A group discussing at HoneyRockPre Conference Sessions are opportunities to engage in-depth with leaders in the field. Sessions require additional registration at an additional cost. 

WEA Certified Outdoor Educator Clinic

Monday, February 8, 9 a.m. to Wednesday, February 10, 12 noon.

Registration Cost: TBA
(Includes lunch, instruction, and instructional materials.)

The COE Clinic is a two and a half-day course designed to equip COE candidates with the tools and resources to incorporate WEA Educational Components into specific leadership training programs. In addition, emphasis is given to the actual process for conducting COL/OLTC courses. This clinic begins Monday morning and extends to Wednesday Lunch. Successful completion of a COE Instructor Clinic is one of the required components of a professional's process toward recognition as a COE.  

Students will demonstrate competency in teaching and lesson preparation. Some work prior to the clinic will be required. Additional information and details will be communicated upon confirmation of registration. Please forward questions to [email protected].

It was really exciting to hear the perspectives of such a quality group of outdoor educators. The direction of the WEA is inspiring and fits a niche of wilderness leadership that other organizations have not been able to reach. The COE clinic prepared me well for my upcoming staff training season and I am inspired to offer WEA COL to my incoming staff. The 6+1 curriculum fits our training objectives very well!

- Mike Odberg, HoneyRock High School Adventure Program Manager
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Wilderness First Responder Recertification

Monday, February 8, 9 a.m. through Wednesday, February 10.

Registration Cost: TBA
(Includes lunch, instruction, and instructional materials.)

More details to come as confirmed.

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Climbing Wall Instructor PCIA Logo

Monday, February 8, 9 a.m. through Wednesday, February 10, 12 noon.

Registration Cost: TBA
(Includes lunch, instruction, and instructional materials.)

The PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Course is a 3-day course that provides instructors and potential instructors with an in-depth and standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an indoor setting. It is the first step in a sequential approach to professional climbing instructor development. The course reinforces the importance of teaching technically accurate information and debunks many common climbing myths. The course emphasizes the presentation of sound fundamental skills to climbing gym participants, the use of deliberate and effective instructional methods, the formation of risk assessment and risk management skills and basic problem solving skills such as belay transitions and on wall coaching and assist techniques. Participants will be assessed on both their core knowledge and their ability to effectively teach and coach related skills.

Climbing Wall Instructor Course Pre-requisites:

  • The candidate must have taken part in periodic climbing for 2 – 3 years with a high intensity of climbing in the past few months.
  • The candidate must be able to:
    • easily put on harness and appropriately tie in to climb.
    • belay with an aperture belay device and an assisted locking device in competent, comfortable and confident manner.
    • comfortably top rope at the 5.9 level on an artificial climbing wall.
    • those aiming for lead climbing certification must lead at the 5.8 level and safely belay a lead climber.
  • The candidate must possess the personal equipment necessary for the course.
    Equipment choice and quality is an exam area. Candidates should arrive with professional quality equipment in good repair.
    • Rock climbing shoes
    • Belay/rappel device: (belay tube or plate) and/or assisted locking device (Grigri,Cinch, etc.)
    • Harness
    • Chalk bag
    • Notebook and pencil/pen
    • Appropriate clothing

More details will be shared upon confirmation of registration.

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Board of Directors Meeting

Board of Directors members will gather to advance initiatives of the WEA. Meetings begin Monday morning and continue through Wednesday, then reconvene on Saturday afternoon.

To Register

Note that when choosing your lodging option, choose the same option for BOTH the Conference Registration and the Pre and Post Conference Session Registration to ensure your room assignment does not change on Wednesday.

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