AORE Annual Conference Schedule & Events


AORE is the premier resource for outdoor recreation and education professionals and students. In the form of presentations, symposia, workshops and activities, AORE presenters and facilitators employ strategies to spark the attention, interest and motivation of all conference attendees, leaving learners re-energized and prepared to act on learning outcomes that are supported by realistic examples and exercises, by learning activities that involve real work situations and materials, and by job aids.

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Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops & Activity Sessions

ORGPRO Breakout Track - Operations

Summit Series

Snap Learning Sessions

Research Symposium

Student and Career Center


Awards and Scholarships

Demo Day and Outdoor Jamboree

Keynote Speakers

ORGPRO Breakout Track - Operations

Events and Socials

Educational Topics

Take control of your professional development and the impact you can have on your program. Breakout sessions are centered on the educational needs of the topics below. You have the choice to deep dive into your specialty or diversify your knowledge base by attending a session outside of your field of practice. 

 

Social Justice (Diversity, Equity, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability)

Programming

Technical Skills

 

Career, Leadership and Student Development

Risk Management and Wilderness Medicine

Program Management and Administration

 

Complete Schedule

Friday, October 27 - Tuesday, October 31

  Pre-Conference Workshops and Activity Sessions
Click here to view all pre- and post-conference workshops and activities.
 
Demo Day and Outdoor Jamboree
Free Admission

Tuesday, October 31 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Explore Park

AORE's Demo Day is an event to encourage healthy, active outdoor recreation to complement the Annual Conference. By combining the things outdoor enthusiasts love – food, paddling, music, gear, biking, and demos all in a beautiful outdoor setting – Demo Day is a celebration of everything outdoors. Learn more here.

Registration and National Office Hours
Tuesday, October 31 | 2:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry


 

Committee Meetings
Tuesday, October 31 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke

Committees are the lifeblood of our Association! Meet up with your existing group or join a committee during this time.

Wednesday, November 1


Registration and National Office Hours
Wednesday, November 1 | 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry


 

Career Center
Wednesday, November 1 | 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD


 
Presenter Meeting
Wednesday, November 1 | 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB

Volunteer Pep Rally
Wednesday, November 1 | 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom E


 

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, November 1 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Opening Welcome and Keynote Address
Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO, Outdoor Afro

Wednesday, November 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

A New Narrative: Rue shares her experiences growing up in nature and leading Outdoor Afro that have helped to reshape what outdoor engagement means, and how the field can best support a future of outdoor leadership and participation in our rapidly changing field.
 
Catholes and Cairns: Leave No Trace and Your Outdoor Program
TJ Beezley, Outdoor Adventures Coordinator, Duke University Outdoor Adventures

Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn how you can incorporate Leave No Trace into your outdoor program from a former Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. This hands-on workshop will discuss activities that teach the seven principles, training opportunities for students and staff, how you can be involved with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and what other outdoor programs are doing to incorporate Leave No Trace into their programs.
 
Collaborative Programming: Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Program
Guy deBrun, Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs, James Madison University

Sasha Griffith, Coordinator of Adventure and TEAM Programs, James Madison University
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Diversity in outdoor programming is a much discussed and often elusive goal. This session will explore James Edward Mills’ concept of the “The Adventure Gap” and it’s relevance for outdoor programs. It will also introduce elements that can increase diversity in outdoor programs. Examples from programs that have proved successful in increasing multiple facets of diversity will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to develop program ideas within the session.
 
eBike Management: Get Your Motor Running....or Not!
Kristian Jackson, Senior Lecturer, Appalachian State University

Dr. Erik Rabinowitz, Associate Professor and Director of Recreation Management, Appalachian State University
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Electrically assisted bikes (ebikes) have become popular for commuters in Europe and are now making an appearance in the United States. These ebikes use an electric motor to assist the rider when pedaling. Recently, bike manufactures have created mountain bike versions of ebikes (eMTBs) for use on trails. Ebike laws are currently emerging and vary considerably from state to state. The use of EMTBs n trail systems raises several questions about their management. 1) What is the environmental impact of an eMTB compared to a traditional mountain bike? 2) What are the social impacts of eMTBs compared to a traditional mountain bike? 3) How will user conflicts be managed? 4) How should eMTBs be regulated (or their riders educated) to reduce conflicts? 5) How will trail design and signage need to be adapted to address eMTBs? This presentation will use Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park (a Watauga County Park) in Boone, NC as a case study to address these questions. The presenters will review existing laws, regulation, and research on eBikes and eMTBs.
 
Inclusive Programming: Developing an Adaptive Program Model
Elizabeth Longhurst, Training & Education Coordinator, National Ability Center

Chris Hendricks, Director, Outdoor Adventures, Duke University
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This interactive session will focus on programming for different abilities to create more inclusive programs and better serve the needs of your community. Presenters will discuss the basics of Person-first Language and present various resources for working with individuals with disabilities. With a strengths-based discussion, participants will gain resources and ideas on how to easily adapt current programs to support people with disabilities in a successful environment.
 
RecOn! Military Recreation and You
Dave Myers, Navy Getaways Manager & Outdoor Guide, United States Navy

Fernando Brown, Outdoor Recreation Program Specialist, United States Air Force
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This session is geared to anyone exploring their career options. It will focus on the types of programs that Military Recreation does for its customer base and how the goals of our programs align with traditional Recreation and Outdoor Recreation Programs offered by Colleges, Universities and many Parks & Recreation agencies across the country. We will share ideas and brainstorm with participants to create some new programs that we can take home and implement in our own professional environment. Additionally we will focus on some of the career benefits that a Military Recreation Professional can experience with their career choice.
 
