Second Annual Virginia Adventure Education Conference

Novemeber 6, 2015

A one-day experience for students and professionals involved in adventure-based education/recreation to gather.

Conference Flyer
Registration Deadline: October 30, 2015

  • Student Led Workshops
  • Practitioner Led Workshops
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Network Sessions
  • Equipment Raffle
  • Job Recruitment

    Keynote: Dr. Rena Koesler
    Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education at Longwood University

    Dr. Koesler 's is Currently, Chair of the Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology Dept. Her education background includes a B.S. from Western Illinois University, M.S. from Texas A&M and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She is a former WEA and NOLS Instructor and has lead many study abroad trips all over, including Kenya, Tanzania, Patagonia, Nepal, Ireland.

    Playnote:Charlie Biesecker
    Charlie Biesecker joined Roanoke County Parks and Recreation in March of 2008 and is currently the Outdoor Program Supervisor at Camp Roanoke. He received his B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from Radford University with a concentration in outdoor recreation. He has a background in community outdoor programming, wilderness leadership, and is a certified ACCT Challenge Course Manager.

    Session I: Session II:

    "Get the Job" - How to Make Yourself Hirable in the Recreation Industry

    Justin Padgett


    Adam Korman
    Tyler McReynolds

    Challenge Course Operators/Managers Round Table Discussions

    Sasha Griffith

    "You don't rent sleeping bags?!" : Exploring the effects of the Virginia Bedding & Upholstery Law on outdoor equipment rental programs

    Lucia Anderson
    Paul Wells


    Ronald Lee Gore


    Ronald Lee Gore

    Improvising Backpacking Gear

    Alex Butterfield
    Adam Ranney

    Adventure and Adaptive Programming: A look at inclusive and adaptive offerings for participants with disabilities

    Sasha Griffith
    Liz Schaefermeier

    Action Based Leadership (and actions based whitewater canoeing)

    Gus Hemmer

    IMPROVe Your Creative Process!

    Emily Grandfield
    Eli Spangler

    Conference fee includes lunch and 1 raffle ticket.
    Students - $25
    Professionals - $35
    Vendors - $75

    Students - $35
    Professionals - $45

    Tenative Schedule
    8:00-9:00 Registration & Vendors Open
    9:00-10:00 Playnote
    10:00-11:00 Keynote with Dr. Rena Koesler
    11:00-12:00 Workshops
    12:00-1:00 Lunch
    1:00-1:30 Networking & Vendors Open
    1:30-2:30 Workshops
    2:30-3:30 Outdoor Olympics
    3:30-4:00 Closing Remarks

    Conference Information
  • Holiday Lake is in the middle of the beautiful 19,000- acre Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, cell phone service is limited.
  • Wi-Fi provided in main camp area.
  • Be prepared to be outdoors.
  • Outdoor Olympics - A fun competition designed for students to practice basic outdoor skills such as: knot tying, rope coiling, throw bag throwing, food bag hanging and fire building.
  • Call For Proposals - If you are interested in presenting a workshop contact Anja Whittington at
  • For more information contact Mark Wagstaff at 540-831-7724 or

    Conference Organizers
  • Radford University RCPT Department: Mark Wagstaff & Anja Whittington
  • Hollins University Outdoor Program: Jon Guy Owens
  • VT Venture Out Program: David Goodman
  • Blacksburg Parks and Recreation: Travis Coad
  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center Heather Benninghove

  • Holiday Lake 4-H Educational & Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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