General Education Sessions


Wednesday, October 24th

The Outdoor Professional: Professional Outdoor credential scheme with the Wilderness Education Association
Kelli McMahan Associate Clinical Professor, Baylor University
Cameron Potter Assistant Director Outdoor Programs, Texas Christian University
Will Hobbs Faculty, Georgia College
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Wasatch A
The goal of this session is build a case for the professionalization of the outdoor industry and the outdoor professional through certification. While certification has been a successful model when applied to technical skills such as rock climbing or paddling, no such standard exists for a comprehensively trained and qualified outdoor leader. This certification gaps creates significant waste of resources; time, energy, and finances. Due to this lack of certification, new outdoor leaders – regardless of their experience level - need to be specifically on-boarded, trained, and their previous training may be viewed with a cautious, if not suspicious eye.
The WEA provides an alternative by way of a rigorous, weighty certification scheme to endorse outdoor professionals. This scheme considers days in the field, training received, core educational components, endorsements, judgement, teaching experience, and many other factors. Additionally, the WEA has created a universal set of skills that is viewed as the ‘minimum standard’ for outdoor professionals. This certification scheme consists of three levels, the Outdoor Leader Training Certificate, the Certified Outdoor Leader, and the Certified Outdoor Educator. These certifications not only continue to push the Outdoor industry in the direction of professionalization, but as a result, increase mobility and transferability between programs for both participants and staff members. 
The desired outcomes for the WEA/AORE conference presentation is to promote the professionalization of the Outdoor Industry through certification. Participants in the session will evaluate the problem with the current certification gap and the resource waste that is caused by it. Participants will also gain both awareness and knowledge of the WEA certification scheme and associate it with the rigorous, weighty endorsement that it signifies.  Finally, participants will reformulate the training they receive (or provide) in the larger context of the outdoor industry seeing themselves as a part of the larger picture. This in turn, will serve to unify seemingly disparate outdoor programs and staff into a professional entity.
The Changing Face of Military Recreation
Curran Johnson Outdoor Recreation Supervisor, United States Navy
Dave Myers Program Manager, United State Navy
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Wasatch B
This session will focus on the changes occurring within Military Recreation. It will focus on the types of programs that Military Recreation offers its customer base and how things must change and ways to respond to that change based on customer driven needs (applicable to all recreation endeavors and programs).   Additionally, we will focus on some of the benefits that a Military Recreation Career can provide interested individuals.
Public Lands Access in a Turbulent Time
Ryan Murphy Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures, George Mason University
Christina Spohn Graduate Assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Maybird

Public land access and protection has been at hot topic across the United States for the past year. This workshop is the first of a few presentations throughout the conference that will highlight the current state of public lands and how AORE & WEA members can gain access and advocate for their protection and usage. This session will introduce basic topics, while a later session will explore advocacy at the University level; and a Summit Series session will focus on the finer details of filling out permit applications and creating relationships with your local federal land managers.

Utah has been a hotbed for public land issues this year, and public land advocates across the country are looking to the actions of those here as a model of how land is managed in highly politicized environments. This session will lay the framework over public land issues by highlighting the basics of national public land issues- federal agencies, current mandates, current issues facing public land managers & users, recreation legislation and an overview of the AORE Access Permitting Toolkit; with a brief Q&A at the end. This is AORE’s 25th anniversary as a non-profit, and we want to set up our members for 25 more years of fun, responsible land access.

*Follow this Access track by attending "Collegiate Outdoor Programs & Advocacy: An Introduction" Wednesday afternoon (4:30 PM - 5:45 PM) and the Summit Series session "Accessing America's Public Lands: Understanding and Navigating the Permitting Process" Thursday morning (8:45 AM - 11:30 AM).

Conferencing 101: Navigating Your Conference Experience
Jason Gosch Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, University of South Florida
Chris Hendricks Director of Outdoor Adventures, Duke University
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Cirque
This presentation will equip you with the tools and resources to get the most out of your conference experience. With a focus on new and first-time AORE or WEA conference. Topics will include conference highlights, along with career development opportunities, networking with industry professionals and ways to get further involved within the industry. Attendees will walk away from this presentation with a series of tools and information on how to best utilize this conference experience.
Using Run Lists to Manage Risk for Backcountry Ski Programs
Dan Sandberg Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation Program, Montana State University
Bruce Saxman Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Superior B
Run lists are being increasingly used as a best practice to make quality decisions and manage risk for backcountry ski programs. When used with an avalanche forecast, weather observations, and robust risk management plans, this pre-trip planning creates a structured process for assessing terrain and helps operations anticipate where avalanche hazards exist as well as combat human error when operating in avalanche terrain. In this session you will learn what resources are available to create and use a run list, how they guide decision making, and how it relates the avalanche hazard to the terrain.  Run lists are considered industry standard for commercial ski guiding and avalanche education and are highly recommended for college programs operating in avalanche terrain.
Meaningful Reflection Brings Learning to Life
Jennifer Stanchfield Experiential Educator, Author, Director, Experiential Tools
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Superior A
Reflective practice helps learners make connections between educational experiences and real life situations, increases insight, and creates pathways to future learning. Educators recognize the value of reflection and processing, but often find that facilitating it is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching and group work.
Take advantage of teachable moments and bring learning to life with engaging reflection techniques. Enliven the traditional sharing circle with active, brain-based strategies to increase participant buy-in and ownership. Use multiple methods including movement, metaphor, reflective games, art, and interactive dialogue to increase relevancy, depth of understanding, and connection to real life and future learning. Create lasting lessons learners will carry forward. Join in this interactive session and take away inspiration, new perspectives, and practical tools for weaving meaningful reflection and dialogue throughout your program.
Career progression as told through a "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel
Dr. Kellie Gerbers Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership, Westminster College
Dr. Laura Spivey Morris Assistant Professor - School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, UNC Wilmington
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Primrose A

