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 Wilderness Immersion Inspires Leadership

Amid the towering Dolomite mountains of the southern Alps, Middle Years Program Science Teacher Ali Farlow found new inspiration as a teacher and leader. Selected for her third voyage into the wilderness by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Ali dug deep to power through eight days of strenuous hikes across rugged terrain, along with nine other adventurers.

"You're tired, but you keep going," Ms Farlow reflects. "NOLS taught me when it is important to step in and when to step back. You learn to be your best self."

Ms Farlow's lifelong love of nature was fueled by summers in Algonquin Park, and amplified in two previous excursions through Wyoming-based NOLS, to Alaska and Scandinavia. Marathon running–including completion of the Boston Marathon–exemplifies her zeal for an active and balanced life.

NOLS wilderness excursions have honed Ms Farlow's leadership skills and self-confidence. She has brought back to share with her students and colleagues at Branksome Hall important lessons about environmental stewardship, risk taking and mutual support.


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