the Wilderness

21 years old, working part time jobs, unsure about finishing school, and in desperate need of an adventure ... that's exactly where I found myself a little over a year ago. Where was I going? What was I doing with my life? These questions frequently ran through my mind and I desperately needed to find a solution.

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Topics: Alumni, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain

Leadership Expedition Prepares Local Students for Success

By NOLS Blog on Aug 21, 2015


LVHS seniors walk through the Winds on their NOLS expedition. Photo by Braeden Meyer.
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Topics: Leadership Skills, Lander, climbing, education

Four-Day Adventure Race? Let’s Go!

By Molly Herber on Jul 17, 2015

Yesterday marked the start of a competition of epic proportions. The Cowboy Tough race, conducted in a different Wyoming location each year (this year it's in Casper, Cheyenne, and the Bighorn Mountains), features three and a half grueling days of trekking, road biking, whitewater paddling, and mountain biking.

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Topics: Lander, Wyoming, adventure, Wilderness Medicine

International Climbers' Festival 2015

By Cole Medders on Jul 15, 2015

Climbing hard, crushing routes, cries of determination, and the domination of rock describe the events that transpire at the International Climbers' Festival year after year. Lander, Wyoming has hosted the ICF for over five years and draws some of the world's strongest athletes to push their limits on world class rock. But hold up ... wait ... we are not all 4% body fat, rock pulverizing superheroes, so what is it about this festival of climbing that draws hundreds of participants every year? What was happening off the wall when you and your fellow climbers were giving your tendons that much-needed break? Explore what made the 2015 ICF so unique off the rock and dive into a community of climbers from across the globe!

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Topics: Lander, Rock Climbing

Announcing 50 Years Since First NOLS Course

By Molly Herber on Jun 8, 2015


The NOLS Rocky Mountain location today. Photo courtesy of NOLS.
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Topics: Alumni, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Mountaineering

Take a Ride! It's Bike to Work Week

By Molly Herber on May 13, 2015

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike."—JFK

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Topics: Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School, adventure, Outdoors