How is NOLS different than other veterans’ outdoor programs?
NOLS courses in Wyoming are eligible for VA benefits, and across the school you have access to a variety of courses and skill areas.
NOLS offers a structured leadership curriculum and respected wilderness medicine training that can enhance your resume when applying to school and jobs.
Most courses have a blend of veteran and non-veteran students, meaning you’ll be taking your course with a group of people who have varied life experiences.
Will a NOLS course help me with future employment opportunities?
Yes! NOLS diplomas and certifications are respected across the outdoor industry and outside of it, too.
In addition, graduating from a NOLS course will give you access to the NOLS Jobsnetwork, an online database of employers all over the country looking for employees with the skills NOLS courses provide. See further information on NOLS alumni benefits.
Are there other veterans on NOLS courses?
Yes! Many of our courses that are eligible for VA Benefits will have a blend of both veteran and non-veteran students.
Can I sign up with a friend?
Yes! We can place you on the same course if there are sufficient spaces available. If you have a large enough group, you may inquire with NOLS Custom Education about designing a course.
- How do my VA Benefits work with NOLS courses?
- Am I eligible for additional financial aid if I’m already using VA Benefits?
Is there any out-of-pocket cost not covered by my VA Benefits?
Yes, depending on whether your course is classroom-based or expedition-based. Read more specific information on the costs covered by VA Benefits.
Is NOLS the same as wilderness therapy?
While there are undeniable health benefits to spending time in the wilderness, NOLS is not a good fit for those seeking wilderness therapy programs.
NOLS graduate Kevin Wilson talks about his NOLS experience, which he funded with veterans benefits through the GI Bill.