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NOLS Facts

  • NOLS teaches outdoor skills, leadership and environmental studies to more than 10,500 students each year.
  • Outside Magazine ranks NOLS the #1 school for learning wilderness skills.
  • NOLS Professional Training offers customized wilderness expeditions, leadership training and risk management consulting to corporations, schools and organizations across the country and around the world.
  • The Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of NOLS prepares students to handle medical emergencies in remote environments. They offer a wide variety of courses and certifications in wilderness medicine with cutting edge curriculum and true-to-life practice scenarios.
  • Cable television’s OLN (Outdoor Life Network) named NOLS the #1 Adventure Camp in the country.
  • NOLS was a founding partner in the Leave No Trace program and developed today’s LNT curriculum for land managers, outdoor leaders and other activists.



River students travel through an amazing landscape towering canyon walls.
Photo: Brad Christensen




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