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You Don’t Always Have to Know the Answer: Vulnerability in Leadership

By Carolyn Highland on Mar 25, 2020

Photo by Carolyn Highland.

The thunder rolled, the lightning cracked, and I knew I could never lead students in the backcountry on my own.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Outdoor Educator, NOLS Expeditions, Covid-19

5 Ways Expedition Behavior Helps You Raise Kids

By Alyssa Walker on May 3, 2018
Photo by Alyssa Walker

The most miserable and telling moment on my monthlong NOLS Alaska Outdoor Educator Course 13 years ago—descending a steep talus slope—taught me the value and beauty of expedition behavior, or EB. It also prepared me for an even bigger life adventure: parenthood.

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Topics: Skills, Family, Backpacking, expedition behavior, Alaska, Outdoor Educator, kids, parenting, Stories, Alumni Accomplishments

Lessons from Escalante's Desert Canyons

By Erin Phillips on Feb 13, 2018
Photo by Erin Phillips

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.

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Topics: Semester, Semester in the Rockies, NOLS semester, Outdoor Educator, outdoor educator semester, Stories, Student 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: Outdoor Educator