Guide to Managing Risks in Wilderness Education

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Wilderness education programs carry many of the same risks as any program: harassment, sexual misconduct, disability accommodation. Because of their nature, these programs also pose unique risks that can vary from the unexpected illness of a leader during a trip, a transportation breakdown en route to a trail head, or a flood that threatens a campsite. This extensive guide covers the basics of risk management as well as risks unique to wilderness education and ways to mitigate them. A few of the resources included in this manual are:

  • Guidance on choosing effective and responsible wilderness education leaders
  • Strategies for developing emergency and medical protocols, including effective emergency communication and crisis management
  • Tips on selecting and hiring appropriate staff
  • Identification of and ways to mitigate transportation risk 

For more detail and numerous additional resources, such as a printable incident report form and an evaluation guide, read the Guide to Managing Risks in Wilderness Education.

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