National Outdoor Leadership School

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Founded in 1965 by Paul Petzoldt

How does the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) serve Lander? NOLS’ mission is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. Locally, NOLS has provided employment, education and professional development opportunities for the Lander community since 1965. NOLS staff and students volunteer for infrastructure improvements and monitoring on public lands, serve with the Fremont County EMS and SAR teams, build houses for Habitat for Humanity, participate in town clean-up days, and support school and club outdoor activities for Lander youth.

How will your Challenge for Charities donation to the National Outdoor Leadership School make a difference in Lander this year? NOLS' position as the leader in wilderness, leadership and remote medical education depends on the continued financial support of the global community.  The 2014 Challenge for Charities funding will specifically support the NOLS/Lander Valley High School (LVHS) Senior Mentors Expedition. The expedition is a 7-day field-based training for members of the 2014-2015 LVHS Senior Mentors of Freshman Program. On the expedition, the senior mentors will develop their leadership and teamwork skills through experiences and exercises emphasizing communication and mentorship techniques. The skills prepare senior mentors to provide growth oriented and positive feedback to the freshman students they will mentor throughout the year. In previous years, LVHS staff have reported a significant reduction in academic failure among freshmen who were able to benefit from the leadership of a senior mentor who participated in the expedition.

What else?  NOLS believes positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has, over the last 46 years, 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.

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Challenge for Charities is a community fundraiser benefiting 35 nonprofits from May 1 - July 11, 2014.
The event also sponsors the July 4th Lander Half Marathon and 5 K run/walk and a 1-mile youth mad dash.
To donate to a charity or to register for the races: