Podcasts

Neurochemicals at Play

Neurochemicals at Play in Adventure Learning

 Neurochemicals at Play Vertical Play Podcast Description: Episode 61: What do neurochemicals at play look like?  Adventure learning brings play to life and can actually trigger chemicals in the brain that offer great benefits to folks.  Basically, we’ll examine the impact of neurochemicals at play from an insider’s view, High 5 Adventure trainer and […]




Inspired Educators Stories

High 5 Podcast VPP

Podcast: What Inspired You To Become an Educator? VPP Podcast Description: Episode 60: In this inspired educators stories podcast, High 5 host Phil Brown sets the stage for back-to-school 2020.  He reaches out to educators and asks them a deeply personal question: “What Inspired You To Become An Educator?”  This High 5 podcast genuinely captures […]




Outdoor Education with Ross Cannon From Hulburt Outdoor Center

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Episode 59 – Outdoor Education with Ross Cannon Description: Ross Cannon from Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont, sat down with Phil to discuss the “magic” of working in outdoor education, making an impact on clients, and the value of connecting to the mission of the organization for which you work. Learn more about Hulbert here: https://alohafoundation.org/hulbert/ […]




Finding Pinecones – Adventure Programming Ideas for Groups

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Episode 58 – Finding Pinecones Description: In this episode Phil Brown reads a blog he wrote back in 2018 titled “Finding Pinecones” which highlights the importance of being flexible with your agenda, reading your group’s needs and enjoying the small moments.   Read the original Pinecone Blog by clicking here.




Children’s Mental Health with Scott Bryant-Comstock

High 5 Podcast VPP

Episode 57 – Children’s Mental Health with Scott Bryant-Comstock Description: Meet Scott Bryant-Comstock, founder and CEO of the Children’s Mental Health Network (CMHN) on VPP.  Scott discusses the importance of advocacy and connection, gives advice to educators regarding student mental health, and shares what gives him hope for the future of children and family services. […]




Meet Michelle Cummings – Chief Creative Officer at Training Wheels

High 5 Podcast VPP

 Episode 56 – Meet Michelle Cummings – Team Development Description: Michelle Cummings joins Phil (while at the ACCT conference earlier this year in February) to discuss how she got her start in experiential education, the importance of making connections and her parenting advice on coping with a world full of screens. Find her website […]




Tips and Strategies for Adventure Activities with Physical Distance

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Episode 56 – Tips for In-Person Trainings with Physical Distance Description: The High 5 Training team give takeaways from their first in-person trainings while using COVID-19 protocols and discuss what participants can expect from attending our new workshop Gathering Again – Adventure Activities with Physical Distance.  Learn more about the workshop here https://store.high5adventure.org/products/gather-again-adventure-activities-with-physical-distance




Interview with Rohan Shahani – Challenge Works

High 5 Podcast VPP

Episode 55 – Meet Rohan Shahani From Challenge Works Description: Rohan Shahani (Director of Training at Challenge Works) joins Phil to discuss the importance of asking “why?”, his role on the Board of ACCT and variations on traditional low elements. Check out Challenge Works – challengeworks.com




Meet Chad Littlefield – Tips for Creating Conversations That Matter

High 5 Podcast VPP

Episode 54 – Meet Chad Littlefield – Tips for Creating Conversations that Matter Description: Chad Littlefield, Chief Experience Officer at We and Me, Inc.,  joined Phil Brown (via Zoom), to talk about being a collaborator instead of a consumer, ways to maximize your use of We! Connect Cards, and his tips for creating conversations that […]




Meet Rich Klajnscek – Engineer and Outdoor Adventurer

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Episode 53 – Meet Rich Klajnscek – Outdoor Adventurer Description: Guest VPP host Chris Damboise, Director of Training & Team Development at High 5, chats with longtime friend Rich Klajnscek about meeting in the early ’90s, the creation of ACCT (and the standards), and making a career out of working on Challenge Courses.  Rich puts […]