Lander, Wyoming – September 4, 2019 – NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) announced today that Terri Watson has been selected by the NOLS Board of Trustees to serve as the school’s sixth president. Watson will succeed John Gans who announced last November that he planned to step down after 24 years as president.
NOLS welcomes tech, film, venture capital, and nonprofit industry leaders to Board
Apple executive Annie Morita and Latino Outdoors founder Jose Gonzalez are of two of five new NOLS trustees who will bring fresh and diverse perspectives to the nonprofit outdoor school’s Board.
Lander, Wyoming – August 12, 2019 – NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) announces the appointments of five new members to its Board of Trustees: John Babcock, Jimmy Chin, José González, Annie Morita, and George Phipps.
Offering three new LGBTQ+ courses and four courses for People of Color teaching wilderness skills, Leave No Trace™ principles and leadership development
Lander, Wyoming – August 6, 2019 –Beginning this fall, NOLS, the leader in wilderness education, will launch seven new affinity courses for a total of 20 offerings. These new expeditions are designed for People of Color and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
NOLS President John Gans announced on November 28 his plans to retire at the end of 2019. He is the fifth president in the school’s 53-year history and longest-serving leader. Gans has been a part of the school for 38 years and at the conclusion of 2019, he will have served as the school's executive director and president for 24 years. He started his NOLS journey as a scholarship student in 1979 on a Semester in Kenya, later serving as director of NOLS Alaska, admissions and marketing director, and operations director before assuming the role of president in October 1995.
On July 17, 2017, NOLS joined the “We Are Still In” coalition of Paris Agreement supporters within the United States following the Trump administration’s withdrawal from this international climate accord. This coalition of nine states, 235 cities and counties, 319 colleges and universities, and 1,680 businesses and investors are publicly recommitting to their climate change goals signaling leadership from within a divided country to our international partners.
Cast the tanning lotion aside and jump, skip, hop, camp, hike or eat your way through summer vacay. With only three short months before we hit the books, you have to make the most of your break from accounting and biology. Broaden your summer landscape to include destinations other than those same sandy beaches you’ve vacationed to since you were five. Your Instagram fans will thank you. You might even acquire your next record-breaking photo.