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The Wilderness Education Association's 2022 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership (ICOL) will take place at the YMCA’s Blue Ridge Assembly conference center in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville, NC.  The 2022 ICOL is designed to deliver an inspired, practical, and motivating learning experience for attendees. The theme for the 2022 conference is: Advancing the Professionalism of Outdoor Leaders. 

We are also excited to announce the 15th Biennial Research Symposium from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (CEO) in the same location, February 11-13, 2022 (separate registration here).

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February 9-11, 2022

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC

2022 WEA ICOL  Schedule

WEA:  Certified Outdoor Educator Clinic - Feb 7-9   

Viristar Risk Management for Outdoor Programs  March 2-30 (Virtual)

PCIA : Single Pitch Instructor

SOLO Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course

Covid-19 Policy


The WEA is thrilled to present four culture shaping and innovative leaders that will help curate your experience.  The keynote speakers are business leaders, entrepreneurs, award winners, athletes, authors, gearheads, teachers and trainers, and passionate about wild spaces and the future of the outdoors. Each individual is a powerhouse in their corner of the industry with a unique set of experiences and a deep perspective on the professionalism of the outdoor leader. We couldn't be more excited for them to share their insights at ICOL 2022!

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151 NC Highway 9, Ste B
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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