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Four-Day Adventure Race? Let’s Go!

By Molly Herber on 7/17/15 8:06 AM

Yesterday marked the start of a competition of epic proportions. The Cowboy Tough race, conducted in a different Wyoming location each year (this year it's in Casper, Cheyenne, and the Bighorn Mountains), features three and a half grueling days of trekking, road biking, whitewater paddling, and mountain biking.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, Lander, Wyoming, adventure, Wilderness Medicine

How to Give Effective Feedback to Land Managers

By Dave Schimelpfenig on 6/17/15 8:00 AM

There are many uses of public land, and they don’t always align. For example, it would be challenging for NOLS to teach wilderness skills surrounded by oil and gas development. How do managers decide what should be done with a tract of public land? Ideally, they hear from the people who use the land.

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Topics: NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming, Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

Weathering Storms and Riding Waves: Interview with Jim Acee (Part 1)

By Molly Herber on 5/21/15 2:00 AM

Jim Acee, a Pittsburgh native, took the first NOLS semester course, a Semester in the Rockies in 1974. After that, he filled various positions: a NOLS instructor in the Rockies, Baja, and Utah, scrap metal salesman, corporate marketer, professor, director of Boise State’s Center for Executive Management Development, caregiver, dancer, whitewater rafter, and more. We caught up with him to hear the stories of his adventures (and he has many) with NOLS and beyond.

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Topics: Alumni, leadership, NOLS Mexico, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming, instructor, Live the Dream

Wyoming Legislators Congratulate NOLS

By Casey Adams on 5/16/15 2:00 AM

U.S. Senator John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, both of Wyoming, spoke on the Senate and House floors celebrating the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) 50th anniversary this month.

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Topics: leadership, Behind the Scenes, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming

NOLS Icon: Nancy Pallister, Building Leaders with Grit in the Winds

By Molly Herber on 4/3/15 6:00 AM

NOLS is turning 50 this year! With that big birthday on our horizon, we’re taking a look back and celebrating some of the incredible individuals that made NOLS the organization it is today.

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Topics: Alumni, leadership week, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Wyoming, Backpacking, adventure, instructor, Live the Dream

Wyss Campus Acquires More LEED Certifications

By Becca Sage on 3/4/15 4:08 AM

To have a LEED certification is an honorable feat in the world of sustainability. A product of the U.S. Green Building Council, the multi-tiered LEED certification system has been a pioneer and leader in sustainable building initiatives around the world. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes responsible building designs and practices. In pursuit of sustainability, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) has jumped on the LEED train and is successfully taking the school toward a greener future.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Wyoming, WMI, Environmental Stewardship

NOLS to Play Major Roles at Cowboy Tough Adventure Race

By Mike Casella on 7/17/13 8:52 AM

Starting Thursday morning in southeastern Wyoming is the
Cameco and City of Casper Cowboy Tough Expedition Race. As part of the Rev3
Adventure Race Series, this point-to-point race, starting in Cheyenne and
ending in Casper is also a national qualifying race for the North American
Adventure Racing Series (NAARS). Teams of two or four people will race through
a series of outdoor disciplines including trekking, biking, river travel,
rappelling as well as other challenging activities.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, North American Adventure Racing Series, natural world, Cheyenne, National Outdoor Leadership School, wilderness medicine, Wyoming, adventure race, Cowboy Tough Expedition Race, Rev3, Casper, wilderness

Wyss Campus to open its doors

By Casey Adams on 10/31/12 1:02 AM

Located along
the Little Popo Agie River that flows through the largely federally protected
Red Canyon near Lander, Wyo. is the new NOLS Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus,
dedicated Oct. 12. This week, the campus will welcome its first Wilderness EMT

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Topics: NOLS, Wilderness EMT, Behind the Scenes, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Popo Agie, Lander, Red Canyon, technology, National Outdoor Leadership School, wilderness medicine, Wyoming, Wyss, students, energy use, viability, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, cabins, undeveloped, wildlife, caretaker, Hanjorg Wyss, educational facilitiy, efficient building, habitat, campus

