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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.

Cost & Scholarship

The OLAP program costs $2150 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. 

Scholarships are available. We would like this program to be accessible to as many people as possible. The amount of scholarship award will be given within one week of your application. Apply now, or reach out if you have more questions.

A $50 deposit is required to secure your spot in the program once accepted, regardless of financial aid. Flexible payment plans are available.

Past Participants

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

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.

Contact Us

Do you have questions, or want more info on OLAP? Reach out to us here to chat with our team! We are a phone call away and would love to personally connect with you. 

Brenda Hollon

Phone: 206-683-3609


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