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Find out the truth about popular LNT myths, learn why you should take a Wilderness First Aid course, and see what one NOLS grad has to say about her first night sleeping under the stars.

Busting Popular Leave No Trace Myths

roll of toilet paper
Photo from Pixabay

Whether it’s tossing a banana peel while hiking or stashing some toilet paper under a rock because “it’ll break down,” you’ve probably encountered some of these common Leave No Trace myths. Check out this blog to get the real scoop.

Go to Learn the Truth about Common LNT Myths

Watch: Star Struck, a Tale from the Trail

NOLS Star Struck video with waterfall and stars

On the first night of her 30-day NOLS expedition, Fatou Doumbia was unnerved by a level of quiet and darkness she’d never experienced at home in the city. Then she peeked out of her tent and noticed the stars: “I’d only seen them in the movies and it was just so beautiful. It made me realize I really need to explore the world.”

Go to Watch Fatou’s Tale from the Trail

Why You Should Take a Wilderness First Aid Course

NOLS Wilderness Medicine students practice caring for patients in the woods
Photo by William Woodward

As an outdoorsperson, you know that being far up the trail or out of cell service comes with inherent risk. What if you or a friend get sick or injured, and you don’t have easy access to medical care? Enter the two-day NOLS Wilderness First Aid course: a fun, hands-on introduction to preventing, recognizing, and treating common injuries and illnesses in the outdoors.

Go to See Wilderness First Aid Courses

Yukon Mountaineering and Whitewater Canoeing

two NOLS students whitewater canoe in the YukonPhoto by Pascal Beauvais

This summer, dive into an unforgettable adventure in the vast wilderness of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Summit unnamed peaks, explore high altitude glaciers, and navigate whitewater rapids. Along the way, gain the confidence you need to lead in the outdoors and beyond.

Go to Explore the Yukon’s Mountains & Rivers

Fall Semester in Patagonia

four NOLS participants travel across a snowfield toward a craggy peak in PatagoniaPhoto by Hailey Arnold

Next semester, leave the traditional classroom behind to paddle Chilean fjords and climb mountains in the Andes. Earn an industry-respected Wilderness First Aid certification and learn about local poblador culture. Throughout your course, grow your leadership skills in real-life situations.

Go to Go Mountaineering & Kayaking in Patagonia


Master’s in Leadership with NOLS & Saybrook University

NOLS students circle up for a lesson in the mountains of PatagoniaPhoto by Hadley Warner

Discover your leadership style in an innovative Master’s program that pairs classroom learning with outdoor leadership experience. Dive into courses on ethics, problem solving, cultural awareness, and more—then put that learning into practice on wilderness expeditions.

Go to Check Out the NOLS Saybrook Master’s Program

Get Your NOLS Expeditions Catalog

four NOLS expeditions catalogs fanned out on a table

It’s time to start dreaming about your next outdoor adventure! Check out our new catalog and get inspired to travel to a new place and develop your leadership skills in a wilderness environment.

Go to Request a Catalog Today

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