What’s the newest way we’re finding
first-rate leaders at NOLS? Here’s a hint – it’s
36 feet long and powered by used vegetable oil. It’s
a bus – the NOLS Bus – and it will be
hitting the road this summer.
Powered by used vegetable oil, solar power, and sponsored
by Silk™, the
makers of organic soymilk, this educational program on wheels aims to provide
an active, environmentally conscious way to learn about the outdoors and celebrate
While delivering NOLS’ message
of solid outdoor skills, experiential leadership,
and environmental awareness, the Bus will also search
leaders” as it passes through communities throughout the country. The
project aims to make NOLS leadership opportunities widely accessible – which
is why NOLS On The Road is offering 15 full-tuition scholarships for summer
2005 NOLS courses. The Bus will search for these future NOLS leaders on college
and high school campuses, at outdoor retailers, Whole Foods™ markets
and other Silk™ vendors.
NOLS on the Road will begin its tour in the Rocky
Mountain region before making its way to the West
coast in late August. First stop: the University
of California at Berkeley. From there, the Bus
will continue through northern California and into
Oregon and Washington before u-turning south through
the Rockies and on into the Southwest, resting
its wheels at NOLS Southwest in Tucson, Arizona
for the Christmas holidays. Then it’s a fresh start in the New Year with
plans to tour the Midwest, the Southeast, and the Northeast before returning
to Lander after a full year on the road.
Visitors to the Bus will have a variety of opportunities
to learn about outdoor activities, from sharpening
their climbing skills on the 8-by-15-foot bouldering
wall, to learning to fly fish in Orvis fly fishing clinics, to practicing first
aid skills with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. Visitors may also
have the chance to learn the techniques of fixed-line ascension, a rope system
used in caving and rock climbing.
In the evening, the Bus will become an outdoor theater,
showing the NOLS video as well as independent expedition
slide shows from NOLS graduates and instructors.
There will be raffles for gear, free samples of Silk™ soymilk, and computers
on board for on-the-spot applications for the NOLS on the Road scholarships.
The NOLS Bus runs on
used vegetable oil, a cleaner, renewable alternative
to petroleum. The specially converted engine will
be filled up at restaurants and dining halls where
used vegetable oil is available. Rather than polluting
the air with undesirable carbon dioxide, the engine leaves behind the distinct
odor of — you guessed it — french fries!
Other alternative energy features on board the Bus include solar panels that
power audio/visual equipment, lights and computers, and educational materials
on alternative energy and organic agriculture.
If you think the Bus would be a hit in your community,
contact Emy Noel at (800) 710-NOLS, ext. 2254 or
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll see
you at the Bus!