AORE Annual Conference Schedule & Events

AORE is the premier resource for outdoor recreation and educational professionals and students. In the form of presentations, symposia, workshops and activities, AORE presenters and facilitators employ strategies to spark the attention, interest and motivation of all conference attendees, leaving learners re-energized and prepared to act on learning outcomes that are supported by realistic examples and exercises, learning activities that involve real work situations and materials, and by job aids.

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Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops & Activity Sessions

ORGPRO Breakout Track - Operations

Summit Series

Snap Learning Sessions

Research Symposium


Awards and Scholarships

Demo Day and Outdoor Jamboree

Keynote Speakers

ORGPRO Breakout Track - Operations

Events and Socials

Collaborate Sessions

Exhibitor Hall

ORGPRO Breakout Track - Operations

Community River Clean Up and
Leave No Trace Workshop

Educational Topics

Take control of your professional development and the impact you can have on your program. Breakout sessions are centered on the educational needs of the topics below. You have the choice to deep dive into your specialty or diversify your knowledge base by attending a session outside of your field of practice. 


Social Justice (Diversity, Equity, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability)


Technical Skills


Career, Leadership and Student Development

Risk Management and Wilderness Medicine

Program Management and Administration


Complete Schedule

Friday, October 27 - Tuesday, October 31

  Pre-Conference Workshops and Activity Sessions
Click here to view all pre- and post-conference workshops and activities.
Registration and National Office Hours
Tuesday, October 31 | 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry
Demo Day and Outdoor Jamboree
Free Admission

Tuesday, October 31 | 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Explore Park

AORE's Demo Day is an event to encourage healthy, active outdoor recreation to complement the Annual Conference. By combining the things outdoor enthusiasts love – food, paddling, music, gear, biking, and demos all in a beautiful outdoor setting – Demo Day is a celebration of everything outdoors. Learn more here.

Committee Meetings
Tuesday, October 31 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke

Committees are the lifeblood of our Association! Meet up with your existing group or join a committee during this time.

ESC: Buck Mountain A
Awards: Buck Mountain B
PRC: Mill Mountain
R&P: Crystal Ballroom AB
DEI: Crystal C
Access: Crystal D
SDC: Crystal E

Committee Socials
Tuesday, October 31 | 7:30 p.m. - Open Ended | Various locations, off site

Access Committee Social will be held at Blue 5

Info for other Committee Socials coming soon

Wednesday, November 1

Registration and National Office Hours
Wednesday, November 1 | 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry

Presenter Meeting
Wednesday, November 1 | 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. | Washington

Volunteer Pep Rally
Wednesday, November 1 | 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom E


Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, November 1 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Opening Welcome and Keynote Address
Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO, Outdoor Afro

Wednesday, November 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

A New Narrative: Rue shares her experiences growing up in nature and leading Outdoor Afro that have helped to reshape what outdoor engagement means, and how the field can best support a future of outdoor leadership and participation in our rapidly changing field.
Employer Presentation: University of Wyoming
Pat Moran

Wednesday, November 1 | 10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the University of Wyoming!
New Professionals
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Pocahontas A | ID: 84

A community aimed at new and entry-level professionals with 1- 4 years of professional experience and graduate students who are about to complete their degree. Facilitated by Elise Clausen and Donald Schmidt.
A Whole New Story: Re-examining Conservation's History 
Paul Sanford, National Director of Recreation Policy, The Wilderness Society
Hannah Malvin, Recreation Policy Associate, The Wilderness Society

Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 77

The conservation community is proud of the history of preserving lands in the United States for public use. To some degree, this pride is justified. However, the story of public land protection in the U.S. is often told through the eyes of the white male leaders of the conservation movement, leaving out relevant themes and events for indigenous people, African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, LGBTQ Americans, and women. In 2016, The Wilderness Society set out to develop a more inclusive version of this story. Working with the Avarna Group, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion outdoors consultant, TWS rebuilt an existing public lands educational curriculum to be more inclusive of the experiences of everyone affected by America's land management history.

Together in the session we examine attitudes of early European settlers, shifting perceptions of wilderness, and consider who public lands were created and protected for. Session attendees will walk through a timeline of events in public lands history including dispossession, marginalization, disenfranchisement, discrimination, and violence. We will talk through the timeline and our reactions, and examine the exclusion of communities from public lands. We will discuss the importance of grappling with our complex history honestly, and the importance of making sure our parks are relevant and accessible for all Americans.
Catholes and Cairns: Leave No Trace and Your Outdoor Program
TJ Beezley, Outdoor Adventures Coordinator, Duke University Outdoor Adventures

Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Shendandoah A
| ID: 17

Learn how you can incorporate Leave No Trace into your outdoor program from a former Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. This hands-on workshop will discuss activities that teach the seven principles, training opportunities for students and staff, how you can be involved with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and what other outdoor programs are doing to incorporate Leave No Trace into their programs.
Collaborative Programming: Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Program
Guy deBrun, Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs, James Madison University