Using a fun, interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel format, this presentation explores decision-making as it pertains to moving up, moving over, or moving out of outdoor programming. The presenters interviewed a variety of outdoor professionals who now hold upper-level management/director positions to gain insight into challenges, effective strategies, important questions to ask of yourself and others, and risks/rewards of shifting career paths. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from multiple perspectives related to career mobility/advancement and guide the direction of the presentation by making choices as they pertain to the Choose Your Own Adventure novel. 
Collaborate: New/Emerging Professionals
Andrew Lyburn Assistant Director, Outdoor Adventures, Towson University
Wednesday, October 24th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Eagle’s Nest
Systematic External Program Review for Professional Outdoor Education Leadership Programs
Kelli McMahan Associate Clinical Professor, Baylor University
Cameron Potter Assistant Director Outdoor Programs, Texas Christian University
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Wasatch A
The goal of this session is to build a case for why outdoor education program participation in systematic external program review through accreditation is of benefit to all stakeholders. While there are other well-established accreditation programs within the industry, participation in curricular accreditation has been limited at best.  Without adherence to identified curricular standards, it is more difficult to define the outdoor education profession in a manner that is viewed as credible, much less train and develop leaders based on a unified scope of practice. 
In 2008, the WEA expanded its long-standing certification program to include a broad curriculum assessment process specific to professional outdoor leadership development. The WEA provides the mechanism and support for collaborative industry input towards developing and reviewing the educational components that lend themselves to minimum standards.  The minimum standards are then assessed by an external review board called the Commission on Outdoor Education and Leadership.  Curricular standards should identify a minimum level of educational quality that equates to common expectations for the outdoor professional.  Support for and participation in systematic external curricula review brings about mutual accountability.  By allowing external access to curricular decisions and external input on curricular processes, individual programs report invaluable programmatic benefit. In addition, the process unifies an otherwise ambiguous or loosely formed profession. Programmatic freedom is retained and expressed in the pursuit of innovation and excellence after meeting the minimum standard. 
The desired outcomes for the WEA/AORE conference presentation is to promote the professionalization of the Outdoor Industry through accreditation. Participants in this session will learn about and provide input into the themes that emerged from the 2017 Accreditation Summit held by the WEA.  Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate and provide input into some of the identified challenges with curricular accreditation. In addition, participants will learn about the process utilized for curricular revisions to the accreditation standards that is currently underway. Participants will also gain awareness and knowledge of the WEA accreditation program and associate it with stakeholder benefits. Finally, participants will be able to evaluate curricular accreditation based on a shared and collective vision for professionalism. Success is deeply dependent on the ownership and investment for the entire industry – academics, practitioners, association boards, skills experts, students, the general public. It takes a quality process and stakeholders who support the process.

Grant Writing with a Purpose: Connecting Dreams to Resources
Amy DiRenzo Associate Professor, State University of New York - Cortland
Eddie Hill Associate Professor, Old Dominion University
Genevieve Marchand Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University
Dr. Ron Ramsing Western Kentucky University
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Wasatch B
During times of limited resources, securing extramural funding may be the difference between offering a new program, meeting an emerging need, or sticking with the status quo. While grant writing is an art there is some science to the process. While there are many sources that claim to have the answer to grant writing we will focus on what the books don’t tell you and dispel the idea that grants are only for professionals. Grant writing is an art, and often overlooked as a potential funding source for parks and recreation agencies. This session will provide an overview of the basics of grant writing, highlight the importance of collaboration, and examine some potential funding sources based on AORE values of stewardship, education and advocacy.

Outdoor Recreation Career Roles Panel
Andrew Lyburn Assistant Director – Outdoor Adventures, Towson University
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Maybird
Join a panel of professionals from multiple areas of the outdoor recreation and education industry to learn about the many different career paths available.  This panel will have representatives from professional guiding, collegiate recreation, academia, municipal recreation, and military welfare and recreation.  With a focus on students and young professionals, a facilitated conversation will allow participants to come away with the knowledge of multiple career opportunities and the steps to take to get there.

Everyday Feminist Guide for Outdoor Education Male Practitioners – An Inclusion Handbook
Katie Wall Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Lees-McRae College
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Cirque

Throughout my time as a practitioner I often found male colleagues inquiring about how they could work to make the outdoor industry a better place for women.  Male colleagues are seeking inclusion strategies, ways in which to recruit, retain, and empower women in their workplaces.  Gender equity in the outdoors is an industry problem and if both women and men are not aware of the issue, cannot name the problems, or are unwilling to seek a solution then things will not change.  

The Everyday Feminist Guide for Outdoor Male Practitioners - An Inclusion Handbook is being created through the combination of a qualitative survey and a review of literature.  The qualitative survey is being distributed throughout the outdoor industry to better understand the needs, concerns, and successes male practitioners have experienced regarding the inclusion of women in the outdoor industry.  The themes that emerge from the coded data will be combined with a literature review on inclusion strategies for women.  Each theme will be connected with a particular case in the handbook.  The final product will be a handbook laid out in a case study format.  Several cases will be provided in the handbook reflecting everyday, common experiences women working in the outdoor industry experience.  After each case, strategies based on both the survey data and the literature review will be offered.  In addition, there will be written exercise sections in the handbook allowing readers the opportunity to journal and reflect on their own practices, strategies, and solutions.

“Strange bedfellows”: expanding participation and driving revenue through unique partnerships
Dr. Kellie Gerbers Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership, Westminster College
Chris Morris Director, FSU Recreation, Florida State University
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Superior B

For the past several years, a recurring conference theme has been the value of collaborative partnerships in outdoor programming. Collaborative partnerships can certainly expand the populations we serve and provide outlets for creative programming, but in an era where programming budgets are often stagnant or shrinking, they can also represent vital new revenue streams. The purpose of this presentation is to explore potential partnerships with the specific intent of driving revenue for outdoor programs. How can summer camps capitalize on teacher planning days? Can pickleball or archery tag be converted into an outdoor experience that’s integrated into a staff training retreat for an athletics department? What components of an outdoor program are the easiest and most difficult to “sell” to a prospective partner? Most importantly, how do outdoor programs approach these “strange bedfellows” to articulate mutually beneficial outcomes for both entities?

Linking OOPS with First Year Seminar: The Why and How
Nathan Harlan Director – Adventure WV, West Virginia University
Marion Holmes Associate Director – Adventure WV, West Virginia University
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Superior A

Outdoor Orientation Programs (OOPs) and university First Year Seminars (FYS) often share overlapping goals related to student transition, retention, and success, but do not often operate in collaboration with each other.  This workshop examines the most recent integration of Adventure WV’s First Year Trips program with WVU’s FYS during the Fall of 2018, along with a past integration (2008-2012).  The rationale behind the integration, the process and steps taken to achieve integration, and the challenges and setbacks (some of which are on-going) of both the current collaboration and the past collaboration will be discussed.  Attendees and presenters will discuss strategies to position OOPS and FYS integration as a benefit to their institution, as well as identifying common setbacks and strategies to address these setbacks.

Telling our story through adventure writing and photography
Chad Thatcher Professor of Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Primrose A

As adventure leaders, we experience countless events that shape people’s lives. However, all too often only a select few hear about these magical moment. We need to tell our story to a diverse and wide audience to help shape the future of outdoor adventure. If we want to tackle the issues of program funding, diversity, inclusion, access, and sustainability, then we need to let the world know exactly what our program are doing to address these issues. We need to let people know about the evidence-based research that backs up our practices, the programs designed specifically to address diversity, and the new access opportunity that allows greater participation. This workshop will give you effective tools and ideas about promoting your program and adventure stories through the medium of writing and photography.

Collaborate: Communities/Municipalities
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Eagle’s Nest

Solving Verticle Rope Riddles
Dick Chasse Senior Guide, PCIA Provider Trainer, Acadia Mountain Guides & PCIA
Lucas Kramer Assistant Director Climbing, University of Minnesota Duluth
Jon Tierney Flight Paramedic, IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide, PCIA Educational Director, LifeFlight of Maine, Acadia Mountain Guides
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Wasatch A

Learn some universal principles and techniques that will aid you in potentially complicated vertical situations such as belay management, anchor construction, effective positioning, extending anchors, load transitions, alternative rappelling and ascending methods, partner rescues and simplified knot passes. These tips will be useful to anyone who works or recreates in a vertical sport. A very popular workshop, this is best done as an open forum where you bring your questions and we try to answer them. Bring your harness, slings, cordelettes, belay tools and a few carabiners. If you don't have them, we'll have spares.

AORE Global University
Rick Dawson Associate Director, California State University – Monterey Bay
Jason Gosch Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, University of South Florida
Kaci Turpin Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation, California State University – Monterey Bay
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Wasatch B

Keeping it Simple: The ABCs of Engagement and Relevance
Matthew Broda Chair, Associate Professor of Education, The College of Wooster
Trevor Dunlap Executive Director, Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Maybird

Many times, it is the simplest of ideas that can have the most profound impact. In this session we will focus on an experiential methodology that strips away the trappings of equipment/material heavy facilitation and focus instead on a single element that can be utilized across a wide range of user groups. Using a simple “alphabet deck” participants will experience a scaffolded progression of activities designed to foster deep collaboration and experiential engagement. As experiential educators we focus on exercises that create opportunities for participants to be socially, emotionally, kinesthetically and intellectually involved in the learning process. It is easy to think only from the lens of large-prop or challenge course element to achieve such outcomes.  With intentional design and simple tools, facilitators can provide a safe space for growth and challenge. Emphasizing the experience over the object/tool eliminates distraction and provides for authentic and lasting change.

Evolving Outdoor Orientation: New Ideas in Research, Curriculum, and Marketing
Brent Bell Professor of Outdoor Education, University of New Hampshire
Patricia Chan First Year Trips Program Coordinator, West Virginia University
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Cirque

Pre-college Outdoor Orientation Programs (OOPs) represents not only a significant segment of outdoor recreation, but also an important entry point for outdoor recreation beginners. Research findings indicate OOPs programs can increase positive outcomes like social support, student retention, GPA, and graduation rates. This workshop focusses on how OOPs across the US are evolving to adapt to the changing needs of students to continue with the great outcomes. This workshop will use activities to explore how programs are remaining relevant in changing times through the lens of current research, curriculum, and marketing. Attempts at humor will occur.

No Experience Required: Making the Outdoors Relevant
Matthew Busch Program Manager of Outdoor Wellness, University of Washington Bothell
Beatriz Rojas-Vazquez Outdoor Wellness Leader, University of Washington Bothell
Collin Tasaka Outdoor Wellness Leader, University of Washington Bothell
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Superior B

The Outdoor Program at the University of Washington Bothell looks very different than the traditional collegiate program. Functioning as an entirely student fee funded entity, a substantial emphasis is placed on the Outdoor Wellness program’s ability to promote and be accessible to EVERY student on campus. Funding is awarded to those programs that commit to being inclusive for all. Embracing this approach, Outdoor Wellness designs creative and welcoming programming specific to beginner and marginalized populations of the campus.

Outdoor recreation programs naturally offer a niche opportunity for students with similar (outdoorsy) interests to congregate, they often miss the mark for many marginalized students whose needs must to be brought to center. Recruitment, marketing and collaboration are intricate parts of an outdoor programming. Using alternative approaches to these core components, we’ve found success in reaching the margins of the student population. The purpose of this presentation is to help outdoor programs and organizations break typical programming strategies and start making their campus outdoor recreation program relevant to the entire student body.

Clinical First Responder Skills for Outdoor Adventure Leaders.
Dr. Scott Bandoroff Psychologist, Peak Experience
Dr. Sandy Newes Clinical Psychologist, Clear View Psychological Services
Dr. Chad Thatcher Professor of Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Superior A

Adventure education practitioners rely on technical and interpersonal skills to create transformative experiences for their students and guests. While many formal trainings and certifications focus on technical skills, very few programs focus primarily on the interpersonal skills. The Clinical First Responder (CFR) originated to train non-clinician wilderness guides to competently assist in the care and treatment of clients with psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues in adventure/wilderness therapy programs. Students in any adventure program face similar situations when stretching their comfort zones and adventure leaders must recognize and act decisively to guide their guest through these challenging experiences. CFR foundational skills include effective communication, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relations which help facilitate any quality adventure outing. This session will introduce the concepts of the Community Resilience Model (CRM) and LAVing: Listening, Acknowledging, and Validating, two key components of the CFR curriculum that will take your interpersonal leadership skills to another level.

Women and the Assertiveness Trap: Strategies for female-identifying people and allies
Dr. Elizabeth Andre Associate Professor, Northland College
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Primrose A

Female-identifying people face a double-bind in leadership positions—if they are passive, they are often ignored or considered to be a poor leader. If they are assertive, they are often considered to be domineering and abrasive. Maleidentifying allies often have the most power to improve group culture to open spaces for women to lead in ways that are less-constrained by gendered expectations. Women can also experiment with strategies to navigate this difficult terrain. After summarizing research, we’ll explore various approaches.

Collaborate: First Time Attendees & New Members
Chris Hendricks Director of Outdoor Adventures, Duke University
Wednesday, October 24th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Eagle’s Nest

Collegiate Outdoor Programs & Advocacy: An Introduction
Ryan Murphy Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures, George Mason University
Wednesday, October 24th | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Primrose A

How can/should my outdoor program respond to legislation impacting our programming or the places we love? How can/should my outdoor program respond to grassroots environmental movements or those to protect public land access? How can students get involved in public lands or environmental advocacy? 

This session will explore how your program can play a role in public policy advocacy and education to affect change on a local, regional, and national level. We will discuss what you can, and cannot, do regarding education, advocacy, and outreach.  Participants will leave with a plan on how they can engage with and be a resource for their campus and broader community.

*Follow this Access track by attending "Public Lands Access in a Turbulent Time" Wednesday morning (10:15 AM - 11:30 AM) and the Summit Series session "Accessing America's Public Lands: Understanding and Navigating the Permitting Process" Thursday morning (8:45 AM - 11:30 AM).

Exploring Unconscious Bias for More Inclusive Outdoor Programming
Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
Elyse Rylander Founder and Executive Director, OUT There Adventures
Wednesday, October 24th | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Primrose B

In this workshop, we will briefly introduce the topic of unconscious bias and how it can prevent us from doing our best diversity, equity, and inclusion work. The bulk of the workshop will be used to explore specific examples of how unconscious bias both within our selves and within our institutional practices can create exclusive environments in outdoor programming for those with marginalized identities. We then provide participants with tools and framing to be able to mitigate and interrupt bias to create a more inclusive and equitable experience for participants.

Leave No Trace and Authority of the Resource: Tools for Behavior Change
Theresa Beezley Outdoor Adventures Coordinator, Duke University
Wednesday, October 24th | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Maybird

Authority of the Resource is a technique used to confront and influence individuals that are doing something that damages the environment or other people’s recreational experience. Learn 5 simple steps to approach someone doing something “less than Leave No Trace” from a former Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. Hear real-life situations and examples and have a chance to practice the technique on your own.

Judgement & Decision Making: Curricular Resources for Training Outdoor Leaders
Kelli McMahan Associate Clinical Professor, Baylor University
Kent Clement Professor, Colorado Mountain College
Wednesday, October 24th | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Cirque

This workshop will briefly revisit some of the seminal work on the subject of judgment and decision making.  We will identify useful models and methods as well as explore some of the more recent scholarly work that makes up the body of literature pertaining to judgment and decision making. In this workshop, we will allocate time for the participants to share about methods and tools deemed effective in individual programs.  We will devote a significant amount of time to explore and introduce alternative decision making approaches Finally, we will explore decision making and judgment through the lens of systematic programmatic review (accreditation of curriculum) and certification (standard development and assessment). This will include providing information to the audience about ongoing standard revision by the WEA.

Maximizing Climbing Wall Potential
Bryan Karban Outdoor Program Manager, University of Minnesota Outdoor Program
Wednesday, October 24th | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Superior B

Maximizing Climbing Wall Potential explores how a climbing wall can be not just a showpiece or amusement, but a vital and value-adding component to a program.  In this session, we will consider current trends in climbing gyms, explore the key elements of a climbing program from route-setting to staffing, and outline strategies to improve your climbing program.  Attendees will learn about the positive outcomes climbing can have and will leave with at least two practical tools to apply in their programs

The Flannel Polo
Mark Haven Associate Director, Texas A&M Department of Recreational Sports
Jason Kurten Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M Department of Recreational Sports
Wednesday, October 24th | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Superior A

Outdoor professionals frequently feel like the unwanted children of a recreation department. Some is perception and some is reality, but there are steps you can take either way to change that perception.  Many times outdoor professionals have the capacity to better represent their area within the department and to prove their worth right in their own hands.  This presentation will take you through the journey we have embarked on over several years to demonstrate the value of the Outdoor Adventure program at A&M and to better position that area during times of change.  It will also provide participants with tools to use and some practical steps you can take. There will be an open discussion and exchange of ideas as well to explore how a beneficial and collaborative relationship between outdoor professionals and the rest of Recreational Sports can be cultivated and maximized.

Collaborate: LGBTQ Leaders
Facilitated By Hannah Malvin Senior Representative for Partnerships, The Wilderness Society
Wednesday, October 24th | 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM | Eagle’s Nest

Thursday, October 25th

Can motherhood and working in outdoor education coexist?
Marion Holmes Associate Director, Adventure WV, West Virginia University
Michele Pavilionis Graduate Student, Southern Oregon University
Elizabeth Rogers Associate Instructor, The University of Utah
Jen Siliko Director, Outdoor Pursuit Center, Miami University
Dr. Anja Whittington Professor, Radford University
Thursday, October 25th | 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Wasatch B

This session seeks to explore, discuss and help navigate challenges to motherhood and working in the outdoors.  The amount of time required to be in the field where communication with family is often limited or nonexistent and the physical demands of this time provide challenges not experienced in other career fields.  By examining the often taboo topics such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, dealing with ‘Mommy guilt’ and facing stigmas and stereotypes of a mother’s traditional role we hope to provide insight and strategies to women who are mothers or are considering motherhood.  This session also seeks to provide administrators with methods to support and advocate for mom’s in the field.  This is a relatively new topic for our industry but has come to the forefront as conversations about women in outdoor leadership continue to gain momentum.  During this session we will review the findings of the research project “Motherhood and Working in the Field” as well as hear from a panel of women at various stages of their journey as mothers and professionals.

Ability Awareness: Integrating adaptive recreation in any program
Liz Longhurst Education & Community Programs Manager, National Ability Center
Thursday, October 25th | 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Maybird

The purpose of this session is to discuss different abilities and how recreation pursuits can be adapted to help individuals achieve the highest quality of life.  Presenters will discuss the basics of Person-first Language and best practices for working with individuals with disabilities. This interactive session will give participants hands-on experience of daily life with a different ability.  In a strengths-based discussion, participants will gain resources and ideas on how to adapt any program to support people with disabilities in a successful environment.

Using the Enneagram Type Indicator to Increase Positive Expedition Behavior
Marcedes Minana Program Coordinator, Adventure WV, West Virginia University
Thursday, October 25th | 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Superior B

How individuals treat one another matters, and when you bring together a diverse group of personalities, it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out how to make it work. Having an honest look at oneself is a great place to start!
In this session, attendees will learn about a scientifically validated personality inventory, the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, and be given a sample inventory to complete. The nine personality types of the Enneagram will be explored, along with some challenges and strengths associated with each. Attendees will break into small groups and be given the opportunity to reflect on their previous contributions to expedition behavior, either good or poor, through the lens of their type. Areas of desired future growth will be considered and tangible suggestions for transformation will be presented. Attendees will leave the session with one framework for understanding a variety of personalities, and ideally with increased self-awareness.

Communication and Women in the Outdoors
Danielle Bessent Graduate Assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Thursday, October 25th | 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Superior A
This presentation will be based on a research project done by the presenter. This research was focused on the communication constructs having to do with women working in the outdoor education field. The researcher interviewed 20 women and conducted a qualitative content analysis of responses given by participants. Questions asked focused on (1) getting involved in the field, (2) gender dynamics in the field, (3)staying in the field, and (4) what needs to change. The results generated common themes between women working in the outdoors and proposes solutions for a more inclusive space.

Collaborate: People of Color
Facilitated By Deidra Goodwin Program Coordinator, Outdoor Education Center of For Love of Children
Thursday, October 25th | 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM | Eagle’s Nest

Increase Your Teaching Effectiveness as an Outdoor Instructor

Maurice Phipps Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University
Thursday, October 25th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Wasatch B
The skill of teaching is different to the skill of an outdoor activity, although both sets of skills can complement each other.  The art of teaching can be learned through observation and experience but is best anchored in the science of teaching.  This workshop is intended to give some theoretical background for teaching in the wild outdoors.
Participants will use the Instructor Effectiveness Questionnaire and Check Sheet to examine past experiences and illustrate the past and future use of teaching and learning concepts. 
The session, then, will be a mix of interaction and lecture.  Participants will gain an understanding of some theories specific to their own experiences that will enable an increase in teaching effectiveness.

Near Miss Controller: Discussion on Using Databases to Record Incidents
Chris Bartram Coordinator of Maine Bound Adventure Center, University of Maine
Dr. Erik Rabinowitz Associate Professor of Recreation Management, Appalachian State University
Thursday, October 25th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Maybird

We will discuss the 25 years of progression in our industry of developing incident reporting from almost no documentation, to paper, to database systems. Our study collected and presents data from 80 outdoor program directors on how they record incidents and near misses, their preferences for reporting, constraints of reporting and overall performance perceptions. The combined finding shows that programs with a database are less constrained and report a higher perception of reporting success than those without.  This is most drastically noted by the 26% of programs that do not record near misses at all. With this being said, program administrators must be educated on how college outdoor programs are managing incident reporting. In addition, administrators must be able to enhance their knowledge of theory that supports documentation and develop their ability to advocate for such systems. Lastly, attendees will learn about the current options for reporting incidents and how to effectively document incidents.

Army Outdoor Recreation: A Practitioner’s View
Darlene Hines Deputy Operations Division Chief, Fort Jackson Family and MWR
Carleton Lane Stewart Military Resort, Alaska
Stephen Remillard Community Recreation Officer, West Point Family and MWR
Thursday, October 25th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Superior B
This presentation will provide an overview of Army Outdoor Recreation from the Practitioner’s viewpoint.  It will serve to provide exposure to Army Outdoor Recreation to the vast majority of the field that does not know it exists.  The presentation will highlight the diverse offerings of Army Outdoor Recreation, with it’s global span and reach. It will review all of the different offerings that are provided at an Army installation from Adventure Programming to campgrounds, equipment checkout, marinas, ski areas and beyond.  It will provide an overview of the Outdoor Recreation’s support of Army Readiness.  The presentation will also discuss career opportunities in Outdoor Recreation for both the novice and experienced Outdoor Recreation Professional.

Equity and Inclusion in the Outdoors; Past, Present, and Future
Frederick Bentley Student Coordinator, Trips and Outreach, Portland State University
Chris Bullard Assistant Coordinator, Outdoor Programs, Portland State University
Ann Marie Hingley Coordinator, Outdoor Programs, Portland State University
Elie Lauden Graduate Student, Portland State University
Thursday, October 25th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Superior A

Through this presentation participants will break down perceptions of land use and outdoor recreation by examining historical factors and events that led to the creation of public land through a violent and oppressive culture of exclusion. We will further explore how these historical systems of oppression are still perpetuated today through various social factors and specific ways that we can break these systems down. The intention for this presentation is for people working in outdoor recreation and education, especially those of us with privileged identities, to think critically about our field and actively promote equity and inclusion in our work.

Collaborate: Outdoor Leadership Curriculum
Facilitated by Bryan Anderson UWild Field Programs Manager, University of Washington

Thursday, October 25th | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Eagle’s Nest

The LGBTQ Community and the Outdoors

Hannah Malvin Recreation Policy Associate, The Wilderness Society
Elyse Rylander Founder and Executive Director, OUT There Adventures
Thursday, October 25th | 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM |Wasatch B
Everyone deserves the chance to enjoy our parks! Together we will discuss opportunities for participants to engage the LGBTQ community outdoors based on community-building strategies, using leading current LGBTQ outdoor initiatives as a backdrop. From experience, the speakers will address launching Out There Adventures, an organization leading camping trips for LGBTQ youth; building Pride Outside, and organization connecting the LGBTQ community and the outdoors; organizing the first of its kind LGBTQ Outdoor Summit for the outdoor industry and the conservation community; and building community for LGBTQ park rangers around the world with the International Ranger Federation. We will share lessons learned from our work with the LGBTQ community and the outdoors and discuss ways to overcome barriers to access and promote relevant, inclusive programming in outdoor education.

