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Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS)

We would like to welcome ISOLS 2017 to the University of Wyoming and beautiful Laramie, WY. Laramie is home to Vedauwoo, world-class wide crack climbing and fantastic access to a variety of outdoor opportunities. Ranked as one of the top adventure universities, Laramie is sure to have a lot to offer you!

The Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar (ISOLS) is a conference created and run by students, for students. Our mission is to bring together future outdoor leaders and provide them with an environment that promotes networking and an exchange of knowledge between peers from outside their own universities. Those attending ISOLS should expect to hear multiple student-led presentations, engage in workshop presentations, full and half day field labs. This years conference will be hosted in conjunction with our very own Friday Night Bouldering Series, keynote presentations, and guest Athlete presentations. All students are encouraged to attend and invited to submit an Educational Seminar or Technical Clinic proposal.

Save the date and Register today! ISOLS will be March 30-April 2, 2017!

History of ISOLS

The Intermountain Student Outdoor Leadership Seminar began in April 2003 when Brian Wilkinson returned from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) conference and decided the intermountain schools should create something that was more relevant to the students. His goal was to create a conference for the students, by the students that kept costs manageable so all students could be provided learning opportunities. From there he created the first ISOLS conference, which was hosted at the University of Utah. In the past it has been hosted at the National Outdoor Leadership School's (NOLS) headquarters in Lander, Wyoming. In 2013, with the reinstatement of ISOLS after a brief hiatus, there were 55 participants from 8 intermountain-west schools.


Thursday, March 30

  • 3:00 - 6:00pm: Check-in at Outdoor Program Office in Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 141

    • Pick up information packet for conference

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Presenters Meeting

    • Presenters will meet to receive information about their seminar or clinic. Food provided! 

  • 8:00 - 10:00pm: Social Event (Downtown location TBD)

Friday, March 31

  • Breakfast on your own

  • 7:00 - 8:00am: Check-in

    • Receive schedule for Friday

  • 8:00 - 8:45am: ISOLS Opening

    • Welcome

    • ISOLS schedule overview

    • Introduce campus facilities

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm: Educational Seminars

  • 12:00 - 1:30pm: Lunch break

    • Catered Lunch

  • 2:00 - 3:00pm: Educational Seminars

  • 3:00 - 4:00: Round Table Discussion

    • Meet outdoor professionals

    • Facilitate discussion

  • 4:00 - 5:00pm: Dinner on your own

  • 5:00 - 6:00pm: Bouldering Competition Registration (at climbing wall)

  • 6:00 - 9:00pm: Bouldering Competition

    • Compete for awesome prizes

    • Mingle with local climbers

    • Cheer on your ISOLS peers!

Saturday, April 1

  • Breakfast on your own

  • 7:00 - 8:00am: Check-in

    • Receive schedule for Saturday

  • 8:00 - 11:00am: Technical Clinics

    • Offsite clinics will depart from OP office

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm: Lunch

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm: Technical Clinics

    • Offsite clinics will depart from OP office

  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Vendor Expo/ Professional Social

    • Check out vendors

    • Mingle with outdoor professionals

  • 6:00 - 7:30pm: Keynote Speaker

    • Open to public

  • 8:00 - 10:00pm: Closing Social Event (Downtown Location TBD)

    • Network and mingle with ISOLS peers and affiliates

For more information or questions, please contact our office at: Phone: (307) 766-2402, Email: - (Subject: ISOLS)

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Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 141

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3604

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2402


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