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Educator Expedition: Assistant Overnight Guide Course - Learning the Ways of the Ocean

By Genevieve Bartlam on 7/22/16 9:55 AM

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

For this 9 day course we explored two different areas around Vancouver Island off of the west coast of British Columbia. We spent the first 3 days working on skills base camped on the south part of Gabriola Island, one of the Southern Gulf Islands then drove across Vancouver Island to the west coast and spent the next 5 days in Clayquot Sound just north of Tofino.

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Topics: Sea Kayaking, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, education, leadership

Thanking the Wilderness for Letting Me In

By Maya Johnston on 6/7/16 9:12 AM

To family and friends alike (and to the other people who care to read my rambling with the hope that I might, just might go into detail about how long my armpit hair is, or how many times I had to poop in a bag over the course of two and a half months):

I am writing from the train as I think about the past 80 days.

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Topics: Alumni, Semester, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Live the Dream, backcountry

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

NOLS: Touching the Untouched

By NOLS Blog on 1/26/16 9:40 AM

By Gaytri Bhatia, NOLS instructor

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Topics: NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, instructor, NOLS India, leadership

Educator Expedition: Washington Climbing, Back to Where It Began 

By NOLS Blog on 1/21/16 11:30 AM
Photo by Mick Pearson, KAF Adventures.
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Topics: climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, backcountry

Educator Expedition: Climbing and Bike Touring in the Northwest

By NOLS Blog on 11/25/15 9:36 AM

By Sarah Martin, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, leadership

Who Moved My Wag Bag?!

By NOLS Blog on 9/30/15 8:00 AM

By Aloke Surin, a.k.a. “ADawg,” Pacific Northwest Outdoor Educator ‘02

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Topics: NOLS Pacific Northwest, Live the Dream, mountaineering, education, leadership

Public Lands We Love to Love

By NOLS Blog on 9/25/15 10:53 AM

September 26 is National Public Lands Day. That means we get to appreciate the wonderful public lands where we play, explore, connect with nature, and reconnect with ourselves. Plenty of people use Public Lands Day to rebuild trails at a local park, clean up trash, or do other awesome service projects.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Southwest, backcountry, NOLS Northeast

Terrifying and Beautiful

By NOLS Blog on 9/9/15 8:25 AM
The crevasse maze we navigated. Photo by Alexa Rosenthall.
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Topics: climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, education, backcountry, leadership

Educator Expedition: Entry Point to Mountaineering

By NOLS Blog on 7/8/15 8:00 AM

By: Anne Drew Potter, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: Alumni, climbing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, leadership

Adapting to Mother Nature: Interview with an AmeriCorps & NOLS Alum

By Molly Herber on 5/17/15 3:00 AM

Maureen Murphy is an alumna of both NOLS and AmeriCorps, and she used her AmeriCorps award to fund her NOLS Pacific Northwest Trip Leader Seminar in the Pasayten Wilderness in 2012. She found some time between running her dog walking business and playing with her family to ask a few questions about how NOLS and AmeriCorps worked together and helped her become the successful woman she is today.

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Topics: Alumni, leadership, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Live the Dream

Educator Expedition: Tough Choices in the North Cascades

By Molly Herber on 5/15/15 2:00 AM
Looking out from the summit of White Mountain. Photo by Nate Whitcomb
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Topics: North Cascades Mountaineering, NOLS Pacific Northwest, Educators Notebook, instructors, expedition, backcountry

Educator Expedition: The Good Life, Eleven Days on the Bugaboos–Rogers Pass Ski Traverse

By Molly Herber on 5/4/15 12:00 AM

By Willy Oppenheim, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: skiing, NOLS Pacific Northwest, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, mountaineering, backcountry

Life on the Borders

By Mike Betz on 1/22/15 6:25 AM

“Semester on the Borders students experience two very distinct and complimentary bioregions on this course: the desert Southwest and the Pacific Northwest marine environment. I can't think of another course that integrates such extremely different environments into one expedition,” said NOLS Instructor and Pacific Northwest Operations Manager John Harnetiaux.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Semester, NOLS Pacific Northwest, NOLS Southwest

Facility Efficiency Improvements at NOLS Pacific Northwest

By Becca Sage on 1/16/15 6:12 AM

When it comes to sustainability, every little bit counts. Even a toilet. When Karly Copeland, NOLS Sustainability Coordinator, made a call to NOLS Pacific Northwest to do an annual facility efficiency audit, toilets came up a lot. As it turns out, there is a lot that goes into sustainably updating a facility. Everything from appliances, light bulbs, and pipes, to weather stripping, sink fixtures and toilets must be taken into account. Some fixes are simple while others require much more attention, planning and funding.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Pacific Northwest