2022 Pre-Conference Events

Extended Education

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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.

This year, we're excited to offer over 10 Pre-Conference sessions. See offerings below!


FAQs

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 stay in the same housing if I'm staying for Conference weekend? Yes! Just book the room for the entire time.

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 below.

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 below. 

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

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Managing Risk Through Inclusive, Trauma-Informed Program Design Universal Experiential Education Through Aerial Adventures The Adventure Trail - An Expedition of Discovery Facilitating Hiking Therapy Groups- An Experiential Approach Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS)
The Meaning Making Academy: an Immersive Day at the Warren Wilson College Farm
 
Harnessing your Unique Power & Potential: A Strengths-Based Approach From the Trail to the Interview: Professionalism, Networking, and Job Seeking for Outdoor Professionals Behavioral First Responder The Adventure of Belonging: (Re)-Imagining Our Approaches for a Socially Just and Collective Community (TAPG)
The best way to predict the future? Invent It: Activity Design Pathways, 2022 and Beyond Adventure Education Conference (AEC) Neurodiversity In Action: the practical relationship of sensory processing and learning Wilderness First Aid Risk Management for Outdoor Programs
The Power of Why: Using Reflective Practice to Strengthen Your Impact Wilderness Education Association-Certified Outdoor Educators (COE) Clinic

Managing Risk through Inclusive, Trauma-Informed Program Design

Capacity: 30 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Blue Ridge Leaders Room in Eureka Hall

Cost: $300 (10% off for AEE Members) 

Presenters: Steve Smith and Christine Norton

Christine Norton received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and works with a wide range of populations in experiential education roles. Steve Smith is the author of Beneficial Risks and founder of Experiential Consulting, a risk management consultancy focused on outdoor programs.

Description:

As experiential learning programs attempt to be more inclusive, traditional risk management systems may lag behind these efforts, or even work at cross-purposes with them. This workshop is meant to help illuminate the many ways in which risk management systems can evolve to mirror our collective efforts to be more inclusive, and also to highlight specific concepts and strategies (informed by clinical social work) in which outdoor programs can take a trauma-informed approach to risk management and program design. This workshop will enable participants to assess their own program's practices and pursue inclusive, trauma-informed risk management systems / program design.

Led by a risk management consultant and author, and a licensed social worker who specializes in experiential education, this workshop will enable participants to assess their own program's practices and leave with valuable tools for inclusive, trauma-informed risk management systems and program design.

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Universal Experiential Education through Aerial Adventures

Capacity: 30 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Challenge Course & Shelter

Cost: $125 

Presenters:  Melanie Wills & Carla Hacker

Melanie has experience in program management at multiple camps & outdoor centers and is currently the Director of Operations & Development/COO for Experiential Systems, Inc. Melanie is involved with several industry associations including the Association for Challenge Course Technology, Association for Experiential Education, American Camp Association, and several medical associations leaning into her additional background in public health and wellness.

Carla has been providing universally accessible programming in the field of experiential education for many years. As a trainer and accessibility specialist with ESI, Inc. she continues to develop and implement training curriculum and equipment design for full inclusion on challenge courses and ziplines. Carla serves on the board of directors for the Association for Experiential Education, has hosted and presented at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally, and is an active member of AEE. She is also graduate faculty for the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.

Description:

This engaging workshop will showcase active participation in an aerial adventure. Melanie Wills and Carla Hacker will cover how to create an aerial adventure (challenge course, adventure park, zip line) program designed to include participants of all abilities. The concepts of Universal Mindset and Invitational Education will be utilized as a basis for our time together. Come prepared to dive deep into the accessibility world and come away with resources needed to assess your facility, course, and program. Though the focus of the workshop will apply to aerial adventures, much of the content can apply to other experiential education activities.

  • Understand universal mindset and invitational education as it pertains to aerial adventure courses.
  • Utilize accessibility assessment tools including the principles of universal design to determine what is needed on your course or program.
  • Practice with speciality equipment and rigging techniques that may be needed to work with a broader range of people.
  • Actively engage in a course experience through guided simulations.
  • Network, share, and learn from others.

