The National Outdoor Leadership School, or NOLS, turns 50 years old this fall.
The organization was founded in Wyoming in 1965 and is still headquartered in Lander. But in its fifty-year history, the school has offered courses on all seven continents. NOLS teaches outdoor safety and wilderness medicine, and it also has programs for leadership, networking, and general adventure in the outdoors.
John Gans, the executive director at NOLS, says what sets the school apart from other programs is its staff.