Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Volunteer Opportunities, Posted: 3/121/4

Flyer-pdf: BWCAW Volunteer Flyer 2014_3-12-14

The Superior National Forest is once again recruiting volunteers to work with the U.S. Forest Service in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeastern Minnesota.  We have always had extremely good luck with our volunteers that come from Northland.  I hope that we can continue to engage Northland students in Wilderness management by volunteering.

We also have opportunities for faculty to help us conduct social monitoring within the Wilderness during the summer.   We can provide you with an BWCAW administrative permit, waive user fees and make available any equipment you may require.  Please let me know if you or any of your colleagues may be interested in helping out.  I can provide a list of specific dates and locations where the monitoring will occur in the upcoming field season.

Cathy Quinn
Wilderness Operations Leader
Gunflint RD, Superior NF
Grand Marais, MN
(218) 387-3240

Graduate Assistant Positions at Sam Houston State University, Posted: 2/20/14

Description-pdf: GraduateAssistantPositions-SamHoustonStateUniversity_2-20-14

The Recreational Sports Department at Sam Houston State University, down in Huntsville, Texas is currently looking for 4 Graduate Assistants in various program areas throughout the department:

1.        Outdoor Recreation & Camp Operations
2.        Informal Recreation
3.        Fitness
4.        Intramural and Club Sports

Please see the attached document for the full position descriptions, and feel free to pass it along to your campus recreation colleagues that may be looking for graduate assistant positions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a shout.

Kathryn G. Kuczaj
Traditions Camp and Outdoor Coordinator
Outdoor Recreation
Sam Houston State University

The University of Wisconsin Extension Bayfield County is looking for an Americorps VISTA volunteer, Posted: 2/14/14

Description-pdf: Bayfield_VISTA_PositionDescription_2-14-14

The University of Wisconsin Extension Bayfield County is looking for an Americorps VISTA volunteer. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to stay in the region and get some hands-on experience in community development and youth outreach. Someone with a passion for science and kids would be a great candidate.

Graduate Assistantship with The Outdoor Venture Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Posted: 1/30/14

Description-pdf: GraduateAssistantship_OutdoorVentureCenter_UniversityOPfNebraska-Omaha_1-30-14

Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference January 31-February 1, 2014, Posted: 1/20/14

Description (English)-pdf: RegFormBrochureCanOEConf14
Description (French)-pdf: FRRegFormBrochureCanOEConf14
Call For Presenters (English)-pdf: CallforPresentersCanOEConf14
Call For Presenters (French)-pdf: FRCallforPresentersCanOEConf14

Public Reading: Erica Hannickel: Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America, Posted: 12/2/13

Poster-pdf: Hannickel-Hulings-Poster

Introducing the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, Posted: 12/2/13

Interested in crafting literary writing about the environment and the natural world? Hone your skills at the inaugural Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference, co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Orion magazine, and Middlebury College’s Environmental Studies Program.

The Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference takes place
June 9-15, 2014. Click here for all the details. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so apply early!


NOLS Representative to Visit Northland on Tuesday, 11/19/13, Posted: 11/14/13

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) representative, Marina Flemming, will be on campus next Tuesday, November 19, from 12-1:30, tabling in the Ponzio Campus Center. She will have info about NOLS courses and internships. contact: with questions

Poster-pdf: NOLS Visit_11-14-13

Graduate Assistantships with Washington State University, Posted: 11/6/13

Descriptions-pdf: GraduateAssistantships_WashingtonStateUniversity_11-6-13

Graduate Assistantship with the University of Wyoming Outdoor Program, Posted: 11-6-13

Information-pdf: GraduateAssistantship_UniversityOfWyomingOutdoorProgram_11-6-13
Description-pdf: UW-OP-GA-announcement_11-6-13

Graduate Assistantship at Auburn University, Posted: 11/6/13

Description-pdf: GraduateAssistanship_AuburnUniversity_11-6-13

Volunteers needed for Courage Kenny Northland (formerly Courage Center Duluth) Adaptive Ski Program, Posted: 10/23/13

Description-pdf: SkiVolunteers_CourageKennyRehabilitationInstituteNorthland_10-23-13

