Outdoor Professionals to Convene in Albuquerque for 26th Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 30, 2019 9:18:40 AM MDT

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.

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NOLS Cookery Wins 2018 National Outdoor Book Award

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 23, 2019 8:51:03 AM MDT


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.

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NOLS Celebrates Fifth Year of Innovative Partnership with C5 Youth Association to Serve High-Potential Under-Resourced Youth across the Country

Posted by Brooke Ortel on May 22, 2019 10:16:50 AM MDT

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.

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NOLS Celebrates Landmark Federal Public Lands Victory

Posted by Molly Herber on February 28, 2019 11:50:45 AM MST

Creating new and continuing existing protections affirm importance of public lands for all.

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NOLS Graduate and Instructor Jimmy Chin Receives Oscar for Free Solo

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 28, 2019 9:06:52 AM MST
 
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.

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Joe Austin Receives AEE Servant Leader Award

Posted by Brooke Ortel on December 12, 2018 9:32:37 AM MST

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.”

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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.

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Clare Dallat Receives the WRMC’s 2018 Charles (Reb) Gregg Award

Posted by Kenzie Wilkinson on October 25, 2018 8:36:47 AM MDT

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.

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Jessica Wahl Receives 2018 NOLS Stewardship Award

Posted by Aaron Bannon on October 15, 2018 4:44:03 PM MDT

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.

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NOLS Horsepacking in Wyoming’s Red Desert Threatened by Oil and Gas Development

Posted by Aaron Bannon on September 26, 2018 11:16:25 AM MDT

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.

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