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What You'll Learn

NOLS courses provide some of the best classrooms for learning about environmental studies: the wilderness! While on your course, you will connect to the natural world through observing and applying ecological concepts. Instructors focus on place-based learning so that you become familiar with land management and environmental issues that shape that area. We also want you to have an active role in protecting our environment. Leave No Trace principles transform the way you travel through the backcountry and inform your habits after returning home. After a NOLS course, you will be able to articulate your grown environmental ethic.

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Stewardship at NOLS

Stewardship at NOLS starts with our courses and extends through all of our operations. From advocating for better land management policies to engaging in national campaigns to protect our public lands, NOLS is leading the charge to preserve and protect the places we love. We believe that, as people who explore and enjoy wilderness and public lands, we have an obligation to take care of these places. Click below to learn about our ongoing projects and campaigns, and find out how you can make a difference for the places you care about.

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