WROLC | The Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference

UCSB Adventure Programs
is honored to host the
2017 Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference! 
"Cultivating the Future"

MLK Weekend | Friday-Sunday | January 13-15, 2017

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, email Adventure@recreation.ucsb.edu.

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Warren Brush | Keynote | Saturday 8:45 am Rob Gym

Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World

“Cultivating a Resilient Future”


We are living in an unprecedented time in human history where global extremes are happening climactically, culturally, and socially.  Adventure programs are naturally positioned to prepare people of all ages for these changes.  Meaningful leadership brings people to the edge of what they know about themselves and the environment and then adeptly guides them to self-discovery and a worldview that fosters life and resilience in us and the land.  Join Warren Brush for a storytelling journey as he weaves together anecdotes from around the world and here at home that inspire a rooted understanding of leadership that innovates with nature and natural processes.

Warren Brush
Warren Brush is a global resilience design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller. He has worked for over 25 years in youth development, leadership training, nature programming and regenerative systems design for communities, private and public organizations, households, small holder farms, and conservation properties worldwide.  He is co-founder of Wilderness Youth Project, Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Casitas Valley Farm and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.  He is also an advising founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya.  He is a part of the USAID’s TOPS (Technical, Operations, and Performance Support) program where he trains technical field staff, for their African Food for Peace programs, in a Resilience Design Framework.   He works extensively in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia.

Cuyama Mama and the Hot Flashes | Saturday Night Barn Dance

Cuyama Mama and the Hot Flashes will entertain us barn dance style. Their Hard Folk/Country-Rock style is reported as “The most rockin', foot stompin', suspender flauntin' musical act in the Cuyama Valley!” As the evening progresses, you may wish to join in with more than just a hand clap as we evolve into the WROLC 17 Jam Session. Check ‘em out: https://www.facebook.com/cuyamamama/

A Little WROLC Background

WROLC is an annual collaboration of university outdoor programs in the west that began in 1991. The conference is regularly attended by university outdoor programs from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and beyond.

WROLC was created on the principles of providing an inexpensive, professional level conference where students can develop beneficial skills and relationships for current and future careers in experiential education or the outdoor industry. Over the years, it has also become a place where outdoor professionals and student recreationalists can network and share some of the latest and greatest tricks of the trade.

Outdoor leadership has become increasingly important and popular for both education and tourism. Students considering a career in the field, outdoor professionals, and people who simply recreate in the outdoors will find the knowledge/skills gained and discussions both useful and fascinating. Come join in on this very affordable conference and see why we all love our jobs so much!