Paul Petzoldt, an early pioneer in outdoor education, saw the need for trained outdoor leaders. Petzoldt spent his professional life educating outdoor leaders to lead safe, enjoyable outdoor adventures without harm to the environment (Bachert, 1987, Ringholz, 1997). Petzoldt, who died in 1999, left a legacy of organizations, books, students, and controversy that have helped shaped the outdoor leadership profession. After his death, boxes of papers and handwritten journals were given to the authors to use for research purposes. Some of Petzoldt's unpublished ideas are presented in this paper. Key concepts and methods utilized by Petzoldt to train outdoor leaders were found in field journals, manuscripts, speeches and miscellaneous notes written by him over the last twenty years when he was active with the Wilderness Education Association
Wagstaff, Mark and Cashel, Christine
"Developing Outdoor Leaders: Paul Petzoldt's Perspective,"
Research in Outdoor Education: Vol. 6, Article 17.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cortland.edu/reseoutded/vol6/iss1/17