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The 19th annual Student Outdoor Educators Conference offers budding outdoor education and recreation enthusiasts the opportunity to share, teach, and learn in a professional context. The conference provides opportunity to develop skills through workshops and networking with other emerging professionals. Reaching out primarily to the Midwest region, SOEC draws students from a variety of backgrounds to share their experiences with the greater outdoor industry.

Join us March 23-25, 2018!

What does it cost?

Registration fees are all inclusive, covering lodging, meals, workshop attendance and networking opportunities.

Early Bird Registration: Ends February 29

  • Early Bird Registration (before March 1st, 2018): $80
  • Early Bird Registration for Northland Student with Existing Meal Plan: $50
  • Accepted Workshop Presenter Registration: $40

General Registration: Begins March 1

  • Regular Registration (March 1st through March 24th): $95
  • Regular Registration for Northland Student with Existing Meal Plan: $65
  • Accepted Workshop Presenter Registration: $40

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What can be expected?

The 2018 Student Outdoor Educators Conference will offer professional development workshops, designed and facilitated by students. Workshops will cover technical skills, history, and philosophy of the outdoor recreation and education industry, as well as educational programming best practices.

Students interested in creating and presenting a workshop can find out more information by contacting Clair Emmons, our workshop coordinator, at emmonc634@myemail.northland.edu.

The 2018 Student Outdoor Educators Conference features a keynote address by James Edward Mills who has served as a speaker for several events including the 2016 Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education conference. Mills is the author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. This book shares the story of the first all African-American summit of Mt. Denali while exploring the social and moral importance of engaging future generations in the outdoors.

Why come?

The Student Outdoor Educators Conference provides attendees with an opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded emerging professionals in the field of outdoor education and recreation. Spend a weekend sharing knowledge and experience with future colleagues while gaining valuable insight into our industry’s foundations and best practices. Hear a nationally renowned author and speaker, James Mills, our keynote speaker. Invest in your professional development with a formal conference experience at SOEC 2018.

SOEC will also be hosting the No Man’s Land Film Festival, an all-female adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect women in pursuit of the radical and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, a program consisting of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in Subarus teaching people how to protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

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  • Early Bird Registration ends on February 28. Prices will increase $15 on March 1.

    Registration fees are all inclusive, covering lodging, meals, workshop attendance, and networking opportunities. Northland student pricing uses student's existing meal plan.
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  • I agree that images and audio taken during conference activities through video and photos may be used and distributed for publication as deemed appropriate by Northland College without any limitation in space or time, and waives any rights of compensation or ownership thereto.
  • Assumption Of Risk, Release Of Liability, Agreement To Participate Release

  • The safety and well-being of each participant is of paramount importance to the faculty, staff, representatives, and volunteers of Northland College. We follow rigorous safety procedures and adhere to the concept of “challenge by choice” to create a safe learning environment for all participants. However, all risk cannot be totally eliminated. The following is a requirement of insurance and an important reminder to you as a parent (s), guardian(s) and participant to be sure that you and your child are aware of the inherent hazards of participation in physical activities.
    1. The participant will attend to and follow the directions of the activity facilitator(s)/staff.
    2. The participant will bring any physical or emotional safety concerns immediately to the attention of the activity facilitator(s)/staff.
    3. The participant will avoid behavior that could be harmful to self, others, or property.
    4. The participant will refrain from engaging in course activities if he or she does not fully understand the activity instructions or the possible consequences of the risk involved in the activity. In addition, the participant will seek out clarification from the activity facilitator(s)/ staff before continuing with the activity.
  • Participating in a Northland College activity may require the student be outdoors most of the time or engaged in adventure activities. Consequently, the participating student might be exposed to certain objective risks due to unpredictable weather conditions and natural or human hazards. The following is a representative listing of the potential hazards and potential resulting injuries inherent to this activity. This is not intended to be a complete listing as other hazards and injuries are certainly a possibility:
    • Physical limitation due to environmental hazards that can cause hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite, immersion foot, and severe sunburn.
    • Head, neck, and spinal injuries which may result in complete or partial paralysis and/or brain damage due to fall from a height, moving water, moving snow (i.e., avalanche) or other forces.
    • Injury caused by falls or encounters with trauma producing objects found in camp, nature, in and around vehicles, on campus or elsewhere even while engaged in seemingly mundane, non-threatening activities.
    • Brain injury /disability due to near drowning or drowning.
    • Injury caused by burns resulting from being struck by lightning or contact with flames from a camping stove, camp or forest fire.
    • Injury or physical impairment caused by an accident while being transported by personal vehicle, college or rental vehicle, or commercial carrier of any type or while loading/unloading the vehicle or trailer/boat trailer.
    • Illness due to injection of venom, rabies virus, lyme disease or other diseases that can cause life threatening illness and/or anaphylactic or other allergic reactions by virtue of being bitten by insects or animals or exposure to plants.
    • Injury due to hunting related accidents particularly since some of our field activities occur, of necessity, during various hunting seasons.
    • Illness due to systemic infection caused by cuts, lacerations, punctures, avulsion, amputation, fractures, internal bleeding, and other soft tissue or related musculoskeletal injuries.
    • Illness due to unanticipated exacerbation of underlying medical conditions such as but not limited to diabetes or epilepsy.
    • Injury to any bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other components of the musculoskeletal system due to overuse injuries or traumatic accidents.
    • Illness due to exposure to communicable diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, cold/flu virus, etc; or non-communicable diseases such as giardia.
    • Injury or infection of eyes, ears, and other vulnerable tissues.
    • Illness or injury resulting from being lost and separated from the group.
    • Injuries may also result from conditions and situations that cannot reasonably be anticipated, planned for, or prevented which are referred to as "Acts of God."
    The participant must understand that any injuries and/or illnesses sustained during this activity may be serious and/or perhaps permanent. The participant must also understand that any of the hazards mentioned above can ultimately lead to death. To minimize this risk, the instructor needs to be aware of any existing physical, mental, or emotional conditions the student may have that could in any negative way affect, or be affected by, participation in the activity.

    By signing this form, you are stating that the participant has either informed the instructor, in writing below, of any existing physical, mental, or emotional conditions that could negatively affect or be affected by participation, or have none to report. It also signifies that the participant is: 1) aware of and understand the rules of conduct and potential hazards inherent to this activity, 2) aware that minors choose to voluntarily participate, and 3) his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) are allowing the minor’s participation in the activity with full consent and awareness.
  • Refund Policy

  • Refunds will be processed and issued in the form of a check from Northland College after the conference is over.

    • Cancellations made prior to March 1 will result in a 100% refund.
    • Cancellations after March 1 receive a 50% refund
    • No refunds after March 23.
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