Programs and Courses
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 and create a network of colleagues with shared values. We emphasize having a cohort of people with mixed identities, ages, skills, and professional trajectories in order to foster deep learning.
Verascapes partners with guide outfitters across the Pacific Northwest to teach AIARE certified Recreational Level 1, Level 2, and Avalanche Rescue courses.
At Verascapes, we recognize that outdoor courses often feel exclusive, especially for historically marginalized communities. Our instructors utilize techniques cemented in culturally responsive leadership in order to effectively teach AIARE curriculum in a learning environment that feels safe and fun for all!