Risk Management for Outdoor Programs 2022

2022 International Conference Pre-Conference Events

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
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Category: International Conferences

Risk Management for Outdoor Programs

Capacity: 50 participants

Date & Time: November 2-30th

The course has 5 live video-conference sessions, once each week, for five weeks: November 2, 11:00 am - 11:45 am, New York time (UTC-4) November 9, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, NY time (UTC-5) November 16, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, NY time (UTC-5) November 23, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, NY time (UTC-5) November 30, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, NY time (UTC-5) In between each live session is an Independent Work Period. There is approximately 10 hours of independent study and small group projects each week.

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $399

Presenters:  Jeff Baierlein

Jeff Baierlein is Director of outdoor and experiential program consultancy Viristar. He is the former Executive Director of Outward Bound Baltimore Chesapeake Bay and the Boojum Institute for Experiential Education. Jeff is an outdoor safety expert witness, AEE accreditation reviewer, and former AEE Board member.


The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training by Viristar is a comprehensive, 40-hour online course that provides a systems-based approach to understanding why incidents occur and how they may be prevented. Topics include human factors in incident causation, systems thinking, legal considerations, safety standards, emergency response, risk management planning, and more. The course has weekly Zoom calls with independent work and small group projects in between. Participants review outdoor risk management models, learn best safety practices, develop a Risk Management Plan outline, complete a mock Risk Management Review, and develop a Strategic Improvement Plan for their organization. Details at courses.viristar.com.

  • Outcomes:
    • Gain critical knowledge of best practices in outdoor program risk management.
    • Learn procedures, systems and plans essential to meeting key outdoor safety standards.
    • Understand how to apply successful risk management strategies to adventure programs, experiential education, wilderness expeditions, and outdoor trips.

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Pre-Conference sessions (Extended Education) take place prior to the start of the 2022 International Conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development.


Do I need to register for the International Conference (taking place Nov 10-13) in order to attend a pre-conference event? No! You are able to register and attend any of the below events without having to purchase a ticket or attend the entire International Conference.

Are meals and lodging included? No. If you plan to stay overnight or have meals on-site, you must purchase lodging and a meal plan separately.

Can I get CEUs from pre-conference events? This depends on the individual event. Each event is different and you'll need to check out the specific event details.

Where are the events being held? Location varies by individual event. Each event will be held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly unless otherwise specified.

Are the pre-conferences available to virtual attendees too? Will they be recorded? No. Pre-conference events occur in-person only unless otherwise specified.

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