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Sunday, October 3
 

12:00pm EDT

Registration Desk Open
Sunday October 3, 2021 12:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Conference Center Lobby

5:00pm EDT

Guest/Partner Welcome
A chance for spouses/partners to convene, get to know one another and hear some good advice from past attendees.

Speakers

Sunday October 3, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Foeger

5:00pm EDT

Newcomers Reception
Welcome all newcomers! Join OWAA Executive Director Chez Chesak (who's also a first time OWAA conference attendee) as he leads the group in brief introductions, talks you through the event, and helps provide guidance to ensure your conference success!

Speakers
CC

Chez Chesak

Executive Director, OWAA
‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning adventure travel writer, 20+ year veteran of the outdoor industry, Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and board member of the Society of American Travel Writers. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, ... Read More →


Sunday October 3, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Haynes

8:00pm EDT

President's Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by OWAA
OWAA is happy to host everyone tonight. Come to the suite of OWAA President Christine Peterson where she (and immediate past president Pay Wray) will have snacks, beverages and a whole bunch of good networking!

Speakers
CC

Chez Chesak

Executive Director, OWAA
‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning adventure travel writer, 20+ year veteran of the outdoor industry, Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and board member of the Society of American Travel Writers. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, ... Read More →


Sunday October 3, 2021 8:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Alice's Patio
 
Monday, October 4
 

7:00am EDT

Registration Desk Open
Looking for the Auction? It is online once again this year and can be accessed here: https://owaa.afrogs.org/ Bidding closes Wednesday night!

Monday October 4, 2021 7:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Conference Center Lobby

8:00am EDT

8:45am EDT

Keynote: Can Communications Catalyze a Sustainable Future for People and Nature?
While there is increasing awareness of the multiple crises facing our planet and its rich biological heritage, public opinion and popular communication are often impeded by misperceptions. This presentation will explore the origins and functions of contemporary natural systems, the relationships between people and nature through time, and the resulting societal and ecological implications. We’ll look at the elements needed for a sustainable future with vibrant human societies and thriving natural systems — and the critical role of outdoor communicators in achieving this.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Doug Ladd

Doug Ladd

The Nature Conservancy
For more than 40 years, Doug Ladd has worked to implement effective conservation, focusing on prairie and woodland landscapes, fire management, fire ecology, conservation planning, natural area assessment, and ecological management, restoration, and research. After 33 years with The... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 8:45am - 9:30am EDT
Wedding Tent

10:00am EDT

Working With Destinations So Everyone Wins
Representatives from outdoor destinations talk about their needs when it comes to photography and writing, both for their own marketing efforts and when working with freelancers. They’ll talk about how they build relationships with outdoor storytellers, what their photo/video/text needs generally are, and how OWAA members can develop those relationships. Destinations will cover the outdoor narrative but also travel pieces, and attendees can learn how to further leverage this angle to land additional new placements.

Moderators
CC

Chez Chesak

Executive Director, OWAA
‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning adventure travel writer, 20+ year veteran of the outdoor industry, Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and board member of the Society of American Travel Writers. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, ... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kay Maghan

Kay Maghan

Public Relations Manager, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
With 20 years’ experience representing destinations and resorts in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, Kay Maghan is a seasoned travel and tourism public relations professional who is active in several travel and public relations organizations. She currently serves as co-chair of the... Read More →
avatar for Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs

Steller.co founder
Richard Bangs is co-founder and Chief Adventure Officer of www.Steller.co. Richard has been a pioneer in travel, digital media, e-commerce, and other frontiers. In the early 90s Richard produced the first internet travel site (www.mtsobek.com), the first travel CD ROM (The Adventure... Read More →
avatar for Carolann Ouellette

Carolann Ouellette

State of Maine
In 2018 Carolann became the Director of the newly created Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation at the Department of Economic & Community Development. She had previously served as Director of the Maine Office of Tourism. Under her leadership, Maine benefited from multiple years of consistent... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Foeger

10:00am EDT

11:00am EDT

Cancelled! Guest/Partner Lake Memphremagog Cruise
Meet in the Hotel Jay Lobby!

We will drive via shuttle to Newport for a two hour mid-day cruise on Lake Memphremagog with a wine and cheese tasting aboard the Northern Star. The narrated trip will discuss what is being seen and the rich history of the lake going back to pre-Revolutionary days, up through prohibition when it was a major smuggling route and up to the present. The cruise will be followed by a stop at the Eden Cider Tasting Bar, then on the way back to Jay Peak a stop at Brian and Jenn Cook’s Kingdom Brewing. Their motto is “It’s a mile from Canada but a million miles from normal.”

Speakers

Monday October 4, 2021 11:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Offsite

12:00pm EDT

Lunch - Sponsored by Orvis
Monday October 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Wedding Tent

12:30pm EDT

Keynote: Fly Fishing - the past, the future, the new, the old, and everything in between
Join one of the "Awkward and Clueless" show founders, Awkward Angler and social justice champion Erica Nelson, as she talks about the fly fishing industry, diversity, being a newbie, feeling clueless (even if you may feel experienced), and where the sport is headed.

