The 2021 Adventure Speaker Series
The Adventure Speaker Series is a partnership production of Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University.
Enjoy this seven part series from the warmth and comfort of your home. We have an inspiring line-up of presenters, and two panel discussions.
The Speaker Series begins March 11 and runs every Thursday evening through April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Links for each presentation or panel discussion will be added here and to our Facebook page approximately one week ahead of scheduled event.
Thursday, March 11 – Pedaling Good Vibes Around America, by Tom HelbigJoin Here
Click the link above to watch this LIVE presentation on Microsoft Teams. You do not need to have an account. You can join the Microsoft Teams link via your browser.
Tom Helbig traveled the perimeter of the U.S. on his bike. That’s right! Beginning in San Diego he biked through Tijuana, Mexico, Key West, Florida, Lubec, Maine and Vancouver Island, Canada – on his bike! Tom set out on this expedition with a mission of spreading “good vibes” across the nation. Join this free online presentation to hear Tom share inspiring stories of the people he met along the way and the challenges he faced during this incredible journey.
As the founder of Tomfoolery Outdoors, Tom has a passion for adventure whether it is a local micro-adventure or long distance destination trip. His goal is to showcase local outdoor recreation amenities, non-profit organizations and raise money for charity through adventure travel. Biking, SUP, fly fishing, canoeing and kayak are just a few of the human powered activities showcased on his trips.
Follow Tom’s adventures @tomfooleryoutdoors
Thursday, March 18 – Turning Remote Work into Remote Adventures: Wander While You Work
Want to wander while you work? This past year has many of us thinking about how to take advantage of remote work. In this interactive panel discussion, hear how ordinary people have leveraged their remote working situation to take trips and adventure around the continent without taking time off from work.
Panel Members Include:
Amber works a corporate 9 to 5 job while traveling the world. She takes full advantage of every opportunity she can to explore somewhere new. Amber loves being outdoors with her golden retriever pup named Millie, sharing travel tips, and trying local food.
Check her out on Instagram @amberstravelingticket
Shannon is a Dayton native, local business owner, and athlete. Shannon has converted and outfitted several vehicles so he can travel with his dog Bailey in search of rivers to surf while working and managing Four Ambition and Surf Dayton.
Keep up with Shannon @surfdayton
Tina is a senior studying theatre at Wright State finishing their last semester of college. Tina took advantage of classes going remote and borrowed a van to travel around the U.S. Tina works for Wright State’s Outdoor Resource Center as a trip leader and love everything outdoors from gardening to backpacking.
Follow Tina @teenteen13
Thursday, March 25 – Broken Pieces: Injury and Survival on the Oregon Desert Trail, by Stacy Boone
Accidents happen. It can happen to any of us. Stacy’s knowledge of wilderness medicine and survival made the difference between life and death. This presentation shares the experience of long-distance backpacker Stacy Boone, who experienced a major injury while backpacking the Oregon Desert Trail. Stacy shares what happened after the injury and the survival mechanisms that should be considered by all recreationalists.
Stacy began backpacking in 1998 with a thru-hike of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail. Known as “Simply Seeking” in the hiking community, she didn’t stop at one thru-hike, but continued and completed the Triple Crown in 2006. With over 20,000 miles on her hiking boots, her passion for the value, benefits, and rewards for spending time outside have allowed her to share this knowledge with clients and the owner and lead guide for Step Outdoors, LLC.
Having the knowledge that comes with over 20 years of outdoor experience, Stacy understands the importance of committing safe practices when recreating. She speaks and facilitates workshops and seminars related to outdoor preparedness, self-care, first aid and survival proficiencies. This, in addition to sharing outdoor skills and best practices for new backpackers, hikers, and recreationalists.
Thursday, April 1 – Finding Your River, by Ellen “Magellan” Falterman
Finding Your River is a story of realizing and executing your life’s purpose. Ellen shares her personal journey relating experiences from adventure expeditions around the world. These include a three month canoe exploration of the Amazon Basin and a four month cycling tour from England to Greece with her brother Patrick. Ellen’s story continues after suddenly losing her brother. She finds motivation and solace in his memory, and continues her adventures on a (mostly) solo river trip from Kansas City on the Missouri, and down the Mississippi to the gulf, then west along the coastline and up the Intracoastal Waterway to Galveston Bay, completing this journey on the Trinity River near her childhood home. Ellen looks to her experience and mentorship from her brother as she plans her next big adventure of solo rowing around the world.
