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Turn On and Tune In Tomorrow Morning. . .

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Apr 18, 2011

. . . Tuesday, April 19, for a segment featuring NOLS and starring our very own Admissions and Marketing Director Bruce Palmer on Lifetime Television's The Balancing Act, airing 7 to 8 am EST and 6 to 7 am PST.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, leadership education, outdoor education, The Balancing Act, Parent Teacher Corner

The NOLS Podcast - Leadership Progression

By NOLS on Feb 2, 2011

In this episode of The NOLS Podcast, John Kanengieter, NOLS Director for Leadership, sits down with Jamie O’Donnell, NOLS instructor and program supervisor, to discuss the leadership progression on a course and speak to the unscripted nature and subtle nuances of how we teach leadership.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, jamie o'donnell, leadership progression, discussion, Expedition Prep, leaders, experiential education, learn, John Kanengieter, curriculum, NOLS Professional, teach, Educators Notebook, instructor, outdoor education

A Gap Year at NOLS and The Wall Street Journal

By Katy Anderson on Jan 11, 2011

On December 29, 2010, The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled "Delaying College to Fill in the Gaps," quoting NOLS grad Ben Parker. Ben was accepted by the University of Iowa but deferred his admission to spend a fall Semester in the Rockies. Ben is part of a larger wave of high school graduates who are choosing to take a "gap year."

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Topics: NOLS, Expedition Prep, National Outdoor Leadership School, Interim Education, outdoor education, Sandwich Year, Gap Year

Decades of Community

By NOLS on Oct 26, 2010

The decades since NOLS founding have forged a unique community based in wilderness, built on our teaching mission, focused on our students, and reliant on our staff and volunteers. Watch this video, made for our 45th Anniversary, featuring grads, instructors and employees dating back to NOLS founding in 1965.

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Topics: NOLS, Decades of Community, Lander, 45th anniversary, classroom, Wyoming, students, mission, Live the Dream, outdoor education, paul petzoldt, wilderness

Instructor Q&A with Marco Johnson

By William Roth on Feb 26, 2010
Where did you get your start in outdoor education?
I began working outdoor education in the Adirondack Mtns. of New York where I grew up. I worked for two different programs that took teens into the mountains and on canoe trips for two week trips.What is your favorite class to teach?
How to poop in the backcountry;-) As folks can be quite nervous about this activity. Also, we can have such a impact on the environment if we don't deal with our waste well.

Are you an analyst/architect, driver, relationship master, or spontaneous motivator?
I'm a spontaneous motivator, but will move about depending on the course type and student group.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, answer, Educators Notebook, instructor, outdoor education, question

Instructor Q&A with Matthew Hartman

By William Roth on Feb 12, 2010
Where did you get your start in outdoor education?
Wilderness Therapy. AYA Colorado. Hoods in the Woods. Made me realize that teaching outdoors can have a profound impact on students, but also me personally. I had worked before for some summer programs, but that was when I really decided to do it year round.What is your favorite course to teach?
I like teaching winter courses because it makes every other course type I have worked seem easy. It makes students very tolerant and respectful of the mountains. It also gives students a chance to experience mountains in a time of year that they likely won't see again.

Give me your best backcountry recipe.
The "Matt Zone" is a calzone that is the size of you face. Mix white and wheat flower and baking powder. Do not measure anything. Guess and you get whatever you get! About and pound of flour total will make 3 "Matt Zones". Pinch a little baking powder. Add water till you have a dry, hard dough. Cut into three even pieces, then half those pieces and roll then flat and thin with a nalgene. Remember, they must be thin and the size of you face. Mix tomato sauce, either paste or powder, cut cheese (pepper jack is my favorite), fry sausage from the wind river meat packing plant, and then make your calzone. Place all ingredients on one flat dough piece and cover with another. Use oil to roll ends together, put oil in frybake and fry, flipping after five minutes. Then walk around and brag that it is the size of your face.

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Topics: NOLS, Educators Notebook, instructor, outdoor education, q&a

Staying Warm: The NOLS Layering System

By William Roth on Feb 9, 2010

Fresh from NOLS Teton Valley: The latest video from NOLSywood debuts today featuring the NOLS layering system.

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Topics: NOLS, clothing system, layering, Expedition Prep, wilderness education, winter camping, layering system, warm, outdoor education, winter, staying warm, outdoor clothing

The NOLS Podcast - Episode #2

By William Roth on Jan 19, 2010

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Topics: prepare, podcast, search, Live the Dream, outdoor education, job, career

Students Become Wilderness First Responders

By NOLS on Oct 16, 2009

The third section for the Fall Semester in the Rockies (FSR) groups is happening at Three Peaks Ranch. The students of FSR 5 & 6 are just a couple of days away from finishing up their Wilderness First Responder course. The completion of their WFR comes at a perfect time for these students, as their next section will be a month of hiking in the canyon country of southern Utah.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, WFR, Semester, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, outdoor education

Fall Outdoor Educator Semester Students practice their wilderness first aid skills.

By NOLS on Oct 8, 2009

Wilderness first aid skills are an important part of being an Outdoor Educator. One of the sections on the NOLS Outdoor Educator Semester (OES) is a WMI Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. During the WFR students learn how to act in situations when injury or illness have occurred. While classroom time gives students a foundation in the different subjects of wilderness medicine, practical scenarios are where the skills are honed.

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Topics: medicine, NOLS, WFR, wilderness medicine, WMI, Wilderness First Aid, outdoor education