Speakers
EN

Erica Nelson

Host of the Awkward Angler Podcast, Guide, and Co-founder & Consultant of REAL Consulting
Erica Nelson is the host of the Awkward Angler Podcast and co-founder & consultant of REAL (Reconcile, Evolve, Advance, Lead) Consulting based in ancestral lands of the Ute tribe currently known as Crested Butte, Colorado. She is the first woman of color and Indigenous fly fishing... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:00pm EDT
Wedding Tent

1:30pm EDT

Cancelled Monday! - Create Your Best Wildlife Photo Opps
Join Ruth Hoyt as she shares ethical practices for creating wildlife photo opportunities. Her workshop starts with a brief introduction and review of camera gear you can use for wildlife photography. Ruth specializes in building outdoor photo studio setups for attracting and photographing wild birds and small mammals in natural settings. She will help participants with hands-on techniques for spontaneous wildlife photography on the trail.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Hoyt

Ruth Hoyt

I am a professional wildlife photographer from Deep South Texas specializing in birds. I am an instructor/workshop leader/coach for individuals and groups. I sell my photography to collectors and writing for publication through direct inquiries. (I don't market myself.)


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Haynes Patio

1:30pm EDT

Cancelled on Monday!! - Beyond the Memoir: Writing Personal, Creative Nonfiction (and Getting It Published)
Tony's was delayed in his travel to OWAA, so he will not be able to do his workshop Monday.

Write what you know, they say. But it turns out that's harder than it looks, especially when the genre of memoir may have already passed its peak of popularity. However, memoir is only one of the ways to embed your own story in what you write. In this class, we will explore memoir, but we'll also look at first-person narrative in outdoors journalism, essays, and even "auto-fiction" as methods to tell your story in writing. The goal of the class will be to discern how best to tell your story—in what genre, style, and voice.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Jones

Tony Jones

Freelance Writer and Host of the Reverend Hunter Podcast
Tony Jones is a freelance author of a dozen books and scores of articles. Holding a PhD in theology, Tony has worked as a pastor and publisher, he has developed an iPhone app and a potential television series. He's seen the publishing industry from both sides -- as an author and an... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Foeger 1

1:30pm EDT

Improve your on-screen presence
Learn concrete steps to boost your on-screen presense whether for short videos, long documentaries or even Zoom calls. Join Wayne Hubbard, the Co-Founder, Host and Producer of Multi-Award Winning Syndicated TV Show, Urban American Outdoors, as he walks you through tips and tricks for being comfortable in front of the camera including the chance to record interviews and watch yourself. Special thanks to Toyota for making this workshop possible.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Hubbard

Wayne Hubbard

Urban American Outdoors (UAOTV)
Wayne Hubbard is a lifelong professional outdoorsman and a founding partner of Urban American Outdoors (UAOTV), a digital media production company. Urban American Outdoors is the nation’s leader in creating custom conservation outreach packages. Their unique works have earned UAOTV... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Wedding Tent

1:30pm EDT

Launch and grow your podcast in 5 simple steps
Simple steps to identify your ideal listener, sort out the equipment, how to record and edit, publish and make your podcast irresistible so your followers say YES, I WANT TO LISTEN TO THAT!! Expect a hands-on class with plenty of opportunity to interview, record, edit and practice.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Saez

Rick Saez

The Outdoor Biz Podcast
Well connected, Authentic Outdoor Industry Sage, Evangelist, & Business Development Consultant committed to helping as many people as possible learn about, enjoy, and energize the Outdoor Industry.


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Foeger 2/3

1:30pm EDT

Narrative Nonfiction: Nature, Ecology, the Outdoors
This workshop will focus on creative narrative non-fiction that is both personal and informed, specifically with a focus on ecology, nature writing, or outdoor writing--or some combination of the above. We will look together at some examples of excellent essays that have a personal narrative voice and yet successfully interweave elements of science, history, interviews, or observation of nature, and then take some time to practice that craft in a workshop setting. Participants will learn what makes such an essay excellent, how to approach writing a work of narrative non-fiction, and some very helpful elements of the writing craft that can be used to polish and refine our essay writing.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson

Middlebury College
Matthew Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury College (Vermont) where he has taught several narrative non-fiction essay-writing classes for the Writing Program and is affiliated with the Environmental Studies program as well as the Department of Computer Science. He is also a freelance... Read More →



Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Alice's Patio

1:30pm EDT

Photographing Fall Foliage
The 2021 OWAA conference will take place as the fall foliage is reaching its peak in northern Vermont. What an opportunity! This workshop will teach you how to capture this colorful phenomenon, including scenics and close-ups of maples and other leaves. It will cover composition, lighting, lens choice for DSLR users, what's possible with point-and-shoots and phone cameras, and other aspects of fall foliage photography based on the photo equipment that an attendee has. Lisa has shot and sold fall foliage images for over 25 years and has won many awards in this genre. It's one of her specialties, having lived in New England for most of her life. The class will be roughly 1/3 how-to + 1/3 field work + 1/3 photo critique.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Ballard

Lisa Ballard

Freelance Writer/Photographers
Lisa began her media career in 1991, in television, producing and hosting sports and outdoor programming, but soon added writing and photography to the mix. Thirty years later, her stock photo library contains thousands of photographs from all over the world. Her award-winning images... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Haynes

1:30pm EDT

Photography Workshop with the Simpsons
If you have ever said “I have a nice camera, but I don’t know how to use it, or I would like to know more about all the features and how to use them” join Ann and Rob Simpson for a personalized, small group photography session. Their teaching style has been described as relaxed, patient, and stress free and in just a few hours you can gain confidence with your camera and learn how to take “wow” photos. From point-and-shoot users who would like to know more about how their camera works to those with more advanced cameras who would like to improve their techniques, all levels of photographers are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Simpson

Ann Simpson

Lord Fairfax Community College
Ann and Rob Simpson are both award-winning biology professors at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. Their easy-going teaching style has been described as relaxed and creative. Their background in teaching methods combined with photography skills has enabled thousands... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Foeger 1

1:30pm EDT

Scene vs. Exposition: How to Create Compelling Moments Within Your Prose
When writing narrative nonfiction or fiction, what moments should the writer include as full-blown scenes, complete with action, atmosphere, dialogue -- moments that shift the story's characters or plot? What material, while necessary, should be delivered as exposition, or background information? How does one blend and marry scene and exposition on the page? In this workshop, we will examine models and craft our own pieces, exploring elements of scene-building and discussing the merits of the right kind of exposition.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Schwipps

Greg Schwipps

DePauw University
Greg Schwipps was born and raised on a working farm in Milan, Indiana. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, before attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for his MFA in creative writing.His essays and short fiction can be found in the collections... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Haynes Patio

1:30pm EDT

The Hidden Languages of Place:
How do we embed ourselves in the hidden languages of a new place? What are the various and sometimes competing ways that diverse cultures have labeled and described natural spaces? And how can learning about place names, local phrases and historical travelogues inform one's descriptive storytelling? This workshop will introduce participants to the fields of place-based storytelling and linguistic ethnoecology. We will explore visual, oral, and written traditions ranging from ancient rock art to modern topographic maps. Participants will learn and practice moving fluidly through the natural and cultural histories of diverse lands while establishing a stronger sense of voice. This workshop aims to uncover hidden biases and assumptions of reality and expand awareness about the various ways diverse humans have expressed their interactions with the natural world.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Beebe

Laura Beebe

Laura Beebe is an Environmental Humanities faculty member and field studies instructor for Sterling College. Her academic interests include cultural ecology, circumpolar studies, nature-based arts, and oral histories. While at Sterling, Laura has designed and led 14-80 day wilderness... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Foundry Patio

1:30pm EDT

Writing Wild: Applying techniques from fiction writing to compel readers and craft meaning
This class, which includes a period of outdoor exploration, prompts writers to generate compelling narrative nonfiction or fiction rooted in place. Participants will leave with an understanding of several successful approaches to nature writing, the beginning of a draft, and a roadmap for developing a work in progress.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Dean

Tamara Dean

Independent writer
Tamara Dean is an author of nonfiction and fiction whose work has appeared in The American Scholar, Creative Nonfiction, Orion, The Progressive, The Southern Review, and several other publications. She's the author of a book about sustainable living, The Human-Powered Home. Her work... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Haynes Patio

5:00pm EDT

Membership Update
Let your voice be heard! We seek your feedback on all things OWAA, but particularly need your feedback on the Excellence in Craft contest program as we seek to improve it. We'll also hear the latest from the Diversity Committee. (Note too that the official membership meeting was virtual in June so that all members could join us.)

Speakers
CC

Chez Chesak

Executive Director, OWAA
‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning adventure travel writer, 20+ year veteran of the outdoor industry, Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and board member of the Society of American Travel Writers. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, ... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Haynes

6:30pm EDT

Welcome Dinner
Cash bar available.

Monday October 4, 2021 6:30pm - 8:15pm EDT
Wedding Tent

7:15pm EDT

Speaker: VT Commissioner of Fish & Wildlife Louis Porter
Moderators
Speakers
LP

Louis Porter

VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


Monday October 4, 2021 7:15pm - 7:30pm EDT
Wedding Tent

7:30pm EDT

Storytelling
Back by popular demand after debuting at the OWAA virtual conference in 2020, we will have TWO evenings of storytelling by OWAA members. Grab a drink, kick back, and enjoy listening to stories from those who tell them best. The theme for the stories is ‘The Hard Choice’ (when someone had to make a tough choice and did the ‘right’ thing, even though it was going to cost more money, time, effort, etc.)

