call for presentations

The 2022 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership


February 9 - 11, 2022 - YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC

Submission Deadline:   November 29, 2021

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Submission Form:   2022 ICOL Workshop Proposal Form


The International Conference on Outdoor Leadership is intentionally designed to deliver an inspired, practical, and motivating learning experience for attendees. We welcome all proposal submissions related to Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership. The theme for the 2022 conference is Advancing the Professionalism of Outdoor Leaders. We encourage submissions related to:

  • The WEA 6+1 curriculum
  • Technical Outdoor leadership skills and industry best practices
  • Advocacy and change in outdoor leadership
  • Solutions addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in relation to outdoor leadership

We invite students, practitioners and academics to submit proposals for one or more of the following workshop categories. All session proposals should be 15 minute, 30 minute, 60 minute or up to 3 hours for practical sessions. We encourage presenters to make full use of the resources and opportunities available at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. 

*Presenters are expected to present in person and they will need to register at the discounted conference presenter rate on the conference registration page.

Presentation Categories

Pre- or Post-Conference Workshops

Occurring before or after regular conference programming, these workshops are a space for concentrated learning and experiences with specific and tangible outcomes, i.e., certifications, other credentialing, organizational trainings, etc. Pre- and post-conference workshop providers are not required to attend the conference and are thus not required to register for the conference.

General Sessions

The General Sessions allow for engaging and interactive exploration of evidence-based ideas, research, and practices within the WEA 6+1 curriculum. We encourage submissions related to the conference theme. These sessions require engaging facilitators equipped with high-impact visuals and experiential techniques to challenge attendees in knowledge and skill development. These sessions tend to appeal to a more general audience with thought-provoking and research-supported insights and applications.

Practical Sessions

Student-centered, problem-based, experiential, and collaborative (SPEC) sessions rooted in practical experience, e.g., demonstrating an innovative method for teaching snow shelters, or maintaining XC skis, or kitchen setup in the winter. Share your expertise with implementing high-quality, SPEC learning moments in the outdoor classroom. These sessions can range from 1.5 to 3 hours. Preference is given to those proposals with a clear emphasis on transferable leadership and educational skills.

Research Sessions

The Research Sessions include accepted oral and poster presentations (or you are welcome to do both) that focus on empirical and conceptual research in the area of outdoor leadership training and development. A designated time will be scheduled for poster displays. Presenters will have 15 minutes to present their research, followed by five minutes of questions. A typical abstract submitted will include a literature review, statement of purpose/need for the study, methods used, results, discussion, and references. Data analysis does not need to be completed by the submission deadline but is expected to be completed by the final abstract submission date prior to the conference.

Student Sessions

The Student Sessions at the WEA conference are an ideal time for students to design and deliver a workshop to other students and conference attendees in a warm and friendly environment. The Student Session Block is a dedicated time for students to get comfortable presenting personal experiences on WEA courses or in outdoor leadership academic programs, or insights for improving training and leadership development from their perspective.

Please note that preference will be given to speaker presentations that:

  • Align with the conference theme: Advancing the Professionalism of Outdoor Leaders.
  • Focus on the following topics: WEA 6+1 curriculum; outdoor leadership standards; professionalization of outdoor leadership; advocacy and change in outdoor leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Emphasize leadership, educational skills, and developing judgment (as opposed to simply teaching an outdoor skill).
  • Incorporate stories, examples, case studies, and best practices... (demonstrating that your key takeaways are applicable in multiple environments).

Reviewing Presentations

A team of volunteers will complete reviews of proposals and make recommendations to the Conference Leadership Team. Presenters whose proposals are accepted will be notified as quickly as possible. Presenters will receive Early Bird pricing for registration regardless of the time of notification or registration.

The WEA 2022 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership is built on the work of people like you: professional educators and practitioners dedicated to developing outdoor leaders who make quality decisions based on good judgment.

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

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