The Tri-Cities region’s first comprehensive outdoor school,

Announces Grand Opening


Erwin, TN— June 20, 2018 — The Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI),  the region’s first comprehensive outdoor school, announced today that it is open for business and ready to begin accepting reservations for its numerous outdoor-themed classes.  Co-located with USA Raft on the banks of the Nolichucky River in Erwin, TN, NOLI offers courses and instruction for all ages and ability levels in a variety of disciplines including flat- and whitewater kayaking, whitewater canoeing, water safety awareness, swiftwater rescue, wilderness first aid, CPR, survival, map and compass, self-defense, conservation, and stand-up paddleboarding.  NOLI also offers special events such as riverside talks, wine and paint socials called Noli Flow, and team-building programs. And its Outdoor Arts School provides opportunities to explore artistic expression through activities such as riverside painting, photography and pottery, all taught by accomplished local artists.  Overall, a team of twelve instructors, all experts in their fields, will provide high quality instruction with a focus on both safety and fun.

Founder and lead instructor Scott Fisher is a former U.S. Army Infantry officer and airborne ranger who went on to successful corporate careers before deciding to combine his passion for the outdoors with his love of teaching to start NOLI. He is the former Safety and Education Chairperson for the regional paddling organization Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts and has been instructing whitewater kayaking and swiftwater rescue for close to 15 years, during which time he has taught hundreds of adults, youth and rescue professionals. “Our mission is to celebrate the outdoors and help others do the same” says Fisher.  “There are a limitless number of ways to enjoy and celebrate the outdoors and we are passionate to help folks do that here in northeast Tennessee. It’s what drives us.” After traveling extensively during his lifetime, it is the community and beauty of the region that led Fisher to lay down roots here and he says this is the first place he has wanted to call home. “It’s almost perfect” he says. “The natural resources we have here from an outdoor recreation standpoint are among the best in the country and we are happy to be a part of helping others experience all that this region has to offer.”  And taking note of an atmosphere supportive to their outdoor education venture he said “With the regional collaboration occurring with regards to outdoor development, led by the Northeast Tennessee Economic Development Partnership (NETREP), there’s never been greater interest and support to make something like this work. It’s perfect timing”.


More info and contact at:

Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute

2 Jones Branch Rd.

Erwin, TN  37650



Telephone: (423) 641-0100

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