Wilderness Education Association's
40th Anniversary
2017 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership
October 25-27, 2017

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the WEA and the 30th Annual Conference!
To celebrate, the 2017 ICOL and Celebration will be in held in Jackson, Wyoming at the Snow King Hotel.


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.

Previous Conference Locations

2007 - YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
2008 - Bahia Resort, San Diego, CA
2009 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2010 - YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
2011 - YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
2012 - YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
2013 - YMCA Blueridge, Ashville, NC
2014 - University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
2015 - NCED, Norman, OK
2016 - California University, California, PA
2017 - Snow King Hotel, Jackson Hole, WY