Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium: OOPS

OOPS brings program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers in one place to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs. OOPS provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that will help established and aspiring programs. At OOPS, you will have the opportunity to meet others in the field, access new research, and share and discuss program management.

Upcoming OOPS Events


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Session 1: Writing Proposals to get Funding | Greg Corio, West Virginia University
Date and Location: Tuesday, November 7 | 9:00am – 12:30pm | Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada
Cost: $50 Student / $75 Professional

Session 2: Creating Assessments for your Program | Mark Ceder, University of San Diego
Date and Location: Tuesday, November 7 | 1:30pm – 5:00pm | Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada
Cost: $50 Student / $75 Professional

Session 3: Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium | Brent Bell, University of New Hampshire
Date and Location: Wednesday, November 8 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada
Cost: $110 Student / $170 Professional

Session Fee for all 3 events: $190 Student / $290 Professional

The Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium is dedicated to bringing program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers together to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs.

Every Symposium provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that help established and aspiring outdoor orientation programs. Attendees will learn from multiple presenters and a keynote speaker in multiple presentation formats including experiential formats.

The outdoor orientation experiences provide students and young leaders with the unique opportunity to develop supportive peer groups during transition to college. These intensive, adventure-based experiences impact over 25,000 students a year, providing many students with their first intensive outdoor recreation experience. These experiences have also become a burgeoning area of growth for outdoor recreation leaders.

In 2012, the 2nd Outdoor Orientation Census was completed and in 6 years the number of outdoor orientation programs increased from 162 in 2006, to 185 in 2012. Perhaps most impressively, the number of student participants increased by 5,000 in the same time period.

Learn More

"Pre-Orientation programs welcome class of 2016" Hamilton College's The Spectator, 2016

"College outdoor orientation programs on the rise" Associated Press, 2011

"Outdoor Orientation Program Research" Brent Bell, Marion Reid Holmes, 2010

Do you have resources to share with the OOPS community? Documents that make your program run? Links to helpful resources, or research and assessment tools? You can help others by sharing your knowledge! Send them to nationaloffice@aore.org.

Previous OOPS Events

Date

Host

Location

Keynote Speaker

2002 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH  
2003 Camp Jewell YMCA Colebrook, CT  
2004 Sargent Center/Boston University Boston, MA Preston Cline
2005 Camp Jewell YMCA Colebrook, CT Reb Gregg
2006 Bolton Valley Bolton Valley, VT Greg Corio
2006 AEE International Conference St. Paul, MN Stephen Kellert
2006 Frost Valley YMCA Claryville, NY Dave Moriah
2007 AORE Annual Conference Ashville, NC Roy Smith & John Gardner
2008 Sargent Center/Boston University Boston, MA Roy Smith & Leslie Gerwin
2008   Vancouver, WA Dan Garvey
2009 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA Panel Presentation
2009 AORE Annual Conference Minneapolis, MN  
2010 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Nobleboro, ME  
2011 First-Year Experience Conference Atlanta, GA Patrick Terenzini
April 8, 2011 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA  
November 2, 2011 AEE International Conference Jacksonville, FL Carrie Lobman, Ed.D.
April 13, 2012 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Woodstock, CT Dr. Charles Schroeder
November 6, 2012 AORE Annual Conference Snowbird, UT  
April 5, 2013 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA  
February 15, 2014 First-Year Experience Conference San Diego, CA  
April 25, 2014 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA  
November 11, 2014 AORE Annual Conference Portland, OR  
November 11, 2014 NIRSA Region 1 Boston, MA  
April 16, 2015 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA Jed Williamson
October 21, 2015 AEE International Conference Portland, OR Dr. Denise Mitten
November 17, 2015 AORE Annual Conference Atlanta, GA Preston Cline
April 15, 2016 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA Karen Warren, Ph.D.
November 8, 2016 AORE Annual Conference Minneapolis, MN Greg Corio
April 21, 2017 AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA Marli Williams