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Check out best practices for getting outdoors while keeping your community healthy, take a first aid quiz, and get a student’s perspective on what it means to “hike like a girl.”

Social Distancing Responsibly in the Outdoors

pale pink and purple sunset with wisp of fog reflected on calm water surrounded by mountains in New Zealand
Photo by Vivian Merrill

In a time of uncertainty, the lessons you’ve learned in the backcountry—practicing good Leave No Trace, managing risk effectively, and modeling exemplary expedition behavior—are also indispensable in the frontcountry. Here are some tips to help make sure you and your community stay safe and healthy while getting outside.

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Quiz: The Basics of Wilderness First Aid

11 seated students look on as two wilderness medicine participants practice carrying for a patient lying on a mat in the grass
Photo by John Hovey

Are you prepared to treat common injuries and illnesses in remote settings? Test your knowledge with a quiz based on NOLS Wilderness First Aid course curriculum.

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Hiking Like a Girl (It's a Strength)

smiling woman with backpack and braided hair pauses in a green valley while backpacking in Alaska
Photo by Caroline Dooley

On her NOLS course in Alaska, Caroline Dooley realized, “This is why I feel at home outside: Both my basketball shorts and my pink sandals are valued. To fully experience the outdoors, my soft and hard skills work together. If hiking like a girl means hiking with endurance and empathy, wit and warmth, I’ll own it.”

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Read a Book

Book covers of NOLS Cookery, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, and NOLS Games
Sheltering at home? Here’s a suggestion: grab a book! Take the opportunity to read up on backcountry recipes, trail games, and the latest in wilderness medicine.

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Expedition Science on the Slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro

four NOLS participants trekking across a snowfield on Kilimanjaro, as seen through a crack in a glacierPhoto by Mara Gans

NOLS grad and instructor Mara Gans shares key lessons and learnings from the Tanzania Scientific Research Expedition led by NOLS in partnership with two Wyoming colleges.

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Start Planning Your Fall Semester

rock climber wearing blue helmet pauses on a rock face in the Rockies with alpine lake and more mountains beyondPhoto by Kyle Duba

On a NOLS semester, you’ll get outdoors and lead where it counts. Earn academic credit for paddling whitewater rapids and climbing mountains. Take time to truly unplug.

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Q&A: How Winning the Iditarod Started with NOLS

Pete Ripmaster takes a selfie with frosted beard and headlamp while traveling across an expanse of snowPhoto by Pete Ripmaster

In 2018, NOLS grad Pete Ripmaster won the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 1,000-mile footrace from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. He says his NOLS course played a critical role in his ultrarunning success.

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