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

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

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.

Here are just a few examples from a long list of sustainable practices from each of our locations around the world and plenty of ideas about how you can practice sustainability in your own way at home!

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

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

By Kim Freitas - no bio 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, Behind the Scenes, Expedition Denali, NOLS Alaska, education, backcountry

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

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: NOLS Alaska, NOLS New Zealand, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, IDF, Instructor Development Fund (IDF), leadership, 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: NOLS Alaska, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry, NOLS Teton Valley, backcountry skiing, Instructor Development Fund, leadership

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, NOLS Alaska, Outdoors, Live the Dream, education, leadership

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, NOLS Alaska, Live the Dream, education, leadership

Capturing Alaska, One Photo at a Time

By NOLS Blog on 12/1/15 7:05 AM
Kedyn. Photo courtesy of Kedyn Sierra.
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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Alaska, Alaska Sea Kayaking, Live the Dream

No Borders in the Backcountry

By NOLS Blog on 11/20/15 8:36 AM

By Jen Pontrelli, NOLS Professional Training 

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

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, Behind the Scenes, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, NOLS Teton Valley, leadership

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, NOLS Alaska, Live the Dream, mountaineering, video, leadership

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

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