Student Networking Lunch
Meet in Hotel Roanoke

Wednesday, November 1 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Nearby Restaurants

The preeminent student and professional networking event. Meet up on site at the designated location to get paired up with a professional. They pay for your lunch and you get to chat about their path, where you are, and how to get where you want to be.
 
Current Trends: Women in Outdoor Learning
Dr. Anja Whittington, Associate Professor, Radford University

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

This workshop will focus on the status of women in outdoor learning environments (OLE) examining both past and current trends of women in OLE. Drawing on the book The Palgrave International Handbook of Outdoor Learning (2017) participants will examine the rich contributions of women in OLE. It will explore the challenges and constraints that women face both recreating and working in the field. Using research and stories from the handbook this session will examine the intersection of age, gender, socioeconomic status, disability and ethnicity and how these factors impact learning. Participants will also discuss ways to create more inclusive environments and develop strategies to promote change.
 
CWA Working at Height Standards: A Presentation and Discussion of Program Impacts
Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University

Guy deBrun, Assistant Director for Adventure and Challenge Course Programs, James Madison University
Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The recently released CWA Work-At-Height Standards for artificial climbing walls has a real potential to affect how climbing wall managers do the work of managing the risks of fall hazards in climbing gyms. This presentation will give an overview of the published standards as well as offer a time for a round-table discussion of the impacts of the standards on our programs. We will do our best to help managers understand the definitions of climbing wall worker positions, fall protection systems, personal protective equipment, written hazard assessments and much more. If your program has an artificial climbing facility, this presentation will help you better understand and plan for how this new industry standard will affect you.
 
Marketing Adventure: Where Inbound Marketing Meets the Outdoors
Whitney Slightham, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Roanoke Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Tight budgets. Growing competition. Noisy advertising channels. It can be difficult to decide how to spread out your limited marketing dollars to reach the right community and make a meaningful impact on your bottom line. The power of posters, newspaper articles, radio plugs and flyers shouldn’t be ignored by a savvy marketer, but digital marketing offers a wider audience and, most importantly, data that keeps each marketing expense accountable. In this session, we’ll explore the core elements of digital marketing, including: market research, effective web design, inbound marketing, search engine optimization, community building and measuring success. Participants will be inspired by examples of successful outdoor recreation marketing campaigns and leave with an actionable digital marketing playbook to help them promote outdoor recreation.
 
Outcomes & Assessment: Moving Beyond Participation and Satisfaction
Mark Ceder, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, University of San Diego

Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University, Department of Recreational Sports
Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Is your outdoor program treated like an outsider on your campus? Join us this session for a basic overview of assessment in higher education as well as its purpose. We will address barriers to engaging with assessment within outdoor programs. You will have an opportunity to develop learning outcomes that align with institutional strategic goals. Lastly, we will discuss measures, both direct and indirect, that will provide actionable data to help inform decisions. If you have in interest in improving your teaching and student learning we hope you join us for this exciting presentation on assessment.
 
Using Cold, Wet and Alive in Leadership and Risk Management Training
Dr. Robert Kauffman, Professor, Recreation and Parks Management & Adventure Sports, Frostburg State University

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Take a spring canoe trip with David, Dean, Becky and Michael using the video Cold, Wet and Alive. David gets hypothermia and loses his boat. The session discusses leadership and risk management techniques using an interactive discussion with participants. Also, the session introduces and applies the new risk management technique of “barrier analysis.”
 
Experiential Practitioners - Keeping it Simple: The ABCs of Engagement and Relevance
Dr. Matthew Broda, Associate Professor, College of Wooster

Trevor Dunlap, Executive Director, Nuhop
Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Many times, it is the simplest of ideas that can have the most profound impact. In this session we will focus on an experiential methodology that strips away the trappings of equipment/material heavy facilitation and focus instead on a single element that can be utilized across a wide range of user groups. Using a simple “alphabet deck,” participants will experience a scaffolded progression of activities designed to foster deep collaboration and experiential engagement.

As experiential educators we focus on exercises that create opportunities for participants to be socially, emotionally, kinesthetically and intellectually involved in the learning process. It is easy to think only from the lens of large-prop or challenge course element to achieve such outcomes. With intentional design and simple tools, facilitators can provide a safe space for growth and challenge. Emphasizing the experience over the object/tool eliminates distraction and provides for authentic and lasting change.
 
Introduction to University Ultralight Backpacking
Ryan Murphy, Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures, George Mason University

Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Ultralight and lightweight backpacking allow novice and expert hikers to travel longer and farther with less effort and wear and tear on their body. Lighter weight techniques can help with differently-abled hikers' ability to enjoy the great outdoors. In this session we will examine and discuss the philosophy, techniques, and equipment to allow your institution to start traveling lighter in the backcountry. We will also cover common pitfalls and misconceptions of the ultralight mindset. We will focus on teaching principles and techniques to allow participants to discover what works for them, rather than attaining the lowest pack weights.
 
Partnering for Success with Academic Units: Strategies and Concepts
Nathan Harlan, Director, Adventure WV, West Virginia University

Marion Holmes, Assistant Director, West Virginia University
Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Adventure WV has grown substantially and developed a broad base of stakeholders and partners across the land grant institution. Much of this success is due to cultivating partnerships with various academic units. We will share some specific examples of success and discuss some strategies and principles that have enabled Adventure WV to grow in its impact at WVU.

