Creating new and continuing existing protections affirm importance of public lands for all.
Former NOLS student and instructor Jimmy Chin on location filming the Academy Award-winning documentary feature film Free Solo (© National Geographic Partners).
Lander, Wyo.– February 28, 2019 –The 91st Academy Awards recognized Free Solo, the first climbing film to win an Oscar for the top documentary feature film. Free Solo was co-directed by former NOLS instructor Jimmy Chin and his wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. The documentary featured climber Alex Honnold, chronicling his unprecedented “free solo” ascent of El Capitan’s Freerider route in Yosemite National Park without ropes or safety equipment.
Photo courtesy of the Association of Experiential Education.
On Thursday, November 8, NOLS Health Review Manager Joe Austin received the 2018 Servant Leader Award from the Association of Experiential Education (AEE). Presented at the annual AEE conference, this award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellent active leadership in the field of experiential education. Criteria for nomination include commitment to the highest level of ethical practices, dedication to furthering experiential education, and embodiment of the principle that “how and why” is just as important as “what will be done.”
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.
Portland, Oregon—At the October 2018 Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) in Portland, Clare Dallat received the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award for her contributions to risk management in the outdoor industry. This award, presented annually at the WRMC, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, service, and innovation in wilderness risk management.
Photo by Claire Burgeson
Lander, WY—On October 13, 2018, NOLS presented its annual stewardship award to Jessica Wahl, Government Affairs Manager for the Outdoor Industry Association. The NOLS Stewardship Award, presented annually since 1990, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional stewardship of public lands and the environment.
Lander, WY—This week the Bureau of Land Management is moving forward with an oil and gas lease sale in the Northern Red Desert, leaving outfitting, guiding, and outdoor recreation providers in the area with an uncertain future.
Tupper Lake, NY – On Sunday, July 29, at 6:30pm come to The Wild Center to experience An American Ascent.
Lander, Wyoming—NOLS and Saybrook University have partnered to launch an innovative new Master’s in Leadership program that balances online study with outdoor education. A 32-credit, three-semester program beginning in January 2019, the NOLS Saybrook MA in Leadership includes three wilderness expeditions led by NOLS and several residential conferences.
Portland, Maine—Shana Tarter, a founding member of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference and assistant director of NOLS Wilderness Medicine, was awarded the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in risk management to the outdoor education and adventure industry. She was presented with the award at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) in early November in Portland.