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Takeaways from the 2019 Wilderness Risk Management Conference

By Molly Herber on Mar 30, 2020

Photo by Brad Christensen.

Let me start by saying, I love learning by talking with other people who are smarter than me. And, despite all the smart people who attend conferences, actually making those conversations happen has never been easy for me.

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Topics: WRMC, education, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Continuing Your Wilderness Medicine Education at the WRMC

By Colleen Kelley on Sep 26, 2019
Photo by Tod Schimelpfenig

Wilderness medicine courses do an excellent job of preparing outdoor leaders to respond to the unexpected but there are some important limitations. Remember all of those scenarios? They tested your assessment skills and helped you hone your treatments while letting you practice evacuation decision-making in a low stakes environment.

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Topics: Events, WRMC, NOLS Events, education, Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Safety

New Perspectives on Risk Management: WRMC 2018

By Day Scott on Dec 12, 2018
Photo by Day Scott

As an outdoor educator and a student of wilderness medicine, I thought that I had a pretty good idea of what wilderness risk management was all about...preparedness! I thought, “I know how to do that”, and was looking forward to learning about how to do it better. Boy, was I wrong.

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Topics: Events, WRMC, risk management training, Risk Management, Educators Notebook, NOLS Events, education, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

NOLS and the Wilderness Risk Management Conference: 25 Years of Facing Challenges Together

By Molly Herber on Jul 25, 2018
Photo by Eric Page

While taking my instructor course to teach for NOLS, we spent a lot of time talking about decision making. For example, would we cross this river using the snow bridge or a wading technique—the bridge looking like the more comfortable option compared to the guarantee of wet boots, but which might collapse and dump us into the chilly water anyway.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management training, Risk Management, Wilderness Risk Management Conference, Wilderness Safety

Creating a Diverse Community of Risk Managers

By Lexi Golestani on Jan 1, 2018
Photo courtesy of Open Sky

The NOLS Risk Management Training (RMT) is designed to educate and empower administrators to develop or adapt their risk management practices to best suit their organization’s needs. View the upcoming schedule here.

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Topics: WRMC, risk management training, Risk Management, Educators Notebook, education, Wilderness Risk Management Conference, Wilderness Safety

Leaving a Legacy: Learning and Leading Risk Management Collaboration and Dialogue in Seoul

By Lexi Golestani on Dec 14, 2017

Editor's Note: Tara Verenna, the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Korea International School (KIS), runs an Experiential Education program focused on outdoor learning for students grades 4-12. Tara sought out NOLS for a Risk Management Training course (RMT), which ran in mid-September 2017. We caught up with Tara afterward to learn about her experience, and how the concepts and guidance provided by the RMT are helping to shape KIS’ risk management policies and procedures.

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

Enhancing Student Experience and Inclusion through Risk Management

By Lexi Golestani on Dec 1, 2017

It’s mid-November, and a crew of excited Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) undergraduates loads into a few vans bound for the Pacific Ocean, anxiously anticipating their first open water dive. There is an air of hearty excitement mixed with a small dose of nerves; this is the feel of an adventure beginning.

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Topics: WRMC, Risk Management, Educators Notebook, education, Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Embracing Acceptable Risk in the Non-Traditional Classroom: Marin Academy & the WRMC

By Lexi Golestani on Nov 21, 2017

NOLS Risk Services caught up with Julie Barnes to find out why she values risk taking, risk management, and wilderness-based experiential education. Julie is the Director of Outings at Marin Academy (MA), an independent high school in San Rafael, CA, with a big focus on immersive experiential education & engaged learning. Many of these experiences take place in wilderness areas, which invite challenge, exploration, and the opportunity, for students and faculty alike, to be fully present.

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Topics: WRMC, Risk Management, education, Wilderness Risk Management Conference, NOLS Risk Services

Reflecting on the 2016 Wilderness Risk Management Conference

By Sarah Buer on Oct 19, 2016

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's 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 Oct 6, 2016

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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Topics: WRMC

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

By Cassi Smith on Aug 18, 2016

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 Aug 3, 2016

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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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

The Woods Project and the WRMC

By Cassi Smith on Jul 26, 2016

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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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

Why Yellowstone and Other Parks Come to the WRMC

By Cassi Smith on Jul 21, 2016

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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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook

Why Conservation Crews Benefit from the WRMC

By Cassi Smith on Jul 18, 2016

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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Topics: WRMC, Educators Notebook