Congratulations are in order for Katie Coley! She is the new Outdoor Program Coordinator at Appalachian State University.
Katie is a familiar face with Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and we are excited to have her back in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She has been an instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and Landmark Learning since 2008 teaching Wilderness First Aid courses.
And while she’s been working or teaching in the outdoor industry for more than eight years, her favorite parts are interacting with students and working with the wonderful outdoor community. She also really enjoys the more unique aspects of teaching wilderness medicine such as ”geeking out” on wilderness medicine, applying lots of fake blood during the emergency scenarios and working with her fellow amazing NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors!
Even though she earned her Masters in Higher Education from Ole Miss, Katie first began her outdoor education path as a college student leading trips for Elon University’s outdoor program here in North Carolina. After attending a NOLS Semester course, an internship working for Fort Carson’s Adventure Programs & Education, a guide taking teens on international trips with Adventures Cross Country for 3 seasons, working as an instructor for Outward Bound in Moab, completing her Master’s degree, she took on the job of Director of Outdoor Recreation at the University of South Carolina. Under her direction during her 2008-2012 tenure, Katie expanded the existing USC Outdoor Program to include a free bike shop, the Abandoned Bike Project, a service & sustainability program, an adaptive/inclusive recreation program and an orchard and community garden. The program also became the first completely carbon neutral university outdoor program in the country and USC became the first SEC university to receive the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly University status.
In August, Katie will be heading to Boone, NC and Appalachian State’s Outdoor Program. The Outdoor Program at ASU, one of the best in the country, focuses on student skill development in many outdoor disciplines such as climbing, backpacking, kayaking and snow sports. The program also has a focus around international travel, community outreach, sustainability and fun. The professional and student staff within ASU’s Outdoor Programs are top-notch and Katie can’t wait to start her work with these folks. And while she will greatly miss her program and students at USC, she looks forward to expanding their land program, wilderness medical curriculum, sustainability efforts and student development opportunities.
We here at Landmark Learning and all her fellow NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors welcome her back to the mountains!
-the Landmark community