Service Opportunity With Courage Kenny Northland: Swim Volunteers, Posted: 10/23/13

Description-pdf: SwimInstructorVolunteers_ CourageKennyNorthland_10-23-13

Assistant Cross Country Ski Instructor: Mellen, WI, Copper Falls State Park, Posted: 10/23/13

Description-pdf: Assistant Cross Country Ski Instructor

Ball State Outdoor Pursuits seeking qualified Graduate Assistant, Posted: 9/20/13

Description-pdf: OPGradAssistant_2013

Outdoor Programming Graduate Assistantship at the University of Tennessee-Chattagnooga, Posted: 9/18/13

Description-pdf: U_of_T-Chat_GradAsst_9-18-13

Writing and Wilderness Science Collaboration: Application Deadline APRIL 15, 2013

In partnership with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Colorado Art Ranch is sponsoring one-month collaborations in wilderness areas to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Literary, performing, and visual artists will assist the scientists in collecting data and gain firsthand knowledge of the wonders, complexities and challenges of our nation’s wildest places. In response to the experience, the artists will develop a body of work that will be included in publications, videos, recordings, presentations, performances and a Web site.

April 15 is the deadline for residencies in two stunningly beautiful areas: John Muir Wilderness in California (July 1 – 31) and Noatak National Preserve in Alaska (July 15 – August 15). For more information and application forms, go to

Peggy Lawless, Co-founder
Colorado Art Ranch
269 Snowcliff Road
Livermore CO 80536

Wildness Week at Northland College: April 3-5, 2013, Posted: 3/25/13

Details-pdf: WildnessWeek-Poster_3-25-13

SOEI celebrates 40 years

ASHLAND, Wis. – In August 1971, then Wis. Sen. Gaylord Nelson and Sigurd F. Olson came together at Northland College for a two-day environmental conference. The event inspired a series of events that eventually took shape in the formation of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College. This spring, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) will mark 40 years of working to enhance people’s understanding of the natural world and the cultural diversity of the Chequamegon Bay region.

“We are here to serve the conservation needs of the region, to protect and preserve the world-class resources that make the Lake Superior region wild and beautiful and unique,” said Mark Peterson, executive director of the Institute. “But, we are also here to ensure that the next generation of conservationists have the skills they need to be effective. We are here to help pass the torch.”

During the month of April, the SOEI will hold a series of special events marking its 40th anniversary. The events will focus on three themes underlying the Institute’s efforts to promote stewardship and address environmental issues. The events examine the topics of woods and water, wildlife and wildness.

“As we take our new bearings, the Institute will be working hand-in-hand with our students and a variety of other dedicated partners to enhance environmental integrity in the North Country in these three critical areas,” said Peterson.

The three-week-long celebration includes presentations by Northland College students and faculty, natural resource professionals and several notable individuals in environmental circles. David Backes, professor of mass communications at UW-Milwaukee and author of “A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson,” will speak at Northland College on April 4. The college also brings outdoor and environmental writers Conor Mihell, Bob Henderson and Rocky Barker to campus to speak about conservation and wilderness topics.

The first week of events will begin on April 3 and focus on discussions and presentations examining the theme of  “Wildness.”  A complete agenda of events is listed available online at….

All events have been coordinated and supported by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and the A.D. & Mary Elizabeth Andersen Hulings Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) is an outreach division of Northland College founded in 1972 and named after its famous alumnus, writer/wilderness advocate Sigurd F. Olson. SOEI was founded to increase public understanding of the relationships between natural and cultural environments in the Lake Superior region and, along with college faculty, students and other partners, for developing solutions to environmental challenges facing the North Country.

Northland College is a traditional liberal arts and sciences college with a unique focus on the environment and sustainability. Northland College and its Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute are located in Ashland, Wis., near the shores of Lake Superior. The College is broadly recognized as a leader in sustainability education having adopted the focus as its mission in 1971. Founded in 1892,Northland now enrolls 600 students from across the nation and across the world. For more information about Northland College and its Institute, visit our website.

Attend the Fall Semester Block at the Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN, Posted: 3/12/13

Flyer-pdf: ACNW_AudubonCenterFallBlockFlyer_3-12-13

Students interested in taking the Audubon Center of the North Woods Fall Block, should contact Alan Brew (, 715-682-1329) to register. Contact Bryan Wood if you have questions.

