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Montreat College Outdoor Recreation Studies Program is proud to host the 2021

Adventure Education Conference

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Theme: Discovering and Sustaining an Outdoor Adventure Career: Living the Dream

Date: November 5th, 2021

What: The Annual Adventure Education Conference brings college students and outdoor professionals from around Western North Carolina together to learn through workshops, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

Colleges and Universities involved: In past years other colleges, such as Brevard, UNCA, Western Carolina, Southwestern Community College, Warren Wilson College, North Greenville University, Maryville and others with outdoor programs hosted the conference.

History: Maurice Phipps, from Western NC sparked interest in offering this type of conference back in 1992 and successful conferences have been organized ever since with upwards of 200 people attending each year. Each college or university creates their own theme and organizes at least 15 – 20 workshops, 20+ exhibitors and a keynote speaker to be a part of the conference. This is a student-led event.

Location: Montreat College Campus from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conference Chair: The student conference chair is Duncan Small. Faculty supervisors are Ryan Zwart, Ph.D. and Dottie Shuman, Ph.D.

For more information during the summer contact Dr. Zwart or Dr. Shuman.

Keynote Speakers

Curt Davidson

Dr. Curt Davidson

Curt Davidson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach, where he serves as the outdoor recreation concentration and Wilderness Studies Program director. He is also the President of Alpenglow Education. Curt’s love of the outdoor started when he worked as a mountaineering ranger with the United States Forest Service. Since then, he has worked for over a dozen Adventure Education and Guiding programs throughout the globe. His research interests include character education, experiential learning, and mental health and wellness. Curt is the author of several books and projects, including the Behavioral First Responder Certification and the Outdoor Facilitator’s Handbook. When not teaching and writing, you can find him skiing in Colorado, sailing to Catalina Island, or climbing in California’s Eastern Sierra.

Becca Meier

Becca Meier

Becca grew up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky on her family farm. After the completion of undergraduate, she bounced around the country seasonally for quite a few years before deciding to come back to her home in Lander, Wyoming: The City Park. In addition to holding a Master of Social Work from the University of Wyoming and a School Social Work Certification, Becca is now the co-owner and head guide of Wind River Climbing Guides with her husband, Kyle. Becca worked for various outdoor education programs and guiding services around the country living out of her Subaru Forester for about six years in West Virginia, California, Kentucky, and Wyoming. She is a certified Single Pitch Instructor and Apprentice Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. Becca recently published a study that explored the effects of rock climbing on women with mental illness and how to increase self-efficacy, resiliency, and locus of control through outdoor experiences.

Registration information coming soon!

If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference or becoming a conference sponsor, please contact Dr. Dottie Shuman at dshuman@montreat.edu.