 

Solving Vertical Rope Riddles
Jon Tierney, Owner, Guide, Acadia Mountain Guides

Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Learn some universal principles and techniques that will aid you in potentially complicated vertical situations such as load transitions, alternative rappelling and ascending methods, partner rescues and simplified knot passes. These tips will be useful to anyone who works or recreates in a vertical sport. Bring your harness, slings, cordelettes, belay tools and a few carabiners. If you don't have them, we'll have spares.
 
Start Today: Increase the Environmental Sustainability of Your Program
Elise Clausen, Outdoor Coordinator - Climbing Center, University of Idaho

Nick McEacheran, Outdoor Adventures Graduate Assistant, University of Utah
Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

We have all read about sustainability initiatives like converting vehicles to use electricity, creating a zero waste program, offsetting your carbon footprint with purchasing carbon credits, composting food waste and much more. We're breaking down barriers in this session designed to leave attendees with a variety of strategies to increase environmental sustainability today including a cost/analysis breakdown of each initiative discussed. Find out why it's so important to actively promote conservation and sustainability in your program, and how easily it can be achieved.
 
Creating a Collegiate Climbing Circuit: Collaborating Across Campuses and State Lines
Elise Clausen, Outdoor Program Coordinator - Climbing Center, University of Idaho

Ty Atwater, Climbing and Wilderness Skills Coordinator, Oregon State University
Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

We all program events and collaborate with colleagues on a regular basis, but have you ever thought of creating a regional series of events across campuses? The Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit (NC3) was the brain child of directors and coordinators past, but is well and alive after ten years of successful collaboration. See the barriers, difficulties, successes as well as the trajectory of the NC3 in this presentation, and learn what it takes to create and host your own series of events - no borders, no boundaries.
 
Discovery Agents: Getting Youth Active Outdoors in a Digital Age
Chris Holmes, US Business Development and Interpretive Services, Discovery Agents

Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Kids today spend increasingly less time outdoors, are not getting nearly enough physical exercise, and are glued to their screens. Discovery Agents has found a revolutionary way to utilize the technology that kids can’t get away from and turned it into a tool for outdoor recreation and education. Discovery Agents is a place-based mobile game that motivates kids to get outside and actively learn about the world around them. Discovery Agents works with forest rangers, park interpreters, and environmental educators to enable them to create engaging gamified "Missions" that kids can only play by moving and exploring their public lands. This hands-on session will allow participants to try out the program for themselves and develop their own very own Pokémon GO style mobile game. Bring your laptop and mobile device and create, publish, and play Discovery Agents and explore the power of gamification in outdoor recreation and education!
 
Lessons Learned: Weaving Your Program into the Fabric of an Institution
Greg Corio, Executive Director, West Virginia University

Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Wanting to start a new outdoor program? Working at a college and like to grow your outdoor program? Then this workshop is for you. During this workshop the presenter will share lessons learned over the past 13 years working in higher education. Lessons learned from pitching a new program to how support was gained to allow the program to become a stand along department with 12 full time staff and a $2 million+ budget. These lessons will be relevant to programs at all institutions. Learn about the data that helped support this growth, which includes the retention and graduation rates. This data show that every dollar invested in the outdoor orientation program yields $10.60 back to the institution.
 
Revolutionizing the Leadership Paradigm: Using Student Driven Mentorship to Facilitate Growth
Willie Long, Outdoor Program Coordinator, Southern Oregon University

Nicole Grin, Outdoor Adventure Trip Leader and Instructor, Adventure Treks and Naturalists at Large
Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Learn how a new approach to student professional development transformed the culture of feedback and mentorship at a University Outdoor Program. The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Outdoor Program developed and implemented an unconventional program to support and train students in becoming adventure trip staff as well as to overcome obstacles that both students and the program faced in regards to recruiting, training and the promotion of adventure trip staff. This program has been coined the “Student Driven Mentorship Program” (SDMP).

The SDMP focuses on students providing peer to peer mentorship and feedback through trip related forms evaluating both technical and interpersonal skills. The approach has created a self-propelling leadership development program that is unique in that it can operate mostly independently of administration, empowering participants to take ownership of their own growth.
 
Transforming Power and Privilege to Allyship in the Outdoors
Kimberly Barrett, Program Director, cityWILD

Monserrat Alvarez, Program Assistant, cityWILD
Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

The realm of nature and the outdoors is not exempt to societal power dynamics and their manifestations in our everyday lives. Some have begun the journey to explore the concept of privilege and how it impacts ourselves, while others have not. This topic brings up confusion, defensiveness, and other difficult emotions. We will explore ways we hold privilege within various aspects of our identities, understand the impacts of that privilege, and explore ways our privilege can be used to create a more genuinely inclusive and equitable space. Taking place over three days, each session will dive deeper into conversations around transforming privilege and power to genuine allyship. This three part series will scaffold conversations and model how to effectively hold space for people who are at different levels of understanding and learning in this process. Participants will gain specific tools for holding these courageous conversations in their home organizations.

Dinner on Your Own
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Nearby Restaurants

Pint Glass  Social
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Outdoor gear, friends and free beer. What more is there to say? Purchase a $10 pint glass and enjoy free beer throughout the night as you check out our exhibitor hall with more than 50 vendors.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Enjoy appetizers and try our local Roanoke brew while you wander through this year's fantastic line up of exhibitor booths.

NOBA Auction
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

This is your chance to bid on and take home your favorite NOBA books. The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award program. Each fall in early November, the NOBA Foundation announces the winners of the ten categories making up the program, including History, Literature, Children, Nature, Natural History, Instructional, Adventure Guidebook, Nature Guidebook, Design, and Outdoor Classic.

