School and Camps for kids, adults, veterans, and families. Where education is real, relevant, and wow. Where every curriculum is customized for every participant.
"We believe for a brighter future we must develop those that will lead others that are healthy physically fit happy successful emotionally intelligent empathetic ethical people with grit, which are well educated, skilled in creative, critical, and divergent thinking, capable of adaptability and collaboration, and are good stewards of the earth."
A Slideshow of Our Youth Programs
An Acquired Taste is an award-winning documentary by French documentary producer/director Vanessa Lemaire following three urban teens from non-hunting non-gun owning families, who unplug, develop the skills to be hunters, and show their parents what it means to responsibly put food on the table. Vanessa followed two of the students in our mentoring program Nick, 11 and Alex, 12. Both boys believing that wild local game is the ultimate in free-range, GMO-free, and organically grown meat. You will follow these teens on their 2-year journey in just one of our mentored programs following our director’s footsteps for locavore protein harvested in an ethical and humane manner.
Since the filming of this documentary our location has changed to better serve our participants and our name has changed to better reflect the depth and breadth of what we do; what has not changed is our individualized approach education, using the student's passion as the vehicle for learning academics and critical thinking, and the value we see in both having most instruction outside and doing what is real.
Our K-12 day and resident students earn their diploma following their passions in a series of total immersion camps. Our school is a proving ground for the best practices in education.Visit Our School Page
We have leadership opportunities within our camps for ages 16, 17, 18 year olds and for adults.Visit Our Leadership Page
Since 2001 our Wilderness Camps and Special Events have been intensive total immersion wilderness experiences intended to make youth confident and self-reliant, as well as just letting them be kids.Visit our camp page
When a soldier, law enforcement personnel, or firefighters see combat (seeing trauma as a paramedic, trauma nurse, or doctor has the same effect) they may be injured on the inside, when they are hurt, their family is also hurt. In combat life is different, they are part of a team and everyone has orders. Returning solders though back in a loving family many times feel alone and not safe. As we work with the vets and others, teaching them a new trade and giving them the skills and tools to return to work and their families, we do everything we can to keep the veteran (and other first responders) and their family on site together. Their children may enroll in our school and camp programs; the spouse may enroll in our adult programs, and there is always meaningful work for everyone. During this time they are learning to be a family again with the support of their new supportive NOLI family.
Because deployment and extended training is also a hard and scary time for military families we extend these same services to those families as well. We also have programs for the families of fallen soldiers and first responders. Our non-profit sister organization Friends of NOLI provide scholarships to help veterans and their family to attend our programs.Veteran Services
Caregiveres of veterans and first responderslearn the best practices of healing those with un-grieved loss, unforgiven shame, and diminished self-compasionSoul Injury
The skills you need to know to work or play in the backcountry. With over 150 sessions offered from basic to mastery in many subjects.
The skills necessary to live off the grid and far from town. These are the same skills our great grandparents all knew. Raising food and feed, shelter and heat, water and power, clothing and more.Read More
Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute offers Department of Fish and Wildlife's Hunter Education in Northern California and Oregon. Additionally we offer International Bow Hunter (this class is required in some states to hunt with archery tackle) and mentorships.Read More
Our therapy dogs and equine work with our students in our school, workshops, and camps. Dolly and Taft have had extensive training and experience working in hospice, palliative, Alzheimer's, and veteran care. They have become popular members of the volunteer staff at the Roseburg Oregon VA and at private senior care facilities.Contact us for more information
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"This is great, it is like watching a bunch of post grad students collaborating but they are 10 - 15."
(The summary of a teacher shadowing one of our mentors)