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Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph on Leadership and How to Learn It

By Marc Randolph on 7/28/16 8:06 AM

We caught up with Netflix co-founder, executive mentor, and Chair of the NOLS Board of Trustees Marc Randolph to hear his thoughts on how learning resilience in the wilderness helped him build the grit to be a business leader.

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Topics: Alumni, NOLS, Behind the Scenes, education, 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

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

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

Which NOLS Course Are You? [Quiz]

By NOLS Blog on 6/25/15 8:53 AM

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

In Their Words: NOLS New Zealand

By Casey Adams on 5/13/14 1:35 AM

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

Youth Leadership Conference - North Cascades Institute

By Chris Agnew on 11/13/13 3:33 AM
John Harnetiaux and Courtney Kuhl represented NOLS Pacific Northwest at the fourth annual Henry M. Jackson Youth Leadership Conference on Nov. 10th at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.
The conference brought together diverse students, partners, and regional organizations to participate in discussions on leadership, advocacy, stewardship, and collaboration. The event is primarily targeted to high school-aged students, and culminates with an Opportunity Fair, giving them a chance to connect with local and regional organizations to discuss potential opportunities as program participants and future employees.
John and Courtney spoke with many students about NOLS, highlighting opportunities like internships, in-town employment, and taking NOLS courses. A NOLS course has been a first step for many with long careers in outdoor related professions. On an Outdoor Educator Mountaineering course, students learn the skills and gain the experience for successful work in outdoor education, public land management, guiding, or even research.
John and Courtney also participated in an Open Space partnership forum and had the opportunity to share ideas with members from such organizations as The U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, Skagit Fisheries, and Northwest Youth Core in an effort to build collaborative ties with other conservation professionals in the region.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Behind the Scenes, NCI, Outdoors, youth

'An amazing experience'

By Casey Adams on 9/3/13 1:41 AM

By Nicholas Nerli, age 14

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Vermont, Lander, team, navigation, Noonmark Mountain, Expedition Prep, teens, first aid, learning, skills, cooking, summiting, Lake Champlain, summer vacation, instructors, New York, Adirondack, backcountry, Rocky Mountain, NOLS Northeast

Back to School We Go!

By Casey Adams on 8/22/13 2:25 AM

While students across the country
are gearing up for a return to standard classrooms with new backpacks and
shoes, the first groups of NOLS students of the new season are embarking on educational adventures of an entirely different
realm—many of them with beefy new backpacks and hiking boots.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Behind the Scenes, Environment, hiking, classrooms, shoes, course, eye opening, skills, backpack, fall, back to school, curriculum, educational, backcountry, campus

Former NOLS Chair honored

By Casey Adams on 8/13/13 2:38 AM

The Murie Center
presented former NOLS Board of Trustees Chair Gretchen Long with the third
annual Spirit of Conservation Award last week.

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Topics: NOLS, NOLS Board of Trustees, Conservation, Sea Kayaking, award, The Murie Center, Grand Teton National Park, Environmental Stewardship, wildlife, wild places, Spirit of Conservation Award

Best Place to Work ... Still

By Casey Adams on 8/12/13 3:51 AM

For the sixth year in a row, NOLS has been named one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work." NOLS is one of only five nonprofit organizations selected and, along with Natural Habitat Adventures, Patagonia, Smith Optics, and Smartwool, earns the distinction of being included all six years Outside has published this list. A review of NOLS and other top-performing companies is available at www.outsideonline.com.

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Topics: hike, NOLS, post-work, Behind the Scenes, classrooms, employers, National Outdoor Leadership School, adventure, leading, top employers, Top Job, Outside Magazine, climb, Best Places to Work, Best Jobs, chacos

NOLS at the International Climbers' Festival

By Mike Casella on 7/17/13 3:43 AM

Lander, Wyo. — This past weekend
the International Climbers’ Festival took place in beautiful City Park in
Lander Wyo. In its 20th year, the festival is the longest-running
climbing festival in the world.

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Topics: bouldering, NOLS, Sinks Canyon, Behind the Scenes, outdoor industry, Lander, Expedition Denali, National Outdoor Leadership School, International Climbers' Festival, Rocky Mountain

Robby Rechord: An Inspiration and a Role Model

By Brent Wallen on 4/30/13 9:16 AM

With
Expedition Denali right around the corner, the suspense and anticipation is building
every day. There’s no doubt the nine climbers who make up the team are focused
and are preparing themselves mentally and physically. Although these spirited
and courageous individuals are the nucleus for the entire expedition, have you
stopped and asked yourself who makes up the instructor team? One man comes to mind right away. He is a senior
NOLS instructor. He is an avid backcountry skier. His extensive winter camping
experience has led him to teach the NOLS professional level one avalanche
course and Winter Instructor Seminar. He is the NOLS Teton Valley program supervisor.
This spring he will be the first African American to lead a NOLS instructor
course. His name? Drumroll… Robby Rechord!

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Topics: NOLS, nature, Expedition Denali, Educators Notebook, Robby Rechord, wilderness

PR & Marketing Intern Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

By Brent Wallen on 3/27/13 4:16 AM

Hey I got
an idea! I know it’s the middle of winter, but let’s go live outside for two
weeks straight and freeze our butts off! We can bring a bunch of dehydrated
food that all looks the same and throw it in a pot of water over a miniature
stove that is sometimes really hard to get to work! Toilet paper? Don’t be
silly. We will use jagged chunks of snow! We can also make the
biggest pile of snow ever and dig it out and live in it! How neat does that
sound? You know what else we can do? We can climb mountains every day until our
calves burn so much we toss around the thought of amputation. Boy, I am getting more excited by the minute!
So, what do you say? You in?

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, driggs, idaho. backcountry skiing

Risk Management Training: Kick Your RM Practices into Tip-Top Shape

By Erin Daily on 3/21/13 2:09 AM

After years spent churning around the corporate buzzword blender, the phrase “risk management” has too often become associated with lengthy legal documents filled with useless jargon and stale policies. For the thousands of organizations in the outdoor recreation industry, this perceived norm is not acceptable. Neither lingo nor blanketed universal procedures are suitable when peoples’ well-being and, in many cases, lives are on the line.

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Topics: NOLS, GNS, Training, RMT, Glenlyon Norfolk School, risk management, Educators Notebook, Nate Ostis, Sarah McKerlich