Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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Gateway Partner Scholarship Program

Since 2007 we have partnered with organizations across the country to award full-tuition scholarships to exceptional youth who would otherwise not have access to NOLS Expeditions. Each summer up to 150 youth from up to 50 official Partner Organizations expand their leadership and wilderness skills at one of our seven domestic operating locations. Thousands of Gateway Partner Program graduates are now leading others in industries from conservation to software development. How can you get involved?

  • If you are a student referred by an official partner organization, start your 2019 program application here.
  • Inquire about becoming an official Partner Organization here.
  • The Gateway Partner Program is 100% funded through individual donors. Help us support more student wilderness experiences by donating today.
  • If you are an applicant not referred by an official Gateway Partner organization, learn more about our general scholarship fund here.

The Fellowship and Instructor Training Program

Representation matters. That’s why NOLS is committed to offering programs that will help ensure that our field faculty reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the world we live in. The Fellowship and Instructor-in-Training program provides a structured pathway for self-identified People of Color to become NOLS field instructors. Each spring, Fellows spend up to 16 weeks in residence at one of our operating locations learning about the logistics of running a large scale wilderness school operation. Come summer, Fellows transition to the field and serve as Instructors-In-Training on a series of wilderness expedition courses as contributing members of NOLS instructor teams. Upon conclusion of the summer, Fellows will continue to receive mentorship from the NOLS Field Staffing team in order to prepare strong applications for NOLS Instructor Courses the following spring.

NOLS begins accepting applications for the spring and summer program annually between September and October. NOLS is no longer accepting applications for the 2019 program. Please check back in September 2019 to apply for the 2020 program. 

Please contact NOLS here to receive notifications about the Fellowship and Instructor-In-Training program!



Cultural Competency Seminar

NOLS is committed to ensuring that our faculty and staff have consistent access to training and resources that will help ensure that our community is inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to all. Our internal Cultural Competency Seminar helps participants understand how larger societal systems and values impact our classrooms, as well as practical tools that we can employ to mitigate unconscious bias. 

Learn more about upcoming seminar offerings or inquire about our current curriculum here



NOLS research exists to develop and share knowledge that contributes to wilderness education.

See a complete list of publications here. For copies of publications, please email research@nols.edu.

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Join us as we step forward and encourage diversity, collaboration across differences, and inclusivity in the NOLS community.

We want to hear from you! Learn more about partnering with NOLS in diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Justin Forrest Parks
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager

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