The state of the school: FY 2012

By Casey Adams on 10/16/12 7:41 AM

Staff, faculty , advisory council members, and NOLS Board of
Trustees gathered in Lander, Wyo.
last Friday for the annual board and
committee meetings. The weekend commenced with State of the School addresses by
new Board Chair Kate
Gunness Williams
, NOLS Executive Director John Gans, and the executive
director team.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, WyoFile, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Board, Trustees, Lander, Kate Gunness Williams, educate, enroll, faculty, awards, wilderness education, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, Faculty Summit, County10, fundraising, strategic plan, WMI, advisory council, Nonprofit Times, Outside Magazine, State of the School, staff, student, Expedition goals, leader, wilderness, record, John Gans

Linda Lindsey named to Governor's Council

By Casey Adams on 10/10/12 2:14 AM

Linda Lindsey, NOLS human resources and inclusion director, has been named to the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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Topics: NOLS, Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and, Behind the Scenes, human resources, educate, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, inactivity, Inclusion, physical activities, nurse, mission, health, benefits, Outdoors, Leadership Wyoming, obesity, well-being

NOLS grad dines with strangers

By Casey Adams on 9/6/12 8:09 AM

NOLS holds both breakfast and communication in high regard. 1995
Semester in Mexico graduate Matt Webber is taking these two principles to a new
level and across the U.S. this year.

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Topics: strangers, Alumni, NOLS, Semester, Lander, Courtney Dillard, Breakfast, America, diners, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, travel, polarized, community, Live the Dream, Matt Webber book, Pip Coe, conversation, local

NOLS' Amazing Public Relations Internship

By Nate Robbins on 9/5/12 3:00 AM

My internship here at the National Outdoor Leadership School has been better than I could have ever expected. I have been given many opportunities to grow in more ways than just working at my desk. I do get the chance to develop my skills on normal public relations tasks including writing press releases. I have been sending out press releases about students who complete NOLS courses, and I’ve been getting published. I also have been working on social media postings on the NOLS blog about interesting stories and topics.

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Topics: NOLS, Sinks Canyon, Behind the Scenes, opportunity, Lander, Public Relations, Wyoming, Headquarters, Internship, Gannett, International Climbers' Festival, Wind River Range, Vedauwoo, summit, CWC, rock climbing

A-ray of sunlight powers NOLS RM

By Casey Adams on 6/5/12 4:31 AM

In true summer fashion, NOLS Rocky Mountain is soaking up the sun for all it’s worth, which is, in fact, about 70 percent of the facility’s power usage.

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Topics: Rocky Mountain Power, NOLS, Solar, Lander, renovation, Blue Skies program, Wyoming, ground source heat, power, Creative Energies, Environmental Stewardship, energy efficient, Speeds Heating and Cooling, Rocky Mountain

Faculty Summit kicks off with clinics

By Casey Adams on 5/15/12 1:17 AM

The second annual NOLS Faculty Summit kicked off today, with clinics up and down Sinks Canyon outside Lander. Both the river crossing clinic and rock rescue clinic kicked off early in the morning, and the afternoon included a Tyrolean traverse clinic.

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Topics: NOLS, Sinks Canyon, Tyrolean traverse, Popo Agie River, clinics, Lander, rock rescue, National Outdoor Leadership School, climbing, Wyoming, Faculty Summit, Educators Notebook, river crossing

Lander, Wyoming Ranked #2 Top Town for Climbers

By NOLS on 8/15/11 9:41 AM

Those of us that get to live here in Lander, Wyoming often claim that our town is an incredible place to live. It’s nice to have those claims validated in the September issue of Climbing magazine. Lander is listed as one of the top 5 towns to live in as a climber, and we can’t help but agree.

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Topics: Sinks Canyon, Behind the Scenes, Lander, wild iris, climbing, Wyoming, climbing magazine, climb