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New Courses for Fall 2017

By Molly Herber on 4/10/17 8:49 AM

Editor’s Note: We’re introducing six new courses to our fall lineup that are all 10 days or shorter. Enjoy!

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, NOLS Southwest, NOLS Northeast

Quantifying the Unquantifiable: What I Learned after a Week in the Wilderness with the Archer School for Girls

By Jen Pontrelli on 5/9/16 8:10 AM

There I was in the middle of the Galiuro Wilderness in southern Arizona. Traversing a mountain trail at top speed for the terrain, sweating profusely in the desert sun, and humming Fergie’s 2007 hit “Glamorous.”

As a diehard Metallica fan, I didn’t expect this particular tune to be rattling around in my brain, but my fellow expedition members, 12 high school freshman girls, would not have it any other way.

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Topics: Backpacking, adventure, Live the Dream, NOLS Southwest, NOLS Professional Training, leadership, NOLS Custom 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.

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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 East Africa, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch

Daily Gratitude: NOLS in the Frontcountry

By Scott Stewart on 3/18/16 2:55 PM

 NOLS taught me two of life’s most valuable lessons: humility and gratitude.

On my course, I couldn’t climb the 5.10 crack in Joshua Tree National Park, although my knuckles were bloodied and my fingertips were raw from the attempt. I couldn’t carry my equal share of weight after throwing out my back in the Wind River Range, burdening my teammates by adding more mass to their already 70-pound packs.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, climbing, Backpacking, Live the Dream, NOLS Southwest, leadership

Educator Expedition: Multi-pitch Climbing in Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 3/18/16 2:04 PM
Climbing the Birdland route. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Martin.
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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Southwest, IDF, Instructor Development Fund

12 Photos to Get You Excited for Spring

By Molly Herber on 3/16/16 10:40 AM

Spring is coming—it's time to start frolicking through wildflowers and get antsy for summer expeditions.

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Topics: NOLS Patagonia, NOLS Mexico, Live the Dream, NOLS India, NOLS Southwest

The NOLS Underground: Caving

By Sarah Zimmerman on 2/25/16 10:46 AM
Photo by Lindsay Nohl.
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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Semester, adventure, NOLS Southwest, education, caving

Educator Expedition: A Multimodal Loop in Texas Big Bend Country

By NOLS Blog on 2/16/16 8:57 AM
Two vehicles = amazing yardsale for switching gear. Photo by Lindsay Nohl.
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Topics: packraft, adventure, Educators Notebook, instructor, instructors, NOLS Southwest, backcountry

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

Six Reasons to Love the Southwest

By Molly Herber on 8/28/15 1:50 PM

1. Remoteness

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, climbing, Backpacking, NOLS Southwest, wilderness, caving

6 Tips for Planning a U.S. National Park Road Trip

By NOLS Blog on 7/30/15 8:00 AM

 By Alex Phillips

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Topics: Expedition Prep, National Outdoor Leadership School, Backpacking, NOLS Southwest, education, wilderness, backcountry, Wilderness Medicine

4 Gear Tips for Lightweight Backpacking

By Molly Herber on 7/27/15 8:00 AM
Travel far and fast while lightweight backpacking. Photo by Jared Steinman.
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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Expedition Prep, adventure, video, NOLS Southwest, backcountry, lightweight backpacking

Pathfinding on an Outdoor Semester

By Molly Herber on 6/30/15 8:00 AM
Matt Kearns, NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester 2015. Photo courtesy of Matt Kearns.
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Topics: Semester, NOLS Rocky Mountain, climbing, Backpacking, Live the Dream, video, NOLS Southwest, backcountry skiing, canyoneering, Wilderness Medicine

Educator Expedition: "Plan B" Rock Climbing in Red Rocks

By NOLS Blog on 6/15/15 8:00 AM
Making the approach. Photo by Jared Steinman.
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Topics: climbing, Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Southwest

Smart Water Practices in the Southwest

By Molly Herber on 4/29/15 1:00 AM

By Naresh Kumar, NOLS Southwest Spring 2015 Intern

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship, NOLS Southwest, education, backcountry