Bryan Wood
Co-Executive Director
Audubon Center of the North Woods
PO Box 530, Sandstone, MN 55072
Work: 320-245-2648 ext. 118
Cell: 320-290-8246

Eco League Joint Field Course: Humans in Place: Natural and Cultural History Interpretation of the Apostle Islands, Summer 2013, Posted: 2/21/13

Description-pdf: ApostleIslandsJointFieldCoursePowerPoint_2-19-13


  • Course: Humans in Place: Natural and Cultural History Interpretation of the Apostle Islands (BIO 425)
  • Dates: August 13–31, 2013
  • Course fee: $675 (covers food, equipment, and transportation while on course)
  • Credits: 4
  • Tuition: covered in either the Summer or Fall 2013 semester (still waiting for a definitive answer on this—students should contact Erika Lang for details)
  • Description: While traveling by canoe and kayak, we will learn and practice interpretive skills, culminating in a “final exam” of delivering interpretive presentations to the public. We will visit with interpretive rangers from the National Park Service, museum curators, local naturalists, and leaders from the native communities.
  • Prerequisites: Ecology and/or Natural History, and at least one other course in interdisciplinary environmental studies/human ecology, or instructor consent
  • Application deadline: April 1, 2013
  • Contact:

Elizabeth K. Andre, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Education and Outdoor Education Nature and Culture Department
313 Wheeler Hall
Northland College
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806-3999
715-682-1802 (fax)

Volunteers Needed at Courage Center-Duluth, Posted: 3/11/13

Hi Everyone!

We are in need of volunteers to assist with swim lessons for youth with autism at the YMCA on Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:00 pm April 3 – May 8th.  Are you available to volunteer?  If not, can you pass along to people you know that might be interested?  Youth as young as 15 years old can volunteer!


Other volunteer opportunities this spring:

  • Shoot For Fun annual fund raiser Saturday, April 27th, volunteers to run trap shooting stations – no experience necessary, volunteer orientation night before.
  • Arrowhead Youth Games, Thursday May 16th,  UMD Field House 9 am – 3 pm, fun day full of activity stations for 340+ youth with disabilities.
  • Archery at Chalstrom’s Indoor Archery Center, Mondays April 1 – May 6th , 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Lisa Lauzon
Volunteer Coordinator/Program Admin. Assistant
PH: 218-726-4763
Courage Center Duluth
424 W. Superior St. Suite 203
Duluth, MN 55802

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Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Posted: 3/4/13

Description-pdf: GraduateAssistantForOutdoorAdventures_UniversityOfNebraska-Lincoln_3:4:13

Please take a look at the job posting for our new Graduate Assistantship program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  This position offers a tremendous professional development opportunity as one of the longest running collegiate Outdoor Adventure programs expands into our brand new 13,000 sq. ft. Outdoor Adventure Center.  This is truly a great time to be a part of the UNL Outdoor Adventure team.  You can read more about the opportunity below.  If you are interested, feel free to pose any questions to myself ( or Jordan Messerer (  Additionally, if you have plans to attend the NIRSA Annual Conference, in-person interviews will be available.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.

Todd Grier
Coordinator – Outdoor Adventure
Campus Recreation


Two Graduate Assistant Positions in Outdoor Education and Leadership at Bucknell University, Posted: 3/4/13

Description-pdf: TwoGraduateAssistantPositionsInOutdoorEducationAndLeadershipAtBucknellUniversity_3:4:13

Outdoor Pursuits Graduate Assistant Position at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Posted: 3/4/13

Description-pdf: OutdoorPursuitsGraduateAssistantPosition_UniversityOfTexas-SanAntonio_3:4:13

Graduate Assistantship in the Climbing Adventure and Challenge Course programs at Old Dominion University, Posted: 2/11/13

Details-pdf: OfficialGraduateAssistantPositionDescription_2013-14_ClimbingAdventureProgramAndChallengeCourse_2-11-13

The Outdoor Adventure Program at Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is searching for a Graduate Assistant for the Climbing Adventure and Challenge Course programs. Please submit applications no later than March 18, 2013.

