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  • Jeff Baierlein

Viristar and AEOE Partnership To Provide Outdoor Safety Resources for AEOE Community

Viristar is pleased to partner with the Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (AEOE) to bring Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training courses to AEOE members at a special discount.

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs certificated training is a 40-hour online course that occurs over four weeks. The rigorous and intensive class is offered each month, and features five live video-conference sessions (generally 90 minutes each), and independent work periods with individual study and small group projects in between.

Course topics include:

  • Outdoor Safety Standards

  • Liability and the Law

  • Safety Culture

  • Human Factors in Incident Causation

  • Subcontractors

  • Incident Reporting

  • Systems Thinking

  • Incident Management

  • Media Relations

  • Documentation

  • COVID-19

  • Risk Management Plans

  • And much more

Estrella Risinger, Executive Director of AEOE, says, “We’re very pleased to make these training opportunities available AEOE members. The AEOE community values safety in environmental and outdoor education, and these courses will further support our members in providing high-quality programs with excellence in risk management.”

Participants have this to say about the course, which is now available to AEOE members at 10 percent off the regular rate:

“This course has changed how I think about risk management with respect to outdoor activities. I really enjoyed the material, and feel confident in using the suggested tools for risk management.”

Kate Le Souef,

Manager, Discover Parks

BC Parks Foundation

“This course was very eye opening...I learned a lot while having a good time and hearing about worldwide perspectives and approaches to risk management! This course is a MUST!”

Jennifer Blackaller Ruiz,

Manager – St. Lawrence, Ocean Bridge,

Ocean Wise Conservation Association

“The Viristar Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training has greatly expanded my understanding of the risk management field!”

Tim Craig,

Safety Administrator,

Student Conservation Association

AEOE members wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an outdoor risk management training at a discount can learn more at

AEOE and Viristar have a history of connection. As far back as 2003 and 2004, Viristar’s Director, Jeff Baierlein, presented at AEOE state-wide conferences on environmental education and adventure education topics. These presentations were well-received by the AEOE community, and brought about requests for consulting and training services from environmental and outdoor education providers in California and beyond, helping lead to the formation of Viristar as a provider of professional development and consulting services.

About AEOE: The California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, founded in 1954, works to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California. AEOE offers an Environmental Educator Certification Program, extensive teaching resources, and a wide variety of networking and professional development opportunities, including state-wide and regional conferences. An affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education, AEOE has 380 members, including over 50 organizational members throughout California. The organization envisions a world where every young person lives in a healthy community with access to meaningful learning experiences outdoors.

AEOE members should click here for more information or to enroll.


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