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Paul Dreyer

“I love seeing kids challenge themselves and accomplish something that they never thought they could do.” Paul also loves to be outside, whether it’s cycling across Central America, rafting the Grand Canyon, guiding programs in Nepal or just hiking and biking around Boulder. A self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, he has been teaching and leading groups in outdoor settings for twenty years. Paul has held leadership positions at the Watershed School, the Cottonwood Institute, High Mountain Institute, Where There Be Dragons, Tandana Foundation and the National Outdoor Leadership School among others. Paul is also a WEMT and an Instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), teaching wilderness first aid courses of all levels. He holds an M.A. in School Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. As Avid4 Adventure’s Chief Empowerment Officer, Paul guides our long term vision and oversees new program development, risk management, and general operations.

Recent Posts

June 18, 2020
Black Lives Matter: We Have Work to Do

These are extraordinarily challenging times. We know that COVID-19 is a novel, unprecedented virus. Unfortunately, we are also severely struggling with an ugliness that is all too familiar—systemic racism.

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Topics: Diversity in the outdoors Inclusivity

February 6, 2020
Serving the Community: How Avid4 Adventure CEO Partners with Non Profits
For so many reasons, I am grateful to work with Avid4 Adventure. For example, I am lucky that Avid4’s mission aligns with my own personal beliefs, and I am lucky that my work at Avid4 directly results in positive changes in the world . So, I know that my job not only supports my professional goals, but also helps to support my community service goals. However, I also know that I should be giving more; I should be finding ways to compliment my work at Avid4 Adventure by being of service in other ways. I should be finding more opportunities to “throw something back.”
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Topics: Public Lands Inclusivity Live Community Sustainability

October 7, 2019
Avid4 Summer Camps Opening in Bend, OR; Minneapolis, MN & Seattle, WA!

Hello Friends of Avid4 Adventure,

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Topics: Oregon Summer Camp New Locations

January 14, 2019
The benefits of risk in outdoor adventure and risk management

The Benefits of Risk in Outdoor Adventure

Many parents recognize the importance of “risky” play yet still worry about the possibility of injury. We understand and empathize. At Avid4 Adventure, we also recognize the benefits of risky play, and it’s our job to appropriately manage the risks and teach kids to intelligently navigate risk.

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Topics: Risk Management

October 4, 2018
Public Lands: What are they & how can we enjoy them?

I love traveling, particularly to different countries. When I travel, my sense of gratitude for all things expands. One of the many things that I am consistently more grateful for every time I return from travels abroad is my (and our) ability to access “public lands” in this country.

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Topics: Outdoor Advocacy

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