Top 12 Reasons to apply:

1. Freedom to develop new Climbing Wall and Challenge Course Programs.
2. Campus is located along the Elizabeth River, giving us waterfront access.
3. Access to free equipment rentals (ex: rock climbing gear, surfboards, Mt. bikes, tents, stoves, sleeping bags/pads, SUPS, and more).
4. Along with many of the buildings on campus, the Student Recreation Center is a new facility (4 years old).
5. We are a short 20 minute drive to the Virginia Beach oceanfront and less than 1 ½ hours to the Outer Banks, NC.
6. Average low temperature in January is 32.5° F and the high is 86.9° in July.
7. Festivals all year around (Neptune Festival, Harborfest, Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival, Strawberry Festival, the Grand Illumination Parade, Sand Soccer Tournament, Polar Plunge, and the Sandcastle Competition to name a few).
8. For runners: Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Shamrock Marathon, Virginia is for Lovers 14K, Color Me Rad 5K, Tough Mudder, Blue Moon Wicked 10K, Surf and Santa 10 Miller, and more )
9. Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg Outlets, and Busch Gardens (Hall-O-Screams and Christmas town) are 1 ½ hours away.
10. Top tier entertainment including concerts, the circus, and other events at the TED Constant Center at ODU, the Norva in Norfolk, Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, and the Hampton Coliseum.
11. Numerous Farmers Markets located all over the Hampton Roads area (Virginia Beach and Norfolk are the closest)
12. Sustainable transportation friendly city: Hampton Roads Transit (bus, train, light rail, ferry) and a bike friendly campus.

Tosha Lucas

Outdoor Adventure Program Coordinator
Recreation & Wellness Old Dominion University
4700 Powhatan Ave. Suite 1207
Norfolk, VA 23529
Phone: 757-683-5042

Graduate Assistantship position with the Outdoor Adventure program, Central Florida University, Application Deadline: 2/15/13

Details-pdf: GraduateAssistantForOutdoorAdventure_2-11-13

University of Central Florida is now accepting applications for the Graduate Assistantship position with the Outdoor Adventure program. The application deadline is February 15th.

You can find out more about us at We have about 50 student staff, one graduate assistant, one program coordinator, and one program director.

Feel free to contact me for any questions about the position

Rodo Leone

Assistant Director
Recreation & Wellness Center
Outdoor Adventure
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Building 88
Orlando, FL 32816

Campus Camp Wellstone: Leadership and Advocacy Training, Posted: 2/4/13

Program Description-pdf: CCW_Description_2-4-13
Session Description-pdf: CCW_SessionDescriptions_2-4-13
Registration Form-pdf: CampWellstoneRegistrationForm_2-4-13

One Billion Rising: Stop Global Violence Against Women, Valentine’s Day, in the Kendrigan Gymnasium

Poster-pdf: OneBillionRising_2-4-13

Volunteer Opportunities with Courage Center Duluth, Posted: 1/31/13

Dear Friends of Courage Center Duluth,

In the past, we have had some awesome volunteers from local colleges, clubs, and agencies volunteer for this one time big event.  Please share this with your students, co-workers, family, friends, club members, etc.  We prefer new volunteers attend at least 2 of the 4 days but we don’t turn away those that can only do one day!

2013 Great Lake Mono Ski Madness needs volunteers of all skiing abilities!  This is the largest mono-ski camp in the Midwest for youth and adults with disabilities.

This amazing event brings together skiers and instructors from across the Midwest to work with mono-skiers to advance their skiing abilities.  No prior knowledge of mono skiing needed to volunteer at this event.  Please consider volunteering for a morning session, afternoon session, evening session, an entire day, or the entire 4 day event!

Training for volunteers will be Wednesday Feb. 6th 5:30 at Spirit Mt.

