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New Courses for Summer 2017

By Molly Herber on Feb 21, 2017

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, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Sea Kayaking, Events, Skills, NOLS Alaska, Backpacking, Kayaking, NOLS Scandinavia, Announcements

How You Can Be More Sustainable Every Day

By Sarah Zimmerman on Apr 22, 2016

Photo by Austin D.

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

Let the Mountains Teach Us—To Fail

By Colleen Wearn on Mar 28, 2016

Midway through leading a backpacking expedition composed of 15 college freshmen, I asked Claire — the nervous student designated to lead the day’s hike — if she had ever failed. At anything, ever. 

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Topics: Alumni, Leadership Skills, NOLS Scandinavia, education

New Frontiers: From the Netherlands to Alaska

By Molly Herber on May 11, 2015


Trekking through the Alaskan wilderness.
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Topics: Alumni, NOLS Patagonia, Expedition Prep, NOLS Alaska, Alaska Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, NOLS Scandinavia

Injuries Know No Borders: the Significance of Wilderness Medicine in Europe

By Molly Herber on May 5, 2015


A rough fall on a bike ride doesn't have to result in calling for a helicopter. With proper training, friends can help take care of each other on trips long and short. Walking out to the trail head and driving to the nearest hospital can save both money for search and rescue services and time for the injured. Photo by Lena Conlan.
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Topics: WMI, Becoming an Instructor, NOLS Scandinavia, backcountry, Wilderness Medicine