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Andrew Bobilya: Taking the Classroom Outdoors

By Brooke Ortel on Feb 20, 2019

Andrew teaches rock climbing during an “Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits” class. Photo courtesy of Andrew Bobilya.

As an undergrad studying outdoor education, Andrew Bobilya didn’t aspire to be a professor. He didn’t plan on going into academia. Like many expeditions, his career didn’t follow exactly the path he expected.

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Topics: NOLS Mexico, NOLS alumni, NOLS Grad, Baja Sea Kayaking, Live the Dream, outdoor education, stories

A Colorful Partnership: NOLS Grad Teams up with Harry's

By Aleson Rietow on Feb 23, 2015

Fred R. Barncard once said, “A picture is worth ten thousand words.”

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS alumni

Creating a Climate of Thanks

By Karly Copeland on Dec 3, 2014

In the world of environmental sustainability, too often the amount of work to do overshadows a great many accomplishments that should be celebrated. This Thanksgiving, NOLS was happy to take a moment and offer #climatethanks. In case you missed us on twitter, here are three pieces of gratitude we’d like to offer up for those who work to preserve our wilderness classrooms:

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Topics: NOLS Faculty, Behind the Scenes, NOLS alumni, NOLS staff, sustainability

Happy 45th Birthday NOLS!

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Jun 10, 2010

It was during this week in 1965 that a new creature was born: the NOLS expedition. That's right, 45 years ago, Paul Petzoldt led 43 young men into Wyoming's Wind River Mountains on the school's first course. This year we are celebrating NOLS' 45th Birthday and WMI's 20th with a big event in October. Stay tuned for more details on that celebration in the Summer 2010 issue of the Leader.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, NOLS alumni, National Outdoor Leadership School, 45th Birthday, paul petzoldt, NOLS events, 45h Anniversary

Wilderness Medicine in the Concrete Jungle?

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 30, 2010

This month, for the first time in NOLS history, a group of stalwart alumni gathered in Brooklyn for two whole days -- in the middle of a huge storm no less -- for a NOLS WMI Wilderness First Aid course More great pics are at 1996 NOLS Alaska Brooks Range River Course Alum John Huntington's Gallery.

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Topics: NOLS, NOLS alumni, wilderness medicine, NOLS Grads, WMI, NOLS Alums

"Anyone who says they're not scared is a fool or a liar or both"

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 26, 2010

For the second time, NOLS Wind River Mountaineering and Baja Sea Kayaking grad Anderson Cooper is gracing the cover of Outside magazine, this time in Outside's April 2010 Adventure Issue. Anderson is one of 11 intrepid adventurers who answer the question, "Why do you do it?" That is, why do you jump into planes and head to war or disaster-torn regions and take huge risks (like going to Somalia alone with no protection or a place to stay)? The full interview can be found at Outside on-line.

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Topics: Haiti, NOLS alumni, Anderson Cooper, NOLS Grads, the Coop, Baja Sea Kayaking, NOLS Wind River Mountaineering, risks, Live the Dream, Outside Magazine, fear

NOLS Grads in Haiti and Chile

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 26, 2010

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Topics: NOLS, Haiti, chile, Glad Griebling, Convoy of Hope, Earthquake relief, NOLS alumni, Justin Padjett, Paul Dreyer, Doctors Without Borders, wilderness medicine, David Edson, NOLS Grads, Kelly Pyke Jerry Jex, WMI, NOLS Kenya, Graham Brand-Zawadski, Landmark Learning, Shane Young, Earthquake humanitarian, Americares, Tom Turley

NOLS Kenya Grad Cuts his Teeth on Knives

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Mar 16, 2010

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Topics: NOLS, NOLS alumni, knives, Joel Bukiewicz, chef's knife, NOLS Grads, NOLS Kenya, cooking knife, Live the Dream, cutlery, Cut Brooklyn

Leadership Week - Day 2

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Feb 22, 2010

Here's an update and recap on Leadership Week as of Day 2


This past Saturday, a group of twenty-ish NOLS grads, friends, and family met near
Ketchum for an afternoon of Nordic skiing, NOLS winter seminars, and
shared eats. The credit for this event goes to former NOLS instructor
Taylor Walker who was the driving force behind this alumni ski

NOLS grads around the country are continually
gathering to network, socialize, volunteer, or create outdoor
adventures, so sign up
for one of our regional alumni email lists to be included in the action.


Am I a spontaneous motivator, a relationship master, an analyst
architect, or a driver? What do these words even mean? John
Kanengeiter helped me find out at Monday's Leadershot - the first of a
series of meetings this week at NOLS HQ where we discuss various
leadership topics. About 20 of us learned about the NOLS Leadership
(now I know what 4-7-1
means) and personal leadership styles.


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Topics: leadership, leadership week, Behind the Scenes, NOLS alumni, John Kanengeiter