Lena Conlan: Outdoor educator for life (PART 2)

Learning by doing in nature, through adventures and long expeditions. How to prepare people, care of safety and wilderness first aid?

The content of the podcast:

01:14 – how human presence changes nature

09.01 – wilderness ethics and reconnecting to nature

13:22 – best hopes for humans and nature

16:21 – how NOLS instructors faciltate learning and help you prepair to navigate in nature

23:48 – wilderness first aid on expedition

26:00 – why do NASA astrounauts take part in NOLS expedition?

30:52 – why did Lena choose outdoor education and wilderness first aid?

34:53 – the short story of wilderness medicine

39:49 – changes in first aid based on researc

51:04 – how NOLS responds to the COVID-19 pandemic

Links to the episode:

– a podcast on mental health first aid with Tod Schimelpfenig (NOLS wilderness medicine curriculum director).

About our guest: Lena has a teaching degree from University of Umeå, Sweden. Lena, a native of Sweden, has worked as a wilderness educator since the early 80’s. Lena started working for NOLS in 1986 as a climbing and sea-kayaking instructor in Alaska, Mexico, and Chile. For several years Lena was the sea kayaking program coordinator for NOLS. In 1996 she co-founded the adventure company Crossing Latitudes Inc. The company focuses on sea kayaking and hiking trips in Scandinavia, Greece, Alaska, and beyond. In 2000 Lena started to teach for NOLS Wilderness Medicine. Lena spearheads the NOLS Wilderness Medicine program in Scandinavia and Europe by hosting and teaching Wilderness First Aid and CPR courses.

Contact information: info@crossinglatitudes.com

Host info: Árpád Bárnai, a trainer and head of program and development for Academy of Experience, a Hungarian NGO. He started working with complex programs targeting youth at risk for more than 10 years. He designs the framework of such programs, leading them, and takes part in creating related professional content. He worked in a foster home for 5 years and later as a volunteer has worked in a Peruvian foster home and rainforest too. He works as a solution-focused professional, outdoor educator, trainer, and youth worker. Email: arpad.barnai@elmenyakademia.hu