Moderators
CC

Chez Chesak

Executive Director, OWAA
‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning adventure travel writer, 20+ year veteran of the outdoor industry, Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and board member of the Society of American Travel Writers. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, ... Read More →

Monday October 4, 2021 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Wedding Tent

8:30pm EDT

Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and Trout Unlimited
Various

Moderators
KM

Katie McKalip

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Monday October 4, 2021 8:30pm - 11:00pm EDT
Alice's Patio
 
Tuesday, October 5
 

6:30am EDT

Bird Walk with the Bird Diva
Open your day with an early morning walk with local birder Bridget Butler aka The Bird Diva. We'll look for migrating songbirds and enjoy the autumn air and views of northern Vermont and Quebec. Bridget will share tips on mountain top birding including seeing the beautiful and elusive Bicknell's Thrush that only breeds on the mountaintops of the northeast. Grab a hot cup of coffee and join Bridget for a morning outing. Binoculars will be provided to those that don't have their own.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Butler (she/her)

Bridget Butler (she/her)

Founder/Owner, Bird Diva Consulting
Bridget Butler, AKA The Bird Diva, has been working in conservation and environmental education for more than 20 years throughout New England. Her business Bird Diva Consulting has her traveling across the region delivering presentations, leading bird outings, and surveying birds... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 6:30am - 7:15am EDT
Conference Center Lobby

6:30am EDT

Roll 'N Run/Walk

Tuesday October 5, 2021 6:30am - 7:15am EDT
Conference Center Lobby

7:00am EDT

Registration Desk Open
Looking for the Auction? It is online once again this year and can be accessed here: https://owaa.afrogs.org/ Bidding closes Wednesday night!

Tuesday October 5, 2021 7:00am - 5:30pm EDT
Conference Center Lobby

8:00am EDT

Breakfast - Sponsored by Patagonia
Tuesday October 5, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Wedding Tent

8:30am EDT

Keynote: Lift as We Climb—A Black Woman’s Journey Growing in a Green World
Join Dr. Mamie Parker and Samantha Miller, a writer for the National Wildlife Federation, as they talk about what it means to be a Black woman in the outdoors, what barriers folks from marginalized communities face as they spend more time outside, and what we, as outdoor communicators, can do to help break those barriers.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mamie Parker

Mamie Parker

Former Regional Director Head of Fisheries at FWS
Dr. Mamie Parker is a professional fish and wildlife biologist and a conservation success coach. She is President of MA Parker and Associates and Principal Consultant at EcoLogix Group. Dr. Parker is the chairwoman of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the first Black woman... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

National Wildlife Federation
Samantha Miller is currently a Community Wildlife Content coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation and works to create resources and blogs that support community based conservation across North America.


Tuesday October 5, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Wedding Tent

9:30am EDT

Beyond the Memoir: Writing Personal, Creative Nonfiction (and Getting It Published)
Write what you know, they say. But it turns out that's harder than it looks, especially when the genre of memoir may have already passed its peak of popularity. However, memoir is only one of the ways to embed your own story in what you write. In this class, we will explore memoir, but we'll also look at first-person narrative in outdoors journalism, essays, and even "auto-fiction" as methods to tell your story in writing. The goal of the class will be to discern how best to tell your story—in what genre, style, and voice.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Jones

Tony Jones

Freelance Writer and Host of the Reverend Hunter Podcast
Tony Jones is a freelance author of a dozen books and scores of articles. Holding a PhD in theology, Tony has worked as a pastor and publisher, he has developed an iPhone app and a potential television series. He's seen the publishing industry from both sides -- as an author and an... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Foeger 1

9:30am EDT

Create Your Best Wildlife Photo Opps
Join Ruth Hoyt as she shares ethical practices for creating wildlife photo opportunities. Her workshop starts with a brief introduction and review of camera gear you can use for wildlife photography. Ruth specializes in building outdoor photo studio setups for attracting and photographing wild birds and small mammals in natural settings. She will help participants with hands-on techniques for spontaneous wildlife photography on the trail.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Hoyt

Ruth Hoyt

I am a professional wildlife photographer from Deep South Texas specializing in birds. I am an instructor/workshop leader/coach for individuals and groups. I sell my photography to collectors and writing for publication through direct inquiries. (I don't market myself.)


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Haynes Patio

9:30am EDT

Launch and grow your podcast in 5 simple steps
Simple steps to identify your ideal listener, sort out the equipment, how to record and edit, publish and make your podcast irresistible so your followers say YES, I WANT TO LISTEN TO THAT!! Expect a hands-on class with plenty of opportunity to interview, record, edit and practice.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Saez

Rick Saez

The Outdoor Biz Podcast
Well connected, Authentic Outdoor Industry Sage, Evangelist, & Business Development Consultant committed to helping as many people as possible learn about, enjoy, and energize the Outdoor Industry.


