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Get the truth behind common misconceptions about NOLS gap year courses, watch this video to see what José González, NOLS alum and founder of Latino Outdoors, has to say about the power of wilderness, and check out four spring break trips off the beaten path.

5 Myths about Taking a Gap Year with NOLS

Five students circle up on a grassy knoll in New Zealand with mountains shrouded in clouds
Photo by Nick Garrett

’Tis the season to start making gap year plans! As you consider your options, don’t get fooled by common misconceptions about NOLS expeditions—that you’re not outdoorsy enough, can’t afford it, or will miss out on academic credit.

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4 Spring Break Trips You Haven’t Considered (but Probably Should)

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Photo by Alisha Bube

Forget the crowded ski lifts and touristy beaches. Instead, go kayaking and snorkeling in Baja, learn to backcountry ski, or take your rock climbing skills beyond the gym.

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Meet José González, Founder of Latino Outdoors

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NOLS Wilderness Medicine alum and Board member José González is a passionate educator and the founder of a nonprofit that engages and inspires Latinx leadership in the outdoors. He believes that spending time in the wilderness is about “reminding people of the power they already have.”

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Girls Idaho Backpacking Adventure

four smiling teenage girls lie on their tummies looking out of a tan tent in the mountainsPhoto by Lucy Rogers

Explore wild and beautiful mountains of the western U.S. with a group of teens ages 14 and 15. Challenge yourself and build self-confidence on a new kind of summer adventure.

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Get Ready for Spring with a NOLS Med Kit

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It’s time to get your gear in order for warmer weather adventures, and a well-stocked first aid kit is essential for any outdoor trip. This year, plan ahead with a NOLS med kit.

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Get Your Gap Year Questions Answered

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Have questions about financial aid, academic credits, and what a NOLS gap year looks like? Submit them on Instagram Stories from 8am–5pm MST on Wednesday, February 26!

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Wind River Wilderness Backpacking Expedition

Backpackers through grassy green bank beside an alpine lake surrounded by rocky peaksPhoto by Eric Page

Climb glacier-carved peaks and camp beside sparkling alpine lakes in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. Return with great memories and the skills to lead your next adventure.

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284 Lincoln Street
Lander, Wyoming 82520
United States

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