Welcome to Portland! The Core of Discovery 2014 AORE Conference

Conference Dates:

Pre-Conferences: 11/8-11/11, 2014

Conference Dates: 11/12-11/14, 2014

Post-Conference: 11/15-11/16, 2014

*Remember We are starting our registration on Tuesday 11/11/2014 with the official first day of educational sessions on Wednesday 11/12/2014. So plan your arrival on Tuesday so you can maximize your conference experience.

Our conference theme this year is “Core of Discovery”. Through out the summer and leading into the conference you will see this theme be a consistent driver of information, content and goals related to this years conference. We ask you to reflect inward and see what are your core attributes as an organization are in relation to Outdoor Recreation and Education. You just might be surprised by what you find. The host committee hopes to offer great content for you to invest your time and efforts in during the national conference in November.

HOLY SMOKES! The 2014 AORE conference is a month away, are you ready for a truly great experience? Things are rounding into shape on the planning front from the host team. Our volunteers have been working long hours to create this 2014 conference, some highlights are: Education Sessions that will enlighten, Keynote Speaker Stacy Bare,Voodoo Donuts, Adaptive Recreation content, Active recreation opportunities (Fun Run), Career opportunities, 44 vendors with some fantastic gear, March Fourth Marching Band, Silent and Live Auctions, NOBA for you bookies, Food Carts and of course the Keep Portland Weird community of Portlandia.

Mind blown huh? Wait till you experience it live. The host Committee is psyched to have you all come to the Pacific Northwest and experience the 2014 AORE conference! Please reach out to any member of the team if you have questions.

See you in PDX!

Ann Marie and Will and the Host Team

AORE ESC Update!

The AORE Environmental Stewardship Committee encourages you to check out the Sustainability Initiatives in place at the conference site and hotel: .  Do your part, be responsible, be green!

Stacy Bare Blog

We are super psyched to meet and hear Sierra Club’s Outdoor Program Director Stacy Bare kickoff the AORE conference on Wednesday Nov. 12th. Stacy shares his thoughts on all things recreation on his blog for AORE. Check it out today.


Each conference will be located at the Portland Hilton in downtown Portland, Oregon. This will provide a unique opportunity for conference attendees of both events to informally network and gather during overlapping conference schedules.

Attendees wanting to attend both conferences will need to register independently through the AORE conference website and/or the NIRSA Region VI website.

Both associations are sensitive to the cultural and historical nature of these cornerstone association events, so many of our respective socials and meetings will be conducted independently, allowing for plenty of focused association time.

Click here to take a look at the full FAQ PDF. 




2014 AORE Annual Conference
November 12 - 14, 2014
Portland, Oregon

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97204

Conference Sponsors

AORE is proud to have Columbia as a 2014 AORE Conference Sponsor!


Career Center Sponsor

Student Social Sponsor

Premier Exhibitors