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NOLS New York City Alumni Chapter

What is NOLS NYC?

Mission: NOLS-NYC promotes the ideals of the National Outdoor Leadership School and develops an association of people dedicated to leadership, the wilderness experience, and the environment within our urban community. This mission is achieved through a variety of activities, including social events, service opportunties, and fundraising efforts.

The loose-knit chapter brings people together for a wide range of outdoor activities including climbing hiking, kayaking, camping, skiing, biking, fishing and more. NOLS NYC also uses it's energy and leadership talents by serving the community through various charities, community service initiatives, clean-ups, fund-raising, etc. Lastly, NOLS NYC initiates various social/educational events such as film festivals, lectures and our Annual Reunion at Patagonia SoHo to promote fellowship among alumni and to help further the NOLS mission. Stay tuned to this group through our two local electronic list services.

Upcoming Chapter Sponsored Events:





    Hiking in the Gunks - Ice caves, a waterfall and panoramic views! Easy to moderate 8-mile hike on trais. We'll facilitate carpools and meet at the trailhead. Pack a lunch and we'll end the day at a local bar/restaurant for those who wish to partake. More details available via the list serve. Rain date: 10/24
    NOLS Book Club - 7 p.m. Location: TBD. Come for dinner/drinks and a lively discussion of "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World."
    Holiday Party - 6 p.m. Destination Bar, 211 Avenue A. Join us for drinks and a Yankee Swap! Bring a piece of outdoot gear to add to the grab bag- something barely used or bought for under $20.
    NOLS Night Out - 6 p.m., Johnny Utah's, 25 West 51st Street. Who will ride the bull? This is our bi-monthly get-together. Come hang our & have a drink with NOLS friends. We'll kick around future activity ideas.



NOLS Leadership Week Service Project

Stay tuned for details.


X-Country Skiing Weekend in Vermont

We'll stay in houses & rustic cabins. Approx 4 hours from NYC. Equipment rentals available. We'll divvy up all necessary camping & cooking gear and food. We'll facilitate carpools. Accommodation limited, 1st come, first served. Please email if you're interested.


NOLS Book Club - Time and location TBD. Come for dinner/drinks and a lively discussion of a, yet to be determined, outdoor adventure-themed book. Newcomers and book suggestions welcomed.

    Banff Mountain Film Festival - Time & place TBD. Come see the best of this international film competition. Film themes include mountaineering, ice and rock climbing, skiing, kayaking, snowboarding and wildlife & environmental issues.


  NOLS Night out - 6:00 PM, location TBD. This is our bimonthly get together. Come hang out & have a drink with NOLS friends. And we'll kick around ideas for more outings.

Campout & Bonfire in Saugerties, NY Sounds fun, doesn't it? Includes options for hiking, biking, swimming, farmers markets,etc. Details to come.



  NOLS Book Club Time and location TBD. Come for dinner/drinks and a lively discussion of a, yet to be determined, outdoor adventure-themed book. Newcomers and book suggestions welcomed.
TBD   Bronx River Paddle Come canoeing with us! The Bronx River is an environmental clean-up success story. We'll paddle past the NY Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo. Details to come.
TBD   Kayaking on the Hudson River Launch out of Cold Spring, NY with Atlantic Kayak Tours and paddle up the Hudson. Pack a lunch and spend the day on the water. There is a fee for this activity. All necessary equipment is provided. Details to come.



NYC Alumni Inquiries

You can communicate with the Chapter via the NOLS NYC List Serve, or you can send an email directly:

New Members

Anyone interested in becoming a part of this group is welcome. Join us by subscribing to the list services. You do not need to have participated in a NOLS course to get involved with this organization.

Questions? Contact NOLS Alumni Relations


Telephone: (800) 332-4280


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