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Celebrating NOLS in the New Year

By NOLS on Jan 9, 2020
Paul Petzoldt instructing a group of NOLS students in the early years of the school. Photo from NOLS archives.

January 2020 is a month of great reflection and celebration at NOLS. It marks the:

  • Welcoming of our first female president,

  • Paul Petzoldt's 112th birthday,

  • our 55th year educating students in the outdoors, and

  • 50 years of NOLS in homes across America.

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Topics: NOLS, anniversary, history, paul petzoldt, documentary, stories, Terri Watson, 55th anniversary

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

Happy 45th Birthday NOLS!

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Jun 10, 2010

It was during this week in 1965 that a new creature was born: the NOLS expedition. That's right, 45 years ago, Paul Petzoldt led 43 young men into Wyoming's Wind River Mountains on the school's first course. This year we are celebrating NOLS' 45th Birthday and WMI's 20th with a big event in October. Stay tuned for more details on that celebration in the Summer 2010 issue of the Leader.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, NOLS alumni, National Outdoor Leadership School, 45th Birthday, paul petzoldt, NOLS events, 45h Anniversary