Events and Socials

Outdoor programmers, teachers, leaders, students and supporters from college and university non-credit recreational programs and degree granting programs, military bases, community recreation centers and other not-for-profit outdoor programs find the AORE conference is the year's most important event for career and program development. We offer many opportunities for outdoor professionals to come together to share ideas, learn new techniques and re-energize themselves for another year. These AORE conference events and socials are the gathering of friends and colleagues, a place to improve performance and meet new people in your field.

The COLLABORATE sessions will provide an opportunity for conference attendees to connect with members who share similar qualities or experiences. These informal and quick discussions seek to facilitate networking and relationship-building among members. Join us!

Demo Day and Outdoor Jamboree
Free Admission

Tuesday, October 31 | 11:00 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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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


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


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


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.

Continental Breakfast
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Roanoke Foyer

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


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


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.