Silent Auction
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Bid on sleeping pads, headlamps, SUP boards, kayaks and more. Open during the Exhibitor Hall, proceeds from the Silent Auction go toward the Fund for Student and Professional Development.

Student Social
Wednesday, November 1 | 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | River Rock Climbing Gym

Start out on the right foot at AORE by coming to the Student Social. Meet other students, eat some free food, and hear about all the exciting opportunities at the AORE conference.

Thursday, November 2


Registration and National Office Hours
Thursday, November 2 | 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry


 

Career Center
Thursday, November 2 | 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD


 

Yoga Session
Thursday, November 2 | 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Peacock Alley


 

Student Business Meeting (including Breakfast)
Thursday, November 2 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB


 

Continental Breakfast, Silent and NOBA Auctions
Thursday, November 2 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Roanoke Ballroom


 
  Co-Leadership: Transforming Strangers into Effective Leadership Teams
Caroline Stone, Program Coordinator, Princeton University- Outdoor Action

Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The positive stories of friendships fostered through co-leading a trip tend to dominate our program’s narratives, without giving space for more challenging and negative experiences to be voiced, unpacked, and addressed. What are the critical components that differentiate successful co-leader dynamics from unsuccessful? Our goal is to holistically look at existing practices within our programs—from announcing leader pairings, conducting on-the-trail feedback sessions, and through the final debriefs—to understand areas where we can proactively support positive co-leader dynamics, and also seek to understand the challenges that leaders sometimes face. This workshop will include anecdotes that motivate change, discussion of shared challenges, and presentation of Princeton’s new holistic approach to systematically improving co-leader dynamics for all of our trips.
 
Preventing Beta Spray: Micro Aggressions in Indoor Climbing Facilities
Ty Atwater, Climbing & Wilderness Skills Coordinator, Adventure Leadership Institute - OSU

Sydney Iverson, Student Manager Indoor Climbing Facilities, Adventure Leadership Institute OSU
Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

This presentation will examine the results of targeted interventions intended to reduce the instances of micro aggressions experienced at Indoor Climbing Facilities. The presenters will share the results of baseline data collection, the type and implementation of interventions utilized and if/how those interventions had an impact on the user experience.
 
Professional Credentialing: The Time is Right
Dr. Mark Wagstaff, Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Radford University

Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

As a thriving professional organization, AORE is now poised to successfully develop and support a professional outdoor leadership credential. Current outdoor leader career research clearly points to the importance of an association’s role in one’s professional development. In particular, students and young professionals entering the profession would clearly benefit from an AORE sponsored credential that verifies the competencies expected of an outdoor leader. Supported by the outdoor leadership literature, this session will focus on the phenomena of micro credentialing as a potential path for AORE. The purpose of this session is to ignite interest and movement towards formally recognizing aspiring young professionals in a new and dynamic way. The time is right for AORE to support an entry-level credential that reflects the burgeoning professionalism sweeping our industry.
 
The Role of University Outdoor Recreation Programs: A Multi-Phased, Multi-Method Research Study
Ryan Zwart, Associate Instructor, Indiana University

Dr. Curt Davidson, Assistant Professor, California State University Long Beach
Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The project’s purpose was to examine motivations, outcomes, and constraints to participation in various aspects of university-based adventure programs including short-term programs, climbing wall usage, and freshman orientation programming; as well as, approach the topic of ethnic and cultural diversity within these programs. With the generous support of AORE, this project has been ongoing since the fall of 2016, and has provided a rich data base describing various phenomenon of interest to the project as set forth by the ART. These data were collected through several institutions that agreed to participate in data collection and were completed in the summer of 2016. The project was broken down into the following four phases: 1) Identify motivations and outcomes of climbing wall usage on college campuses, 2) Determine stress reduction possibilities from short term college based outdoor adventure education courses, 3) Assess wilderness freshman orientation programs’ ability to increase readiness for college as measured by the college Student Readiness Inventory, and 4) Investigate motivations and constraints for racial and ethnic minority representatives to participate in college based outdoor adventure education programs through focus groups sessions.
 
Better Living through Trails: The Power of Trails in Your Community
Andy Williamson, Director of Programs, International Mountain Bicycling Association

Anthony Duncan, Atlantic Region Director, IMBA
Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Access to neighborhood singletrack, community bicycle playgrounds, bike parks, and other types of natural surface trail access is key to growing the future cycling community & both the on and off-road bike market.

It is more important now than ever to ensure our youth, families, and underserved populations and communities have access to natural surface riding opportunities. The intimate memories created during exploration on a bicycle are what creates adult cycling enthusiasts, consumers, and most of all, advocates to protect, enhance, and create great experiences for future generations.

Participants will learn about the components of a bike park, how to incorporate them into their community, and some tips on resources, support, and tactics to make their vision a reality.
 
Learning with LEGOs: Search and Rescue Workshop
Tony Blasucci, Graduate Assistant, University of Georgia

Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Through this interactive workshop using LEGOs, you will practice collaborative problem solving in the context of a missing person case. Participants from a variety of backgrounds can all benefit from this session as it is more about "the collective process" of critical decision making in crisis, rather than a procedural lesson in search and rescue protocols. Attendees will hear a case, brainstorm a solution, and act out their plan with LEGOs. The session will play out like a game of clue, simulated with outdoor themed miniatures and terrain.
 
