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. We focus on supporting a small cohort of leaders who are under-represented or accomplices in the outdoor industry, so they may learn from each other. OLAP participants join a network of outdoor leaders with shared values. We emphasize having a cohort of people with mixed identities, ages, skills, and professional trajectories in order to foster deep learning.

​The cohort will journey through our carefully designed curriculum together. Each person will develop and expand their skills, tools, and knowledge of culturally responsive instruction, communication, conflict resolution, inclusive team-building, and the foundations of DEIJ. In addition, each person will create their own professional development plan, and work with a volunteer coach to advance their goals. By the end of the program, leaders will be able to articulate their personal and professional growth.

Through OLAP, we aim to improve people’s lives and shift the outdoors into becoming more inclusive and diverse.


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!
The deadline is 11:59pm (PST) on July 10th, 2022. Candidates will be informed of their application decision by July 25th, 2022.
Apply for the 2022-2023 OLAP program!
The application will be open until Sunday, July 10th, 2022.


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


The scholarship deadline is 11:59pm (PST) on July 10th, 2022. Please apply for the program as a whole before completing the scholarship application. Candidates will be informed of their application and scholarship decision by July 25th, 2022.

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. 

Info Sessions

Join us via Zoom for an information session on all your OLAP questions!

June 15th, 2022 12-1pm PST

June 15th, 2022 6-7pm PST

June 20th, 2022 5-6pm PST