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Foeger 2/3

9:30am EDT

Narrative Nonfiction: Nature, Ecology, the Outdoors
This workshop will focus on creative narrative non-fiction that is both personal and informed, specifically with a focus on ecology, nature writing, or outdoor writing--or some combination of the above. We will look together at some examples of excellent essays that have a personal narrative voice and yet successfully interweave elements of science, history, interviews, or observation of nature, and then take some time to practice that craft in a workshop setting. Participants will learn what makes such an essay excellent, how to approach writing a work of narrative non-fiction, and some very helpful elements of the writing craft that can be used to polish and refine our essay writing.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson

Middlebury College
Matthew Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury College (Vermont) where he has taught several narrative non-fiction essay-writing classes for the Writing Program and is affiliated with the Environmental Studies program as well as the Department of Computer Science. He is also a freelance... Read More →



Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Alice's Patio

9:30am EDT

Photographing Fall Foliage
The 2021 OWAA conference will take place as the fall foliage is reaching its peak in northern Vermont. What an opportunity! This workshop will teach you how to capture this colorful phenomenon, including scenics and close-ups of maples and other leaves. It will cover composition, lighting, lens choice for DSLR users, what's possible with point-and-shoots and phone cameras, and other aspects of fall foliage photography based on the photo equipment that an attendee has. Lisa has shot and sold fall foliage images for over 25 years and has won many awards in this genre. It's one of her specialties, having lived in New England for most of her life. The class will be roughly 1/3 how-to + 1/3 field work + 1/3 photo critique.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Ballard

Lisa Ballard

Freelance Writer/Photographers
Lisa began her media career in 1991, in television, producing and hosting sports and outdoor programming, but soon added writing and photography to the mix. Thirty years later, her stock photo library contains thousands of photographs from all over the world. Her award-winning images... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Haynes

9:30am EDT

Photography Workshop with the Simpsons
If you have ever said “I have a nice camera, but I don’t know how to use it, or I would like to know more about all the features and how to use them” join Ann and Rob Simpson for a personalized, small group photography session. Their teaching style has been described as relaxed, patient, and stress free and in just a few hours you can gain confidence with your camera and learn how to take “wow” photos. From point-and-shoot users who would like to know more about how their camera works to those with more advanced cameras who would like to improve their techniques, all levels of photographers are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Simpson

Ann Simpson

Lord Fairfax Community College
Ann and Rob Simpson are both award-winning biology professors at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. Their easy-going teaching style has been described as relaxed and creative. Their background in teaching methods combined with photography skills has enabled thousands... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Wedding Tent

9:30am EDT

Scene vs. Exposition: How to Create Compelling Moments Within Your Prose
When writing narrative nonfiction or fiction, what moments should the writer include as full-blown scenes, complete with action, atmosphere, dialogue -- moments that shift the story's characters or plot? What material, while necessary, should be delivered as exposition, or background information? How does one blend and marry scene and exposition on the page? In this workshop, we will examine models and craft our own pieces, exploring elements of scene-building and discussing the merits of the right kind of exposition.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Schwipps

Greg Schwipps

DePauw University
Greg Schwipps was born and raised on a working farm in Milan, Indiana. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, before attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for his MFA in creative writing.His essays and short fiction can be found in the collections... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Pepin II

9:30am EDT

The Hidden Languages of Place:
How do we embed ourselves in the hidden languages of a new place? What are the various and sometimes competing ways that diverse cultures have labeled and described natural spaces? And how can learning about place names, local phrases and historical travelogues inform one's descriptive storytelling? This workshop will introduce participants to the fields of place-based storytelling and linguistic ethnoecology. We will explore visual, oral, and written traditions ranging from ancient rock art to modern topographic maps. Participants will learn and practice moving fluidly through the natural and cultural histories of diverse lands while establishing a stronger sense of voice. This workshop aims to uncover hidden biases and assumptions of reality and expand awareness about the various ways diverse humans have expressed their interactions with the natural world.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Beebe

Laura Beebe

Laura Beebe is an Environmental Humanities faculty member and field studies instructor for Sterling College. Her academic interests include cultural ecology, circumpolar studies, nature-based arts, and oral histories. While at Sterling, Laura has designed and led 14-80 day wilderness... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Foundry Patio

9:30am EDT

The Layer Cake Approach to Landscape Interpretation
Join Alicia Daniel, University of Vermont Field Naturalist, to explore the natural beauty of Northern Vermont as we walk through a blaze of fall foliage. We will “read” the layers of the landscape of Jay Peak and hear stories of its natural and cultural history, including geology, soils, hydrology, plants and animals. You will leave this workshop ready to see your own home in new ways.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Daniel

