Who We AreAnchor

The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) is the leading organization in the United States dedicated to serving the needs of outdoor recreation professionals and educators from academia to private sector programs. With AORE, members have a framework to interact with public land managers and influence decisions that affect the human-powered outdoor recreation industry. AORE serves as a collective voice to and for its members regarding topics of regional and national concern.

Vision

A vibrant community where everyone can connect to the outdoors.

Mission

AORE advances our mission of empowering leaders to connect people to the outdoors through recreation and education experiences.

I volunteer with AORE to give back to the industry that has supported me & my family for multiple generations. I also volunteer with AORE to better strengthen the outdoor industry & community.

Sam Albert

Adventure Leadership & Teambuilding Coordinator for VCU RecWell's Outdoor Adventure Program

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The AORE Annual Report celebrates all that AORE has accomplished in a specific year, why we do what we do, and the impact we have on the outdoor recreation and education community.

Board Committees provide advice and recommendations to the AORE Board of Directors on matters relating to Financial Advisory, Governance, and Development. These committees are chaired by a current board member and report to the AORE Chair.

AORE Staff Led Committees work toward providing the AORE membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to the field of outdoor recreation and education. Committees communicate to and with the membership addressing common issues, providing solutions to problems and building community. Committees have standing and annual responsibilities that support the association’s Strategic Framework. AORE committees are chaired by AORE volunteers and administered by AORE staff.

Current Strategic Framework

Bylaws

2022 Annual Report

Join the Board

Benefits of Becoming an AORE Board Member:

  • Extended networking opportunities with other Board members
  • Increased presence in your respective field and exposure for your company/institution/program
  • Expanded industry knowledge and expertise with a platform for engaging with a variety of audiences and stakeholders
  • Rewarding way to give back to a broader community of the AORE

Additional Information:


Apply for the Board

Meet our Board of Directors

Executive Team

Board Members

Educating people on the benefits of outdoor recreation and its ability to improve not only their physical health but their mental health is so important.

Aimee Vlachos

Professor at the University of New England

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Committees

The AORE Staff Led Committees are chaired by volunteers and work toward providing the membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to the field of outdoor recreation and education. Committees communicate to and with the membership addressing common issues, providing solutions to problems and building community. Guided by our Executive Director and national office team, committees help to operationalize AORE’s work plan through a variety of standing and annual projects that support the associations Strategic Framework. The collective efforts of committee members play an integral role in supporting our staff as they develop and outline AORE’s next chapter of growth within the outdoor recreation and education space. We appreciate the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and expertise that each one of these volunteers brings to the work.


Staff Led Committees are not involved with the Annual Conference.

Each committee is responsible for the following standing tasks:

  • Message boards: proactively manage the message board specific to their area to encourage conversation and share resources
    • Minimum monthly post to sharing a resource or asking a critical question
    • Engage within 48 hours when a member posts to message
  • Webinars: Host two webinars on topics related to committee subject matter expertise
  • Member Login area: Make sure relevant information and/or resources are up to date and timely.

Interested in getting more involved? Learn more about our volunter opportunities here!

Volunteering with AORE

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Access & Permitting Committee

The Access and Permitting Committee supports the National Office by providing the AORE membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to access to public lands and waters for current and aspiring outdoor recreation, education, and industry professionals and organizations. 

VIEW THE ACCESS & PERMITTING COMMITTEE CHARTER
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee supports the National Office by providing the AORE membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to diversity, equity and inclusion for current and aspiring outdoor recreation, education, and industry professionals and organizations.

We understand that many members may not know where to start with DEI work, and others are along their journey but are hitting barriers in their understanding or ability to move forward. We want to support all in this work and understand that DE&I are not easy topics and that there is always hesitation about saying the wrong thing. Sometimes, learning is messy, and we want to create space for that without potentially doing harm to members. If you have a question and are seeking and answer, we have created a form to submit your question anonymously here as an alternative to the message board. A member from the DEI committee will receive your question and can bring it forward to the message boards in a way where all members can benefit from learning.

VIEW THE DE&I COMMITTEE CHARTER
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Environmental Stewardship Committee

The Environmental Stewardship Committee supports the National Office by providing the AORE membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to environmental stewardship for current and aspiring outdoor recreation, education, and industry professionals and organizations.

VIEW THE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE CHARTER
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Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee supports the National Office by providing the AORE membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to the Professional Development Strategic Anchor.

VIEW THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHARTER

Committee Chairs

Christina Spahn

Steve Sassaman

Steven Koster

Sam Albert

SponsorsAnchor

Interested in getting more involved? Sign up to join a committee!

Join a Committee

PartnersAnchor

Interested in being a partner? We’d love to hear from you!

CONTACT AORE

AORE Staff

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 Jeannette Stawski

 Executive Director

                       

 Jenny Hill

 Manager, Membership   & Administration





 Rebecca  Maguire

 Education   Coordinator


 Adrienne Band

 Social Media Coordinator

 Amy Stevens

 Financial Manager




Hours of Operation

The AORE National Office is open Monday through Friday 9 AM - 5 PM ET

Address

1100 N Main Street, Suite 108, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Contact

810.299.2782

nationaloffice@aore.org/