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June 10, 2020

After much deliberation, we’ve made the decision to take the 2020 WRMC online, and are shifting the dates to the week of October 19th. Mark your calendars!

The WRMC is an important annual connection point for our community, and some of those connection opportunities will undoubtedly be lost in the absence of shared physical space this year. 

That said, as we turn our attention to a digital event, we are truly excited about the possibilities of what might be gained. Here are just a few of the things energizing us about this opportunity:

  • Reduced expenses mean lower registration fees, which (we hope) will make participation more accessible. Likewise, a digital event eliminates travel expenses.
  • Although the overall volume of content will be smaller than in recent years, there will be few, if any, concurrent sessions and many will be recorded. So, attendees will actually have access to more educational content.
  • Being forced to explore online learning opportunities this year will inevitably pave the way for new thinking about our online presence in future years.  
  • We are able to shift event dates to eliminate the scheduling conflict with this year’s Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) conference. 

We’re currently re-reviewing workshop proposals and redesigning the educational agenda and other conference events for the digital platform. We’ll have more news about event structure and content in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are a few specific things we’re working on.

  • Affinity space pre-conference gatherings for BIPOC and others traditionally underrepresented at the WRMC and/or in the outdoors. 
  • Highlighting educational resources that address how racism and injustice have shaped the outdoor industry and how JEDI work supports and amplifies risk management competence.
  • Suggestions and expectations for speakers regarding how to foster equitable, inclusive learning spaces in their WRMC workshops.
  • And, of course, COVID-related educational content.

We plan to open registration in early July, and will share updated registration fees and the conference schedule at that time. We look forward to engaging with you in new and creative ways this year, and supporting our community in this unprecedented time.

With gratitude and excitement,
WRMC Steering Committee and Staff

       Have other ideas for 2020? We’d love to hear them.      

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