Awards

Every year at the International Conference on Outdoor Leadership, the WEA gives several awards to qualified individuals who are making in impact in the field of outdoor education and leadership. View a list of past award recipients.

Paul K. Petzoldt Leadership Award

Nominated by the Board of Trustees. Criteria:

  • Individual has made significant contributions to the field of Outdoor Leadership.
  • Individual has had outstanding influence with in the profession.
  • Individual is willing to travel to International Conference on Outdoor Leadership to accept award.
  • Individual has knowledge of WEA and Paul Petzoldt.

Frank Lupton Service Award

Nominated by the Board of Trustees. Criteria:

  • Member has been active with WEA for a minimum of ten years.
  • Member does an outstanding job representing WEA
  • Member has contributed significantly to the success of the WEA in a minimum of three specific ways. * Examples may include but are not limited to: Volunteer Board and/or Committee Member, Affiliate Representative, Conference Presenter/Author, Fund Raising, Curriculum Development

WEA Instructor Award

Nominated by committee chairs. Criteria:

  • Instructor has been an active member of WEA for a minimum of five years.
  • Instructor has made positive contributions to WEA curriculum, standards, operations, conferences, etc.
  • Instructor does an outstanding job representing WEA.

WEA Affiliate Award

Nominated by the National Office and Affiliate Representative. Criteria:

  • Affiliate has been active with WEA for a minimum of five years.
  • Affiliate Representative has made positive contributions to WEA affiliates committee, curriculum, conferences, standards, operations, etc.
  • Affiliate does an outstanding job representing WEA.

WEA Student Leader Award

Nominated by the membership, reviewed and selected by the Special Events Committee. Criteria:

  • Student Leader is actively enrolled in the International Registry of Outdoor Leaders.
  • Student Leader has contributed significantly to the success of the outdoor leadership within her or his Affiliate.
  • Student Leader has benefited the WEA through volunteer service (conference, journal, committees, etc.)

Presidential Council

The Presidential Council is charged with cataloging the history of the Wilderness Education Association to maintain organizational memory. The Presidential Council also acts as a resource to the current President in times of needed council.

Current Members:

Bob Christie, Bruce Bonney, Cheryl Teeters, Chris Cashel, Chris Duben, Chris Pelchat, Dare Bible, Dave Calvin, David Cockrell, Dene Berman, Duane Gould, Frank Lupton, Ivan Bartha, Jack Drury, Jay Johnson, Jim Lustig, Kent Clement, Mark Wagstaff, Maurice Phipps, Mike Carlton, Paul Harbison, Rena Koesler, Sandy Braun, Scott Jordan, Steve Gustafson, Steve Spencer, Tom Stuessy, and Michael McGowan.