Alicia Daniel

Executive Director, Vermont Master Naturalist Program
Alicia teaches at the University of Vermont and for the Vermont Master Naturalist Program where she guides students in the art and science of solving forest mysteries. Alicia is also a Field Naturalist for Burlington’s Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department where she assists... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Miso Hungry

9:30am EDT

Writing Wild: Applying techniques from fiction writing to compel readers and craft meaning
This class, which includes a period of outdoor exploration, prompts writers to generate compelling narrative nonfiction or fiction rooted in place. Participants will leave with an understanding of several successful approaches to nature writing, the beginning of a draft, and a roadmap for developing a work in progress.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Dean

Tamara Dean

Independent writer
Tamara Dean is an author of nonfiction and fiction whose work has appeared in The American Scholar, Creative Nonfiction, Orion, The Progressive, The Southern Review, and several other publications. She's the author of a book about sustainable living, The Human-Powered Home. Her work... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Valhalla Room

10:00am EDT

11:00am EDT

Guest/Partner History Trip
Meet in the Hotel Jay Lobby!

The group will be shuttled to Derby Line for a tour of the Haskell Opera House, a unique facility that straddles the U.S./Canada border. Pose for photos inside the library with one foot in Canada and the other in the U.S. From there we will take a short scenic drive south to Brownington and the Old Stone House Museum. There, we’ll learn about Alexander Twilight, a black man who graduated from Middlebury College and is claimed to be the first African American to earn a baccalaureate from an American college or university. He was a minister, a teacher, and a principal in Vermont. A box lunch will be provided to eat on the grounds of the museum.

Speakers

Tuesday October 5, 2021 11:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Offsite

1:00pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

Keynote: Department of the Interior Update
As the nation's public lands face increasing pressure from climate change, development and other competing uses, join a representative of the Dept. of the Interior as she talks about concerns and opportunities for the future.

Moderators
Speakers
KK

Kate Kelly

Deputy Chief of Staff - Policy, Department of Interior
Kate Kelly most recently was the Public Lands Director at the Center for American Progress. During the Obama administration, Kate served as senior advisor to then-Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and also served as communications director on behalf of Secretary Jewell and former... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Wedding Tent

2:30pm EDT

Breaking Into Television
Long-time newspaper hack Mark Freeman will share his transformation into network television and offer a strategy for local and regional outdoor communicators to follow suit. As long-time OWAA cohort Mark Taylor put it, Freeman is the last of my friends who I thought would make it on television. If Freeman can do it, anyone can.

Moderators
CH

Chris Hunt

Trout Unlimited
Chris Hunt is the editor of TROUT Magazine online, the digital companion to the award-winning TROUT Magazine print edition, the flagship publication of Trout Unlimited. Chris has worked for TU for almost 17 years in various capacities, and he's been a journalist since graduating from... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

Oregon Outdoors
Mark Freeman is a 29-year OWAA member and past president who anchors a weekly outdoors section for the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune that won OWAA's newspaper section of the year in 2010. While staying at the paper, he now also produces and hosts "Oregon Outdoors," a half-hour weekly... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Foeger

2:30pm EDT

State of the Outdoor Industry
After a global pandemic upended nearly everything, how did the outdoor industry fare and where is it headed?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Andria Yu

Andria Yu

Motorcycle Industry Association/Recreational Off Highway Vehicle Association
Andria Yu is director of media relations for the Motorcycle Industry Council, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. Andria has been riding motorcycles for 20 years and is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and DirtBike... Read More →
avatar for Cassie Gassaway

Cassie Gassaway

Archery Trade Association
Cassie Gasaway joined the ATA communications team in November 2016 to create content for Archery360.com, Bowhunting360.com and ArcheryTrade.org. She covers many topics, including ATA programs, industry news, business and marketing trends, and consumer-focused online efforts that boost... Read More →
avatar for Chad Tokowicz

Chad Tokowicz

Marine Retailers Association of America
Chad Tokowicz, Government Relations Manager for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, has experience working in conservation policy with trade associations and on Capitol Hill. Tokowicz, who was a speaker on an panel focused on Aquatic Invasive Species during the OWAA... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Haynes

3:45pm EDT

Meet the Editors - Sponsored by Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing
Join editors from leading outdoor publications as they discuss what they look for when hiring freelancers, changes they're seeing in the industry (and yes, how much they pay).

