Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Big Changes are Coming to OutdoorEd.com

Thanks for being a part of OutdoorEd.com. We want you to be part of the opening of our incredible new site. Over the course of the past year OutdoorEd has completely redesigned the site from the ground up using Drupal as our new platform. Drupal is one of the premiere Web Content Management systems running over one million Web sites. It's been ton of work to rebuild the entire site and it's been 100% worth it. What's Coming?

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Wilderness Medicine Blog: Building a Wilderness First Aid Kit

This post from Julie Anderson at Wilderness Medical Associates will be helpful for everyone. Walking through the first aid aisle at your local outfitter store can be overwhelming. While there are many excellent prepared kits on the market, often enthusiasts choose to create and specialize their own. Your kit will be different based on where you are camping and hiking. Trips at altitude, near marine environments or canyoning, and desert trekking each have unique needs that would require you augment your kit accordingly. Find out what you should be carrying.

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Wilderness Medicine Blog: Treating Severe Heatstroke with an External Cooling System

The heat waves happening across the U.S this summer are of particular concern for outdoor programs where physical activity is combined with high heat and humidity. Heat stroke can be an immediately life-threatening illness. Dr. Paul Auerbach presents recent findings on field cooling along with links to other resources on Exertional Heat Illness.

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Risk Management Blog: Does your Program Have a Road Crossing Protocol? Should it?

Vehicles and driving are statistically the most dangerous thing that you can do in an outdoor program. As a result programs have extensive risk management protocols around vehicles and driving. But vehicles hazards aren't just associated with driving, what about when your groups come in contact with cars and roads in situations like where trails cross busy roads? Isn't this also a potentially serious risk management issue? And shouldn't you have some protocols in place to reduce these risks? I say the answer to both questions to yes and I propose a Road Crossing Protocol as a tool for leaders to help reduce the hazards associated with high-risk road crossings. If your program hikes across busy roads then you really need to read this article and consider how you would deal with this serious issue.

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NEW Recreation Law Center Now Online

Are you Managing All your Legal Risks?
Find out how from the Recreation Law Center Experts!

Every day you have to balance your risk management equation and keep tracking of changing laws and court decisions. The Recreation Law Center Library is your portal for understanding the complex legal issues in outdoor adventure and recreation. Reb Gregg and Catherine Hansen-Stamp, two of the best known recreation law attorneys in the United States, analyze cutting edge court decisions pertinent to the industry.

The Recreation Law Center Store let's you purchase individual Cases or a full Subscription that includes access to the complete Recreation Law Library for an entire year.

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Lightning Safety Best Practices

The hot days of summer bring lightning storms. Make sure you know the best practices for managing lightning risk in the backcountry.

The Perfect Storm: Out of the Bowels of the Grand Canyon

Diane Waryold and Cathy Clark, Professors in Human Development and Psychological Development at Appalachian State University, present a case-study of a real life situation where decisions gone wrong in the Grand Canyon. What happens when group dynamics and trip management collapse resulting in injuries and evacuations. The case study and its analysis can be used for training student and staff leaders in a college or university setting who plan to utilize the outdoors as the medium for the growth and development.

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Find your Dream Job

OutdoorEd.com is the source for finding jobs and companies in the outdoor education field. Here are some recent job postings.

Job TitleCompanyLocation
Afterschool EducatorCity Kids Wilderness ProjectMid-Atlantic US - DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA
Educational SpecialistChristodora's Manice Education CenterMid-Atlantic US - DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA
Assistant Director-Adventure ProgramsIllinois State University Campus Recreation Central North US - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Canopy Tour GuidesVirginia Canopy ToursSoutheast US - FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Head of Member ServicesInner Peaks Climbing CenterSoutheast US - FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Adaptive Sports Center Winter InternAdaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte, ColoradoRocky Mountains US - CO, ID, MT, WY
Afterschool Site CoordinatorCity Kids Wilderness ProjectMid-Atlantic US - DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA
Program Director, High School & Alumni ProgramsCity Kids Wilderness ProjectMid-Atlantic US - DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA
Wilderness Therapy GuideTrue North Wilderness ProgramNortheast US - CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
Seasonal Adventure Guide/Nelson Rocks Outdoor CenterEndless HorizonsSoutheast US - FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV

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The Way Home: Returning to the National Parks

"You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise,"
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Although our national parks belong to all Americans, it’s a sad fact that very few people of color ever set foot in some of our country’s most beautiful places. Take a journey to Yosemite National Park with the Amazing Grace 50+ Club, a Los Angeles-based senior church group whose members are looking to reverse that trend.

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