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Why Choose NOLS?

NOLS is the only organization that combines decades of wilderness experience with innovative leadership curriculum, top-tier instructors, and unparalleled risk management. 

Focused on small group learning, NOLS shares the magic of wilderness education with students.

  • Examine academic and global topics in wild classrooms
  • Elevate leadership skills with lessons from an extended adventure
  • Connect with the earth
  • Understand new cultures

You will emerge from the wilderness a stronger, more competent, and more confident individual.

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Lifelong Skills

Develop leadership and outdoor skills that you can apply to all facets of your life. Explore wild places in the U.S. and around the world while gaining cultural immersion and practicing Leave No Trace principles.

Worldwide Locations

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Wilderness Skills

Skills to travel in the backcountry

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