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Lessons for Today, Leadership for the Future



More than 50 years ago, legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt established NOLS to train skilled leaders and competent, confident wilderness travelers. The lessons were simple. The consequences were real. The results? Life-changing.

Today, the NOLS Annual Fund fuels the mission that Paul created.  By funding scholarships, research and outreach programs, the Annual Fund connects the leaders of tomorrow with those lessons from the past.

Goals and Progress


As of November 18, 2016, we have raised $218,854 or about 11.4 percent of our goal.


The 2017 annual fund goal is to raise $1,914,000 by August 31, 2017.

Make a contribution to the NOLS Annual Fund today by giving online. It's quick, simple, and secure.

Can’t remember your last gift? Contact us at 800-332-4280 or and we'll let you know!

Your support makes it possible for NOLS to extend opportunities for life-changing experiences to individuals and communities around the world.

Make your gift today.

What the NOLS Annual Fund Supports:

Thank you for supporting the world’s best leadership and wilderness education.

For more information, contact the NOLS Alumni and Development Department at 800-332-4280 or



Committed support from donors provides the anchor that keeps NOLS true to our mission.
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