The leader in wilderness education since 1965.
NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that will help you step forward boldly as a leader.
We believe that anyone can be a leader; it's our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world.
We're an organization with heart, expertise, and wildness, and these qualities help us support powerful, authentic experiences.
Our mission is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. Our community—staff, students, trustees, and alumni—shares a commitment to wilderness, education, leadership, safety, community, and excellence.