The FGL Leadership Training
Administered by the National Outdoor Leadership School

Our 20-day field-based leadership expedition teaches technical outdoor skills in the challenging setting of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The program is designed to develop Leadership and Long-lasting Bonds among our incoming fellows.

Fellows build resilience by mastering wilderness skills as they backpack together through rugged terrain in unpredictable weather conditions. Each day presents tremendous physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges. Not only will Fellows hike off-trail, up and down steep terrain, and cross icy rivers, but they will adapt to life without modern commodities while leading an internationally diverse team.

Fellows will leave the expedition with a renewed sense of confidence and competence in skills such as:

  • Self-awareness and Expedition behavior
  • Tolerance for Adversity and Uncertainty
  • Risk Assessment and Decision-Making 
  • Communication 
  • Vision and Action

The FGL Leadership Expedition is designed for exceptionally courageous future leaders who are willing to expand their physical and mental capabilities. The expedition is the challenge of a lifetime!

Read what our fellows have to say about the Expedition!

The most valuable lessons I learned on the expedition is that the road to resilience does not have to be a lonely one. While climbing an 11,000 ft high mountain I discovered I had a fear of heights but I made it to the top because of the support I had!
The FGL Expedition was, hands-down, one of the most influential leadership programs I have ever completed. Completing this challenge with like-minded students of impressive academic backgrounds helped me learn more about who I am as a person.
We climbed mountains, crossed rivers, hiked in rain and sun and learned about leadership, communication, and life in the wilderness but most of all we learned the true meaning of teamwork!
It was a life altering experience! I learned to survive in the wild and about my leadership strengths and faults. The program helped me make valuable friendships with the other fellows that will carry over beyond college.
The Future Global Leaders Expedition through NOLS has changed me from being a person who complains a lot to a person who is positive and helpful. I would totally recommend this program to other students!
The FGL Expedition was my opportunity to learn from a diverse group of future leaders whose backgrounds helped reshape my perspective of what true leadership is!