October 25-27, 2017
Snow King Hotel, Jackson, WY

Join the Wilderness Education Association as we celebrate our
 40th anniversary and host the 30th annual International Conference on Outdoor Leadership (ICOL).  To celebrate, the conference will be held in Jackson, WY, the stomping grounds of our founder Paul Petzoldt. The conference will feature workshops centered on the WEA curriculum’s educational components, research symposium, and a keynote address about current issues facing outdoor leaders. 


Click Here to Register for the Conference!

Registration Fees and Discounts

Hotel Accommodations

Presentation Proposal Submissions

Keynote Speaker: David Vela

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor

Thank you to our Exhibitors & Sponsors!

General Conference Schedule

Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop (WYSAW)

Grand Teton National Park Things to See and Do

Conference Program


Registration Fees

What does my conference registration pay for?

  • Welcome Dinner and Social on Wednesday evening 
  • 40th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Banquet and Auction Friday evening 
  • Other meals included*: Breakfast & Lunch on Thursday & Friday
  • Coffee breaks on Thursday & Friday
  • All Workshop Presentations on Thursday & Friday
  • Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium
  • Conference Materials
  • Access to Exhibitors
  • Annual Meeting

*Note: Thursday dinner is on your own for an opportunity to explore Jackson.



Alpine Start

Ends May 31


Ends Aug 31


  Ends Oct 17

Week prior to conference and Walk-ins

Member Registration





Student Member Registration*





Non-Member Registration





Student Non-Member Registration*





Single Day Pass
(For those only able to attend one day: Thursday or Friday only)


*Students may need to provide copy of current semester's class schedule or copy of enrolled status

Registration Discounts for Alpine Pricing
Accredited Organization:
For every professional member of WEA Accredited organizations registered, receive 50% off a second registration for a WEA professional member from your organization.

Student Groups:
Student members can get a discount by registering in groups.  For every 4 WEA student members registered from your school, the 5th student member registration is free. That’s 20% off the 5 student member registrations from the same university.  (Please be ready to provide university student ID for confirmation of student status).

Please contact the National Office for discount codes at [email protected] or 740-607-9759.

Ready to register for the conference? Click here for registration form.

Hotel Accommodations

Rooms are reserved for our conference onsite at the Snow King Hotel. Total room price for all 3 nights (Wed-Friday nights) is approx $219 for double occupancy or $438 for single occupancy. For double occupancy price you are responsible for finding a roommate as well as having one person make the room reservation and splitting the cost of the room. Rooms will be available at this rate until 21 days prior to the conference and after that pricing may change. Room reservations are made separate from conference registration. See hotel information for room cancellation policy. Please use this link to reserve your room: Snow King Hotel Reservations

Presentation Proposals

Interested in presenting at the conference? There are several opportunities for students, faculty, and practitioners to present their work at the conference. Presentation formats this year include:
Paul Talks (16 minutes)
General Educational Sessions (60 minutes) 
Student-Led Presentations (20 minutes)
Field-Based Sessions (30-45 minutes outdoors) 
Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium (OLRS) (20 minutes).
Click here to learn more details on the various presentation formats or here for a Presentation Proposal Form.

Why should you be a conference Exhibitor or Sponsor?

The conference brings together current and future outdoor leaders from around the globe.  Being present at the conference by exhibiting or having your name present by sponsoring is a great opportunity to showcase what your company's or organization's purpose is to an audience of established professionals and current students focusing on the field of outdoor education.

Interested in Exhibiting?

We invite business, schools, training organizations, and other outdoor related programs to Exhibit at the conference. Exhibitor fee is $750 and includes:
  • One conference registration
  • Booth space in a central location that is available to attendees for the duration of the conference. There are suggested times for exhibitors to be present at their booth.
  • Exhibitor logos will have website exposure and be printed in the conference program.
Please use the general registration form to register for the conference and select the "Exhibitor" option under Registration Fee. 

Interested in Sponsoring? 

There are many Sponsorship opportunities available for the 2017 International Conference including options such as donating gear toward our Student Scholarship Auction and sponsoring workshops, meals or keynote speaker. This Sponsorship Opportunities document details sponsorship options, fees, and benefits of sponsoring.

Ready to become a Sponsor? Please fill out this Conference Sponsorship Form.

If you have specific questions about Exhibiting or Sponsoring, please contact the WEA National Office at [email protected] or 740-607-9759.  


General Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 25th:  Registration (2-4 pm), Welcome Address (5pm), Opening Dinner and Social at Snake River Brewing 

Thursday, October 26th:  Townhall/Business/Committee Meetings, Workshops

Friday, October 27th:   Workshops, Awards Banquet, Keynote Speaker, Closing Party and Auction.


Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop (WYSAW)

At last year's conference, attending WEA members expressed a desire for the conference to be partnered with another organization.  In an effort to meet that need, the 2017 ICOL will be co-locating with Teton County Search and Rescue's (TCSAR) Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop (WYSAW), which is taking place on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

WYSAW is part of the growing movement of regional Snow and Avalanche Workshops offering a full day of educational workshops for snow and avalanche professionals and recreational backcountry users. The event includes a series of presentations and a panel discussion that provide attendees with an opportunity to engage in conversations about risk management, terrain evaluation, snowpack considerations, and more when traveling in avalanche terrain. By partnering with TCSAR, the WEA hopes to connect our membership to new resources and experts, as well as form new relationships with industry professionals. Registration for WYSAW is separate from WEA conference registration.


Grand Teton National Park Things to See and Do

Are you planning to make a vacation out of your trip to the Conference. Check out all of great opportunities for you to see and do in Grand Teton National Park.

**All conference information and pricing subject to change without advanced notice.**
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by end of day Sunday, September 24, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after end of day, Sunday, September 24, 2017. A substitute attendee will be permitted.