National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that seeks to help you step forward boldly as a leader.
NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.
What NOLS teaches cannot be learned in a traditional classroom or on a city street. It takes practice to learn outdoor skills and time to develop leadership. The backcountry provides the ideal setting for this unique, experiential educationâ€”NOLS classrooms are some of the worldâ€™s wildest and most awe-inspiring locations. NOLS believe living in untouched places like our classrooms will teach students responsibility for all that surrounds us.
NOLS believe that anyone can be a leader; it’s our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world.
NOLS is an organization with heart, expertise, and wildness, and these qualities help us support powerful, authentic experiences.
To be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment.