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Lessons from Escalante's Desert Canyons

By Erin Phillips on Feb 13, 2018

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

—David Wagoner

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Topics: Semester, Semester in the Rockies, Live the Dream, NOLS semester, Outdoor Educator, outdoor educator semester, stories

Blood, Sweat, and Cheese: An Epic Adventure

By Liz Blair on Oct 18, 2016

23 days, 12 students, 4 instructors, and 1 epic adventure. This fall, I participated in an Outdoor Educator course with NOLS in Lander, Wyoming.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Outdoor Educator

Hello from the Backcountry!

By NOLS on Jul 7, 2011

When it comes to hearing about how courses are going, no news is good news... but good news is great! Kumari Ratnayake, a student on a Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator course sent this letter out from a food re-ration to us here at NOLS HQ.

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Topics: letter, NOLS, Patagonia, Expedition Prep, video contest, rocky mountains, pictures, Kumari Ratnayake, hello, Outdoor Educator, drawing, journal, backcountry

Spring Semester & Leadership Week at Rocky Mountain

By Sophia Kim on Feb 24, 2011

Despite recent winter storms, the spring semester at NOLS Rocky Mountain is underway! Our Outdoor Educator Semester and Spring Semester in the Rockies courses are off to a rockin’ start. The RM is seeing a lot more action than it has in previous weeks. Our bays are filling up quickly with gear as students have been equipping themselves for their winter sections.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership week, SSR, Spring Semester Courses 2011, #NOLSLW, Educators Notebook, Outdoor Educator, Rocky Mountain

Sunsets, Saguaros, and NOLS Students: Spring in the Southwest

By NOLS Southwest staff on Jan 19, 2011

With the start of the New Year the Southwest Branch comes to life like an arroyo after strong desert rains. This season the branch welcomes some new faces among the familiar ones from the fall. Starting this January are our new Issue Room manager Charlotte, our new Transportation manager Bryan, and our four eager interns Dustin, Adam, Allie, and Slaton. Also new to the Branch are the students of the Southwest Outdoor Educators course, the Lightweight Backpacking course, and the first Semester course. All three course groups have successfully arrived at the Branch, geared up, and are currently in the field backpacking through the wilds of Arizona.

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Topics: hike, galiuros, Behind the Scenes, Semester, Southwest, sonora, Backpacking, Outdoor Educator, kofa, Lightweight

Outdoor Educator Students and BLM Team Up for Monitoring Project

By NOLS Scandinavia on May 7, 2010
On April 29, the NOLS Rocky Mountain (RM) Outdoor Educator Semester
(OES) took a break from their climbing camp to spend the day with the Bureau of
Land Management’s (BLM) Lander Field Office
. A windy day provided a great opportunity for OES students
and instructors to stay on the ground and help the BLM monitor Wilderness Study
Areas (WSAs) in the Granite Mountains, east of Jeffrey City, Wyoming.

Photo: NOLS Field Instructor Christian Gauderer assists students Varley Hopkinson, Maegan Fitzgerald and Zach Parelman as they monitor wilderness characteristics in the Split Rock Wilderness Study Area.

The morning began with a safety and orientation talk, after which
BLM Recreation Technician and NOLS instructor, Brandon Thielke discussed
various wilderness characteristics and values the group would be documenting,
including evidence of development, naturalness, viewsheds, and opportunities
for solitude. Armed with worksheets, maps and GPS units, the students
and instructors hiked into the Split Rock and Miller Springs WSAs. By
day's end, the group had monitored approximately 15 miles within and near
the boundaries of the WSAs and logged a combined total of 84 hours of
service.
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Topics: Behind the Scenes, blm, wilderness study area, Wyoming, jeffery city, Outdoor Educator, land management, Rocky Mountain

NOLS Instructor's Film "Arctic Cliffhangers" Shows in Banff

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Apr 8, 2010

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Topics: Best Wildlife Film, NOLS, NOLS Yukon, Arctic Cliffhangers, Baja Sea Kayaking, Julia Scuzs, Educators Notebook, Outdoor Educator, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival