Snap Learning Sessions


Designed for high impact learning, these 30-minute mini sessions allow for lots of learning--quickly.


25 Silver Bullets for success in Recreation Programming
Marsha Chiet Kiwisport Project Leader, Hutt City Council, New Zealand
Mark Curr Sport and Recreation Manager, Hutt City Council, New Zealand
Friday, October 26th | 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Wasatch B

Do you want to increase community participation in and contribution to recreation and sport? Build commitment and connections in your local communities? This SNAP session will help you develop your engagement and collaboration skills including:
The Hutt City Council (New Zealand) Active in The Hutt Team is a massively successful, multi-award winning recreation team. Across sport, education, and community recreation, we have undergone a steep learning curve in using the transformative power of being active to create meaningful change.  This fun and energetic session is a culmination of our learnings from 7 years of work leveraging community recreation to drive positive impact in communities that need it most. Take away 25 silver bullets for success in recreation and education!

Breaking Barriers: Recruiting and Developing Women in Outdoor Recreation
Kelsey Helgeson Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, Northern Arizona University
Friday, October 26th | 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | Wasatch B

“2017…The Year of the Woman.” Women are absolutely crushing it in every arena within outdoor recreation. From Casey Brown’s mind-blowing descent of Corbet’s Couloir, Margo Hayes record-breaking 5.15 ascents, Brooke Hess’ badassery in closing the gender gap in big wave freestyle kayaking, and everything Angel Collinson touches…at terminal velocity. 

But what about the rest of us mere mortals? Well, 2017 was a great year for us as well. More women hold executive leadership positions in major retail companies, more women are on the forefront of environmental political advocacy, and more women are employed in the field as commercial outdoor guides than ever before. But we’ve still got a long way to go. 

This presentation will provide a framework of specific tools we can use to successfully recruit, develop, and support women working and participating in outdoor recreation. Through strategic and intentional outreach and implementation, we can close the gender gap. We empower women to become the best guides, athletes, educators, stewards, and environmental advocates as possible. And the entire outdoor recreation industry benefits.

Supporting Public Lands in an Age of Uncertainty: The Urban Ranger Program
Dr. Nate Furman Assistant Professor of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah
Dr. Jeff Rose Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Nick Rushford Graduate Assistant, University of Utah
Friday, October 26th | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Wasatch B

From aging infrastructure in National Parks to the redesignation of National Monuments, public lands in the United States are threatened by policy in previously unimagined ways.  This presentation will use the modern discourse of public land conservation as a springboard to describe a student-led trail ambassador program that was developed to support public lands and foster a human-nature connection.  The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program engages students to perform light trail maintenance, gathers data on trail use, and educates trail users on public lands in urban and urban-proximate areas in the Salt Lake Valley.  Audience participants will understand the structure and operations of the program, including the budget/funding, operating areas, partners, and lessons learned.  This presentation is particularly relevant for programs looking to implement a service program model that supports public lands and for those who are interested in taking actionable steps to develop public land infrastructure with University students.

Maximizing the Success of Collegiate Outdoor Program Equipment Rental Shops
Kayla Goldberg Outdoor Program Assistant Coordinator, Weber State University Outdoor Program
Friday, October 26th | 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Wasatch B

The overall focus of this session is to share tips and tricks for increasing efficiency and effectiveness of university equipment rental shops.  We’ll be looking specifically at different obstacles (such as physical size restrictions, budget restrictions, and staff restrictions) and offering analysis and solutions to overcome those.
During the presentation we’ll cover:

Tour Planning Resources: Using Munter Units to Create a Time Control Plan
James Pierson Program Coordinator and Guide, American Alpine Institute
Friday, October 26th | 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Wasatch B

This presentation will introduce the Munter Unit Method for estimating the time it takes to move through backcountry terrain. Additionally, we’ll discuss how to use the Munter Method, along with other wilderness navigation techniques, to create an overall tour plan for your time in the wilderness.      

With that as a foundation, we’ll then introduce some digital technology that can add further depth to your backcountry plans, while also making the planning process faster and easier.

Managing diabetes in the field; An introduction for outdoor leaders
Sarah McDonald Adventure Program Student Supervisor, Weber State University Outdoor Program
Friday, October 26th | 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM | Wasatch B

As of 2015, 9.4 percent of the population of the United States (30.3 million people) had been diagnosed with diabetes. With so many individuals living with this disease, it is critical that outdoor recreation professionals understand how to responsibly accommodate this population. This presentation will include an introduction to diabetes mellitus, an overview of common diabetic issues (including hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and diabetic ketoacidosis), their symptoms, and specific treatments for each. In addition, this presentation will address specific planning and management strategies, including nutrition, equipment (and equipment care), supervision, and the effects of sustained exercise.

 
Is Your Program Advocating for Bees, Trees, Water, and Air: You Should!
Dylan Blaskey Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures, Tulane University
Dr. Eric Frauman Professor, Recreation Management Program, Appalachian State University
Friday, October 26th | 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Wasatch B

This session is designed to begin and/or prolong a dialogue among attendee programs about the importance of incorporating information about natural resource and related environmental issues into our program offerings.  Given the increasing concerns about climate change, among other environmental concerns (e.g., environmental justice), this mini-session will aid participants in learning about how other attendee organizations are addressing natural resource and related environmental concerns in their respective program offerings, as well as learn how to find information about natural resource and related environmental issues relevant to their work.  Following the conference participants will receive a summary of the findings from the session, as well as an e-list of natural resource and environmental issue oriented non-profit organizations that could potentially serve as formal or informal partners, for attendee programs interested in being better advocates for bees, trees, snails, whales, water, air, and the people that need care!

How to bring veterans into your Outdoor Recreation program
Aaron Leonard Outdoor Educator, Sierra Club
Friday, October 26th | 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM | Wasatch B

Over 1 million veterans are attending higher education programs in 2018, but their participation in outdoor recreation programs on your campus is likely low. The veteran community shares common obstacles found within marginalized populations on campus such as time and money but is also slow to trust and reluctant to join groups not lead by, or consisting of, their peers. Learn about the unique obstacles veterans face in participating in outdoor recreation and steps you can take to mitigate those obstacles.