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The Adventure Trail - An Expedition of Discovery

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Pavilion

Cost: $99 

Presenters: Jim Cain, Shawn Moriarty

Teambuilding Guru Dr. Jim Cain is the author of 25 best-loved books filled with team and community building activities from around the world. His real-world in-person train-the-trainer events are legendary in the adventure-based learning community and his virtual activities are used around the world.

Camp Director, Environmental Educator and Curious Naturalist, Shawn Moriarty has been working with people in nature and creating learning communities since 1983. Shawn leads workshops on teaching ecological concepts in engaging ways and helping people develop their connections to the natural world.

Description:

The Adventure Trail is a brilliant opportunity for you to learn an innovative new approach to team development, that is as easy as a walk in the park. On day one, you'll learn by doing and on day two, you'll get to lead a miniature expedition of 12 people at the start of the AEE conference, immersed in the natural setting of YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.

An introduction to the content of an Adventure Trail expedition, team development, the five stages of group formation and facilitation skills appropriate for on-the-trail events.

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Facilitating Hiking Therapy Groups- An Experiential Approach

Capacity: 20 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:  YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Trails - meet at the Ampitheatre

Cost: $150

Presenters: Aimee Frazier, MA

Aimee Frazier, MA, is a Mental Health Therapist specializing in hiking therapy in Portland, Oregon. In her private practice Aimee leads a year-round Hiking Therapy Group for adults who are managing trauma, anxiety, and depression. Aimee formerly worked as an outdoor adventure guide. 

Aimee Frazier began working as an outdoor adventure guide in 2009. After nearly a decade of outdoor, seasonal guiding, she returned to school to become a mental health therapist, inspired by the transformational experiences that she witnessed and facilitated while guiding. Aimee is the owner of Calm Creek Counseling, a private practice that specializes in hiking therapy. Aimee Frazier is an adjunct Professor of Hiking at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.

Description:

Bring your hiking boots! In this experiential workshop, participants will engage in a hiking therapy group session on the trail as they learn how to facilitate therapeutic hiking groups. This workshop is aimed toward therapists, but may be useful for other professionals who wish to enhance a group’s connection with the natural world or implement experiential practices within a group. Come prepared to hike rain or shine, engage in experiential learning, and learn best practices for this unique type of group therapy. The session will take place on the forested trails surrounding the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:
1. Experience participation in a hiking therapy group
2. Learn 2-3 interventions that can be used in the context of a hiking therapy group
3. Articulate a rationale for incorporating hiking therapy into their practice or workplace
4. Understand 5 considerations regarding setting up and running a hiking therapy group

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The Meaning Making Academy: an Immersive Day at the Warren Wilson College Farm

Capacity: 40 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: This event will take place at separate venue away from the conference facility (Warren Wilson College's campus) Round trip van transportation will be provided from Black Mountain to campus.

Cost: $100

Presenters: Dr. Jay Roberts, Dr. David Ellum, Anna Welton, Paul Bobbitt

Dr. Jay Roberts is the Provost at Warren Wilson College. Prior to this position he served as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Education at Earlham College, where his work focused on strategic academic and co-curricular initiatives and integration. Dr. Jay Roberts has a PhD in Educational Leadership, and has three decades of experience working in higher education in faculty and leadership positions. His academic scholarship and writing centers on the intersections of education, culture, and environment. He is the author of three books, Risky Teaching, Beyond Learning by Doing, and Experiential Education in the College Context, all published by Routledge Press. Upon arriving at Warren Wilson College he established the Center for Experiential Learning, and he leads the College in further developing innovative strategic methods for integrating hands on experiences into the academic curriculum.

Dr. Dave Ellum serves as the Dean of Land Resources at Warren Wilson College. He has a PhD in Forestry from Yale University and worked for several decades teaching Forestry, first at Yale and then at Warren Wilson for the past 16 years.  Dr. Dave Ellum leads the management of the 1,135 acres that comprise Warren Wilson’s campus, and works innovatively to turn college land into a canvas for experiential education. Through his teaching, research, and leadership of the Forestry, Farm, Garden, and Land Conservation Crews, he capitalizes on the College’s land as an incredible resource and vibrant living classroom that serves not just as a learning laboratory for Warren Wilson students, but also for farmers and foresters throughout the Southern Appalachian region.