Mono Ski Camp schedule:

  • Tuesday, Feb 12, 12:30 – 4:00
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 12:30 – 4:00
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. – 12:30, 1:00 – 4:00, water park/pizza party at Edge free to volunteers!
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. – 9:00 – noon, 12:30 – 3:30, banquet at Edgewater Hotel, $10

For more information, contact:

Lisa Lauzon
Volunteer Coordinator/Program Admin. Assistant
PH: 218-726-4763

Courage Center Duluth
424 W. Superior St. Suite 203
Duluth, MN 55802

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Wolf Tracking Volunteers Needed, Posted: 1/28/13

Monitoring Zones: (Click on the map to view a larger image)

We need your  help, depending on where you live and recreate.  We have  staff and volunteers assigned to all wolf survey blocks where we have evidence of wolf packs.  It does not make sense to commit staff or volunteers to driving extensive road surveys where there has been no previous evidence of wolves.  However, we do want as complete a count as possible.  If you come across evidence of wolves in the survey blocks with no assigned trackers (see tan colored blocks on attached map) in the north or anywhere else in the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin where there are not assigned trackers, please follow the protocol below for letting Jane Wiedenhoeft know.

From Jane:
We will continue to collect observation reports from these areas, as well as from the rest of the state. If we receive evidence of pack activity in an area not covered by surveys, we will attempt to verify through track surveys or by other means.  Wolf observations can be reported on DNR’s online large mammal observation form,, or by calling Adrian Wydeven (715-762-1363) or Jane Wiedenhoeft (715-762-1362). In order to use observation reports they must include, at minimum, a date, location to within 1 sq. mile, and number of wolves observed. Any evidence, such as photos of wolves or tracks should be included, when available, in order to help with verification. When photographing tracks, it is important to include a ruler or other known length object for scale. Photos of individual tracks as well as a series of tracks showing gait pattern and stride are preferred.

Thank you!

Bill Vander Zouwen

2013-2014 Adventure Leadership Graduate Assistant position at East Carolina University, Posted: 1/28/13

Description-pdf: AdventureLeadership_GraduateAssistantship_EastCarolinaUniversity_1-28-2013

Attached is a job description for the 2013-2014 Adventure Leadership Graduate Assistant position with the East Carolina University Campus Recreation and Wellness Leadership & Team Training Program and Adventure Program.
There are a number of reasons below why this GA position can count itself among the best in the country.

  • A 20 hours per week Graduate Assistantship split equally with both Leadership & Team Training and the Adventure Program. The selected GA will work on joint program projects, training student staff in facilitation, general leadership and discipline specific (e.g. sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, etc) skills. The GA will have a significant role in the instruction, administration, and implementation of two distinct but similar programs.  This position will also work closely with both the Assistant Director for Adventure Programs and the Leadership & Team Training Specialist.
  • Greenville, NC, home of the Pirates has the Tar-Pamlico River within a 5 minute walk from campus – an ideal river for great year round touring/paddling. Within a 20-45 minute drive, you will find more flat-water rivers then you can shake a paddle at The renowned Outer Banks of NC (for surfing, sea kayaking and SCUBA) are 1.5 hours away. Heading west in 1.5 to 2 hours are 4-5 whitewater rivers from class I-II up through class III-IV. And of course, North Carolina is known for amazing single and multi-pitch rock, with 2 crags 4 hours away and the rest within 5 hours.
  • Locally, Greenville is an up and coming city of approximately 79,000, with a low cost of living, easy biking (with an expanding greenway system), a happening downtown area with Umbrella Markets, First Fridays, music in the park, and other cultural attractions. The local cycling club, EC Velo holds weekly road rides and maintains the 10 miles of expert level mountain bike trails just outside of town.
  • Both programs are well received by the campus and surrounding communities. The Leadership & Team Training Program has a 50’ Alpine Towner, Team Development Course (TDC), a 20 element low course and an Odyssey High Challenge Course. The Adventure Program has a ~900 sq. ft. climbing wall, rental program, trip program, weekly kayaking and climbing clinics and a for-credit Adventure Program Leadership Expeditions academic course to train trip staff.
  • Both programs focus on personal growth, teambuilding and leadership, with the Adventure Program also having a recreational component and a goal of teaching life-long leisure skills.  Both of the full-time professionals are highly active in NIRSA, AORE, and within both the campus and local communities and this type of involvement will be encouraged with the graduate assistant.
  • The Leadership & Team Training Program typically works with over 3,000 participants a year and approximately 100 different groups. The Adventure Program had 3,000 uses on the climbing wall, implemented 40 outdoor trips, and set record rental usage this past year.
  • The Leadership & Team Training Program has 1 full time, 2 student managers and approximately 20 student-staff members. The Adventure Program has 1 full time, 3 student managers and 22 student-staff members. The staff of each program is highly capable and committed to each other and the program mission.


