The Diverse Outdoor Leaders Institute (DOLI) is a unique training program within OBA in collaboration with federal agencies designed to develop and train a cadre of elite wilderness leaders of color that will expose urban youth to our national parks, forests and other wilderness areas.

The purpose of DOLI is to create a strong pool of physically fit, knowledgeable instructors who come from traditionally underrepresented communities and have similar socioeconomic backgrounds as the young people we intend to serve. Nearly every federal land management agency suffers from a lack of access to qualified, diverse instructors who can safely and effectively facilitate outdoor education with urban youth groups. DOLI equips our parks, forest and other outdoor areas with accessible and visible role models to reconnect all Americans to nature.

Each year DOLI instructors complete a five-month training program designed to prepare them for outdoor work while creating the new leaders of tomorrow in outdoor education. The training covers a multitude of areas including leadership (including understanding of self), WAFA training, gear management, trip roll out, environmental and ecosystem education, diversity and cultural sensitivity, stewardship and group management.

Through DOLI, OBA hopes to change the face of outdoor access and participation while making it easier and more relevant to urban communities.

Become a DOLI Instructor

Twice a year, OBA begins a five-month training program (evenings and weekends only) to prepare a new cadre of DOLI instructors for the outdoor work at hand. If you have an interest in becoming a DOLI instructor, please contact OBA regarding getting involved.


The scholarships and training will be offered only to the best applicants who want to push themselves into the most transformative and impactful leadership role. If you are over the age of eighteen and able to participate in arduous physical activity, please apply today.

Applications are accepted year round.

Email applications to David Quintin:

DOLI Application