WISE is excited to announce our newest teen summer program starting summer 2018: OWLS! This program focuses on the technical, interpersonal, and leadership skills needed to lead and work in the outdoors industry and environmental sciences and will earn students a half credit at their high schools. Throughout the summer, students will work on developing and strengthening their personal style of leadership and become comfortable guiding and caring for themselves and groups. The leadership skills will be applicable not only to the backcountry, but to school, teams, and any future work environment. We will create a powerful network of teen leaders in the Copper River Valley to guide their peers and be mentors to others.
OWLS will begin in early summer with a multiday backpacking expedition and begin developing as a team and cohort of leaders. We will learn a variety of technical and interpersonal skills in the backcountry while getting to know each other and learn what it means to be a leader. We will have group meetings and classes periodically throughout the summer. Students will also become assistants on WISE community programs and trips to practice their skills as leaders in a formal setting. Each student will also have the opportunity to job shadow a local guide, interpreter, surveyor, land manager, or scientist to learn about the many career options related to having a solid foundation in the outdoors and leadership skills. The program will culminate with another multiday expedition completely planned and led by the students with WISE instructors as participants!
Some of the skills taught will be:
Map and Compass Travel
Basic First Aid
Backcountry Cooking and Nutrition
Leadership Techniques and Styles
Leave No Trace Principles
And much more!
If you’re a teen in the Copper River Valley and passionate about the outdoors and hope to someday work in the outdoors industry or environmental science, this is the program for you! Applications will be accepted in Spring of 2018.
WISE is also still looking for funders and donors to help make this program possible! If you are business or individual who's passionate about getting youth in the outdoors and would like to support the OWLS program, please contact WISE or visit our Donation page. Thank you for your support!