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
Conflict Resolution Tools
Team Development Practices
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.