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Outings Leadership & Training

About Us

Chair Training Facilitators by Jeffrey DubinskyThe Outdoor Activities Training Program (OATP) consists of volunteer training developers, facilitators, and several Sierra Club staff. We work with all three Outing programs (Group and Chapter Outings, Inner City Outings, and National Outings) to offer training events to build both interpersonal leadership, managerial and technical skills in order to connect people with the natural world and with the Club by maintaining and enhancing diversified, superior, volunteer-run outdoor activities that support the Club's conservation mission.

Our Mission
The OATP tagline is Safe, Happy and Inspired -- all three of these components combine to make a whole, quality outdoor experience for you and your trip participants. All trip participants should return "Safe, Happy, and Inspired." This happens when the leader infuses the following components to their outing:

  • Safe - Each outing's primary goal is to eliminate or reduce the potential for injury or incidents.
  • Happy - To create a welcoming environment for participants to fully enjoy their experience.
  • Inspired - Every participant should come away from their outing with a greater understanding of the Club's conservation issues, and better yet, be inspired to take action.

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