Photos by: Meagan Kindrat
NOLS was founded in Sinks Canyon, Wyoming in 1965 by Paul Petzoldt, whose dream was to train leaders who could live sustainably in the wilderness and pass on their knowledge to others.
This leadership theme is still prominent. Today, NOLS prides itself on teaching the core curriculum of leadership, wilderness skills, risk management, and environmental studies. Just a few of the things our students learn include how to sleep outside and stay warm, cooking over a single burner stove, navigation, and bonding under adversity, all led by the highly qualified instructors.
Of course, another perk of NOLS is the breathtaking location. Wyoming is proof that beauty is everywhere in nature; you don’t need to be on a beach to get a great view.
The beautiful mountains of the Northwest.
Snow already? Not so unusual for Wyoming.
Blue Cohort goofing around in some free time.
NOLS teaches our students how to stay safe in the woods when the sun goes down.
*all photos by Meagan Kindrat