Resilience Outdoor Conference


2019 Was A Blast!

Thank you all for being a part of such a beautiful conference! We will leave our 2019 page up so folx can get excited for next year. We are working on our 2020 conference. Follow us on social media for announcements!

About the Conference

Resilience Outdoor Conference is about decolonizing outdoor education for People of Color & the LGBTQ communities. We strive to provide support that is centered around our community and fosters a meaningful foundation for diversity.  It is an investment in community knowledge expansion in outdoor education that supports growth today and tomorrow. 

What is Resilience?

Resilience Outdoor Conference is a reimagining of what an outdoor conference could look like and an unique way it could serve the community. It is hands-on, in the wild and lead by community leaders in the outdoor industry.  Resilience is a two part conference. 

1- Wilderness First Aid - Wednesday to half-day on Friday. 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. It is a great 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 - Friday to Sunday. This is the main part of Resilience, learning and growing your outdoor competency with community. It will be a weekend full of community lead workshops where you will pick up relevant skills and knowledge to increase your outdoor preparedness and resilience.  You will learn the basics and advanced skills. You will leave with a wide variety of information to support your growth in the outdoors.

Both parts of the conference are lead 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 hope those who can pay more will-- this help those 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-Sunday
  • Transportation from Portland, OR 
  • Camping Gear - Shared tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad.

*There is no transportation, meals or overnight arrangements for WFA portion of the conference.

About US

Who We Are

We are a collective of outdoor adventure and education organizations whose hearts' work is in supporting BIPOC & LGBTQ folx in the outdoors. We are made up of Queer Nature, the Venture Out Project and Wild Diversity

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Queer & Trans folx 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.

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