3-Part Trip Leader Workshop
Mass Audubon’s South Shore Sanctuaries
2000 Main Street, Marshfield
Wednesday nights May 17, 24 & June 7, 7:00-8:30 PM
(FREE with pre-registration and 3 night commitment.)

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This workshop, hosted by Mass Audubon, is designed to offer the skills required to lead successful trips for trip leaders from organizations that host events that take participants into the field. Whether your plans will take your group on a two hour interpretive walk or a multi-day foray, we will cover the key aspects of designing and implementing trips with solid outcomes.

We will cover briefing participants, setting the tone, leadership styles and tools, risk management, communication, conflict management, team-building, debriefing, and steps and strategies to determine where your current skills are and what additional skills will help you move towards a more effective trip leader. Though we won’t specifically cover the unique challenges that boating and paddling trips contain, there will be plenty of management skills covered that are directly applicable to all styles of events.

This workshop will be hands-on and include active participation in discussions, activities and scenarios. No matter what your current experience is as a trip leader: beginner or seasoned veteran, there will be benefits from a commitment to this workshop. We will split our time both indoors and out, so participants should come to each session prepared to spend time outside regardless of the weather.

We hope you will attend and then volunteer to lead one of our NSRWA Outdoor Programs!


Workshop leader, Doug Lowry has close to forty years of experience leading trips and expeditions for organizations including the Farm and Wilderness Foundation, The Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Mass Audubon, The North and South Rivers Watershed Association, The Marshfield Recreation Department and The National Outdoor Leadership School. Clients have included The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Bureau of Land Management, The National Parks Service, The Naval Academy and NASA. He is a Master Educator for The Leave No Trace program.

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