Bradley D. Beggs
Assistant Director
East Carolina University Adventure Program
Campus Recreation & Wellness
Office: 252.328.1560
Fax: 252.328.6562
128 Student Recreation Center
Greenville, NC. 27858

24th Annual TEAM Conference, Feb.1st & 2nd, Posted: 1/24/13

Hello from the T.E.A.M. (Teachers of Experiential and Adventure Methodology) Committee – we do hope all is well!!

The 24th Annual TEAM Conference here at Northeastern is just around the corner, Feb.1st & 2nd.

We have some great pre-conference workshops for you on Friday Feb. 1st along with a full day fun and learning on Saturday the 2nd. We do hope you can join us!!

Registration is now open. Please help us spread the word about TEAM by forwarding this email and mail-in registration attachment included to friends and colleagues!! Thanks!

For more information about the conference, online registration, and to see the full conference brochure, go to:

NEIU TEAM Committee
773-442-5568 (Chris Cavert)

T.E.A.M. Teachers of Experiential and Adventure Methodology

CoolPlanet MN will be hosting a Speak Up! workshop on Northland’s campus: Monday, 1/21/13

Details-pdf: Northland_Speak_Up_1-21-13

CoolPlanet MN will be hosting a Speak Up! workshop at the Cable Natural History Museum: Tuesday, 1/22/13

Details-pdf: CableSpeakUp_1-21-13

Graduate Assistant Position with The University of Texas,  Austin, Posted: 12/21/12

Description-pdf: 2013_OutdoorRecreation_GraduateAsst_12-21-12

The University of Texas, Austin is proud to announce the posting of a Graduate Assistant position with the Outdoor Recreation Program to begin Fall 2013. For more information please see the attached job posting and feel free to contact me at the number below.

Best of the season to you all,


Chris Burnett
Assistant Director – Recreational Sports
Outdoor Recreation

The University of Texas at Austin
Recreational Sports
1 University Station D7500
Austin, TX 78712-0395

Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference 2013, Posted: 12/7/12

The Horwood Conference

Reaching Out & Gathering In

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, January 25-26

Conference Announcement and Call for Presenters

Reminder: Presentation Proposals are Due December 14th.

Brochure and Registration-pdf: OEConfBrochure_RegistrationForm_12:7:12
Guide for Presenters-pdf: GuideForPresenters_12:7:12
Proposal Form-pdf: HorwoodProposalform_12:7:12
Accomodations-pdf: AccommodationList_12:7:12
Presenter Registration Form-pdf: Presenter Registration

The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference (aka The Horwood Conference) is a new annual event organized by and for Canadian students studying outdoor and environmental education, health and physical education, outdoor recreation, adventure leadership, experience-based learning and/or related fields.  It is hosted at Queen’s University each year and held on a weekend in January.  Graduate, Undergraduate, B.Ed and College students from across Canada will meet at the Horwood Conference to present oral or poster contributions on various research topics related to outdoor education, lead a variety of workshops, share games and learning activities, attend special invited lectures, and also meet with representatives from participating institutions that offer Bachelor of Education and graduate degrees with a focus on outdoor education. Students can choose to simply register as a conference participant or complete the attached presentation proposal form and attend as a conference presenter.

The Conference Organizing Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the January 2013 conference. Proposals for paper presentations, posters, workshops, or creative projects will be accepted up until the submission deadline of December 14, 2012.  The theme of this year’s conference is Reaching Out & Gathering In — an open theme chosen specifically to encourage a wide range of submissions, diverse in both format of presentation and topics related to outdoor education.

Full details of the conference, including a fillable proposal submission form, may be found at the conference webpage —

We look forward to receiving proposals and hope you will be able to join us at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in January 2013.


