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Spreading the Word

By NOLS Southwest staff on Mar 21, 2011

Sometimes working in-town at a branch means getting out into the community and spreading the word about NOLS and it’s mission!

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Topics: NOLS, Summit Hut, Behind the Scenes, Nick Cross, Tucson, Promotion, Ben Venter

NOLS Community Mourns Tucson Victims

By Rich Brame on Jan 18, 2011

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families and friends of those whose lives were suddenly turned upside down on the morning of January 8, 2011 in Tucson.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Tucson, giffords, NASA, Live the Dream

Southwest Semester Students Give Back

By NOLS Southwest staff on Nov 24, 2010

On November 22nd, the students of Fall Semester in the Southwest (FSW 9/13/10) spent a few hours with Eric and Suzanne Dhruv, the directors of the Ironwood Tree Experience (ITE). ITE is run through Prescott College and is another top-notch non-profit here in Tucson, AZ.

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Topics: NOLS, Tucson, Expedition Prep, service project, ironwood tree experience, Greenlots, NOLS Southwest

A day of service with Ironwood Tree Experience

By NOLS Southwest staff on Oct 29, 2010

On October 18th, the in-town staff at NOLS Southwest spent the afternoon donating some time for a great cause. We set out to meet up with Eric and Suzanne Dhruv, Directors of the Ironwood Tree Experience, (ITE) which is a local non-profit in Tucson. ITE is part of Prescott College’s Center for Children in Nature, and their mission is to connect teens with their community through experiences in nature.

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Topics: arizona, service, NOLS, Behind the Scenes, Tucson, Southwest, community project, clean up, trash, ITE, ironwood tree experience, greenlot, wilderness

What's All This "Leadership Week" Hullabaloo About?

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Feb 19, 2010

Before I found out the real scoop, "Leadership Week" brought to mind masses of NOLS employees wearing matching t-shirts and holding hands while singing Kumbaya around a campfire and generally extolling the wonderiferousness (yes, that's a word in my dictionary) of NOLS.

Well, I wasn't too far off base when I found out the real scoop. Leadership Week does involve masses of NOLS employees, alums, friends, and family wearing matching t-shirts and generally extolling the wonderiferousness of NOLS. It may or may not involve some hand-holding. And it will involve some singing, more along the lines of "Give me an N! Give me an O! Give me an L! Give me an S! What's that spell?" And it will definitely involve fire, although it will be cooking stove fire and not campfire.

But stay with me here. Leadership Week involves more. It's a call to all the NOLS alums, friends, and family who are hiding in the weeds to come out of the woodwork (yes, I realize I am mixing metaphors) and tell everyone about their NOLS experience. It's also a call to action - tune into the web-site, and pick an item or two (or create your own) to do yourself. You might decide to review a book on Or, if your friends don't know they can make cheesecake or calzones or cinnamon rolls in the wilderness, you might want to invite them to a Whisperlite FryBake to show them the wonders of NOLS cookery. Or, you might want to just have a good time and play outside!

There are also several key events occurring throughout next week all over the country, starting TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18! If you are in the Tucson area tomorrow, you should drop by NOLS Southwest for the Leadership Week Kick-off Party at 3:30 p.m. Yes, free food and lots of fun to be had. Do it! And if you are enjoying the snow in Sun Valley or Ketchum, put your snowboard aside for a day and join area NOLS grads and friends for cross-country skiing,
mini-seminars, NOLS updates and après ski refreshments at
Galena Lodge. Details for both events are on the web-site.

There are also several events scheduled to occur at NOLS HQ in Lander, including a Leadership Week Olympics that involves a cook-off and an animal call challenge (I am particularly versed in the "Mosquito call"). I will be attending as many as I can and will give you my thoughts on future blogs. Stay tuned!

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Topics: backcountry cooking, NOLS, leadership, Sunn Valley, Olympics, Behind the Scenes, Tucson, Frybake, Southwest, Ketchum, NOLS cookery, cooking in the wilderness

NOLS Instructors Lighten Packs

By Ryan Hutchins-Cabibi on Feb 9, 2010

This last week NOLS Southwest was once again the proud host of the Lightweight Backpacking Seminar for NOLS Instructors. This annual training followed on the heals of two lightweight backpacking courses that successfully educated twenty new NOLS graduates.

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Topics: arizona, hike, NOLS, leadership, Tucson, Southwest, Training, National Outdoor Leadership School, outdoor, school, skills, shangri-la, backpack, AZ, caldera cone, GoLite, Backpacking, Mountain, Educators Notebook, instructors, trail, light, stove, Lightweight, education