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Recycling MSR IsoPro Fuel Canisters

Isobutane canisters are made of painted steel and plastic valves. Technically they can be recycled as mixed metal. Unfortunately, the process is more complicated than just throwing your spent canister in a bin. Fuel canisters can only be recycled in areas where mixed metal is accepted, and they can only be processed when properly prepared beforehand. Here’s how to make your fuel canister recyclable:

What is Leave No Trace?


Leave No Trace, or LNT, principles are a group of best practices for enjoying our wild spaces. In this video, Miranda talks about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and how you can follow them to leave the wilderness as beautiful as you found it.

36 Questions to Build Relationships


Self-disclosure, or sharing personal and meaningful conversations, has been shown to vastly accelerate the ‘getting-to-know-you’ process in comparison to small talk.  In order to assist getting to know your co-leader(s) and your Frosh, here are 36 questions drawn from A. Aron’s “The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings” and popularized by a NY Times article in January, 2015.


NOLS Faculty Summit: A Leader's Role as Seen Through the Stages of Group Development

All groups go through developmental stages, and each stage comes with different characteristics and needs. As a leader, the better you are able to recognize them, the better you will be able to provide ways to maximize the flow of your group's learning. This workshop is aimed at highlighting our skills as leaders to recognize each stage, and to act accordingly for the best possible group outcomes. It's all about reading the flow!

The Outdoor Action Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Creating a campus culture that values and respects diversity and encourages students to engage in civil discourse is one of the principal tenets of Princeton’s mission. The Outdoor Action Program addresses this issue as a core value in every aspect of our programming. Our primary vehicles are through small group experiential learning opportunities in the outdoors and through our student leadership development program.

The original proposal establishing Outdoor Action identified these core principles which have guided the program for over forty years: