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How Climate Change Might Impact Your Next Backpacking Trip

By Brooke Ortel on Aug 13, 2018


Backpacking in New York. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.

It’s a familiar scene: piles of food and gear, a trusted backpack unzipped, ready to be (carefully) stuffed full. You’re getting ready for your next backpacking adventure in the mountains.

As you run through your mental checklist, your friend casually asks, “So, you’re going to see those glaciers while they’re still there?” You pause, thinking for a moment. They’re only half kidding.

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Topics: Wyoming, backpacking, Environmental Stewardship, Alaska, education, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, climate change

Learning the Meaning of Teamwork in the Wilderness

By Wolf Johnson on Jan 22, 2018
Photo courtesy of Wolf Johnson

I crested the top of the small mountain, ahead of the rest, for a brief moment of celebration on the top, all by myself. The view took my breath away, literally, but also emotionally. I could feel a tenderness and had a few tears in my eyes.

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Topics: leadership, Wind River Wilderness, Wyoming, backpacking, teamwork, stories, student-stories

Four-Day Adventure Race? Let’s Go!

By Molly Herber on Jul 17, 2015

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 Jun 17, 2015

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 May 21, 2015

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 May 16, 2015

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 Apr 3, 2015

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 Mar 4, 2015

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 has jumped on the LEED train and is successfully taking the school toward a greener future.

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Topics: Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Wyoming, WMI, Environmental Stewardship

Wyss Campus to open its doors

By Casey Adams on Oct 31, 2012

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
students.

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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