Moderators
avatar for Ashley Stimpson

Ashley Stimpson

Freelance Writer
Ashley Stimpson is a Maryland-based freelance journalist who often writes about science, conservation, and the outdoors. Her work has been published in the Guardian, Popular Mechanics, WIRED, Atlas Obscura, Chesapeake Bay Journal, Field & Stream, National Geographic, and elsewher... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Taylor

Danielle Taylor

Managing Editor, Journal of Wildlife Photography
Danielle Taylor is the managing editor of the Journal of Wildlife Photography and a freelance journalist who focuses on outdoor recreation, conservation, public lands and travel. She has been an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America since 2011.
avatar for Matthew Every

Matthew Every

Senior Editor, Field & Stream
Matthew Every is a Senior Editor at Field & Stream. He edits and writes stories for F&S.com and the digital edition of the magazine. After college, he spent a short time apprenticing for a gunsmith, and before working at Field & Stream, he worked as a hunting guide in Idaho and western... Read More →
avatar for A.J. DeRosa

A.J. DeRosa

Creative Director, Northwoods Collective
A.J. DeRosa is an American filmmaker and the Founder and Creative Director of Northwoods Collective, publisher of Project Upland Magazine, Hunting Dog Confidential Magazine, and Hunt to Eat Magazine. While he is most widely known for the award-winning Project Upland series, he made... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Kehoe

Jacqueline Kehoe

Matador Network
Jacqueline is the Lead Branded Content Editor at Matador Network. A freelance writer and photographer in her spare time, her work has appeared in National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet, AFAR, and many others. See her work at jacquelinekehoe.com.
avatar for Amy Kapp

Amy Kapp

Editorial Director/Editor-in-Chief, Rails-Trails Conservancy
avatar for Sarah Borodaeff

Sarah Borodaeff

Associate Editor, Beardsley Publishing
Sarah is the associate editor for Beardsley Publishing, publisher of Adventure Park Insider Magazine (API) and SAM (Ski Area Management) Magazine. She oversees content development, special projects, and SAM's podcast, PodSAM. She manages and directs API's annual State of the Industry... Read More →


Tuesday October 5, 2021 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Wedding Tent

5:30pm EDT

Storytelling
Back by popular demand after debuting at the OWAA virtual conference in 2020, we will have TWO evenings of storytelling by OWAA members. Grab a drink, kick back, and enjoy listening to stories from those who tell them best. The theme for the stories is ‘The Hard Choice’ (when someone had to make a tough choice and did the ‘right’ thing, even though it was going to cost more money, time, effort, etc.)

Moderators
CC

Chez Chesak

Executive Director, OWAA
‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning adventure travel writer, 20+ year veteran of the outdoor industry, Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and board member of the Society of American Travel Writers. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, ... Read More →

Tuesday October 5, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Wedding Tent

6:30pm EDT

7:30pm EDT

EIC Awards on Screen - Sponsored by Henry Repeating Rifles, Rails-Trails Conservancy, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust, and Friesens Corp
Celebrate your fellow OWAA members as we unveil the annual Excellence in Craft award winners. Link to winners works! Note that link to Photography Winners is at the top of that page. 

Tuesday October 5, 2021 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Wedding Tent

8:30pm EDT

Past Presidents' Meeting
Tuesday October 5, 2021 8:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Valhalla Room

8:30pm EDT

 
Wednesday, October 6
 

6:30am EDT

Bird Walk with the Bird Diva
Open your day with an early morning walk with local birder Bridget Butler aka The Bird Diva. We'll look for migrating songbirds and enjoy the autumn air and views of northern Vermont and Quebec. Bridget will share tips on mountain top birding including seeing the beautiful and elusive Bicknell's Thrush that only breeds on the mountaintops of the northeast. Grab a hot cup of coffee and join Bridget for a morning outing. Binoculars will be provided to those that don't have their own.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Butler (she/her)

Bridget Butler (she/her)

Founder/Owner, Bird Diva Consulting
Bridget Butler, AKA The Bird Diva, has been working in conservation and environmental education for more than 20 years throughout New England. Her business Bird Diva Consulting has her traveling across the region delivering presentations, leading bird outings, and surveying birds... Read More →


Wednesday October 6, 2021 6:30am - 7:15am EDT
Conference Center Lobby

7:30am EDT

Registration Desk Open
Looking for the Auction? It is online once again this year and can be accessed here: https://owaa.afrogs.org/ Bidding closes Wednesday night!

Wednesday October 6, 2021 7:30am - 5:30pm EDT
Conference Center Lobby

8:30am EDT

Breakfast & Announcements
Wednesday October 6, 2021 8:30am - 9:30am EDT
Wedding Tent

9:30am EDT

Guns in America - Sponsored by National Shooting Sports Foundation
The history of the U.S. is inextricably entwined with firearms. Exploration, conquest, revolution, expansion, and conflict all were made possible with a series of increasingly effective weapons. As the country became more civilized and conflict became less frequent, hand held weapons of war were modified as sporting arms and used for hunting and target shooting. In the last fifty years, personal protection has become a priority for many people and numerous firearms were developed for that purpose. Featuring two of America’s foremost authorities in gun history and gun culture, this session will look at the history and evolution of firearms in America, as well as provide a careful exploration of the social implications of our gun culture.

