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

2016 AORE Annual Conference
November 8, 2016 - University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN

OOPS will be hosting its 31st Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium as a one-day pre-conference at the 2016 AORE Annual Conference. These meetings are great ways to share ideas, concerns, and research important to outdoor orientation programs.

Previous Events

AEE Northeast Regional Conference
April 15, 2016 - Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, MA

OOPS hosted its 30th Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium as a one-day pre-conference workshop. We were honored to have Karen Warren Ph.D. as our Keynote Speaker. Karen, OPRA Instructor, teaches courses in experiential education, outdoor leadership, wilderness studies, and social justice at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She also serves as a Graduate Program Advisor at Prescott College in Prescott, AZ. Her books include Women’s Voices in Experiential Education and The Theory of Experiential Education and Theory and Practice of Experiential Education. Karen has been honored to receive the 1998 Michael Stratton Practitioner Award, the 2006 Outstanding Experiential Teacher of the Year Award and give the 2012 Josh Miner and 2014 Kurt Hahn Addresses at AEE.

Related Articles

"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.