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Thursdays at the U speaker to share adventures, mishaps in adventure education

| Linda Tollefsrud

During more than a decade of teaching adventure and outdoor education, at least a few things are bound to have gone wrong.

Nathali Jones, a physical education teacher in the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, will present “(Mis)Adventures in Adventure Education” Nov. 9 as part of the Thursdays at the U series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County.

The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall in Ritzinger Hall and will be livestreamed at

Jones will recount moments when good risk management plans kicked in to prevent potentially perilous situations from becoming worse. From bad sugar cane to flipped canoes, Jones’ stories will be humorous while providing a valuable learning opportunity.

Jones earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from UW-La Crosse in 2013 and 2015, respectively. After a short time with the Milwaukee Public Schools, in 2015 she began working in the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, where she continues to teach.

During her tenure, she has led students and her family on a variety of excursions, ranging from short outings down the Wisconsin River to large-scale journeys both domestically and internationally.

Outside of the school day, Jones coaches high school swimming and diving at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Thursdays at the U weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

In addition to the livestream option, the recordings are archived on the Thursdays at the U webpage.

The next lecture in the series will be Nov. 16, with Nancy Keeler and Pam Carlson presenting “Oh, My Aching Back!

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at