Speakers
avatar for David Yamane

David Yamane

Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University
David Yamane is Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For the past decade he has been studying the new self-defense oriented core of American gun culture that Michael Bane calls “Gun Culture 2.0.” Yamane blogs at gunculture2point0.com... Read More →
avatar for Steve Sanetti

Steve Sanetti

retired CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation
Steve Sanetti is the owner of Arms Appraisals LLC, specializing in pre-1946 firearms, and a lifelong firearms target shooter, hunter, and gun collector. He is an Honors graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington & Lee University School... Read More →


Wednesday October 6, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Foeger

12:00pm EDT

Lunch - Sponsored by National Shooting Sports Foundation
For eight decades, the principal funding source for state fish and wildlife agencies has been wildlife and sport fish restoration funds raised through manufacturer excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, archery, and angling equipment. These funds, and license, stamp and permit fees, which sportsmen and sportswomen contribute to, help support fish and wildlife research, monitoring of species, land acquisitions, hunter education, building public shooting ranges, boating access sites, fish hatcheries and many other benefits. With new people entering industry and state agencies, the Partner with a Payer communications initiative works to remind all parties of the importance of this funding.

Moderators
KM

Katie McKalip

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Decker

Thomas Decker

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Tom is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service.   Previously Tom worked for twenty four years with Vermont Fish and Wildlife and for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, holding several positions including Wildlife Biologist, Director... Read More →
avatar for Bill Brassard Jr.

Bill Brassard Jr.

National Shooting Sports Foundation
Bill is in his 23rd year with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, where he serves as senior director, communications, and spokesperson on many topics, including shooting sports participation, conservation and firearm safety. Bill oversees NSSF’s firearm safety education programs... Read More →


Wednesday October 6, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Wedding Tent

1:00pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

Breakout Day at Jay Peak - Sponsored by Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Breakout Day is all about the brands. You’ll learn about the latest product from such brands as Lowa, Toyota, SOG knives, QuietKat e-mountain bikes, MyTopo and more. Plus, in addition to product demos, you’ll hear from the brands and absorb actual fieldcraft lessons, from boot care and blister prevention to apparel repair to how to make the best backcountry coffee. There will also be an ATV demo presented by the Motorcycle Industry Association & Recreational Off Highway Vehicle Association. There will be a scavenger hunt to learn more, engage with all the brands and, hopefully, win a prepaid gift card!

In addition to our exhibitors in the Conference Center Lobby, you can visit the following participants outside:

Haynes Patio:
  • Kaden Apparel
  • SOG knives
  • The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
  • MyTopo
  • Lowa boots
  • Darn Tough Vermont
  • SheFly
  • Vermont Glove
  • Crossbow info (1:30 - 3:30)
  • Birding 101: Tips for the Wannabe Birder with Bird Diva, Bridget Butler
  • How to use Apps like iNaturalist and eBird
Stateside Parking Area:
  • Motorcycle Industry Association/Recreational Off Highway Vehicle Association (ATV Demo)

Wednesday October 6, 2021 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Haynes Patio and Stateside

4:30pm EDT

Supporting Group Business Mtg
Wednesday October 6, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Haynes

4:30pm EDT

Photo Scavenger Critique
Please go here to sign up to participate in the Photo Scavenger Hunt: https://owaa.submittable.com/submit/c2ad0559-5549-4e53-b661-9487e92b9ee5/photo-scavenger-hunt-2021

The Photo Scavenger Hunt is always one of the most popular events at the OWAA conference, with some of the nation’s top outdoor photographers competing for CASH AND PRIZES. Photographers submit just one frame of the five required subjects, forcing them to “get it right” on a tight deadline. The competition is always dazzling, humorous and educational. The Scavenger Hunt awards program is traditionally a heavily -
attended event at the conference



Speakers
RS

Rob Simpson

SN Photos
avatar for Ann Simpson

Ann Simpson

Lord Fairfax Community College
Ann and Rob Simpson are both award-winning biology professors at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. Their easy-going teaching style has been described as relaxed and creative. Their background in teaching methods combined with photography skills has enabled thousands... Read More →


Wednesday October 6, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Foeger

6:00pm EDT

Honorary Awards Banquet
Wednesday October 6, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Wedding Tent

8:00pm EDT

Jade Winners Meeting
Wednesday October 6, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Haynes

8:30pm EDT

Hospitality Suite - Sponsored by Visit Casper
Our final event together! Be sure to join us for the 'Final Proof' hospitality suite, an event with a long and storied history. Previously named the 'Leftover Luau' (and apparently called 'The Nutty Irishman' before that, thanks to a member who shared a cocktail of that same name) we'll gather up all the good stuff from the previous night's hospitality suites for one last late night of comraderie, connections and carousing. Be prepared to enter into our annual push-up contest (or at least cheer on those that do)!

Moderators
LG

Luke Gilliam

Visit Casper

Wednesday October 6, 2021 8:30pm - 11:00pm EDT
Alice's Patio
 
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