2013 Horwood Conference Organizing Committee

Arctic Explorer, Tyler Fish, at Stage North! Nov 30th

Details-pdf: NorthPole_TylerFish_11:27:12

Outdoor Educator Dog Sledding Apprenticeship, Posted: 11/20/12

Description-pdf: OutdoorEducatorDogSleddingApprenticeship_11:20:12

Angelo State University’s Graduate Assistantship Position with Outdoor Adventures, Posted: 11/20/12

I’m excited to announce that Angelo State University’s Graduate Assistantship position with Outdoor Adventures is open for Fall 2013 applicants. Feel free to contact me at my email address if you have any questions.

Full details about the position and position description are posted online at the following sites.

Job Posting:

Program Website:


Aaron Kentner
Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures, University Recreation
Angelo State University
Member, Texas Tech University System
ASU Station #10916
San Angelo, TX 76909-0916
Phone: (325) 942-2034   Fax: (325) 942-2563

Graduate Assistantship at California State University, Northridge, Posted: 11/20/12

Description-pdf: CalStateU_Northridge_GradAsst_11:20:12

California State University, Northridge is proud to announce its Graduate Assistant Position within our Outdoor Adventures Program for Fall 2013. The Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures will work alongside the Outdoor Coordinator to help manage and further develop the following six programming areas: Outdoor Trips, CSUN Aquatics Facility, Indoor Rock Climbing Gym, Team Building Experiences (High and Low), and Equipment Rental.  This position will work alongside another Graduate Assistant to oversee two supervisors, 20+ student staff and a volunteer program. Outdoor Adventures is seeking qualified applicants to help develop and implement a student trip leader program to help bolster outdoor trip offerings and leadership development opportunities for the student staff within the program.

Details about the position are listed on the attached job description. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested in the position, feel free to contact me by email.

Tim Szczepanski
ASREC Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
California State University, Northridge


Consider Attending the 24TH Annual T.E.A.M. Conference, Posted: 11/20/12

The 24TH Annual T.E.A.M. Conference Brochure is NOW on line.

  • February 1 & 2, 2013
  • Over 70 sessions, with 35 new workshops
  • You can access it at
  • The on-line registration is also available and you can access it now to register.

Please pass this onto anyone who you feel may be interested in attending a GREAT Conference.

See you  at the conference.

Dan Creely Jr.
TEAM Conference Committee

Learn Wildlife Tracking with Dr. James Halfpenny, Posted: 11/20/12

Details-pdf: Track_Training_2012


Ski Volunteers Needed at Courage Center, Duluth, Posted: 11/20/12

Details-pdf: CourageCenterDuluth_SkiVolunteers

We are in need of new ski volunteers for our 2013 Adaptive Ski Program at Spirit Mt. which serves youth and adults with physical disabilities and youth with autism.  Please share our need for volunteers with your students/friends/coworkers/family.  The attached flyer has more information.

Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lisa Lauzon
Volunteer Coordinator/Program Admin. Assistant

PH: 218-726-4763
Courage Center Duluth
424 W. Superior St. Suite 203
Duluth, MN 55802

Scholarship Opportunity from, Posted: 11/9/12

Details-pdf: ScholarshipAnnouncement_2012-2013

Spring Outdoor Education Practicum (OED 282) at the Audubon Center of the North Woods, Posted: 10/25/12

Audubon Center of the North Woods

Details-pdf: ACNW_OutdoorEducationPracticum2013

Outdoor Education Graduate Assistantship: University of Wyoming, Posted: 10/24/12

Description-pdf: UnivWyo_OutdoorProg_GradAsst_10:24:12

The University of Wyoming Outdoor Program is pleased to announce the position of Graduate Assistant, Outdoor Program, to start in  the fall of 2013 for a two-year term. Please see attached announcement for more details.

Interested candidates should read over the attached position description and consider applying to a graduate program of his or her choosing. In return of working 20/week for the Outdoor Program, Graduate Assistants receive a full tuition waiver, living stipend and health insurance (in addition to paying for all mandatory fees).

Applicants must be fully-admitted to a graduate program prior to being considered an applicant.

Graduate program deadlines for admission are approaching; check with the specific department of interest for deadlines.

Dan McCoy
Assistant Director, Campus Recreation
Outdoor Program
Dept. 3604
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-2402 w
(307) 766-6720 f

Fall Outdoor Education Major’s/Minor’s Meeting, Posted: 10/9/12

Current and future Outdoor Education majors and minors: mark your calendars for Monday, October 15!

