Speakers & Events
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
This years 2020/2021 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. Here's how it works...
There are 2 film packages: Amber or Onyx packages both offer 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 both 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! Any remaining proceeds will go into the Bob Carson Outdoor Fund, that allows $150 of credit to go on OP weekend trips for every single student! Students, if you want to watch Banff for FREE, hold tight for now, and we'll post the info for you to use a promo code to access films at no cost soon!
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 this year, sadly, we will not be having an in-person Banff film screening in January. We will continue to explore the possibility of a smaller scale in-person showing later in the Spring 2021, but that is unknown at this point
Speak Out: A Conversation Series
Beginning Friday (10/9/20) the Outdoor Program is launching a weekly series of conversations with the hopes of creating a welcoming platform to discuss a myriad of critical issues facing our communities. While conversations will be hosted by a student or group, any Whitman affiliated students, faculty, staff, or community members are encouraged 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.