Calendar of events

    • Monday, February 07, 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, February 09, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Mountain View Lodge of the Black Mountain Children's Home in Black Mountain, NC, USA

    About the Event

    2nd Nature TREC will host a Wilderness Education Association (WEA) Certified Outdoor Educator (COE) clinic at the Mountain View Lodge of the Black Mountain Children's Home in Black Mountain, NC, USA  February 7-9, 2022 as a pre-conference event for the WEA's International Conference on Outdoor Leadership. Space is limited to the first eight registrants. Registration price increases ($50) after December 6, 2021. The clinic is a required component of the WEA's COE credential. To find out more about the COE, go to: The clinic is 2.5 days beginning at 8:30 am on February 7 and concluding by 1 pm on February 9, 2022. 

    For questions about the COE credential, contact the WEA via phone at (971) 208-5751 or via email at: . For clinic specific questions, please contact Andrew Bobilya at:

    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).

    Clinic registration includes 2 nights lodging, three meals per day beginning February 7 and ending with lunch on February 9, 2022; WEA clinic fee, instruction and the clinic manual. Attendees can select the additional, February 6 lodging for $25 to arrive the night before the clinic. View information on the Mountainview Lodge  here.

    Register HERE!

    • Tuesday, February 08, 2022
    • Wednesday, February 09, 2022

    As outdoor practitioners, much of our teaching and learning is done on and through our experiences on public lands- from our federally protected places to local city parks.  These outdoor classrooms, however, are not welcoming for all people, especially people of color.  Through truth-telling and inclusive narrative, The Wilderness Society’s Public Lands Curriculum helps educators create shared experience by learning about public lands, their history, and promise for the future.  Join us for a 1.5 day workshop(12 hours total time)that challenges the narrative that we’ve been taught about our shared public spaces and prepares instructors to facilitate experiences that can lead to deeper understanding of place and people.  


    • Participants will understand the importance of challenging the conservation narrative to create an inclusive outdoor learning experience.

    • Participants will become familiar with the structure and content of TWS’s Public Lands Curriculum as a way to create an open and encompassing learning environment.  

    • Participants will identify best practices for facilitating challenging discussions about public lands history.

    • Participants will feel prepared to teach a complete narrative in their learning environments. 

    Cost- $50.  100% of fees will be donated to Everybody’s Environment and Outdoors for All [BIPOC-led/serving local community-based conservation organization]. 

    Facilitators-Jasmin Estrada, Manager of Partnerships, Appalachian Mountain Club; Megan Luce, Program Implementation Manager, Appalachian Mountain Club

    Registration will be limited to the first 20 participants. If the minimum of 5 participants has not been met by January 19, the workshop may be canceled.

Past events

Friday, February 12, 2021 2021 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership
Saturday, October 24, 2020 Board of Directors Mid-Year Meeting
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Wilderness Education Association, Inc.
151 NC Highway 9, Ste B
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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