The AORE WEA Joint National Conference
The mission of the AORE WEA Joint National Conference is to provide professionals, students and organizations who advance the field of outdoor recreation and education the opportunity to learn, network and improve performance while ensuring the association’s financial viability. Both AORE and WEA strive to design and deliver transformational learning opportunities that advance individuals, programs and organizations in the field of outdoor and adventure education.
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 conference is the year's most important event for career development. For several days in late October and early November, outdoor professionals come together to share ideas, learn new techniques and re-energize themselves for another year. The AORE WEA Joint National Conference is the gathering of friends and colleagues, a place to improve performance and meet new people in your field
Program Management and Administration
Designed to help professionals develop procedures, operations, and overall administration of programs. Presentation topics include staff development, marketing, technology, budgeting, and institutional support. Other areas include running various aspects of the business of outdoor programs including rental center operations.
Risk Management and Wilderness Medicine
Intended to improve preparedness for crisis and medical situations and provide updates in the wilderness medicine field. Presentation topics include writing risk management plans, revising policies and procedures, legal advice, and updates to wilderness medicine.
Social Justice (Diversity, Environmental Stewardship, Advocacy and Sustainability)
Provides meaningful instruction and discussion pertaining to outdoor ethics, land management, access, diversity, equity and inclusiveness, minimizing carbon emissions/footprint, advocacy, and conservation - all efforts that create a more just society and decrease injustice.
Designed for all aspects of running outdoor trips or clinics, events, and programming for participants. Presentations include topics ranging from logistical planning and permitting to technical skills and backcountry cooking. Sessions also include information on specific types of trips such as international trips and orientation programs.
Climbing Wall and Challenge Course and Other Technical Skills
Large activity structures pose particular challenges for operation, maintenance, risk management, and programming. Presentation topics include climbing wall competitions, challenge course development, and staff training in both of these areas.
Designed specifically for student attendees, this track is aimed at improving leadership, communication, and programming awareness. Presentations by students are strongly encouraged in these sessions, though they can be placed in other topics as well.
Anyone looking for a job in the outdoor industry, or advice on career advancement, should pay special attention to these sessions. Presentations will relate to resumes, interviews, graduate schools, field work, military positions,and additional career development advice.
Sessions for the mid-level to seasoned professional are available through the Summit Series at the conference.
The Research Symposium strives to connect academics and practitioners of the outdoor and recreation field. The symposium provides an international forum for scholarly exchange and discussion about outdoor recreation and education research, theoretical and applied and creates an amazing opportunity to bridge research and practice.
Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops
Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops give attendees a one-stop shop for industry training and certification renewals. These workshops, held before and after the conference, add to the many perks of attending the conference. Workshops include trainings, certifications and social events relevant to students and professionals in the industry.
Student and Career Center
At the Student and Career Center attendees can browse graduate assistantship, internship, full-time position and summer position announcements from organizations and programs across the country. Attendees are welcome to drop off their resumes for potential employers to pick up ad sign-up for one-on-one mock interviews and resume review sessions.
Situated in the heart of it all, our Exhibitor Hall is packed with equipment outfitters, training companies, guiding companies and more--all there to network with attendees. This gives our attendees the opportunity to ask questions, compare price points and use that information to negotiate and leverage opportunities during face-to-face meetings.