Fanastic! Kira and Elyse made this sometimes overwhelming topic fun and accessible.
— Workshop Attendee

As we have been building OTA, we too often would meet administrators, field staff or volunteers who all had the same question:

"How do I help?"

We've partnered up with the folks at The Avarna Group to offer services to help provide an answer.

For further information about these services, please email  

Presentations, Trainings and publications


Rylander, E. & Breunig, M. (in press). Navigating the Rapids of Social Justice Pedagogy. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education. 

Breunig, M. & Rylander, E. (2016). Beyond training for tolerance: More than "just" leadership and learning. In H. Prince, B. Humberstone & K. Henderson (Eds.), International handbook of outdoor studies. Routledge, London, UK. 

Rylander, E. (2016) I'm Fired Up: OUT There Adventures Founder Says Outdoor Industry Must Be More Queer-inclusive*. SNEWS Outdoor

Rylander, E. (2017) Opinion: We need to stop gendering everything. SNEWS Outdoor. 

Salabert, S. (2017) Trailblazers: Elyse Rylander of OUT There Adventures. Modern Hiker. 

Baker, T. (2017) The Changing Faces of the Outdoors. Alpinist.


Association for Experiential Education

  • 2013, Gender inclusive spaces: What are they and how do we create them at camp and in the woods? 
  • 2014, Expanding risk management: Mitigating emotional and social risk for LGBTQ youth
  • 2015, Because there's nothing straight about nature: Connecting queer social justice and experiential education

Wilderness Risk Management Conference

  • 2015, Rejecting the binary: The benefits of considering emotional risk of LGBTQ participants
  • 2016, Rejecting the binary: The benefits of considering emotional risk of LGBTQ participants


YMCA of Snohomish County

Cocoon House

Northwest Outward Bound School 

Big City Mountaineers

YMCA at Camp Orkila

North Cascades Institute