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 Upcoming Webinar:
1986 Oregon Episcopal School Tragedy on Mt. Hood: What Have We Learned?

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When: October 17th at 1pm EDT (12pm CDT, 11am MDT, 10am PDT)
Length: 1 hour
Cost: This Webinar is Included with Full and Full+ Membership
$19.95 E-Member 
$29.95 Non-Member

In 1986, two tragedies caught the attention of the media. The shuttle Challenger blew up while ascending, killing all seven of the crew, including Christa McAuliffe, a high school social studies teacher from Concord, NH. Some members of the Oregon Episcopal School tenth-grade class were attempting to complete the school’s required climb of Mt. Hood in May when a fierce storm caused eleven of them – two teachers, eight students, and a guide – to bivouac. The guide and one student descended the next morning for help. Two days later, rescuers found the remaining nine members. Only two survived.

The Chair of the Board of OES contacted Jed Williamson and asked him to conduct an investigation. He chose four others to join him. Their comprehensive report was printed in The Oregonian.

In this Webinar, he and Lorca Fitschen Semtana, a student who was on the mountain but had turned back early on, will discuss key aspects of the incident, covering topics that include:

• What were the root causes of this accident?
• Could this disaster have been avoided (Two of the major causes for both these incidents were identical)?
• How safe are such activities?
• Should we rely on others to make life and death decisions for us?
• For those who survived, what effect did this event have on their lives over time, from the immediate days following into their adult lives?

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 Featured Webinar Series

Length: Three 1-hr webinars
Cost: $99 (AEE Members get 50% off)
Bonus: Digital Copy of Theory & Practice of Experiential Education (regularly $67) FREE with registration!

Webinar Description:
Being an outdoor educator is not always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and the stories that emerge from these experiences are some of the most valuable teaching tools we have. Join six of AEE’s most experienced outdoor leaders as they share their true stories of life, loss, success, and failure in the field.

This webinar series consisted of three 1-hour webinars. During each session, we heard selected stories from our panel of experts and then spent some time distilling the lessons learned from each. Stories touched on core concepts of adventure leadership including ethics, risk management, organization and planning, leadership, judgement, and decision-making. Come learn from the best, so we don’t have to make the same mistakes they did.

Our Storytellers:

  • Mike Gass: Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center at UNH
  • Sky Gray: Program Manager, Valley of the Moon Children's Center
  • Pam McPhee: Executive Director of The Browne Center and Clinical Faculty at UNH
  • Denise Mitten: Chair of the Masters in Adventure Education at Prescott College
  • Jed Williamson: President Emeritus, Sterling College; co-author of AEE’s Manual of Accreditation Standards.
  • Paul Wolf: Outdoor Leadership Program Coordinator, Southwestern Community College

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How Webinars Work for You 

  • Directly applicable topics and takeaways from industry-leading experts.

  • Reduced training time and costs – no travel expenses!

  • Cutting edge information on key experiential education issues.

  • Direct access through Q&A segments to answer your questions immediately.

  • Include your staff as well AT NO COST.

  • Webinars are recorded and available in the AEE Webinar Archive.