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See why it’s important to give your phone a rest sometimes, take a first aid quiz, and check out a student’s photo essay from her semester in Baja.

Why We Leave Phones Behind—And Why You Should Try It Too

NOLS student sits on a rock overlooking a turquoise alpine lake
Photo by Parker Woodworth

When’s the last time you went on an adventure without your phone?

If you look carefully at any NOLS equipment list, you’ll notice that “cell phone” isn’t there—we’ve found that what students learn on our expeditions is impossible to get when a phone’s in their pocket. Besides, it turns out that boredom is good for you…

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Quiz: First Aid for the Eyes, Ears, Nose, & Teeth

close up of NOLS student wearing winter hat and making silly face
Photo by Stéphane Terrier

Do you know what to do if your friend knocks out a tooth in the backcountry? Or what if you get swimmer’s ear while camping?

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My Semester in Baja, as Told in Food & Sunsets

four Drascombe Longboats moored in turquoise water on the Baja coast
Photo by Claire Burgeson

NOLS grad Claire Burgeson captured some great pictures—and memories—while studying abroad on a Semester in Baja. She writes that, “I experienced things that I couldn’t anywhere else. We connected to people through food, conversation, and shared appreciation for a place.”

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Southwest Rock Climbing

climber wearing blue helmet high on a rock face
Photo by Deborah Sussex

Head to Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold for an immersive rock climbing camp, open to both beginners and experienced climbers. Build your leadership skills as you support your teammates and work toward your own goals at the crag.

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Winter Backcountry Touring - Prime (Ages 23+)

NOLS student backcountry skis past snowy pines at sunset
Photo by Lindsay Yost

This winter, do something different. Leave the crowds behind and develop your backcountry skiing or splitboarding skills in fresh powder. Learn the art of winter camping, avalanche assessment, and the basics of snow science.

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Scholarships Available! Fund Your International Adventure

NOLS student wrapped in a sleeping bag journals while looking out at a village in the Himalaya
Photo by Bharat Bhushan

Use your need-based scholarship to take learning beyond the classroom. Travel to one of our 16 locations around the world and dive into a semester of immersive experiential learning: grow your outdoor skills, learn about local culture firsthand, and develop your own leadership style.

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Baja Sea Kayaking

two NOLS participants paddle a yellow double kayak in Baja
Photo by Lynn Petzold

Paddle clear blue water on the Sea of Cortez and camp in quiet coves. Breathe in the salt air and watch the sun rise as you cook breakfast. As you hone your kayaking technique and navigation skills, gain leadership experience in a dynamic ocean environment.

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