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
  • Using mobile app and Chat rooms: Engage, support, and connect with members.
  • 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.
Access and 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.

Ryan Murphy, AORE Access and Permitting Committee Chair

Christina Spohn, AORE Access and Permitting Committee Co-Chair

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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.

Deidra Goodwin, AORE Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair

Kelsey Brackley, AORE Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

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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.

Steven Koster, AORE Environmental Stewardship Committee Chair

Sandra Townsend, AORE Environmental Stewardship Committee Co-Chair

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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.  

Jen Siliko, AORE Professional Development Committee Chair

Kyle Kraft-Culkin, AORE Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

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Recognition Committee

The Recognition Committee supports the National Office by providing the AORE membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to matters relating to member recognition given by or through AORE.

Alex Perronne, AORE Recognition Committee Chair

Kaileigh Hennard, AORE Recognition Committee Co-Chair

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Research and Publications Committee
The Research and Publications Committee supports the National Office by providing the AORE membership with important opportunities, resources, and information relevant to the scholarly efforts of current and aspiring outdoor recreation, education, and industry professionals and organizations.

Dr Andrew Szolosi, AORE Research and Publications Committee Chair

Dr Erik Rabinowitz, AORE Research and Publications Committee Co-Chair

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