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Outdoor Education Training

Educating the Educators to Ensure Safe and Satisfying Outdoor Adventure and Educational Experiences

By Cam Francisco April 22, 2024

Outdoor Education

When you’re planning a backcountry-based experiential educational experience for yourself or a child/teen, you want to be sure that the people leading the outdoor program know their stuff. Few things are scarier in life — or potentially deadlier — than being ill-prepared in the wilderness. 

To ensure safety and an enjoyable, fulfilling experience, outdoor educators and field instructors must be highly skilled in many facets of outdoor and adventure education, including the following:

  • Wilderness medicine
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Environmental stewardship principles and practices
  • Backpacking planning and packing
  • Wilderness shelters
  • Backcountry cooking, water purification, and food safety
  • Paddling techniques and boat safety (canoe, kayak, or raft)
  • Climbing
  • Leadership

One of the reasons we here at The National Center for Outdoor Adventure and Education (NCOAE) excel at delivering safe, enjoyable, and transformative outdoor adventures is that we educate our educators. We provide our field instructors with the training and opportunities to pursue the certifications they need to achieve best-in-class status.

Young campers standing outside lean-to in the woods

Field Instructors and Guides: There IS a Big Difference

NCOAE outdoor educators and field instructors are not just “guides.” They are experienced outdoor educators with a broad range of responsibilities that include the following: (more…)

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