Collegiate Adventure Therapy: A Guide for Building Collaboration and Communication Across Departments
Dave Denny Assistant Director Campus Recreation Outdoor Pursuits, University of Texas at San Antonio
Susan Denny Counselor, University of Texas at San Antonio
Chandler Lentz Graduate Assistant, University of Texas at San Antonio
Thursday, October 25th | 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Maybird
The trend to collaborate innovative services for college students was addressed at one university by Outdoor Pursuits and Counseling Services, working together to provide a service that is not accessible to most college students. Last Spring, a 10-week group-based adventure therapy culminated in a three-day backpacking trip was piloted. Research was conducted on the impact this experience had on the participants’ resilience. This session will focus on how to replicate this program or tweak it to make it work at your college or university. We will discuss in depth, how you can start the conversation with administrators and begin a collaboration; important considerations for both departments in managing physical and psychological risk and confidentiality; and why students get the most out of a collaborative approach from specialized departments. The trend towards providing outdoor wellness services will be reviewed, as well as the data from our research on the effectiveness of this program.

The Dirt on Genito-Urinary Issues in the Backcountry
Nadia Kimmel Executive Director, Desert Mountain Medicine
Thursday, October 25th | 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Superior B

Outdoor educators and guides will walk away with tips on pre-trip communication, education, prevention and preparedness before heading out on an extended backcountry trip. We will also discuss the assessment and treatment of genitourinary issues as well as evacuation guidelines.

Exploring Perspectives on Optimal Challenge and Risk
Dr. Andrew Bobilya Associate Professor and Program Director of Parks and Recreation Management, Western Carolina University
Dr. Brad Daniel Executive Director, 2nd Nature TREC (Training, Research, Education, Consulting)
Thursday, October 25th | 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Superior A

Outdoor adventure programs have traditionally embraced challenge, risk and stress as tools for personal growth. To what extent are these concepts useful with a new generation of participants? This workshop will explore whether outdoor programs can encourage personal growth in the mental, physical, emotional, social, and/or spiritual dimensions using different levels of challenge. We will review recent research and discuss several key questions: Is there an optimal amount of stress that encourages personal growth? How does this generation respond to programs that embrace challenge and stress as tools for growth?  How can programs be modified to serve the current generation?

Collaborate: Morale, Welfare & Recreation Programs
Facilitated By John O'Sullivan Program Manager, Army Outdoor Recreation Warrior Adventure Quest, U.S. Army
Facilitated By Wolfgang Schultes Operations Officer, US Army Garrison Bavaria

Thursday, October 25th | 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Eagle’s Nest

Leave No Trace for Outdoor Educators: Teaching Tools for Responsible Recreation
Joe Besl Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Joe Creaghead Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Thursday, October 25th | 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Wasatch B


Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an interactive presentation and discussion that will focus on the elements of Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics. This workshop is designed for outdoor educators, guides, college students, park and recreation staff, and other outdoor professionals, who will gain the skills to teach Leave No Trace techniques and ethics for all experience levels and in all environments. This workshop will include how to use Leave No Trace teaching resources, both hard copy and digital, as participants explore the principles and teaching resources of Leave No Trace through hands-on, engaging activities.


In addition to learning the hows and whys behind the importance of practicing Leave No Trace, participants will learn tips and tricks to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives, work, and programs. By practicing Leave No Trace, we can preserve and protect our public lands for future generations. Leave No Trace encourages people to define their personal outdoor ethic and make educated decisions in the outdoors that will protect the finite resources we all share and enjoy. 


The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year.

Federal Mandate Compliance and How it Applies to Outdoor Programs
Daniela Cross Risk Management and Special Projects Coordinator, California State University, Northridge
Christine Upton Outdoor Adventures Coordinator, California State University, Northridge
Thursday, October 25th | 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Maybird
Even though, as outdoor recreation and education professionals, we spend a vast amount of time thinking about, planning for, and reacting to various risk management issues, we have the tendency to overlook some of the larger federal mandates that could impact our programming. Non-compliance with these mandates can lead to serious implications to programs and organizations. This presentation will look at several federal mandates, including the Cleary Act, Title IX, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. we will provide a brief history of each mandate, applicability to outdoor recreation and education programs, and implications of non-compliance. 

Psychological First Aid
Ben Lerman Wilderness Medical Instructor, NOLS
Thursday, October 25th | 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Superior B
The incidence of mental health issues arising on wilderness trips is increasing. In this presentation, learn to provide psychological first aid and respond with confidence when someone is in need of physical or emotional support. To complement existing first aid skills, attendees will gain interactive practice and be introduced to structured tools for engaging with patients after an extremely stressful incident or during a mental health event: listening, assuring safety and basic needs are met, reducing stress, and helping patients engage with support groups.

Engaging your campus in large-scale outdoor competitions and special events
Bridget Hand Manager, University Center
Ivan Levin Deputy Director, Outdoor Foundation
Genevieve Marchand Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University
Nathan Millard Interim Director, First Year Experience, Chico State University
Thursday, October 25th | 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Superior A
College outdoor programs generally have a common mission: getting more people, from diverse backgrounds, to play and learn outdoors. The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge and other similar large scale outdoor competitions and events have the potential to reach a more inclusive audience and get college students excited for their local outdoor recreation possibilities. This presentation will help you formulate a campus plan to be successful in your next large event, reach a more diverse body of students, get your community engaged and get students mobilized in the process. This presentation will help you develop a Ready-Set-Go plan to take back to your campus and get the ball rolling!

Collaborate: WEA Programs and Instructors
Facilitated by Kelli McMahan Associate Clinical Professor, Baylor University
Thursday, October 25th | 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Eagle’s Nest

Friday, October 26th

Become Indispensable through the Innovative Use of Learning Outcomes and Assessment
Mark Ceder Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, University of San Diego
Lauren Wong Graduate Assistant, University of San Diego
Friday, October 26th | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Superior A

Is your outdoor program treated like an outsider on campus? Do you have some learning outcomes but are unsure how to measure them? Maybe you have some data and are asking now what? Take this time to plan your next steps. Discover how you can foster a culture of assessment that increases your ability to make data-informed decisions to enhance student learning, effectively utilize resources and align your programming with institutional priorities. This presentation will explore the co-curricular learning environment as well as identify tools and strategies to measure and document student learning. We’ll address barriers to engaging with assessment within outdoor programs and share tips to turn some of your current practices into powerful assessment measures. If you have in interest in improving your teaching and student learning we hope you will join us for this inspiring presentation about assessment.

