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Outdoor Leadership Accelerator Program

The Verascapes’ Outdoor Leadership Accelerator Program (OLAP) is a unique program advancing inclusive leadership in the outdoors. We bring together outdoor leaders who are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), and we accelerate their professional development through skill-building, conversation, and coaching. 

Each cohort is composed of people with diverse identities, ages, skills, and professional trajectories. This intentional mix fosters deeper learning and greater power-sharing. Our team of teachers and coaches lead the cohort through our carefully designed curriculum. Each participant will develop and expand their inclusive leadership skills, tools, and knowledge. 

The work to create a more inclusive world never ends, but our cohort will leave the program better prepared to impact outdoor communities as part of our network of leaders with shared goals and values.


In our program, students will gain:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Foundations

  • Culturally Responsive Instruction

  • Student-Centric Teaching Techniques

  • Communication Skills

  • Conflict Resolution Tools

  • Team Development Practices

  • Personalized Coaching

  • Professional Development Plan

  • Inclusive Leadership Community and Network


This program is for people who directly or aspire to influence outdoor programs, education, and experiences.


Our program runs from Sept 26th, 2022 - April 23rd, 2023. It includes two weekend-long in person sessions in Leavenworth, Washington and 14 two-hour live online sessions on Tuesday evenings.


The OLAP program costs $2,150 per person. All fees directly support the program. This covers seven months of educational content, professional coaching, feedback and two weekend-long in-person sessions in Leavenworth, Washington. 

A $50 deposit is required within one week of acceptance into the program. We have flexible payment plans.


Let’s figure it out together.

The Outdoor Leadership Accelerator Program 2022-2023 application is open!
Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis until September 9th. Once your application has been submitted, we will respond back to you within two weeks. Applications will be accepted until the cohort has been filled.


Verascapes aims to reduce barriers and make this program as accessible as possible. Scholarships are available.

Past Participants

Meet the Outdoor Leadership Accelerator Program cohort from 2021-2022!

Have Questions?

Do you have questions about OLAP application, schedule or just want to learn a bit more? 

Reach out to Brenda Hollon, Verascapes founder, for a personal conversation about all things OLAP. 

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