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Reflecting on the 2016 Wilderness Risk Management Conference

By Sarah Buer on 10/19/16 1:21 PM

Working at NOLS, and in the wilderness medicine department for that matter, my colleagues and I are not unfamiliar with what can go wrong in the backcountry—that is what we teach our students to respond to, after all. Walking through the Exhibitor Reception the first evening of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) in Salt Lake City, I met and mingled with a lot of folks who were dedicated to that same goal of being a leader in crisis situations, in one way or another.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

No Barriers for the WRMC

By Andrea Delorey on 10/6/16 3:58 PM

WRMC participants from No Barriers reflect on the value of risk in learning.

What barriers do you face? This question lies at the heart of our organization. Whether it be in our personal lives or at work or in our communities, we all face challenges. And we believe that what defines us is not what these are, but how we choose to respond. No Barriers empowers people of all walks of life and abilities to overcome obstacles, live a life of purpose, and give back to the world. We do this all through our unique educational framework, the No Barriers Life.

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Why Wildlands Studies Attends the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC)

By Cassi Smith on 8/18/16 9:44 AM

For over 36 years, Wildlands Studies has provided environmental field courses to undergraduates in the U.S. and around the world. Leslie Arutunian, director at Wildlands Studies, reflects on the organization and her involvement with the Wilderness Risk Management Conference since 2008.

Learn how risk management relates to student groups at Wildlands Studies and why Arutunian returns to the WRMC year after year.

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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

Why Inclusive Conservation Crews Attend the WRMC

By Cassi Smith on 8/3/16 8:22 AM

We recently caught up with Jay Satz, Senior Director of Partnerships and Innovation at Northwest Youth Corps (NYC). The NYC is a job training, educational, and conservation experience for youth and young adults, operating since 1984. They run conservation service programs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and northern California. Perhaps you will see similarities to your own program and discover how the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) can help you.

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The Woods Project and the WRMC

By Cassi Smith on 7/26/16 9:02 AM

Steve Rosencranz, founder of The Woods Project, recently spoke with us about his organization, risk management, and the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC.) The Woods Project was founded in 2001 and provides opportunities for low-income youth to experience the outdoors.

Read on to discover how the WRMC has benefited The Woods Project and how it can benefit you.

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Why Yellowstone and Other Parks Come to the WRMC

By Cassi Smith on 7/21/16 10:47 AM

We recently caught up with the operations manager for Yellowstone Association Institute, John Harmer. Yellowstone Association explains, “Since 1976, its programs have introduced thousands of students to the park’s natural wonders. Programs range from one day to three weeks in length.”

Perhaps you will see similarities to your own program and discover how the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) can help you.

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Why Conservation Crews Benefit from the WRMC

By Cassi Smith on 7/18/16 10:27 AM

We recently caught up with Sean Damitz, Department Director of the Utah Conservation Corps. The UCC is nationally recognized for creating sustainable communities and conserving the natural heritage of the Intermountain West. Perhaps you will see similarities to your own program and discover how the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) can help you.

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Risk Management in the Outdoors: Beyond the NOLS Course

By Logan Claytor on 3/16/16 9:23 AM

At NOLS, we believe in the value of spending time in wild places. We also know there is risk involved in what we do. We strive to practice and teach thoughtful risk management that emphasizes the health and well-being of our students and staff, and have for over 50 years.

At NOLS Risk Management Services (RMS), we draw on this expertise to support other programs that work, play, and travel in remote environments around the world. Our goal is to help organizations think critically about the risks their programs face and then manage those risks responsibly.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook, leadership, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

What Organizations Should Know about Risk Management

By NOLS Blog on 3/16/16 9:06 AM

 NOLS Risk Management Services helps organizations working in remote settings identify and manage risks so they can improve their programs and reach their full potential.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook, leadership, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Preparing for the Unexpected: Wilderness Risk Management Conference 2015

By NOLS Blog on 10/22/15 8:00 AM
Discussing risk at the 2015 WRMC. Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.
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Topics: wilderness medicine, WRMC, risk management, Educators Notebook, NOLS Professional Training, leadership

Summer Search and the WRMC

By Anna Wiser on 9/2/15 3:05 PM

As we continue to highlight organizations that attend the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), we had the opportunity to catch up with Matt Osgood,  the Summer Program Manager at Summer Search. Matt was able to answer questions regarding Summer Search’s program, students, and how this organization has been impacted by the WRMC.

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SUWS of the Carolinas and the WRMC

By Anna Wiser on 7/29/15 12:26 PM

With the 22nd annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) fast approaching in Portland, Oregon, October 14-16, 2015, we are excited to continue highlighting organizations that attend the conference year after year and contribute to its success.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management training, risk management, Educators Notebook, NOLS Professional Training, professional development

Broadreach and the WRMC

By Anna Wiser on 7/15/15 2:58 PM

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Teton Valley Ranch Camp and the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 8/28/14 10:31 AM

The latest installment of the WRMC blog series profiles Teton Valley Ranch Camp (TVRC), a Western style youth camp that has been operating in Wyoming for 75 years, and stands as Wyoming's most historic residential summer camp. In this interview we caught up with TVRC Executive Director Carly Platt.

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City Kids Wilderness Project and the WRMC

By Rahel Manna on 8/14/14 3:14 AM

The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) unites hundreds of the nation’s leading outdoor organizations, schools, and businesses annually in an effort to “offer an outstanding educational experience to help mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places.” WRMC attendees absorb and learn a lot from one another through workshops, exercises, structured networking sessions, and much more.

We want to highlight some of the organizations that continually come the WRMC and find out why they attend and how the WRMC has influenced their risk management practices. Recently, we interviewed Colleen McHugh, the program director of City Kids Wilderness Project (CKWP), an outstanding nonprofit youth organization that has been returning annually to the WRMC.

 

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