To promote and enable accessible education and recreation in the outdoor environment. 

OCC Partners

Training and Certification offered by our Partners 

The OCC seeks to be an umbrella organization that works cooperatively with other organizations that share our philosophy to deliver the very best in training and certification to the outdoor leadership community. We are working with the organizations listed in this section to further those goals. Please contact us if you would be interested in becoming a training partner.


 



 


 


 













 Canadian Wildlife Federation

The CWF certifies instructors to deliver Project WILD training in Canada. This is an internationally praised K-12 environmental education program. For information on how to become an instructor go to the  CWF website.


 Hike Nova Scotia

Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia. They are affiliated with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation and Recreation Nova Scotia. Hike Nova Scotia uses advocacy, communication, awareness, education and leadership to promote time outside. Their strong organizational presence throughout the province positively influences outdoor practitioners in this part of the country. 

 

 The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The  Award is a non-competitive program in which participants aged 14-24 set and achieve personal goals for community service, skills, fitness, and adventure. OCC members can make a contribution by enlisting as volunteer leaders for the program and in many other ways.


 The Outdoor Centre

The Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary is the largest in North America. It offers introductory level skills courses in a most human powered outdoor activities and has a huge rental program. All courses and rentals are open to the public.


 The Interpretive Guides Association

The IGA represents, trains and certifies the interpretive guides who connect people to Canada's mountain parks. Their mission is to establish and maintain the highest standards in heritage interpretation in Canada's West. These interpreters weave the local natural and cultural history into engaging stories that help people feel a personal connection to mountain landscapes and cultures in Canada.

    

Tourism HR Canada

Tourism HR Canada is recognized as a global leader in setting occupational standards, building competency frameworks, developing occupational training and certification programs under the emerit brand. Of specific interest to outdoor leaders are the Outdoor Adventure Guide, Hunting Guide, Heritage Interpreter, and Aboriginal Tourism Business Guide certifications.


  Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Baccalauréat en intervention plein air and                     Laboratoire d'expertise et de recherche en plein air)

The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) offers a Baccalauréat en intervention plein air (BIPA). The program trains outdoor leaders to develop, manage and supervise safe outdoor activities. Domains covered include adventure tourism and ecotourism, expedition leadership, industrial and scientific mission logistics, project management, outdoor education and adventure therapy. 

The  Laboratoire d’expertise et de recherche en plein air (LERPA)  from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) aims to contribute to the structuring and the development of the outdoors field through research, consulting services, tool development, training and information distribution activities.

Project Partners

The OCC works with other Canadian organizations to develop outdoor programs and practices. We are developing customized resources for the organizations listed in this section. Please contact us if you would be interested in becoming a project partner. 






 Canadian Rockies Public Schools


The OCC is working with the Canadian Rockies Public Schools to pilot the Outdoor Active School Initiative. This programs is aimed at supporting teachers offering outdoor education. The OCC works in collaboration with teachers to implement effective risk management procedures, foster meaningful organizational information exchange, develop trend tracking systems and improve overall program quality. Our goal is once developed, the OCC will offer it to any Canadian school interested in improving program quality. Click this button to learn more about the program OAS 

 
 Association des scouts du Canada
The OCC is working with the Association des scouts du Canada to develop a comprehensive program enabling outdoor skill progression for scouts. Once completed, this program will include age appropriate activities promoting skill development from initiation to mastery.

Projects the OCC Supports

As a mission driven organization, the OCC is proud to support specific projects that are highly aligned with our values and beliefs. Due to limited resources, the OCC can only support a few projects at a time. Agreements are discussed on a case by case basis. 



 ZOLCY

Zen's Outdoor Leadership Camp for Youth (ZOLCY) is committed to empowering individuals through experiential and cultural programs that are designed to strengthen communities. We are dedicated to making a difference by promoting well-being and self-growth through leadership development and social justice initiatives. The ZOLCY program takes volunteer leaders to partner communities in Jamaica and Nepal and provides participants the opportunity to learn and develop as socially conscious citizens. Through active participation and reflection, participants gain a deeper sense of purpose and meaning by giving back to themselves and others.


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