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NOLS welcomes new leadership, names Terri Watson as president

Posted by NOLS on September 4, 2019 11:25:47 AM MDT

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.


New Trustees Bring Diverse Expertise to Wilderness Education Nonprofit

Posted by NOLS on August 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM MDT

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.


NOLS Introduces Seven Wilderness Expeditions for Affinity Group Members

Posted by NOLS on August 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM MDT

Offering three new LGBTQ+ courses and four courses for People of Color teaching wilderness skills, Leave No Trace™ principles and leadership development

Photo by Jorge Moreno/ NOLS

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 Announces Retirement

Posted by NOLS on November 30, 2018 3:54:48 PM MST

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.


NOLS Joins “We Are Still In” Paris Agreement Coalition

Posted by NOLS on July 20, 2017 7:51:41 AM MDT

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.


The 10 Best Alternative Summer Trips for College Students

Posted by NOLS on June 14, 2017 10:16:04 AM MDT

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.


New Zealand Earthquake Update

Posted by NOLS on November 13, 2016 11:40:02 AM MST

The following is the latest information we have received since learning of reports of the earthquake in New Zealand this morning. We will provide periodic updates.


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