Anna Welton serves as the Associate Dean of Community and Global Engagement at Warren Wilson College, and serves as co-director of the Center for Experiential Learning. She holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute. Anna Welton has dedicated her career to experiential education in the higher education context. She has worked in a variety of community engagement and international education settings over the past two decades, including university study abroad offices, educational non-profits, and on the front lines of educational program delivery in Japan, Peru and Argentina. She is passionate about bringing a critical eye to the field of experiential education and continually striving to shape programs that are accessible to a diverse range of students and yield increased social consciousness as a learning outcome.

Paul Bobbitt serves as the Associate Dean of Work at Warren Wilson College, and serves as co-director of the Center for Experiential Learning. Paul holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of North Texas. Paul Bobbitt has served as Associate Dean of Work for the past six years after serving as a work supervisor for seven years. In addition to his role of providing leadership to the Work Program, Paul represents Warren Wilson College's Work Program during advocacy trips to Washington DC, chairs the Work Colleges Consortium Work Deans group, and participates in various career, student employment, and workplace development organizations both regionally and nationally. Paul is a fervent advocate for “hands-on” learning through work experiences and fostering a sense of belonging and purpose for students through the multitude of opportunities at the College.

Description:

Hosted by the Center for Experiential Learning at Warren Wilson College, this pre-conference workshop will give participants the opportunity to spend an immersive day on Warren Wilson’s beautiful campus experiencing the magic, intention, and pedagogy that comes alive at the College farm. Experiential education thrives at this federally designated work college, where the farm truly acts as a fulcrum for rich and integrated experiential learning. Participants will witness the many intersections of academics and experiential education through visits with faculty and students, demonstrations, and an opportunity to get their hands dirty by pitching in with farm-work. No previous experience necessary.

Pre-conference workshop participants will gain the following knowledge and skills:
- A grasp of concrete ways that experiential learning can be integrated into academics in higher education settings;
- Ideas for how to use farming, gardening, and forestry as a means for intersectional learning relevant to community engagement, intercultural communication, and vocational discernment;
- Strategies for structuring reflection around project-based learning.

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Harnessing your Unique Power & Potential: A Strengths-Based Approach

Capacity: 30 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Bluebird Room in the Blue Ridge Center

Cost: $125

Presenters: Alison Jackson Frasier

Facilitator, educator, trainer, coach, consultant... Allie has a passion for bringing experiential education into all environments. She is a Gallup certified Strengths Coach with an advanced degree in Higher Education Administration and Social Justice education who has been in the field for over 15 years.

Description:

Think of a time when you were "firing on all cylinders" and truly felt energized, empowered, and engaged. This workshop will focus on harnessing your individual talents and recognizing how to leverage them to be your best self not just at work, but also in other important areas of your life. Utilizing the CliftonStrengths Assessment, we will dissect your personal talents, how they show up in your day to day, and how you can point them towards your future goals. We will also uncover the strengths in others that can provide powerful partnerships to enhance the success of your teams.

Come away with:

  • Knowledge of your top 5 themes of talent based on the CliftonStrengths Assessment
  • Knowledge of strengths-based leadership practices and the strengths approach
  • Understanding of how these impact you as an individual
  • Ability to articulate how your strengths can impact your team
  • Understanding of how you can partner with others to leverage team strengths

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From the Trail to the Interview: Professionalism, Networking, and Job Seeking for Outdoor Professionals

Capacity: 50 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Classroom 3 in Eureka Hall

Cost: Free!

Presenters: Kristen Keane

I have worked in the Outdoor Industry for a decade and have been fortunate enough to see a few sectors; summer camps, tourism guiding, ski industry, and outdoor education. 

Description:

Calling all aspiring Outdoor Industry "Lifers"! This workshop takes participants through the job search, application, and interview process with tips and tricks from a hiring manager. We will talk about resume and cover letter writing, connecting with jobs that will be a good fit, and maximizing your impact during interviews. We will also cover overall Outdoor Industry professionalism standards and how to make the most out of each opportunity presented in a career in the outdoors.

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Behavioral First Responder

Capacity: 22 participants

Date & Time: Monday, November 7th 9:00 am -5:00 pm & Wednesday, November 9th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Lab in the Blue Ridge Center

Cost: $389

Presenters: Curt Davidson Ph.D.