Perceived Barriers Among African American Students' Participation in Outdoor Recreation in the South
Todd Davis, Director, Recreation Leadership & Outdoor Education, Delta State University

Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This presentation will introduce the audience to data and information gathered from a dissertation and experimental design study within the State of Mississippi assessing outdoor recreation programs at 4 major universities. African American students provide perspectives on the value, need, and barriers concerning outdoor recreation opportunities. Participation in outdoor recreation activity as leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) for some ethnic groups is increasing in popularity in many forms across the country. However, there is a distinct and significant difference concerning outdoor recreation activity as LTPA participation rates among 18-24-year-old Caucasians and African Americans in the Southern United States region. The Outdoor Foundation Participation Report (2012) indicated that only 32 percent of African American 18-24-year-olds (college-age African Americans) participated in outdoor recreation activity compared to 62 percent of Caucasians in the same age range. Further research demonstrates this participation gap trend in outdoor recreation activity and LTPA continues as both African American and Caucasians mature into adulthood.
 
Strategies to Improve Goal Setting, Focus, and Decision Making Among Your Staff
Brad King, Director of Recreation and Athletics, Hampshire College

Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Whether you are new to supervising others or you’ve been do so for years, you and your team could likely perform smarter and hit mile stones faster. This workshop will discuss a few strategies proven to help individuals and teams perform better through improved focus, smarter goal setting, and handling distractions through intentional decision making. Throughout the session you will have the opportunity to set goals of your own and identify what steps to take next to begin making progress immediately. Additionally, you’ll identify likely distractions and make a plan to handle those distractions in order to minimize the impact on your progress. This session will be made up of a lecture style and storytelling presentation combined with small group discussions.

Lunch in the Exhibitor Hall
Thursday, November 2 | 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom


Lunch is served while you meet and greet with vendor representatives in the Exhibitor Hall.

Town Hall #1
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Appalachian


 
 
Endless Possibilities: Build a Leadership & Teambuilding Program Without a Challenge Course!
Tyler Young, Outdoor Leadership Coordinator, The Ohio State University

Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The Ohio State University is one of the few large, land-grant institutions without a low or high ropes challenge course. This has been embraced as an opportunity, and we've THRIVED as a result! If you are seeking to build solid programming without a challenge course, this presentation will inspire, equip, and motivate you to think outside the box with theory-based, purposed steps toward constructing a successful leadership and teambuilding program; from 2-hour programming to a retreat, three-day wilderness experience, week-long trip, or a 28-day expedition, you will find there are no limits to what can be achieved when you put your mind and creativity to the test without a challenge course.
 
Exploring the Untold Narrative of Outdoor Recreation in the US
Kellie Gerbers, Assistant Director for Outdoor Recreation, University of Georgia

Josh Fulmer, Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation, University of Georgia
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Our nation is wrought with conflicting accounts of history when we consider who is included and who is left out of our existing narrative. The history of US outdoor recreation is no different; when we hear the phrase, "the outdoors is for everyone," we should consider how perceptions of this sentiment may not be unanimous. This presentation will explore current national population and outdoor participation trends and historical influences so that audience members will have a better understanding of why our existing outdoor narrative needs to shift. Presenters will highlight several "untold" narratives in US outdoor recreation and will address how the current narrative alienates specific social identity groups. Lastly, the presenters will lead the audience through an interactive activity in which the audience will critique existing outdoor recreation media messages with regard to bias and issues of privilege. This presentation will appeal to attendees who have interest in history, popular media, and social justice.
 
Setting Industry-Wide Benchmarks for Outdoor Leader Training and Development
Dr. Will Hobbs, Assistant Professor, Georgia College

Dr. Kelli McMahan, Senior Lecturer, Baylor University
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

It is the hallmark of any profession to be able to point to clear and precise benchmarks to define scope of practice across competency levels. What is expected for an apprentice to transition to leader? Leader to Expert? Many of us refer to ourselves as "outdoor professionals" (the presenters included), but as a general rule, our industry operates without congruence or agreement on what that title means, forcing individual programs and organizations to create a wide range of terms, labels, positions, simply to describe the individuals conducting business in our arena. This has generated some pretty strong confusion on who can do what, and where, and with whom, which increases training costs for many providers and undermines the legitimacy of the field. As a profession, we should be able to expect a consistent set of skills/knowledge/abilities in anyone trained as an “Outdoor Leader”, but it appears that there has been deep-seated resistance to setting benchmarks for leader training and development over the years. Our goal here is to (re)visit this discussion and work together to identify barriers and constraints set against benchmarks, share existing training commonalities among programs, and outline viable solutions for increased professionalism and the betterment of our industry.
 
Seven Continents in Seven Years!
Michael Edwards, Sr. Director of Campus Recreation, Georgia Tech

David Knobbe, Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation, Georgia Tech
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Georgia Tech has within its 25-year strategic plan, goals aimed at preparing a better global citizen. One strategy is to ensure that Georgia Tech students have an at least one international experience of some type before they graduate.

The University has long believed that Campus Recreation can play a primary role on campus by assisting in the development of desirable characteristics sought by employers and useful in life in our global society. With this in mind, in 2010 the recreation department set a long- term goal to develop an international adventure program that allows for a student outdoor recreation experience on all seven continents by the end of 2017 (or early in 2018).

Learn not only about our accomplishments but how Georgia Tech’s Outdoor Recreation program incrementally built the organizational skills and systems required to accomplish the goal. This presentation will provide insight into the program structure, planning, funding and relationship building that has gone into the accomplishment of this goal.
 
Improving Situational Awareness in Field Staff
Dr. Jeff Turner, Associate Professor, Georgia College

Dr. Will Hobbs, Assistant Professor, Georgia College
Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Situational awareness is a concept commonly used in professions which include dynamic contexts and high risk (e.g. flight, military, medicine, driving, disaster response, etc.). This presentation will address what is known about Situational Awareness in these related contexts and encourage participants to apply this knowledge to outdoor recreation and education settings.
 
Maximizing Climbing Wall Potential through Programming
Bryan Karban, Climbing and Trips Coordinator, University of Minnesota

Taber Tang, Climbing Program Assistant, University of Minnesota
Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Climbing walls are not simply an amusement or architectural showpiece--they can be an integral part of any college, university, municipal or military recreation program. Whether you are looking to build a new climbing wall or have an existing program, this workshop will explore some of the strategic areas your program can invest in to maximize the functionality of the climbing space you have. Topics addressed will include utilizing professional resources, route setting, staff training, climbing teams/competitions, clinics, and group events. Administrators with a wall as part of their program, wall managers, and student staff will all find inspiration and valuable information in this session.
 
Preventing Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Infections: What You Need To Know
Jo Ellis, Director Education Outreach, Bay Area Lyme Foundation

Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Lyme disease is the fastest-growing, vector-borne disease in the US today, outstripping Malaria, West Nile Virus and HIV/Aids combined. With an estimated 330,000 NEW cases annually in the US, keeping students and employees safe from tick-borne infections is a new imperative. And outdoor enthusiasts are one of the most susceptible demographic for contracting tick-borne pathogens that can lead to serious, lifelong, debilitating effects. Although primarily a medical research organization, Bay Area Lyme Foundation is committed to preventing new cases of Lyme through education and outreach into communities most at-risk. Come to this session and learn the latest facts on Lyme, how to prevent it, how to recognize the symptoms, know the correct procedure if you or a program participant is bitten, and get FREE materials to take away and share with staff, employees and participants. Also learn about the latest news from the cutting edge of medical science as we work to understand how to fight Lyme and other tick-borne pathogens with new diagnostics and therapeutics.
 
The Power of Everyday Inclusion
Rodo Leone, Assistant Director - Outdoor Program, Boise State University

Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

How inclusive is your Outdoor Program? If inclusion is truly a core value and professional competency of our field, we must embody these principles in our daily work. Understanding the influential, cultural, and ideological factors concealed behind an individual's attitudes and perceptions can help to identify social barriers that may limit participant's access to programs. Through an interactive, dynamic, and thought-provoking presentation, participants will recognize and understand how it feels to not be included. The session will open a discussion about how to approach cultural differences, celebrate individual uniqueness, and identify strategies to overcome current social barriers that restrict participation in outdoor programs.

Research Poster Presentations
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall


 

NOBA and Silent Auction Pickup
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom


 

Dinner on Your Own
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. |
Nearby Restaurants

 

Super Social
Thursday, November 2 | 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | Taubman Museum of Art


Join us for an evening of food, music, and entertainment with our live auction. Purchase a ticket for your guests for $50.

Friday, November 3


Registration and National Office Hours
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry


 

Career Center
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD


 

Continental Breakfast
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Roanoke Foyer
  Paperless and Productive: Creating an Internal Website for Your Outdoor Program
Austin Souto, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Clemson University

Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Paper…it takes up space, costs money, gets lost, is environmentally unfriendly, and is just generally messy. Yet, we rely on it for everything. Trip plans, evaluations, waivers, schedules – it is all printed on paper. But what if there was an alternative? What if there was a way to reduce our environmental impact by using less paper while also providing a more streamlined and consistent way for our staff to access the information they need to do their jobs? During this session, we will look how to use Google apps (Sites, Drive, Forms, etc.) to construct a resource website and database for staff-only use. Online scheduling, staff contact info, trip planning forms, peer evaluations, trip photo management, and more can all be accessed by staff online, from anywhere, and managed without the need for printing off anything. And since it’s done through Google, it’s totally free!
 
AORE Lands Access: Navigating AORE Tool Kit and Resources for Land Access
Nate Bondi, Director, Colorado School of Mines

Levi Dexel, Director- CU-Boulder Outdoor Adventure Programs, CU-Boulder
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

In an ever changing world of policy and permits, this workshop will be a mix of learning to navigate the resources available to AORE members for land access permitting, and learning from seasoned outdoor directors on land access management and working with your local, state, and federal land managers. We will look at the current changes in land management and ways that you can work to gain the access to the areas your group and programs are interested in traveling.

As Colorado is currently a hot spot for recent federal changes with the National Forest and the National Park Service, we will share our years of experience on how to navigate the local, state, and federal work with land managers.
 
Collaborative Orientation: Two Departments Joining Forces to Create an Outdoor Orientation Program
Andrew Carruth, Student Development Specialist, Texas A&M University

Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Now in its third year, Texas A&M University’s Venture: Base Camp has grown from its original roots to being a successful outdoor orientation program including being recognized as the 2016 Innovative Program of the Year by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Much of this success can be attributed to the coordinating team’s efforts to successfully collaborate to bring together experts in the areas of extended orientation and outdoor recreation and trip planning from across campus. In this session, presenters will guide attendees through the processes that have been used to create and build this program. Presenters will also discuss strategies in gaining administrative support and buy in for the program, financial development, as well as using assessment tools to measure quality and make improvements to the program. Information and resources will be provided on the blended approach used to staff the program, using undergraduate student mentors in partnership with outdoor trip staff to facilitate the majority of the program. Throughout the session, presenters will also share challenges that were experienced, and strategies and tools that institutions can use to avoid these challenges as they create or grow their outdoor orientation programs. While the program overall has continued to be successful, there have been plenty of lessons learned that will discussed to benefit attendees in their efforts to build their own respective programs.
 
Inclusive Employment: How to Create Communities of Success through Your Programs
Elizabeth Longhurst, Training & Education Coordinator, National Ability Center

Steve Robinson, Sports & Recreation Manager, National Ability Center
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

The purpose of this session is to discuss ideas & collaborative techniques to utilize individuals of all abilities in the workplace. Concepts will surround the demonstration of a strength-based program that helps to build and reinforce vocational, social, and independent living skills through community programs and recreational activities. Presenters will explain how the COACH internship was created to address needs in the community, examples of gained support from donors and individuals, and how the internship has grown through collaborative partnerships and strategic initiatives. The session will conclude with discussion points around successful integration of people with disabilities.
 
Programming for Student Health: A Fresh Approach to Outdoor Programming
Nick McEachern, Graduate Assistant, University of Utah

Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

For the past ten years, the average life expectancy in the United States has either remained stagnant or decreased. Meanwhile, the rates of obesity, suicide, heart disease, drug overdose, and other health ailments have increased. Thus, there is a significant health problem in our country that is not being solved. Furthermore, the health habits that young adults develop while in college stay with them for the rest of their lives. According to the National Collegiate Health Assessment, the majority of students remark that their poor health negatively affects their academics. University and collegiate outdoor programs are uniquely positioned to help students live healthy lives. This presentation builds on mixed-methods research which examined the physical, social, and emotional health outcomes associated with participation in the University of Utah Outdoor Adventures’ equipment rental program, indoor climbing facility, and trips program. It provides the attendees with a framework to not only program for health outcomes, but to explain these benefits in a more clear and succinct way to administrators which will in turn increase the value of their programs to the campus community.
 
Tour and Time Planning for the Outdoor Professional
James Pierson, NW Programs Coordinator, American Alpine Institute

Friday, November 3 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Techniques to create and execute a tour plan with accurate times and relevant data for moving through the wilderness, whether it is a single day backcountry tour, or a multi-day cross-country trek.
 
Medical Rodeo: Teambuilding that Refreshes Your Staff’s WFR/WFA Skills
Hailey Hester, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Georgia State University

Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Learn a fresh way to dust off your WFA/WFR knowledge to bring back to your staff through the utilization of scenarios built into a partner oriented teambuilding activity. This is a great way to have fun and dust off the cob webs while sharpening your medical skills. You will leave with a new trick up your sleeve to bring home continuing education for your staff, and your own skills refreshed! This session is taught by SOLO instructors.
 
Cross-Cultural Experiential Programming: Create a Lasting and Inspiring Experience for Everyone
Ken Gates, Director, Orfalea Foundation's REACH Program

Danika Robison, Program Manager, Tandana Foundation
Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

In an increasingly connected world, becoming a global citizen, and appreciating different cultures has become more important than ever. Unifying complex relationships between organizations, participants, and communities may seem daunting, but the value of a well facilitated experience can last a lifetime. This workshop explores strategies for maximizing those relationships and creating an environment that supports participants/hosts throughout the experience and after. Whether you’re beginning to explore the idea of a cross cultural experience, or your program has been running them for years, this workshop will help you identify what is essential to your programs goals, and how to get there.
 
Gear Failures: Tips and Tricks for Field Repairs
Ryan Murphy, Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures, George Mason University

Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Gear fails. Knowing a few simple field repairs can mean the difference between completing your adventure or retreating to the van. This session will cover simple field fixes for common equipment failures as well as what to keep in your “equipment first aid kit”. We will also dip our toes into more complicated post-trip repair techniques and skills. Learn to keep your favorite gear in the field longer.
 
Leave No Trace for Kids: Research Shows It Works
Ben Lawhon, Education Director, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Dr. Derrick Taff, Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

The Leave No Trace PEAK Principles and associated educational curriculum were developed in 2001 to teach children the skills necessary to make responsible decisions when recreating in the outdoors. While the program has been in existence for many years, little is known regarding its efficacy. The purpose of this study was to gain understanding of the effectiveness of a PEAK educational module to influence attitudes, intentions, and behaviors in a manner more congruent with commonly accepted Leave No Trace Principles and practices. The results of this research provide guidance for the development of future Leave No Trace programs for youth.
 
Sage Brush Rebellion: A Part of the War on Public Lands
Representative Mat Erpelding, House Minority Leader, State of Idaho

Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This presentation will review the long-standing struggle over public lands and explain why the attack on public lands is serious, sustained and dangerous. This presentation will also provide leaders with the information needed to help engage outdoor leaders in the struggle to keep and protect public federal lands.

Town Hall #2
Friday, November 2 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Appalachian


 
 
The Right Person for the Job: Matching Program Needs with Staff Skills
Austin Souto, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Clemson University

Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A significant amount of work has been put into the identification of the skills that are needed to be an effective outdoor leader, but the reality is that no one person ever possesses all of these skills, at least not in equal measure. These skill lists have unintentionally misled us into thinking outdoor program staff need to be all of these things, but this is not the case. Outdoor programs are as varied as the people who staff them, and the goal should not be finding or developing the perfect, do-it-all outdoor leader, a mythical, superhuman being if there ever was one. Instead, what we really need to know is what combinations of skill sets are required to fulfill specific roles within a given outdoor program based on its own unique goals and needs. The goal of this presentation is to provide some terminology, ways of thinking about and implementing practices related to staff hiring and development as influenced by program needs and goals.
 
Breaking the Ice: An Interactive Workshop for Facilitators and Trip Leaders
Sasha Griffith, Coordinator of Adventure & TEAM Programs, James Madison University

Roger Greer, Outdoor Recreation Challenge Course Coordinator, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The overall goal of this session is to help you add to your “bag of tricks.” Whether you lead trips, meetings, or challenge course programming, you will be able to leave with multiple ideas of how to get a group get up and going. This session will focus on participating in games, deinhibitizers, and ice breakers. We will briefly discuss modifications or variations to games to fit different groups. This workshop will cover a variety of ice breakers and short games to wake a group up or get them to laugh at a frustrating time so they can move forward.
 
Choose Your Own Adventure: Education and Empowerment through Bikepacking
Whitney Ford-Terry, Tour Leader & Tours Specialist, Adventure Cycling Association

Joey Parent, Assistant Director - Outdoor Adventure Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
Brett Davis, Assistant Director of Recreation Services, Fort Lewis College
Colt Fetters, Coordinator, Auburn Outdoors, Auburn University
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

So you like mountain biking AND backpacking - why not give bikepacking a try? With a proliferation of new gear options, routes and engagement opportunities bikepacking has become more popular than ever. This session will begin with a brief history of bike travel and explore its potential as a platform for experiential education by providing information on current programs and resources.
 
Fostering a Culture of Improvement and Accountability - Advanced Assessment
Mark Ceder, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, University of San Diego

Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University, Department of Recreational Sports
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Co-curricular Learning have become buzz-words on university campuses in the last 10 years. This presentation will explore the co-curricular learning environment along with the idea of High Impact Practices and the tools and strategies that some outdoor programs are using to measure and document student learning. Creating a culture of assessment allows outdoor program administrators to make data-driven changes to their programs that enhance student learning, effectively utilize resources and intentionally align with university mission statements and goals. Come attend this session to learn more.
 
Guide to Effective Leadership: Are You In or Out of the Box?
Jessica Brown, Associate Director, Recreational Sports, University of North Georgia

Ashley Hall, Student Supervisor, Outdoor Pursuits, University of North Georgia
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

All of us strive to become leaders. What most people do not know is that we are living in the “box”, even as leaders. Using the book Leadership and Self-Deception as our guide, join us for this presentation to have your out of the box thinking challenged and your perspective of leadership changed. Through small group discussions and an interactive presentation, we will introduce Self-Deception, Self-Betrayal and Collusion to explain the ways you might view other people without even realizing it. By the end of our presentation, our goal is to help you find the most effective ways for you to work with your team by leading out of the “box”!
 
Spice Up Your Trips: Implementing a Placed Based Approach to Outdoor Programming
Alice Morgan, SOAR Coordinator, Shenandoah University

Katie Spain, SOAR Student Director, Shenandoah University
Friday, November 3 | 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Placed based education is all about connecting people to local places, so it is a natural fit for outdoor recreation. In this presentation, you’ll learn all about Shenandoah University’s unconventional Spring Break trips that welcome students to Appalachian culture, has them sample streams to assist Citizen Science efforts and fight invasive species, and makes them all potential thru-hikers. We do all of this while teaching them to budget, cook, and see the natural world as “their place” through hiking and backpacking.

While this trip focuses on the mountains of northern Georgia and North Carolina, the principles of placed based education can be applied to any geographic location and most types of outdoor recreation trips. After this presentation, participants will go home with the information they need to spice up their own trips, reach a different audience of students, and create even more memorable experiences for their programs.

Lunch on Your Own
Friday, November 3 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. |
Nearby Restaurants

 
 
Adventure and Academics: Why Offering Trips for Credit Will Transform Your Program
Matt Hartman, Assistant Director, Ohio State University, Rec Sports

Mike Ackerman, Associate Director, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Friday, November 3 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What partnerships could you develop to connect with the academic mission of your institution? In this session, attendees will learn about the nitty-gritty details of collaborating with academic units—from offering trainings and programs for academic credit to developing relationships with key academic stakeholders for mutually-beneficial initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on real-life examples with the goal of illuminating how these collaborations and partnerships can both benefit students and your department's connection to the academic mission of your campus.
 
Environmental Stewardship: Connecting Outdoor Programming with Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Understanding
Eric Frauman, Associate Professor, Recreation Management, Appalachian State University

Dylan Blaskey, Assistant Director - Outdoor Adventures, Tulane University
Friday, November 3 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Historically, most college outdoor programs introduce outdoor education topics such as "Leave No Trace" (LNT) principles in staff training and in the field with participants. While LNT is a useful tool to educate with, the current times we live suggest a need to expand the conversation to include a discussion of environmental issues and the natural resources outdoor programs depend on to carry out their offerings. Following an introduction addressing why this topic is important, attendees will be asked to share and discuss the role of natural resource management, as well as how related environmental issues have implications for their programs. Our goal is to engage attendees to take action on behalf of the environment and the natural resources they depend on for their programming.
 
Increasing Your Program's Diversity From Three Directions
Marc Magnus-Sharpe, Director, Cornell Outdoor Education

Friday, November 3 | 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A compilation of 5-years of successful strategies for increasing program diversity. Organizations often struggle with the diversity question of what to focus on first, recruiting management, hiring staff, or reaching more diverse clients and participants. This workshop will share what was done as part of three distinct organizations committed to making positive change.

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, November 3 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Shenandoah AB


 

Awards Social Hour
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. |
Roanoke Foyer

 

Awards Banquet and Dinner
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom


This dinner and awards presentation recognizes the many leaders in our field. The national winners and finalists of the AORE Association Awards will be recognized, as well as other special award recipients, Board members, committee members and our conference host committee members. The 2018 AORE Annual Conference date and location will be unveiled. Business/professional attire. Purchase a ticket for your guests for $55.

Saturday, November 4 - Sunday, November 5

  Post-Conference Workshops and Activity Sessions
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