30th Annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference Kicks Off October 18 in Portland, Oregon

October 18, 2023

Hundreds of outdoor professionals, educators, and risk managers to attend event dedicated to providing opportunities to learn and improve risk management practices

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oct. 18, 2023 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The 30th Annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), presented by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound, and the Student Conservation Association (SCA), is returning to Portland, Oregon, on October 18-20, 2023. This renowned conference brings outdoor professionals, educators, guides, and risk managers together to address challenges, share best practices, and enhance safety in wilderness settings.

The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is the leading gathering of professionals dedicated to managing risk in outdoor and wilderness programs. Its mission is to offer comprehensive education and training opportunities for outdoor professionals to learn and improve risk management practices.

With a focus on empowering organizations and individuals to manage risk effectively, the conference will feature an array of workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. This year’s keynote speaker is accomplished outdoor educator Phil Henderson, who will give his address on Friday, October 20. Attendees will have the chance to learn from industry experts, participate in interactive sessions, and gain valuable insights into risk management strategies.

The 30th Annual WRMC will cover a wide range of topics, including emergency response protocols, incident management, crisis communication, mental health in outdoor programs, staff training and development, and more. The conference will also address emerging issues and trends in the field of wilderness risk management, ensuring that attendees stay current with the latest developments.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the local outdoor recreational opportunities and experience Oregon’s rich culture and hospitality. Portland’s proximity to diverse wilderness areas, including the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Pacific coastline, makes it an ideal location for this gathering of outdoor enthusiasts.

Registration is still open for the 30th Annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference and may be done here.

For more information about the WRMC, please visit www.wrmc.com


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About Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC)

The core objective of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help industry professionals and the community mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places. The WRMC, held annually and now in its 30th year, is held in collaboration with NOLS, Outward Bound, and SCA.

About National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Established in 1965, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is the leader in wilderness education. What began in a small cabin in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountain range has evolved into a global, multifaceted nonprofit school offering a proven leadership curriculum through expedition courses, wilderness medicine certifications, risk management training, and custom education solutions for organizations. Today, NOLS operates 14 campuses worldwide and provides classroom instruction in over 40 countries. The NOLS community includes over 930 active instructors who teach various outdoor skills, from mountaineering and sailing to wilderness medicine, that empower students to step forward in their lives. www.nols.edu | @nols | 800.710.6657

About Outward Bound

Outward Bound, founded in 1941 by educator Kurt Hahn, is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and circumstances through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership and service. In the U.S. Outward Bound is a national network of schools and is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education offering over 1,000 courses throughout the year, across the U.S. and internationally. Outward Bound helps individuals and teams discover strength of character and an aptitude for leadership needed to serve others in their community and care for the world around them. Outward Bound serves 40,000 students annually, many of whom receive scholarship support and has a nationwide community of more than 1 million people. To learn more, please visit: www.outwardbound.org.

About the Student Conservation Association (SCA)

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces across the country. The SCA is devoted to building equitable access to nature, providing green job opportunities for young people, and teaching members how to become environmental stewards. Founded in 1957, the SCA is committed to building the next generation of conservation leaders dedicated to the lifelong protection of the environment and the communities we serve. For more, visit www.thesca.org


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