Come to the Sentry Room of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for the annual fall O.E. major’s meeting. Hear program news; get ready for registration; learn about up-coming events; drink hot cocoa; and WIN SNAZZY PRIZES!

Be there, or be square!

Courage Center Duluth Needs Volunteers, Posted: 9/19/12

Please help us get the word out that we are in need for more volunteers for the programs below.  Courage Center Duluth is very fortunate to have so many volunteers return to volunteer this season.  Therefore, some of our programs do not have openings for more volunteers.  However, we are still short on volunteers for the programs listed below.  Any help you can give us in getting the word out to your folks is greatly appreciated!  Thank you for your support and have a great fall season!    Lisa

Archery for youth and adults
A program partnership with Chalstrom’s Archery Center and Disabled Sports USA
Archery offers rewarding challenges while improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as well as increasing strength. Specialized adaptive equipment and highly skilled instructors make archery possible for people with a wide range of abilities.
5:30 – 8:00 pm 
Mondays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 12, (8 weeks) 
Location: Chalstrom’s Archery Center

Office volunteer
Needed to do data entry and miscellaneous office duties once a week, any day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Swimming at the YMCA – Wednesdays, Nov. 7 – Dec. 12, 4-5 p.m. One-on-one assistance with lessons led by YMCA staff in the pool; for youth with autism. Basic swimming skills required.  We need 8 volunteers.

Alpine Ski Program
Spirit Mountain – Tuesdays or Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 thru March 14.
Intermediate to advanced skiers/snowboarders needed to assist instructors with ski lessons. Any skill level needed as “boot helpers.”  Dryland training will be held on a Wednesday, in mid-December at 5:30 p.m. at the Ordean Building. On-hill trainings for volunteers will be held at Spirit Mt. week of Jan. 1.

Lisa Lauzon | Volunteer Coordinator/Program Admin. Assistant| PH: 218-726-4763
Courage Center Duluth | 424 W. Superior St. Suite 203 | Duluth, MN 55802 |

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Annual Student Outdoor Educator’s Conference, Posted: 9/18/12

This Spring Northland College will be hosting the 14th annual Student Outdoor Educator’s Conference, and we are going to need a large number of people to make that happen. If you are at all interested, please come to the Dexter Library, Room 001 on Thursday, September 13 from 8-9 p.m., to learn more and share ideas. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

SOEC was created to give college students the opportunity to meet students from other schools and to learn from one another. You don’t have to be going into an outdoor related job to participate in the SOEC event. You can simply be interested in the outdoors or educating others. Great idea if you are interested in:

Outdoor education
Universal design

Emily Denman

Hulings Lectures: “Between Grace and Fear” & “1900-2000: A Century of Peace,” Posted: 9/18/12

Details-pdf: HL-Fear-Grace-Peace

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Pilot Volunteer Training Course, Posted: 8/30/12

October 3 – December 12, 2012

Short Course Description-pdf: WisconsinMasterNaturalistPilotCourse_ShortDescription_8-30-12

Long Description-pdf: WisconsinMasterNaturalistPilotCourse_8-30-12

Flyer-pdf: WI_MasterNaturalist_Flyer_8-30-12

The mission of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program’s is to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the state’s natural resources by developing a corps of well-informed volunteers dedicated to education and service within their Wisconsin communities. This training course, a series of classes and field trips, will help volunteers increase their knowledge of Wisconsin’s natural and cultural history; improve their abilities to share this knowledge with a wide range of audiences; and develop their skills as a stewards of the land. Participants who successfully complete the program will become part of a statewide network of Master Naturalist volunteers, have access to new educational resources and learning opportunities, and increase their value as a volunteer. This event is brought to you through a partnership among UW-Extension, Northland College, and the Cable Natural History Museum. Classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from October 3 through December 12, 2012. Saturday field trips will be held on October 27 and December 8.  Most classes will be held at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI. The cost of the course is $40 per person and space is limited.

Contact: or 715/625-2652 for more information and to register by September 21, 2012.

Becky Sapper
Coastal Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Extension
Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 County G
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806
715.685.0036 fax

UW Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA.