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NOLS Attends Conference on Bear Research

Posted by Kim Freitas on June 20, 2016

At the 24th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, NOLS joined other bear experts from around the world to share their knowledge last week.


Bruce Palmer On the Value of a Gap Year

Posted by Kim Freitas on June 10, 2016

At this year’s AGA Conference I caught up with Bruce Palmer, long time Admission and Marketing director at the AGA accredited Gap Year organization, National Outdoor Leadership School and father of a student who completed a NOLS program. We talked about the importance of outdoor education, Gap Years and the value of this kind of experience in the life of a young person.


10 Classic Health and Safety Risks Among First-Time Campers

Posted by Kim Freitas on June 6, 2016
In April, cameras caught a Yellowstone visitor petting a bison. In May, news spread that tourists put a baby bison in the trunk of their car. In June, a selfie-taking woman got so close to an elk that it charged. While Marco Johnson, the field staffing director of the National Outdoor Leadership School, wishes the advice would go without saying, it apparently bears repeating: “Leave the animals alone,” he says. But not all tips for first-time campers are so obvious. Here’s what Johnson and other wilderness experts say out you as a novice – and, more importantly, put your health and safety at risk.

Gap Years: Why Most Adults Say, 'I Wish I'd Done That'

Posted by Kim Freitas on June 1, 2016

I didn't take a gap year, but in retrospect wish I had—how much would I have learned about the world and grown as a person? It would have been especially relevant as I studied international affairs as an undergrad. Today, Ethan Knight, Executive Director, and Jennifer Sutherland-Miller, Director of Education with the American Gap Association, explain the benefits and logistics of taking a gap year.


Kayakers Finish Expedition Down Elk River

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 31, 2016

The two men just wanted a tall, ice-cold glass of an Arnold Palmer — the perfect blend of iced tea and lemonade and the best way to end their Elkspedition.

Matt Kearns and Adam Swisher climbed up the small staircase where the Elk River passes through Coonskin Park. They weren’t tired as others might have been after traveling the length of the river in just two weeks. Instead, they were energized.


Filling the Gap

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 25, 2016

Like a growing number of graduating high school seniors, including the president’s daughter Malia Obama, Conor Belfield ’14 took a year off before starting college in 2015.


Fall Semester Grad Savors the Outdoors

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 17, 2016

Liam Tuveson participated in an adventure of a lifetime as part of a fall semester program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

After graduating from Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts, in 2015, he embarked on the course from Aug. 28-Nov. 24, 2015. “In the weeks prior to the semester, I prepared by working out at Cook Performance, Batesville, and I spent some time looking at reviews and videos of the course online to prepare for what I might have to deal with,” he said.


How to Find the Best Campsites in the US

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 17, 2016

Whether you're swimming in crystal-clear lakes, taking in the stunning panoramic views of mountains, or frolicking in fields of blooming wildflowers, camping in nature can be one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the summer months.

But how do you pick a campsite in a country overflowing with natural beauty? Nearly 1 million square miles (2.6 million square kilometers), or about 14 percent of the U.S.' total landmass, is under some form of protection, according to Protected Planet, an international database of nature reserves and protected spaces worldwide. 


Forest Kindergarten Teacher Trained at NOLS

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 12, 2016

Forest Kindergarten Photo by Carol Simmons“For us, it’s a small stretch,” said Keaton, who has been the Antioch School’s Kindergarten teacher for 10 years, after beginning her career in public schools. Not only does Forest Kindergarten embody the school’s educational ideals, but it also builds on Keaton’s own classroom organization. “I’ve never had a day where we didn’t go outside,” she said. Also, her class, like others at the school, “has taken weekly hikes in the Glen for many years.”


Mountaineering Courses Promise Epic Treks

Posted by Kim Freitas on May 9, 2016

Imagine a class that backpacks through Washington’s North Cascades for 29 days. This is a reality with the North Cascades Mountaineering course offered through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). In this course, 10 lucky students, with the aid of two instructors, travel through the North Cascades and encounter deep valleys, jagged peaks, vast glaciers, and cascading waterfalls.