Sara Souza Receives Charles (Reb) Gregg Wilderness Risk Management Award at the 2020 Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Publish date:

Lander, WY October 28, 2020 — At the 27th annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) held online from October 19-23, 2020, Sara Souza received the Charles (Reb) Gregg Wilderness Risk Management Award for her significant contributions to the field of risk management in outdoor education and adventure professions.

Presented annually since 2006, recipients of the Charles (Reb) Gregg Wilderness Risk Management Award are recognized for exceptional leadership, service, and innovation in wilderness risk management.

Sara Souza

Sara Souza

Souza launched a unique field research safety program for the University of California (UC) system in 2016 through the UC Center of Excellence for Field Safety. This program supports the 41 field stations and reserves that make up the UC Natural Reserve System. In her nomination letter, colleagues praised her wide-ranging efforts, and Steering Committee Chair Mike Pigg noted that “Sara built from the ground up a supportive and effective Center which serves 10 UC campuses [and], with her help, field researchers in the UC system have been prepared to conduct their research in a safe and regulated way during COVID-19.”

In her current role as a Field Safety Specialist, she oversees and provides training across various areas of expertise, from field sciences to wildlife researchers. Her responsibilities range from facilitating forums to providing training and risk management assessments. In one accomplishment, Souza notes that “Since I’ve been in this role, we’ve drastically increased our numbers of researchers taking wilderness first aid—we have hundreds of people getting training every year.”

When she evaluates the larger impact of her role and contributions to risk management, she emphasizes culture and sharing expertise, which align with the core tenets of the WRMC: “I’m trying to create forums where people can come together and talk about all these challenges, and then facilitate people being open to sharing expertise and being candid about things that go wrong.”

In this way, “a public health researcher working in Tanzania can talk to a wildlife biologist, and their science is different but a lot of the challenges and and hazards and issues they're facing are similar, so I like to think those forums and connections are some of the big successes in our program.”

Souza’s comments up on receiving the award can be viewed online here.

About the WRMC

The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) unites hundreds of organizations annually to share ideas and educate wilderness practitioners on practical risk management skills. The WRMC is a collaboration between Outward Bound USA, the Student Conservation Association, and NOLS, in partnership with the WRMC Steering Committee. Its core objective is to offer an outstanding educational experience that helps attending programs mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places.


In Its 27th Year, Wilderness Risk Management Conference Introduces Inaugural Online Event, October 19 - 23, 2020

Lander, Wyo—September 7, 2020—NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), in partnership with Outward Bound and the Student Conservation Association (SCA), announced that the 27th annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) will pivot to an online offering. This more

Cloutier Receives Charles Reb Gregg Award at the 21st WRMC

Atlanta, Ga.— Ross Cloutier received the Charles (Reb) Gregg award October 1 at the 21st Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC). The Charles (Reb) Gregg Award for exceptional leadership, service, and innovation in wilderness risk management recognizes extraordinary more

15th Annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference to be held

Nation's Wilderness Risk Managers Meet Near Jackson, Wyoming Jackson, Wyo. October 1-3, 2008 – The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound, and SCA are hosting the 15th Annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference. Outdoor industry leaders from across the more

NOLS Employee Wins Wilderness Risk Management Award

Lander, WY. Tod Schimelpfenig, Curriculum Director for the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), was last week awarded the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, more

Risk Management Award to Jed Williamson

Lander, Wyo - John E. (Jed) Williamson of Hanover, New Hampshire, was the first recipient of the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award on October 16, 2009 in recognition of his contributions to the development of incident review methods and risk management audit process, designing preventive more

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120 Receives "Women's Adventure" Award

– In the April issue of “Women's Adventure” Magazine, the editors have honored the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120 with the prestigious Editor's Choice Award. The “Women's Adventure” editors test over a thousand products for all sorts of outdoor pursuits and narrow the more

Ridge Merino Receives California Green Business Certification

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. - (February 7, 2019) – Ridge Merino announced today it is one of the first companies in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. to achieve a Green Business Certification from the California Green Business Network. California Green Businesses enforce practices that help to cut more

New Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Risk Management Course

Risk Management, Legal and Insurance issues of outdoor recreation program liability are introduced in this course. Emphasis is on operating an outdoor recreation program whether by an outfitter, educational organization or participants without incurring legal liability. more

2006 Risk Management Seminar for the Recreation Industry

Immediate Release2006 Risk Management Seminars for the Outdoor Recreation, Travel & Tourism Industry Risk Management for the Outdoor Hospitality and Recreation Business OwnerGolden, Colorado, July 20, 2006: James H. Moss, J.D., a nationally recognized industry expert in risk more