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  • Spreading the gospel: Outdoor education teaches people to know and care about the West

    The number and variety of outdoor education programs has increased dramatically in the last 25 years.

  • The rise and fall of Steve Cartisano

    Utah native Steve Cartisano, the controversial "godfather" of wilderness therapy, has left a trail of lawsuits behind him, including one for negligent homicide in the death of a Florida teenage girl.

  • Living in the outdoors

    The completely revised and rewritten book, "The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide" by Mark Harvey, is a well-written guide to being in the forests, deserts and high country.

  • A man to match our mountains

    Legendary mountaineer and outdoor educator Paul Petzoldt, who founded the National Outdoor Leadership Training School (NOLS) and the Wilderness Education Association, has died at the age of 91.

  • Tough love proves too tough

    Controversial "wilderness therapy programs" such as Utah's North Star, intended for troubled kids, come under critical scrutiny - and lawsuits - after several teenagers die while in their care.

  • The big dogs: Outward Bound and NOLS hit their thirties

    The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Outward Bound are the biggest outdoor education schools in the West.

  • Acting for the environment

    A Northwest conservation and outdoor recreation group, The Mountaineers, educates children by sending actors such as Loren Foss into schools, who teach by assuming character roles such as "Old John."

  • An unsung army of students maintains our national parks

    The Student Conservation Association has been sending thousands of young volunteers to help maintain national parks since 1957.

  • The best guide knows how to let go

    River guide, author and activist Roderick Nash describes a method of outdoor education he calls "unguiding" - letting the river teach its own lessons.

  • New life springs from tainted soil at a Denver school

    A program called Volunteer-led Investigations of Neighborhood Ecology (VINE) introduces urban children to nature, as demonstrated by Denver's Garden Place Academy.

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