learn, collaborate, connect!
Centred Outdoors is committed to lowering barriers to exploring and enjoying the outdoors and becoming leaders in outdoor recreation and environmental and organizations, especially for diverse individuals and historically marginalized communities. Diversity of representation in the outdoors is vital, as it drives our perception of reality – who we expect to see outdoors and what they are capable of achieving. It allows individuals to feel comfortable and welcomed in the spaces they are interested in joining, and have an easier path into cultivating a sense of belonging.
Centred Outdoors seeks to diversify its team and the larger audience that participates in its programming. Accessible and inclusive outings increase racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity in the outdoors. This increased diversity improves community health, fosters a better appreciation of one another, and broadens our understanding of the importance of inclusive conservation efforts. Additionally, a broad diversity of representation in our outdoor community creates vital pathways for individuals to see themselves in these changemaker roles as educators, conservationists, voters, and stewards. A diverse ecosystem is a thriving one!
more info & how to join the
outdoor leadership cohort
training & certifications you'll receive
Learn to guide outdoor outings, including Centred Outdoors hikes
Build your skills as a naturalist and learn about the fundamentals of interpretive education
Become certified with Leave No Trace, Wilderness First Aid, and receive funding for conferences and workshops
Guidance and mentorship support peers and staff
Connect with local, statewide and national networks
program elements and timeline
May 2023: Welcome Orientation
June 2023: Attend discussion-based conversation with a trained facilitator
June-August 2023: Attend 2 interpretation and education trainings with Centred Outdoors team
May-September 2023: Attend one Leave No Trace Virtual Trainer course
July or September 2023: Option to attend Certified Interpretive Guide certification course
August 2023: Attend Wilderness First Aid Certification course
November 2023: Option to attend National Association for Interpretation conference
Fall 2023: Debrief/Reflection Session
cost, eligibility,and how to apply
No cost: There is no cost to join the outdoor leadership cohort. All fees, certifications, workshops, conferences, etc. are covered fully by Centred Outdoors.
Eligibility: Individuals with a desire to pursue their interests in the field of environmental education and interpretation are encouraged to apply. Individuals who identify as a person of color, a member of a historically marginalized community, and/or as having a diverse cultural or social background or perspective are encouraged to apply.
Apply: Please fill out our online application. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2023.
contact us for more info!
If you'd like to learn more about the outdoor leadership cohort or have any questions about this program:
or call 814-237-0400
and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible!
Thank you for your interest!