AWARDS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

At each International Conference on Outdoor Leadership, the WEA recognizes the leaders and educators who are making an impact in the outdoor education and leadership industry.

View a list of past award recipients

 

Paul K. Petzoldt Leadership Award

Nominated by the Membership, recommended by the Awards Committee, ratified by the Board of Directors.

Criteria:

  • Significant contributions to the field of Outdoor Leadership.
  • Outstanding influence within the profession.
  • Willing to travel to the International Conference on Outdoor Leadership to accept the award.
  • Knowledge of the WEA and Paul Petzoldt's legacy in the outdoor industry.

 

Frank Lupton Service Award

Nominated by the Membership, recommended by the Awards Committee, ratified by the Board of Directors.

Criteria:

  • Active member with WEA for a minimum of ten years.
  • Outstanding representative of the WEA.
  • Significant contributions to the success of the WEA in a minimum of three areas. For example, Volunteer Board and/or Committee Member, Affiliate Representative, Conference Presenter/Author, fund raising, curriculum development, WEA course delivery. 

 

WEA Certified Outdoor Educator (COE) Award

Nominated by committee chairs and membership, recommended by the Awards Committee, ratified by the Board of Directors.

Criteria:

  • Active member of WEA for a minimum of five years.
  • Current status as a Certified Outdoor Educator.
  • Significant contributions specifically to the WEA curriculum, teaching and learning, WEA standards, the COEL, etc.
  • Outstanding job representing WEA. 

 

WEA Organizational Member Award

Nominated by the Membership, recommended by the Awards Committee, ratified by the Board of Directors.

Criteria:

  • Active membership with WEA for a minimum of five years.
  • Significant contributions to WEA committees, curriculum, conferences, standards, operations, etc.
  • Consistent and exemplary promotion of and enrollment in WEA courses. 
  • Outstanding job representing WEA.

 

WEA Student Leader Award

Nominated by the membership, reviewed and selected by the Awards Committee.

Criteria:

  • Enrolled in the International Registry of Outdoor Educators & Leaders (IROEL).
  • Significant contributions to the success and influence of outdoor leadership within their organization or program.
  • Service to the WEA through volunteering (conference, committees, etc.)

 

Presidential Council

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

Current Members:

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

 

Scholarships

The WEA has two scholarships established to help support professional development. The Kitty Drury Scholarship for Instructor Development aims to support aspiring outdoor leaders by offsetting costs associated with WEA certification; this fund was initially made in honor of WEA founding member Katharine "Kitty" Drury. The Pete Peterson Memorial Scholarship for Outdoor Leadership Development aims to assist leaders as they complete training through the WEA to advance themselves as outdoor educators.

Read more about the Scholarships of the WEA here.