Resilience Outdoor Conference


Resilience 2020

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May 13-18th

Portland, OR & Warm Springs, OR

About the Conference

The Resilience Outdoor Conference aspires for people from all backgrounds to see themselves reflected in outdoor leaders. We are creating a foundation for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and/or the LGBTQ communities to gain comfort and confidence in outdoor skills, while developing leaders through wilderness medicine certificate training, outdoor education, and community resilience.

Share your love out the outdoors; build outdoor skills to lead friends, family, community. 

What is Resilience?

Resilience Outdoor Conference has redesigned what an outdoor conference looks like by centering our community’s growth and ability to reach the summit of the outdoor industry. Resilience is hands-on, in the wild, and led by community leaders in the outdoor industry.Resilience is a two-part conference. 

1- Wilderness First Aid - This certificate program is great for those who want to have an extra layer of knowledge when they go in the backcountry with friends or while leading a group. This training is a foundation to build wilderness medical knowledge. We want to provide a safe space for our community to be seen and to learn. We hope to further diversity in the outdoors by supporting leaders who are a representation of our community. You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, how to manage environmental emergencies, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. You will spend half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios.

2- Skillshare - This is the main part of Resilience: learning and growing your outdoor competency with community. It will be a weekend full of community-led workshops where participants will pick up relevant skills and knowledge to increase your outdoor preparedness and resilience. You will learn basic and advanced outdoor skills and leave with a wide variety of information to support your growth in the outdoors.

Both parts of the conference are led by POC/LGBTQ for POC/LGBTQ.

What Does Registration Include?

We made a commitment for Resilience to be as accessible to our community as possible, that is why we have sliding scale options for our event and scholarships are available. We encourage those with more flexible budgets to pay the full price, or to even include a donation; this helps those in our community who need a little more support.

In that spirit, we want to offer more than any other outdoor conference out there. When you register for the Skillshare portion your registration will include:

  • Meals for Friday evening to Monday morning.
  • Available transportation from Portland, OR to Warm Springs
  • Accommodations - Shared tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (it is an outdoor conference after all) 

*There is no transportation, meals or overnight arrangements for the WFA portion of the conference. Connect with the Resilience facebook group to connect and make arrangements with other people in the Resilience community.

About US

Dreaming Big

The idea of Resilience began as a dream of Queer Nature, the Venture Out Project and Wild Diversity. We wanted to see change in the outdoor landscape. We believe that Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer & Trans individuals can have an equal place in outdoor adventures and education.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer & Trans people in building confidence to enjoy and lead in the outdoors. We seek to decolonize outdoor education by creating space for marginalized individuals to grow and thrive. We are building a future and foundation of representation, visualization and empowerment for our communities.

Our 2019 Sponsors