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New Courses for Summer 2017

By Molly Herber on 2/21/17 9:50 AM

When we decide to create a new course, it comes from a combination of our faculty’s passion for the area and constant desire for growth, and from what students say they want to see more of.

So, here’s a peek at the new courses you can take starting the summer of 2017. You can focus on service learning, explore the far north of Norway, or walk through the heart of Alaska’s Talkeetna Range.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Scandinavia, Backpacking, Sea Kayaking, service

How I Became a NOLS Nerd

By Jonas Alexanderson on 6/14/16 10:05 AM

“Next year I will turn 50 years old,” I told my wife. This was 2011 and I didn’t want any presents. Instead, I wanted to travel to Alaska from my home in Sweden to sea kayak.

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Topics: adventure, Alumni, education, Live the Dream, NOLS Alaska, Sea Kayaking

How You Can Be More Sustainable Every Day

By Sarah Zimmerman on 4/22/16 8:34 AM

At NOLS, we try hard to incorporate earth-friendly practices into our work every week, every day, around the world. We try new ideas, like planting native flower seeds, and stick with the old practices that we’ve been working on for years, like repairing gear to keep it in use.

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Topics: education, Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Australia, NOLS India, NOLS Mexico, NOLS New Zealand, NOLS Northeast, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Patagonia, NOLS Scandinavia, NOLS Southwest, NOLS Teton Valley, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch, NOLS Yukon, NOLS East Africa

Scott Briscoe on NOLS: It’s a Game Changer [Interview]

By Kim Freitas on 4/7/16 8:13 AM

Scott Briscoe was a member of Expedition Denali in June 2013, the first all African American team to attempt this climb. After returning from the expedition, several expedition members toured around the country, where they told the story of the climb.

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Topics: Alumni, backcountry, Behind the Scenes, education, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska

Educator Expedition: Golden Gate Sea Kayaking

By Mike Dooley on 4/6/16 5:05 AM

NOLS instructor Mike Dooley talks about lessons from a sea kayaking leader training course in San Francisco Bay.

Where did you go for your trip and how long was it?

In February 2016 I was a participant on a British Canoe Union (BCU) 5-Star Sea Kayak Leader Training. The three-day course was located at Golden Gate, the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

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Topics: education, Educators Notebook, IDF, instructor, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), NOLS Alaska, Sea Kayaking

Educator Expedition: Kiwi Boot Camp

By NOLS Blog on 3/29/16 4:04 PM
A short paddle on the Landsborough River before the rains came: Aaron Reimer, Amy Christeson, Ben Weigl, Dulkara Martig (pictured left to right). Photo courtesy of Amy Christeson.
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Topics: education, Educators Notebook, IDF, instructor, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership, NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, packrafting

Educator Expedition: Skiing Alaska’s Thompson Pass

By NOLS Blog on 3/10/16 10:18 AM
The ladies. Photo by Kate Koons.
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Topics: backcountry, backcountry skiing, education, Educators Notebook, instructor, Instructor Development Fund, leadership, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Teton Valley

How the Wilderness Lets Us Be Our Best Selves [Q&A]

By Shelli Johnson on 3/4/16 10:42 AM

In this post, life coach, Brooks Range Backpacking - Prime graduate, and future NOLS parent Shelli Johnson talks about how the wilderness creates opportunities to develop resilience for everyday leaders. You can read her other post on the NOLS Blog, A Leader and Parent Reflects on Her Brooks Range Course.

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Topics: Alumni, education, leadership, Live the Dream, NOLS Alaska, Outdoors

A Leader and Parent Reflects on Her Brooks Range Course

By Shelli Johnson on 2/19/16 8:11 AM

 NOLS graduate, parent, and life coach Shelli Johnson talks with us about growth and lessons learned from her Brooks Range Backpacking - Prime course. 

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Topics: Alumni, education, leadership, Live the Dream, NOLS Alaska

Capturing Alaska, One Photo at a Time

By Kedyn Sierra on 12/1/15 7:05 AM

I grew up in a small village engulfed by jungle—Oxkutzcab, Yucatan in Mexico. I spent half of my life there. It allowed me to interact and learn alongside turkeys, cats, chickens, piglets and many other animals in the middle of the forest. Ever since, I have kept the outdoors in my life and now with cameras, a couple SD cards, and the support of sponsors, I get to tell the stories of my adventures through still photography and documentary film.

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Topics: Alaska Sea Kayaking, Alumni, Live the Dream, NOLS Alaska

No Borders in the Backcountry

By Jen Pontrelli on 11/20/15 8:36 AM

“What did I get myself into?!”

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Topics: Alumni, backcountry, Behind the Scenes, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Professional Training, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Custom Education

Living History in a New-Old Home

By Molly Herber on 8/9/15 8:00 AM
Travis during her 1995 Alaska Sea Kayaking course. Photo courtesy of Emma Caulkins
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Topics: Alumni, Backpacking, Behind the Scenes, leadership, NOLS Alaska, NOLS Teton Valley, Sea Kayaking

Ascent to the White House [Interview]

By Molly Herber on 7/14/15 8:00 AM

 


Tyrhee and Rosemary at the White House as the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage is announced. Photo courtesy of Tyrhee Moore.
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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Denali, leadership, Live the Dream, mountaineering, NOLS Alaska, video

The Mountain that Was Almost a Cloud

By Molly Herber on 6/24/15 8:00 AM

By: Miranda Perrone, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: backcountry, Live the Dream, National Outdoor Leadership School, NOLS Alaska

The Backpack: Home Away from Home

By Molly Herber on 6/2/15 2:00 AM

By Inge Davids

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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Prep, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, backcountry