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Leadership Reads for Housebound Adventurers

By Kim Freitas on 4/12/16 9:05 AM

It’s not always possible to take off on an adventure. Sometimes, life gets in the way. Picking up a book is a great way to escape your day-to-day routine, wind down, and relax.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, leadership

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

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

30 Days to Survival: The Documentary That Put NOLS in the Spotlight

By Anne McGowan on 1/20/16 10:38 AM
Photo from the 30 Days to Survival documentary.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, video, backcountry, leadership

Educating the Educators: Instructor Development with the American Canoe Association

By Justin Kleberg on 11/23/15 7:00 AM

Instructor development workshops are a cornerstone of the American Canoe Association. Each fall, Mike Mather of Mather Rescue hosts an annual swiftwater instructor workshop in collaboration with ZOAR Outdoors and the ACA on the Deerfield River in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Having obtained training from several individuals who dramatically impact the swiftwater rescue world, I was eager to study under Mike's tutelage.

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

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

The Best Times to Eat When You're Camping

By Molly Herber on 11/5/15 11:19 AM

Food has always been an important part of learning to live outside comfortably (no one should have to live without cinnamon rolls!), and we’ve spent a lot of time studying the best ways to keep folks healthy when the only food they have is what they’re carrying in a boat or backpack.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, National Outdoor Leadership School, cooking, wilderness

The Wilderness Act: "Leaving a Glimpse of the World as It Was"

By Anne McGowan on 11/4/15 1:53 PM

As NOLS continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary across the globe, the Wilderness Act celebrates its 51st. It’s not a coincidence: NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt testified before Congress in favor of the Wilderness Act more than five decades ago. And almost six months to the day after the act’s passage, Petzoldt founded NOLS.

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Topics: National Outdoor Leadership School, Environmental Stewardship, wilderness

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

By Annalise Grueter on 10/19/15 8:00 AM

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, video, wilderness, backcountry, 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

Look Good, Feel Good: How Gear Has Evolved over the Past 50 Years [Infographic]

By Molly Herber on 10/10/15 8:00 AM

Words by Molly Hunt, Summer 2015 Alumni Relations Intern, and Eryn Pierce, Senior Graphic Designer 

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, 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

NOLS’ Pip Coe Named a Wyoming Woman of Influence

By Casey Adams on 8/20/15 8:00 AM
Congratulations, Pip! Photo by Lindsay D'Addato.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, leadership

6 Tips for Planning a U.S. National Park Road Trip

By NOLS Blog on 7/30/15 8:00 AM

 By Alex Phillips

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Topics: Expedition Prep, National Outdoor Leadership School, Backpacking, NOLS Southwest, education, wilderness, backcountry, Wilderness Medicine

Happy Fourth of July!

By Molly Herber on 7/2/15 8:00 AM

Whether you're on a beach, in the mountains, or in a city, we hope you enjoy celebrating the United States' birthday this weekend! If you don't have plans yet, take a look below to get some inspiration from the way these NOLS alumni celebrated the Fourth of July in the backcountry.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, backcountry