Curt is the president of Alpenglow Education and a faculty member at California State University. His passion lies in experiential education and mental and behavioral health. He is also the author of The Outdoor Facilitator's Handbook and Behavior Management in Outdoor Adventure Education.

Description:

The Behavioral First Responder is the premier certification training course for outdoor and experiential educators focusing on mental and behavioral health promotion. Through activities, case studies, and scenarios, our patented curriculum will focus on a holistic approach to help you gain awareness, adopt preventative practices, build skills, and apply techniques to prevent, manage, and mitigate behavioral and mental health concerns in Experiential Education settings. Through enhanced education, we seek to expand the EE field's capabilities to accommodate the ever-evolving needs of our participants and capitalize on our opportunity to promote mental and behavioral wellness.


Participants will:

  • Develop a foundational understanding of human behavior, mental health, and positive intervention techniques.
  • Construct new practices for managing and mitigating behavioral incidents when they occur in our programs.
  • Demonstrate behavioral intervention techniques developed by Alpenglow for the field of Experiential Education.
  • Design intervention strategies and program techniques for the promotion of long-term behavioral and mental health in students, campers, and participants.
  • Develop a system and method for tracking behavioral issues within the individual's organization or company
  • Generate curriculum for internal staff training to mitigate and manage behavioral and mental health episodes.

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The best way to predict the future? Invent It: Activity Design Pathways, 2022 and Beyond

Capacity: 89 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly -Chapel in the Blue Ridge Center

Cost: $175

Presenters: Chris Cavert, Ed.D., Trevor Dunlap B.A. &  Matthew Broda, Ph.D.

Chris Cavert is an educator and author. He has written sixteen books, holds a degree in Experiential Education and doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction. He shares resources through his FUNdoing and OnTeamBuilding blogs and the 'OnTeamBuilding' and 'Ask Michelle & Chris About Team Building' podcasts.

Trevor Dunlap is the Executive Director of The Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning, an Ohio based non-profit that focuses on environmental and outdoor education, experiential education, and serving children with special needs through residential camping experiences.

Matthew Broda is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at the College of Wooster, co-founder of Switchback Designs with Trevor Dunlap, and the co-author of Team Building from the Toy Aisle with Michelle Cummings and Trevor Dunlap.

Description:

In this capacity-building workshop, you will explore a variety of pathways through experiential activity design including available materials, identified problems, or conceptual/thematic topics. To succeed in this challenge, teams will leverage their shared lived experience including knowledge, strengths, and new-found skills to engage in the process of ideation, prototyping, playtesting/iteration, and the presentation of a final deliverable activity. The outcome of this workshop is a learned process by which you can embrace the future of experiential activity design to meet your, as yet, unseen and unknown problems that will define our industry in the next decade.

Attendees will:

  • Perfect their personal activity design practice through active engagement and real-time application of newfound processes and skills.
  • Learn from and apply diverse perspectives and capacities to a real-time project while working as a newly formed team.
  • Deliver a bespoke experiential activity that will include an original tool, facilitation curricula, and a debriefing process.

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Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS)

*details coming soon!


The Adventure of Belonging: (Re)-Imagining Our Approaches for a Socially Just and Collective Community

The AEE Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group (TAPG)

*details coming soon!


Adventure Education Conference

*details coming soon!


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.

Description:

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 https://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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Wilderness First Aid

Capacity: 36 participants

Date & Time: November 8th & 9th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - Robertson 1 in the Blue Ridge Center

Cost: $325

Presenters:  The instructor is a lead instructor with Viristar, approved to instruct Wilderness Medical Associates-certified courses. The instructor has extensive patient care, wilderness, and teaching experience.

Description: 

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures.

Topics: Patient Assessment, CPR Circulatory, Nervous, Respiratory Systems, Fractures and Stable Injuries, Splints--Extremities, Hypothermia , Hyperthermia and Heat Illness, Near Drowning, Lightning Injuries, Wounds and Burns, Anaphylaxis, Lifting, Moving, Extrication, Patient Carries, Backcountry Medicine

Curriculum and certification for Viristar's Wilderness First Aid course is provided by Wilderness Medical Associates.
Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Adult CPR. Students must be at least 16.
For more information, including functional position description requirements, visit https://courses.viristar.com/wilderness-first-aid/

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Neurodiversity In Action: the practical relationship of sensory processing and learning

*details coming soon!


