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  • Jeff Baierlein

Viristar and AORE Partner to Provide Risk Management Training to AORE Members

Viristar is pleased to partner with the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) to bring Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training courses to AORE members at an attractive 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

Jeanne Stawski, Executive Director of AORE, says, “We’re very pleased to make these training opportunities available AORE members. The AORE community values safety in outdoor recreation and 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 AORE members at a special discounted rate:

"A concise yet profound course...bound to provide something for staff at all levels of an organisation, providing a basis for safer, and therefore a higher quality of, outdoor programs."

Ross McHenry,

Program Coordinator,

The Hutong, Beijing China

"A great course! Interesting and helpful course content."

Dr. Thomas Exner,

Adventure Guide Certificate Coordinator,

Keilir, Reykjanesbaer Iceland/Thompson Rivers University

"Great course full of useful information. Very practical view on how to develop and manage risk in the outdoor industry."

Dr. Christian Bisson,

Professor of Adventure Education & Adventure Education Program Coordinator,

Plymouth State University, New Hampshire USA

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

AORE was instrumental in the development of Viristar’s online course offering. The training, which had been offered on an in-person basis around the world for a number of years, transitioned to an online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Viristar worked closely with AORE’s talented education, event management and technology staff during the early days of the coronavirus lockdowns to design and implement a virtual training for AORE’s 2020 conference. Viristar is pleased to continue to tradition of collaboration with AORE to provide best-in-class trainings to the AORE community.

About AORE: The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, founded in 1993, is the premier organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals in non-profit settings. Through providing a wide variety of networking, professional development, career advancement, and advocacy opportunities and activities, AORE fosters a vibrant community where everyone can connect to the outdoors. With over 700 members across the USA and beyond, AORE empowers leaders to connect people to the outdoors through recreation and education experiences.

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


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