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National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

The mission of the National Outdoor Leadership School is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. The NOLS community - its staff, students, trustees, and alumni - shares a commitment to wilderness, education, leadership, safety, community, and excellence. These values define and direct who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS--a 501(c)(3) not for profit educational institution--takes people of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions, teaching technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in some of the world's wildest and most awe-inspiring classrooms. What NOLS teaches cannot be learned in a classroom or on a city street. It takes practice to learn outdoor skills and time to develop leadership. The wilderness provides the ideal setting for this unique education. Check out some of our spectacular locations!

With courses ranging from 10 days to a full academic year, we attract highly motivated students who want to learn how to lead. Our hands on, learn-by-doing approach means that our graduates get the skills they need to be competent, responsible wilderness travelers long after their course is over. NOLS courses focus on a wide variety of skills in the areas of leadership and teamwork, outdoor skills, environmental studies and risk managment.

Financial aid and college credit are available.

284 Lincoln Street
Lander, Wyoming, Utah 82520-2848

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River Running, Hiking, Mule/Horseback Riding/Packing, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Backpacking, Outdoor Education/Service Trips