Speakers & Events
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
This years 2021 Banff Mountain Film Festival favorites are on tour virtually and ready to watch!
We are very excited to offer the film festival favorites in a virtual format! That's right, the world tour is coming to your living room.
There are 4 film packages to choose from: Amber, Onyx, Ruby and Sapphire. Each offers around 2 hours of films for $15/each that you have access to watch as much as you want for 3 days, or you can bundle 2 packages for $28, and have access to watch as much as you want for 14 days.
Use the Whitman College Outdoor Program affiliate link to watch it through us, your local Walla Walla region host! Any and all proceeds from watching it through our affiliate link will go towards making it FREE to watch for Whitman students!
Check out the newest 2020/2021 trailer!!
In a normal year, the Banff Film Fest is a huge annual event, drawing over 1200 guests to Cordiner Hall to revel in the fun festive atmosphere that watching adventure films from all over the world creates! It inspires, entertains, and educates us. And it brings the Whitman community and the Walla Walla community together in a unique and special way!
Because of Covid precautions being taken this year, sadly, we will not be having an in-person Banff film screening.
Speak Out: A Conversation Series
In October, 2020 the Outdoor Program launched a weekly series of conversations with the hopes of creating a welcoming platform to discuss a myriad of critical issues facing our communities. Conversations were hosted by students and any Whitman affiliated students, faculty, staff, or community members were able to join in!
Pei-Pei Cai and Wako Soma
Friday October 9th, 12-1pm
In this Speak Out session, Wako and PeiPei will start by discussing treaty history, a brief introduction about first food, and storytellings. We want to invite you to discuss and reflect on what kind of questions and things to keep in mind when we are in outdoor spaces in the Walla Walla valley and elsewhere.
Wako Soma and Lennae Starr
Friday, October 16th, 12-1pm
We will be aiming to understand how we can create a safer and more welcoming space in the Outdoor Program (OP). We will be discussing the history of exclusion in National Parks and Forests and how intergenerational trauma manifests as demographic divisions in the OP and outdoors in general. Our main goals are to get participants to reflect on their own attitudes toward and experiences in natural settings and gain an awareness of how/why they might differ from people who have different backgrounds.
Friday, October 23rd, 12-1pm
George Jutras will be leading a discussion on the role that diversity in media plays in inclusivity in outdoor communities. We'll be touching on the impact of years of whitewashing in the advertising of outdoor equipment companies as well as the role that social media plays in shaping what the outdoor community is and who belongs to it. We'll also be discussing what potential role models are doing to address the lack of diversity in their outdoor communities.
Friday, October 30th, 12-1pm
All conversations are hosted and directed entirely by students, but the Outdoor Program is always available as a resource. If you're interested in leading a discussion, please email George Jutras at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilderness First Responder and Re-certification Courses
Find all the information you need to know under our First Aid Courses page.