Ellen is a pilot, flight instructor and adventure traveler with a background in writing, acting and modeling. At just 25, Ellen has experienced 10,000 human powered miles of domestic and international expeditions. Mostly by bike and boat, and many as solo expeditions. Ellen’s motivation has always been her brother, who died suddenly in 2016. She has since dedicated her expeditions to him, and finds now that she never feels as though she is traveling alone.
Thursday, April 8 – Tykes on Hikes: Adventuring with Kids of All Ages, by Nailah Blades Wylie
As a busy mom, life coach and lover of the outdoors, Nailah wants everyone to get outside but it can be difficult with kids. Nailah will share how you can keep up your outdoor adventure lifestyle with children and still have fun.
Nailah Blades Wylie is a Life & Leadership coach, consultant and the founder of Color Outside, a coaching practice for ambitious women of color who are ready to create unapologetic, soul stirring lives through outdoor adventure. Nailah started Color Outside as a safe place for women of color to come together and unlock where they’re feeling stuck so that they can fully step into their joy and shine. When she’s not leading adventure retreats or consulting with brands you can find her hiking with her husband or playing intense games of hide-n-go seek with her two tiny kids.
Thursday, April 15 – The Adventure Color Gap: Diversity in the Great Outdoors
In this interactive panel discussion, panelist will answer your questions and address concerns regarding barriers of entry, pathways to inclusion, challenges for people of color in the outdoors, and lack of representation in the outdoor industry.
Panel Members Include:
Quatez Scott, Panel Moderator
Quatez is the Intercultural Specialist of the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center at Wright State University. He previously served as director of diversity and inclusion at Mercy College of Ohio. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses, including Diversity Leadership and Introduction to Africana Studies at The University of Toledo. He received a B.A. in communication arts from Wilmington College, an M.A. in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Toledo.
Nailah Blades Wylie, Panelist
Nailah is the founder of Color Outside, a coaching practice for ambitious women of color who are ready to create unapologetic, soul stirring lives through outdoor adventure, as a safe place for women of color to come together and unlock where they’re feeling stuck so that they can fully step into their joy and shine. When she’s not leading adventure retreats or consulting with brands you can find her hiking with her husband or playing intense games of hide-n-go seek with her two tiny kids.
Juan M. Muñoz Jiménez , Panelist
Juan spent his youth in Dayton, Ohio, and Arecibo, Puerto Rico. His first real introduction to the outdoors was kayaking in Puerto Rico with his father. In graduate school Juan developed and led adventure programs with the Outdoor Resource Center at Wright State University. His programs there included ice climbing, rock climbing, kayaking and snorkeling. After completing his MBA in marketing and international business at Wright State, Juan followed his love of the outdoors to the Southwest United States where he leads Latino youth into the outdoors, impressing upon them an awareness that these places are for everyone to care for and enjoy.
Thursday, April 22 – Setting a New World Record in Grand Canyon National Park, by Dale Sanders
Our Adventure Speaker Series finale brings the return of Dale “Greybeard” Sanders to our (virtual) Adventure stage. Dale will be sharing his latest accomplishment of setting another Guinness World Record. This past fall, at age 85, Dale became the oldest person to complete the rigorous Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim trail in Grand Canyon National Park. Hear about the challenges and rewards he experienced and what motivated Sanders to attempt this grueling expedition.
Dale has been an adventurer since his birth on the banks of Whippoorwill Creek in Kentucky. His love of water led him to become a lifeguard, join the Navy, become a Hard Hat Deep Sea Diver, and serve with the US Marine Corp in Okinawa. At 85, Dale is no stranger to setting age related records in the world of outdoor adventure. At 80 years old, Dale paddled the Mississippi River from Source to Sea in 80 days, and at 82 became the oldest person to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. Dale is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including the acclaimed 2016 Canoe and Kayak Magazine’s Spirit of Adventure Award.