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Take a quiz to determine your ideal gap year destination, learn how to keep your feet warm while camping, and save 15% on your 2020 spring break trip by applying early.

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This isn’t your typical spring break. Join a group of students ages 16–18 or 18–22 for an unforgettable wilderness adventure: go sea kayaking in Baja, backcountry skiing in the Rockies, or rock climbing in the Southwest. Apply by October 15 to receive 15% off on any spring break trip!

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Quiz: Where Should You Take Your Gap Year?

two NOLS students leap into the air in the fog in Alaska's mountains
Photo by Charlotte Klein

A gap year is your opportunity to get outside, explore new places, and learn by doing rather than in a traditional classroom. But where should you go? NOLS offers semester expeditions around the world—take this quiz to find your ideal destination.

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How to Keep Your Feet Warm While Camping

NOLS student backcountry skis uphill using skins at sunset near snowy pines
Photo by Lindsay Yost

Taking care of your feet while camping is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. As the weather gets chillier, keep these tips in mind so you can stay comfy and warm on your outdoor trips.

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Semester Scholarships: Get up to $9,500

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Photo courtesy of Alex Chang, Cornell Leadership Expedition

Apply for a need-based scholarship and receive up to $9,500 to help make your semester course a reality! Plus, explore additional financial aid options, like using your AmeriCorps award or veterans benefits to cover remaining costs.

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New! NOLS Games Book Available on the NOLS Store

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Check out our latest publication: NOLS Games! A compilation of 83 games played by students and instructors on courses, these favorites are perfect for camp, class, or at home.

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Teton Valley Backcountry Avalanche Training

NOLS students learn snow science on a winter course in the Rockies
Photo by Jared Steinman

Grow your backcountry touring skills and learn to manage risk in avalanche terrain under the guidance of experienced instructors. Ski or snowboard fresh snow and earn a NOLS Level I Avalanche Training certificate endorsed by the American Avalanche Association.

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New Zealand Backpacking

NOLS students hike through tall grass in New Zealand's mountains
Photo by Fredrik Norrsell

Travel through the high mountain passes, lush valleys, and sweeping tundra of New Zealand’s South Island. Grow your outdoor skills and find your leadership style in a dynamic wilderness environment.

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