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D.I.R.E. Leadership Program

Propelling opportunities for under-tapped communities in outdoor leadership and guiding.

We believe...

the outdoors are for all and careers within outdoor leadership and education should be reflective of that.

We know...

more can be done to drive diversity of representation and inclusion efforts within outdoor education.

We solve...

this issue by offering wilderness medicine programs to aspiring outdoor leaders. We certify recipients in Wilderness First Responder, the industry standard for leading extended trips outdoors.

In addition to WFR certifications, we incorporate outdoor leadership and risk management training, one-on one resume and cover letter writing, career placement assistance, and continued mentoring long after the program ends.

We incorporate environmental stewardship.

We appreciate that by instructing courses in wilderness settings, we too, leave an impact on the places we cherish. We know we have a duty to balance our ability to provide authentic outdoor classroom experiences while taking care of the lands we work on. An important part of our program is incorporating a land restoration project. This is organized for the last day and directly correlates with the land we used. We wrap up our courses not only feeling empowered by the skills we learned but also knowing we are acting as stewards of our lands and are leaving them even more pristine than we found them. These trail restoration days are hosted by our friends at the Access Fund. These events are publicly advertised, and we invite members of the community to come celebrate our newly certified Wilderness First Responders.


recipients are individuals that exemplify our core values of:

Courage ❖ Empathy ❖ Stewardship ❖ Leadership ❖ Passion ❖ Growth

How it works:


Both the application and questionnaire have been uploaded as .pdf format for ease of viewability. If you would prefer the .doc version for filling in your answers, send an email to and we will send it right over.

We shall never achieve harmony with the land, anymore than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.
— Aldo Leopold