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Celebrating Earth Week at NOLS

By Sarah Zimmerman on 4/18/16 1:37 PM

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, Environmental Stewardship, stewardship, sustainability

Why I Moved 1,600 Miles to Intern at NOLS

By Sarah Zimmerman on 4/6/16 8:00 AM

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, Behind the Scenes, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, National Outdoor Leadership School, education, leadership

How NOLS Ruined the Old Me

By Erin Sullivan on 3/1/16 8:53 AM

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, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Backpacking, Live the Dream, education, leadership

Come Meet Our 108-Year-Old Founder

By Sarah Zimmerman on 2/23/16 1:24 PM

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, Behind the Scenes, Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School

Why I Used the GI Bill for NOLS

By Kevin Wilson on 11/11/15 7:05 AM

NOLSie 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 from the GI Bill to fund their course.

We spoke with Navy veteran and NOLS 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, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, wilderness medicine, WMI, Backpacking, Live the Dream, backcountry, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute

History Comes Alive for the 10th Mountain Division

By Molly Herber on 10/15/15 9:35 AM
Historical Display of 10th Mountain Division Artifacts. Photo by Eryn Pierce.
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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Lander, wilderness medicine, mountaineering, leadership

Anniversary Amble Athletes Abound

By Casey Adams on 10/14/15 12:49 PM
Friends finish strong! Photo by Matt Herr.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School

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

By NOLS Blog on 10/7/15 8:00 AM

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, Behind the Scenes, Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School, 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

There and Back Again: An Intern's Tale

By Cole Medders on 8/31/15 11:15 AM

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, Behind the Scenes, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain

Leadership Expedition Prepares Local Students for Success

By NOLS Blog on 8/21/15 2:30 AM
LVHS seniors walk through the Winds on their NOLS expedition. Photo by Braeden Meyer.
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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Lander, climbing, education, leadership

Four-Day Adventure Race? Let’s Go!

By Molly Herber on 7/17/15 8:06 AM

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: Behind the Scenes, Lander, Wyoming, adventure, Wilderness Medicine

International Climbers' Festival 2015

By Cole Medders on 7/15/15 8:00 AM

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, Live the Dream, rock climbing

Announcing 50 Years Since First NOLS Course

By Molly Herber on 6/8/15 2:00 AM
The NOLS Rocky Mountain location today. Photo courtesy of NOLS.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, Lander, NOLS Rocky Mountain, mountaineering

Take a Ride! It's Bike to Work Week

By Molly Herber on 5/13/15 2:19 AM

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

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Lander, National Outdoor Leadership School, adventure, Outdoors