Amanda Wygant coordinates outdoor leadership conference

by Vicki Heisser  |   

Amanda Wygant is bringing a whole new meaning to the term “class project.” As a culminating project for two courses, one in outdoor leadership and the other in risk management, Wygant has taken on the task, with the help of Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership Dr. Benjamin Rush, of developing an outdoor leadership conference to be held at Prince William Sound College (PWSC) in October. 

Wygant explains, “I started doing this back at the end of May…by just having a rough idea of what we wanted the conference to be about and who we wanted to be coming to the conference and what our goals were for the people attending. And right now, I'm working on finalizing the conference with different PWSC faculty.”

Wygant hopes the conference is far-reaching, bringing together people from across the state. Part of Wygant’s vision for the conference is to have a lot of student involvement. She hopes that students in outdoor programs across the state will come and make presentations about their own work and experiences.  Participating in outdoor activities in the Valdez area will give these students a chance to practice leadership skills. 

For Wygant, seeing this conference come together has been an amazing experience. “I think in October when people show up that it'll really feel like it's happening and that's the coolest part for me, to actually see progress.”

The conference will take place over two days, October 16th, and 17th, with a pre-conference hike and sea kayaking activity on the 15th.  For more information and registration visit: