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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Topics: adventure, Alumni, backcountry, Backpacking, climbing, communication, cooking, kayaking, leadership, Live the Dream, mountaineering, National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS, Outdoors, video, wilderness
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.Read More
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.Read More
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
By Nicholas Nerli, age 14Read More
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
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.
The Murie Center
presented former NOLS Board of Trustees Chair Gretchen Long with the third
annual Spirit of Conservation Award last week.
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.Read More
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
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.
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!
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?
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.Read More