2022 UC Field Safety Leadership Retreat 

February 25-27, 2022 | UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge
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The 2022 UC Field Safety Leadership Retreat will feature timely, challenging workshops with opportunities to discuss scenarios, practice skills, and plan for your specific field projects and settings. Attendees are expected to participate fully, contribute during small group activities, and report back lessons learned to their own groups/departments. It’s a unique setting to learn and collaborate with leaders from a variety of field disciplines from across the University of California.

Intended Audience: Principal investigators, field course instructors, field station managers, program directors, safety professionals, and others that lead or direct research or teaching at outdoor, remote sites.


  • Safe Learning Environments
  • Planning & Logistics
  • Risk Assessment & Decision-Making
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Personal Safety
  • Crisis Management

Cost: $338 for UC participants. Includes 2 nights lodging and meals on-site. Does not include transportation to UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Lodge, located 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

Space is limited. The initial application period closed on December 17, 2021. Others are still welcome to apply and will be put on a waitlist.

This event is sponsored by UCOP Risk Services, the UC Field Research Safety Center of Excellence, and the UC Field Safety Workgroup. The content builds on the 2021 UC Fieldwork Toolkit Leadership Training Series and the 2020 UC Fieldwork Toolkit Webinar Series.

Learn more about UC's field safety resources at at UC Field Research Safety Center of Excellence.

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Featured Speakers (tentative schedule)
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Creating a Safe Learning Environment in Field Settings 
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Chris Lay, Ken Norris Center for Natural History, UCSC

recorded 04/22/20
Virtual field tools to establish expectations and reduce anxiety  Ryan Petterson, Director of Field Education, Stanford Earth not available Presentation Evaluate
Risk Assessment Workshop Eric Delucien, UCSD UAS Program Manager
AJ Leeds, UC Davis Global Affairs Travel Security Advisor
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Boundary-setting, Bystander Intervention, and Personal Safety Heather Spaulding, UC Davis Video Presentation Evaluate
Weather Forecasting Andrew Schwartz, UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab Station Manager Video
recorded 05/04/22
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LGBTQ+ and Safety During Fieldwork Ronnie Bailey-Steinitz, UCSB Video Presentation Evaluate
Accommodating Researchers with Disabilities in Field Settings Mallory Melton, UCSB Video Presentation Evaluate
The field safety ratio and why understanding your spectrum of risk is critical to working in uncontrolled environments Dr. Kurtis Burmeister, Assistant Professor, Sacramento State University Geology Department not available not available Evaluate

Workgroup Reports

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*Unfortunately, Sarah Carpenter of the American Avalanche Institute will not be able to attend.  We look forward to having her present on decision-making skills at a future training event.

Prior to attending, please review the Building a Better Fieldwork Future workshop by Carol Blanchette, Director of UCSB's Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves.  For additional resources, please visit the Building a Better Fieldwork Future website.


Driving Directions 
The lodge is located 90 miles east of Los Angeles, and is a convenient drive from most major cities and airports in Southern California.


Parking is complimentary on-site.


UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge
Attendees will have a private bedroom within a shared two-story chalet. No guests or family members can be accommodated due to COVID-19 policies. Only UC employees and students in compliance with campus access requirements may participate in the retreat.