Using Case Studies in Outdoor Leader Judgement Training
Dr. Jim Rowe Executive Director, Outward Bound Costa Rica
Friday, October 26th | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Superior B

The most critical variable in outdoor education risk management is the decision-making ability of outdoor leaders. Training of today’s leaders must concentrate on the development of sound judgement skills in order to hone decision making thereby decreasing real risk exposure to students in their care.

This workshop will give attendees a framework in which they can analyze their decision-making skills when examining real-life case studies. Course materials with case studies will be provided to attendees.

The workshop begins with participants introducing themselves and their roles in outdoor education. The presenter will make connections to the importance of the material and ideas of ways to implement the case study methodology. Videos and power point will be used during this section. Later the group will be divided into smaller working groups and actually put into practice the methods introduced. Finally, the workshop will conclude with participants exchanging ideas on how to implement the system/methods into their own training programs

Because there’s nothing straight about nature: Connecting queer equity and the outdoors
Elyse Rylander Founder and Executive Director, OUT There Adventures
Friday, October 26th | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Maybird

The mainstream narrative of the LGBTQ community does not often conjure images of rock climbing, paddling, backcountry skiing or mountain biking. As queer individuals many of us self-urbanize in order to find community and opportunity, increasing the distance between ourselves and the natural world. This exclusivity is further exacerbated by the cultural and structural practices found in many outdoor spaces such as tent groups divided by sex assigned at birth or the perpetuation of homophobic, transphobic and sexist attitudes. In Because there's nothing straight about nature we will unpack the historical, cultural and structural reasons for why many LGBTQ individuals assume outdoor spaces are "not for them" and discuss tools for how we as administrators, practitioners and an industry can continue the process of making our programs and spaces more welcoming and representative of the LGBTQ community.

Race and the "not so" Great Outdoors
Travis Johnson Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator, Florida State University
Friday, October 26th | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Wasatch A

Session will include anecdotes/learning, activities and perceptions people have.

Collaborate: Educator unite- A meet and greet session for Educators
Facilitated by Erik Rabinowitz Associate Professor of Recreation Management, Appalachian State University

Friday, October 26th | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Eagle’s Nest

5 Top Tips to Create an Engaging Video from an Award-Winning Director
Sylvie Rokab Film Director, Love Thy Nature
Friday, October 26th | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Superior A

The award-winning director of LOVE THY NATURE – narrated by Liam Neeson - will distill essential film production concepts into 5 down-to-earth tips to help outdoor professionals create and share their message powerfully on video – whether for social media, board rooms or visitor centers.  

This fun, interactive, and multi-media session will cover the basics of visual storytelling, showing how some simple choices in narrative, camera angles and editing can maximize the emotional impact of your message, leaving the audience moved, inspired, and ignite.

Food is an outcome! Outdoor Adventure Education and the Slow Food Movement.
Dr. Paul Stonehouse Associate Professor of Adventure Education, Green Mountain College
Friday, October 26th | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Superior B

The human consumption of food is a significant impact on the planet and directly related to environmental, social, and financial sustainability. Yet food and its associated rituals are seldom considered an important outcome in outdoor adventure education (OAE) programming. This omission becomes even more curious when one realizes the values shared between OAE and Slow Food philosophy: community formation, beauty and aesthetics; craft; and well-being more generally. Additionally, since eating is something we do each day, it is an obvious candidate for a participant’s specific transfer post-outdoor program. This presentation therefore aims to make food an outcome! By placing foodsourcing, nutrition, menu planning, cooking craft, meal-time and clean-up more deliberately within our curriculum, we transition our field towards more sustainable practices, and attempt to increase the quality of life for all. Come learn (and taste) how you might adopt a slower approach to food in your program.

Learn from my Mistakes: Using a Dialectical Method to Train Outdoor Educators
Dr. Brad Daniel Executive Director, 2nd Nature TREC (Training, Research, Education, Consulting)
Friday, October 26th | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Maybird

This workshop will identify a variety of common mistakes made when one is teaching in the outdoors and offer solutions for those mistakes. Many of these mistakes apply to classroom teachers as well. The workshop begins with either a skit or video illustrating over 30 common outdoor teaching mistakes. Most of the mistakes deal with professionalism, pace and group position, and/or delivery. The lesson presented is usually somewhat inappropriate for the setting or the season. 

After the lesson, workshop participants will work to identify the mistakes made and present solutions to using a multistage sequential debrief (MSD). The MSD begins with personal reflection followed by sharing in pairs. Pairs then join to become fours and so on until the entire group is back together. After discussing the mistakes and ways to correct them, each participant will identify two mistakes they struggle with and design action steps for correcting them. With permission, these will be shared with the group. A list of the mistakes is available upon request.

Publishing Isn’t Just for Academics
Dr. Andrew Bobilya Associate Professor and Program Director of Parks and Recreation Management, Western Carolina University
Will Hobbs Faculty, Georgia College
Dr. Bruce Martin Department Chair, Ohio University
Friday, October 26th | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Wasatch A
In the 25 years of the conference formerly known as ICORE, the 30 years of the international WEA conference, and decades for other industry partners, we know that the people in this field love to see each other and talk and share (at least once a year). But for an industry as rich in knowledge, experience, and potential for growth as ours, conference time isn’t enough! All the great ideas just can’t fit and find exposure at the conferences. But we need those ideas to get out.  
We need to write about our observations and innovations. It’s foolish to keep these nuggets to ourselves until conference time! We could generate more shared dialogue and community if we were exposed to those big ideas throughout the year - if we could read about these other perspectives and digest them. This session is designed to prepare attendees to convert ideas, innovative practices, and more into meaningful and engaging written pieces for a range of professional outlets. Our industry would do well to have increased engagement from more and diverse perspectives. Writing isn’t just for academics; it actually takes contributions from everyone - from students to professionals to volunteers, to faculty, and beyond - to move our field forward!  
But how do we get there? We will work collaboratively to tackle critical roadblocks and cultivate viable strategies:  1) What do I have to offer? What is my contribution? How do I know that my gut instinct is valuable?  2) Where do I begin? What’s the next step? How do I develop this idea into something worth reading and then where does it go? 3) Who can help? 
The intent is to build community and share the load of creativity and insight, connect attendees with other like-minded professionals and/or mentors to provide strategic guidance and advice, and de-mystify the process of writing for professional publications such as the JOREL or other journals, “white papers”, or trade publications.
Collaborate: International
Facilitated By Jay Post Board Member, Wilderness Education Association
Facilitated By Dr. Jim Rowe Executive Director, Outward Bound Costa Rica