The Power of Why: Using Reflective Practice to Strengthen Your Impact

Capacity: 25

Date & Time: November 9th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly - West Room in the Blue Ridge Center

Cost: $249

Presenters: Jen Stanchfield, Deidra Goodwin

Jen inspires experiential educators worldwide with her engaging and informative workshops that blend the art of facilitation and reflection with neuroscience. Her creativity and depth of knowledge stem from three decades of diverse experience as a mental health clinician, classroom teacher, adventure, and adult educator. Jen is known internationally for helping experiential educators develop facilitation techniques, increase engagement, promote social-emotional skills, and for her contributions to the field in making reflection an accessible, active, and engaging part of learning. 

Deidra (she/they) has been facilitating for over 10 years and is currently the Program Manager for the American Conservation Experience's National Park Service Academy and Experiential and Outdoor Education graduate student. Deidra's research interests include reflection and professional development in the outdoor industry. 

Description: 

Experiential educators recognize that reflection is key to creating lasting lessons and seek tools to facilitate it with groups. But, how often do we lead by example and take time for self-reflection as practitioners?

Join this interactive session and ignite practitioner-reflection with a collaborative exploration of our unique why as experiential educators. We will engage in a series of active reflection activities and delve into theories, practices, and language that have shaped our field - balanced with best-practices and modern neuroscience. Gain new perspectives on your individual style and day-to-day facilitation choices to become an intentional, authentic, and effective practitioner.

Participants will leave with:

  • New perspectives and context to inform their philosophical why
  • Engaging reflective tools and techniques including follow up resources
  • Insights into the various philosophical models that have shaped the EE field
  • Enhanced practitioner literacy, so practitioners learn to become good consumers of philosophical models, research, and practices.
  • Compelling neuroscience that will inform their practice
  • The ability to better understand and articulate their why as a practitioner
  • Resources for further exploration including a reading list.

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Wilderness Education Association-Certified Outdoor Educators (COE) Clinic

About the Event: The Wilderness Education Association will host a Wilderness Education Association (WEA) Certified Outdoor Educator (COE) clinic as a pre-conference event of the 2022 AEE International Conference in Black Mountain NC, USA. November 7-9

Capacity: 12 participants

Date & Time: Monday, November 7-Wednesday, November 9th, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Black Mountain, NC: (TBD)

Cost: $695 (10% off for AEE Members) 

Includes: 

Clinic

Lodging for Nov 7-9 

WEA Associate Membership

1 Dinner: Nov 9

Presenters: Ryan Carlson

Ryan Carlson is the Executive Director of the Wilderness Education Association.

Description:

The clinic is a required component of the WEA's COE credential. To find out more about the COE, go to: https://weainfo.org/coe. The clinic is 2.5 days beginning at 1:00 PM on November 7 and concluding by 5 pm on November 9, 2022. Attendees can select the additional. For questions about the COE credential, contact the WEA via phone at (971) 208-5751 or via email at: nationaloffice@weainfo.org For clinic specific questions, please contact Melissa at: nationaloffice@weainfo.org

The Certified Outdoor Educator (COE) credential recognizes the professional qualifications of individuals who work in programs that provide structured training and assessment/evaluation in outdoor leadership development. These professionals are committed to excellence and have proven their ability to deliver quality outdoor leadership experiences. In addition, COEs have also demonstrated proficiency in educating, evaluating, and assessing outdoor leadership training and development experiences based on the 6+1 standards. The COE is critical to the training and recognition of WEA Certified Outdoor Leaders (COLs).

Acknowledging that outdoor professionals interested in and eligible for the COE have already completed a post-secondary or graduate degree and have accumulated extensive field time and experience. The professional path provides access to the COE certification without enrolling in another extensive educational program. In summary, the COE candidate provides evidence of field and teaching experience directly relevant to the WEA 6+1 via a portfolio filled with original-work artifacts (other certifications, lesson plans, created rubrics, professional training, presentations/ publications, etc.). Individual artifacts are weighted  according to relevance and connection to the WEA 6+1. The portfolio is reviewed by current Certified Outdoor Educators and approved once the minimum point threshold is reached.

Clinic registration includes: 2 nights lodging, 1 dinner, WEA clinic fee, instruction and the clinic manual.

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