Why You Should Sleep Outdoors

Posted by Brooke Ortel on September 25, 2018 12:02:41 PM MDT

NOLS Instructor and Financial Aid Counselor Cristina Edwards speaks to the benefits of sleeping outside, a tradition she can trace back to summer nights spent sleeping on the roof with her family. Today she enjoys seeing NOLS students find peace in the outdoors and notes that it’s easy to get a good night’s sleep when you’ve been active all day long.


TDA Cyclist Reflects on Expedition Behavior

Posted by Brooke Ortel on September 7, 2018 10:15:34 AM MDT

Preparing for his next bike tour, TDA cyclist Henry Gold reflects on the value of expedition behavior taught on NOLS courses. Inspired by NASA astronauts who’ve completed NOLS leadership training, TDA trip leaders encourage a culture of expedition behavior on their tours.


Lessons from an Executive Leadership Expedition

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 16, 2018 1:37:19 PM MDT

Alison Wright, founder of the The Cairn Project, an organization dedicated to getting young women outdoors, reflects on her NOLS Executive Leadership Expedition in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. She left the mountains ready to put expedition behavior to use in the frontcountry—and with an even deeper sense of commitment to her organization's mission.


Finding a Sense of Possibility in the Adirondacks

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 15, 2018 4:55:00 PM MDT

In this summer’s edition of LOCALadk Magazine, NOLS Northeast Manager and Senior Instructor Lindsay Yost reflects on the transformative power of a wilderness experience, especially for teenage students returning from their first backpacking trips.


Keeping America Beautiful

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 9, 2018 4:45:08 PM MDT

NOLS Instructor Molly Absolon reflects on the evolution of environmentalism in the U.S., calling for a renewal of the energy and commitment of the 1970s, the era when NOLS began developing the minimum impact camping techniques that evolved into Leave No Trace ethics.


Riding into the Heart of Patagonia

Posted by Brooke Ortel on August 7, 2018 10:36:08 AM MDT

For the past two decades, former NOLS instructor Nancy Pfeiffer has explored the Patagonian wilderness on horseback. But her recent book, Riding into the Heart of Patagonia, isn’t just about riding solo in the backcountry—it’s about the people she met along the way, and the things she learned from them.


An American Ascent at the Wild Center

Posted by Brooke Ortel on July 20, 2018 2:59:13 PM MDT


Tupper Lake, NY – On Sunday, July 29, at 6:30pm come to The Wild Center to experience An American Ascent.


NOLS Grad Haley Robison Recognized as Top Business Leader

Posted by Brooke Ortel on July 18, 2018 8:38:43 AM MDT

Haley Robison, Kammok CEO and NOLS semester grad, was recently recognized as one of Conscious Company’s Top Business Leaders of 2018. One of the few female CEOs in the outdoor industry, Robison was chosen for her commitment to conscious leadership, cultivation of a positive work environment, and her ability to lead by example.


How to Deal with Mosquitoes on Camping Trips

Posted by Brooke Ortel on July 17, 2018 12:16:25 PM MDT

If you’re camping in warm weather, chances are you'll encounter some mosquitoes. Get a few tips from senior NOLS instructor Marco Johnson on how to deal with these pests.


Outing Clubs: Risk Management and Leadership on Student Trips

Posted by Brooke Ortel on July 10, 2018 3:33:45 PM MDT

In the wake of Penn State’s controversial decision to prohibit its student-led outing club from organizing outdoor trips, NOLS Risk Services Manager Katie Baum Mettenbrink weighs in on risk management on student excursions. She suggests that while student leaders are capable of successfully managing risk in the wilderness, they should complete leadership, risk management, and wilderness first aid training before heading out.