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Check out our new 2019 course offerings, test your first aid knowledge with a quiz on athletic injuries, and learn how a NOLS course can “ruin” the old you—for the better. 

New Courses for Winter and Spring 2019

three backcountry skiers on a NOLS course pause at the top of a snowy hill on a sunny day

Photo by Nikole Wohlmacher

Interested in joining a group of supportive, motivated women on your next outdoor adventure? Check out our two new spring and winter courses for women ages 23 and up: backcountry skiing in the Tetons and backpacking in the Southwest.

Go to See All NOLS Expeditions

Quiz: Sprains, Strains, and Athletic Injuries

participants on a NOLS Wilderness Medicine course participate in a scenario involving ankle taping

Photo by Jared Steinman

NOLS’ incident data shows that athletic injuries like sprains and strains are some of the most common medical issues encountered in the outdoors. Do you know how to recognize, treat, and prevent these kinds of injuries?

Go to Test Your First Aid Knowledge

How NOLS Ruined the Old Me

sunset over snowy mountains with crescent moon above

Photo by Erin Sullivan

For NOLS grad Erin Sullivan, backpacking in the Rockies was a life-changing experience: “That summer ruined the person who I used to be. It showed me a path of ambition and compassion, and asked if I was going to get on it. It told me I couldn't do things halfway anymore.”

Go to Spend a Semester in the Rockies

Go Backpacking in the Southwest This Fall

three NOLS participants backpack along a dirt trail bounded by trees in the SouthwestPhoto by Liz Schultz

Here’s your chance to explore the Gila Wilderness of the U.S. Southwest—this October! Spend a week sleeping under starry skies and developing your leadership skills as you backpack through the desert.

Go to Explore the Southwest

NOLS Exploration Film Tour

Jorge Moreno runs on an empty road as part of a weekend run across Bears Ears and Escalante National MonumentsPhoto by Johnie Gall

Our 2018-2019 Exploration Film Tour recognizes inspiring people and places by sharing six short films about ordinary individuals pursuing their dreams in extraordinary wilderness environments. You can attend a screening in locations across the U.S., or host your own.

Go to Find a Screening Near You


Explore Patagonia This Spring

NOLS students use crampons to backpack across a snowfield in PatagoniaPhoto by Fiona Casson

Take the time to immerse yourself in a new environment and culture on a semester in Patagonia. Backpack, mountaineer, and paddle your way across Patagonia’s mountains and coasts—and return home with lifelong leadership skills.

Go to Go to Patagonia Next Semester

Check Out Our First Aid Kits

NOLS Med Kit 3.0 in an orange bag
Photo courtesy of the NOLS Store

Headed into the backcountry? Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit! Whether you’re backpacking for the weekend or just going for a day hike, we’ve got a first aid kit that will suit your needs.

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