WMI to join NOLS
LANDER, Wyo. - April 21, 1999 -- The National
Outdoor Leadership School has announced that
the Wilderness Medicine Institute will become
an institute of NOLS effective Sept. 1. This
will further the school's role as the world's
foremost wilderness educator.
WMI is the leading provider of wilderness
medicine training in the western United States
and is headquartered in Pitkin, Colo. WMI
will continue to use its own name and will
be known as the Wilderness Medicine Institute
of the National Outdoor Leadership School.
"This move is exciting," said
NOLS Executive Director John Gans. "By
bringing WMI into the NOLS family, we will
be extending our mission as the leading source
and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership.
NOLS is committed to providing safe and enjoyable
outdoor education. This blends well with
our overall outdoor curriculum and philosophy.
There are risks in outdoor experiences and
we want to train people to minimize those
risks and give them the tools for what to
do when something goes wrong."
After working together for more than a decade,
both organizations decided their respective
missions would be greatly enhanced by this
"The whole will be greater than the
sum of the parts" said Buck Tilton and
Melissa Gray, co-founders of WMI, noting
that the action will improve student service
and staff quality.
There should be very few, if any, policy
changes at either organization. The management
of both organizations will stay the same
and at least for the foreseeable future WMI
operations will remain in Colorado. NOLS
is also a primary sponsor of the nationally-recognized
Wilderness Risk Management Conference.
To learn more about WMI visit their web
site or read a recent article about
National Outdoor Leadership School