CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The 2021 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership
WILDERNESS EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD

Friday, February 12, 2021
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC


Submission Deadline:   Friday, November 6, 2020
      Student Presentation Proposals are encouraged early but will be accepted until December 11th.
Submission URL:         LINK
Questions:                    [email protected]  

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 2021 conference is Wilderness Education in a Changing World. We encourage submissions related to: 

  • virtual learning and technology;
  • increased focus on environmental integration and place-based education;
  • programming in suburban settings;
  • supporting transformational experiences in shortened course durations; and
  • diversity and inclusion.

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

  1. Align with the conference theme: Wilderness Education in a Changing World.

  2. Focus on the following topics: virtual learning and technology; increased focus on environmental integration and place-based education; programming in suburban settings; supporting transformational experiences in shortened course durations; and diversity and inclusion.  

  3. Emphasize leadership, educational skills, and developing judgment (as opposed to simply teaching an outdoor skill). 

  4. Incorporate stories, examples, case studies, and best practices... (demonstrating that your key takeaways are applicable in multiple environments).

For 2021 we will be offering the opportunity to present virtually (from an off-site location) or in person (at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly) -- with the face-to-face presentations being live-streamed. If we must cancel the face-to-face component of the mini-conference, all accepted presentations will automatically be moved to a virtual presentation. Presenters can choose between a 30 or 60-minute time. We will be assigning specific times for your presentation during the one day, mini-conference. SAVE THE DATE! FEBRUARY, 12th, 2021

Reviewing Presentations

A team of volunteers will complete blind 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 2021 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.