Lander, WY — October 10, 2019 — On October 11, 2019, NOLS will present its annual Stewardship Award to Domenic Bravo, Professor of Practice for the University of Wyoming’s Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program. The NOLS Stewardship Award, presented annually since 1990, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional stewardship of public lands and the environment.
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.
Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.
Leading Outdoor Education Nonprofits Host Conference in the Land of Enchantment This Fall
Albuquerque, New Mexico—May 30, 2019—NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), in partnership with Outward Bound and the Student Conservation Association (SCA), will facilitate the 26th annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) this fall in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Lander, Wyo.—May 24, 2019—The seventh edition of the iconic NOLS Cookery is the 2018 winner of the “Classic” category of the National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA). Deemed “the classic guide to backcountry cooking” by the 2018 NOBA panel, NOLS Cookery includes a wide variety of time-tested recipes submitted by NOLS instructors and staff.
C5 students from New England enjoy the scenery of the Wind River Range of Wyoming on their NOLS expedition in 2018. Photo by Kermelle Billy.
Lander, Wyo.—May 22, 2019—This summer, NOLS and the C5 Youth Association will celebrate the fifth year of their partnership to provide customized outdoor expeditions to hundreds of young leaders. With the mission to “inspire high-potential youth from risk-filled environments to pursue personal success,” C5 incorporates NOLS outdoor leadership courses as the third-year component of a five-year intensive program that includes year-round leadership mentoring, summer activities, community service, and overnight wilderness treks.
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.”