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: Turning Your Visions Into Reality | 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

The key to getting your ideas funded in higher education is to write a successful proposal. Learn the key components to proposal writing. Learn to negotiate campus politics. Learn to make successful presentations to campus leaders.

The idea and design of Adventure WV at West Virginia University came from a graduate project in 2003. Fourteen years later, and after writing many proposals, it is a stand-alone department with 12 full time staff, six graduate students, and subsidies for many of its programs. Adventure WV has grown to include an Outdoor Education Center with a Challenge Course, a Canopy Tour, nine yurts and a bathroom/shower house, a total investment of about $2 million. Each step along the way, a written proposal was essential to receiving high level support. Learn from these successes to take ideas back to your program. A thumb drive will be provided with proposal examples and a workable budget sheet.

Session 2: Creating Assessments for your Program: Focus on Meaningful Improvements | 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

There is a growing emphasis for colleges and universities to improve their assessment practices and it’s importance to the field of student affairs as it continues to increase. Learn the language of assessment and turn your outdoor orientation program into an example of best practices on your campus.

2017 marks the 26th year of the University of San Diego’s outdoor orientation program. Five years ago, we began a process of updating and articulating student learning outcomes, program strategies and assessment measures. Through this process we have established a culture of assessment that has enabled us to make data driven decisions to enhance student learning and more effectively utilize our limited resources. Learn from our successes and setbacks to improve your program. Assessment is not only for academic affairs and every program can benefit from promising practices in the assessment of outdoor orientation programs. An Assessment Resource Kit including sample measures and strategies will be provided.

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