Friday, October 26th | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Eagle’s Nest

How we built this: Ideation to installation of an Avalanche Beacon Park
Ty Atwater Director of Outdoor Recreation Programs, Montana State University
Dr. Matt Caires Dean of Students, Montana State University
Dr. Jordy Hendrikx Director Snow and Avalanche Lab, Montana State University

Friday, October 26th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Superior A

Have you ever had an idea for a facility, service or program but it just feels too big to get started?  Wondered what is going through the minds of those in positions of influence on campus?  Thought to yourself “I know this would be great but I just don’t know who to partner with?”

This presentation will focus on the process of partnership building on a college or university campus to take a project from ideation to implementation.  We will use the recent construction of an avalanche beacon training park in the heart of Montana State University’s Campus as a case study of how to recruit and develop partners from academics to the Dean of Student’s office.  It will focus on the practical steps that a programmer can take to help make their project more appealing and likely to me approved.  
We will discuss potential barriers such as administrative by in, budget, and policy and procedure. The three presenters will share the different lenses that they viewed the project through and what are successful techniques to get your next project off the ground.

Innovative Course Assignments in Outdoor Education
Josh Fulmer Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation, University of Georgia
Dr. Kellie Gerbers Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership, Westminster College
Genevieve Marchand Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University
Friday, October 26th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Superior B

Over the past 8 months, AORE members have collected data from faculty and other outdoor educators pertaining to innovative course assignments in outdoor education, recreation, and leadership academic courses. "Innovative course assignments" refer to projects, papers, presentations, demonstrations, etc. that enhance learning, promote critical thinking, and encourage discovery (both in and out of the classroom). This presentation will highlight a variety of innovative course assignments (and their learning outcomes) that attendees may be able to incorporate into their own courses. Examples include “Microadventures,” “John Dewey Reading Groups,” “Design Think,” “Literacy Action,” and “Public Sphere Pedagogy.” Following the overview of innovative courses, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in a group discussion related to course and project design.

Coping with a Crisis: How to Bounce Back After A Traumatic Event
Chris Hendricks Director of Outdoor Adventures, Duke University
Russell Hobart Assistant Director of Climbing Programs, University of North Carolina
Friday, October 26th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Maybird


It's a difficult, but important conversation.  Accidents happen, and when they do it can be difficult to know exactly what to do and how to navigate the complex emotional and administrative situations.  We'll share our history dealing with experiences and what we learned from managing those involved.  We hope to initiate conversation and provide tools to prepare administrators to respond to a difficult situation.

Collaborate: Women in Leadership
Facilitated By Lisa Lemler Associate Director for Wellness, University of Minnesota

Friday, October 26th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Eagle’s Nest

25 Years of Outdoor Privilege
Martin Crawford Director, Outdoor Education Center, Pomona College
Chris Weyant Coordinator, Outdoor Education Center, Pomona College
Friday, October 26th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Superior A

Over the past 25 years, the vast majority of the outdoor world is designed for one specific person. However, humans are all different! By creating a system that caters to one demographic, we increase the level of privilege attached to the outdoors. This includes available outdoor leadership roles, outdoor equipment design, outdoor programming, marketing, and our historical narrative of the outdoors. By using the Peggy McIntosh article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” we will examine Outdoor Privilege, explore ways to break this vicious cycle, and look forward to the next 25 years of an evolving industry. If you are passionate about making positive change in the world of recreation, please join us for this engaging and thought-provoking workshop.

Global Adventure: A G Adventures Panel Presentation
David Crye Colorado College
Bryan Karban University of  Minnesota
Jill Sala G Adventures
Jeannette Stawski Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
Michael Willet Old Dominion University
Moderator: Mitch Hoffman University of Minnesota
Friday, October 26th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Superior B

G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the widest selection of affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all continents. G Adventures is the leader in small group global adventure tours and specializes in authentic, responsible and sustainable travel. Started in 1990, G Adventures boasts over 100,000 travelers annually and more than 670+ global adventures in over 100 countries. After attending the 2015 AORE Annual Conference in Atlanta, G Adventures was inspired to bring their expertise to the AORE members. Learn more about how your organization can leverage G Adventures expert services and quality programs to reach your organization’s global adventure outcomes.

Snow Science: The theory and practice
Dr. Jordy Hendrikx Director Snow and Avalanche Lab, Montana State University
Daniel Sandberg Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation Program, Montana State University
Friday, October 26th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Maybird
A new university course was prepared for Spring of 2018 at Montana State University (MSU). This course addressed a substantial gap in our current offerings in snow science, where the practice is a critical component of the theory and science. Currently, students are only encouraged to take practical avalanche classes, but this new course dovetails academic content with field based instruction for the avalanche level 1 class, to facilitate the combination of practice and theory in snow science at the 100 level.
This course, could be taken by students enrolled in the MSU Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP) hosted avalanche level 1 field based course. After the completion of the avalanche course students attended two additional evening lectures to explore the science behind what they have learned in the ORP course. On completion of these lecture, they undertook a minimum of 20 hours of mentored back-country travel in small groups, which will be GPS logged and assessed. This mentored experience was considered critical as recent research suggests that students that take avalanche classes, but don’t practice the skills have a higher perception of their ability. The GPS tracks and associated surveys also contributed to an ongoing study on decision making and travel in avalanche terrain. This integrated approach is representative of the combined theory and practical skills required to successfully study and work in snow science.

Collaborate: Outdoor Orientation Professionals
Facilitated By Brent Bell Professor of Outdoor Education, University of New Hampshire
Friday, October 26th | 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Eagle’s Nest