Sasha Griffith, Coordinator of Adventure and TEAM Programs, James Madison University
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Pocahontas B  
| ID: 13

Diversity in outdoor programming is a much discussed and often elusive goal. This session will explore James Edward Mills’ concept of the “The Adventure Gap” and it’s relevance for outdoor programs. It will also introduce elements that can increase diversity in outdoor programs. Examples from programs that have proved successful in increasing multiple facets of diversity will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to develop program ideas within the session.
eBike Management: Get Your Motor Running....or Not!
Kristian Jackson, Senior Lecturer, Appalachian State University

Dr. Erik Rabinowitz, Associate Professor and Director of Recreation Management, Appalachian State University
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Buck Mountain 
| ID: 9

Electrically assisted bikes (ebikes) have become popular for commuters in Europe and are now making an appearance in the United States. These ebikes use an electric motor to assist the rider when pedaling. Recently, bike manufactures have created mountain bike versions of ebikes (eMTBs) for use on trails. Ebike laws are currently emerging and vary considerably from state to state. The use of EMTBs n trail systems raises several questions about their management. 1) What is the environmental impact of an eMTB compared to a traditional mountain bike? 2) What are the social impacts of eMTBs compared to a traditional mountain bike? 3) How will user conflicts be managed? 4) How should eMTBs be regulated (or their riders educated) to reduce conflicts? 5) How will trail design and signage need to be adapted to address eMTBs? This presentation will use Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park (a Watauga County Park) in Boone, NC as a case study to address these questions. The presenters will review existing laws, regulation, and research on eBikes and eMTBs.
Inclusive Programming: Developing an Adaptive Program Model
Elizabeth Longhurst, Training & Education Coordinator, National Ability Center

Chris Hendricks, Director, Outdoor Adventures, Duke University
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom E 
| ID: 5

This interactive session will focus on programming for different abilities to create more inclusive programs and better serve the needs of your community. Presenters will discuss the basics of Person-first Language and present various resources for working with individuals with disabilities. With a strengths-based discussion, participants will gain resources and ideas on how to easily adapt current programs to support people with disabilities in a successful environment.
RecOn! Military Recreation and You
Dave Myers, Navy Getaways Manager & Outdoor Guide, United States Navy

Fernando Brown, Outdoor Recreation Program Specialist, United States Air Force
Wednesday, November 1 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB 
 | ID: 1

This session is geared to anyone exploring their career options. It will focus on the types of programs that Military Recreation does for its customer base and how the goals of our programs align with traditional Recreation and Outdoor Recreation Programs offered by Colleges, Universities and many Parks & Recreation agencies across the country. We will share ideas and brainstorm with participants to create some new programs that we can take home and implement in our own professional environment. Additionally we will focus on some of the career benefits that a Military Recreation Professional can experience with their career choice.
Employer Presentation: Yellowstone Co-Op Employee Recreation Program
Leigh Ann Wright

Wednesday, November 1 | 10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the Yellowstone Co-Op Employee Recreation Program!
Employer Presentation: US Fish and Wildlife Service – National Conservation Training Center
Nate Hawley

Wednesday, November 1 | 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the US Fish and Wildlife Service – National Conservation Training Center!
People of Color
Wednesday, November 1 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Pocahontas A  | ID: 85

This community will discuss issues specific to racial and ethnic minorities who work and/or participate in outdoor recreation. Facilitated by Sasha Grifith.
Student Networking Lunch
Meet in Hotel Roanoke

Wednesday, November 1 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Nearby Restaurants

The preeminent student and professional networking event. Meet up on site at the designated location to get paired up with a professional. They pay for your lunch and you get to chat about their path, where you are, and how to get where you want to be.

Instructions for all participants: Meet up on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m., in the Garden Court.

Professionals/Students should find their respective bays in the Garden Court upon arrival:
Outdoor Retail [one for students and one for professionals]
Guiding/Technical Services [one for students and one for professionals]
Military Recreation [one for students and one for professionals]
Higher Education - Trips [one for students and one for professionals]
Higher Education - Challenge Course [one for students and one for professionals]
Higher Education - Climbing [one for students and one for professionals]
Parks & Recreation [one for students and one for professionals]
Non-Profit [one for students and one for professionals]

Students: Identify the “student bay” you most connect with and stand there - this includes your current career path or simply one you are interested in learning more about.

Professionals: Identify the “professional bay” that represents your outdoor recreation and education career experience and stand there. When prompted by the student networking lunch organizers, connect with 1-2 students in your coordinating “student bay.” Meet one another by sharing your name, position and organization. Identify a lunch location from the following list: What to Do, See, and Eat (or choose one of your own). Determine the safest and most efficient transportation to lunch. During the commute and over lunch, discuss one another’s current career paths and experience, as well as aspirations and strategies for reaching them. A discussion starter guide has been created and will be distributed to those who would like one prior to your departure for lunch. Pay for the lunch(es) of your student(s). Return back to The Hotel Roanoke well ahead of 1:30 p.m. to participate in the next round of breakout sessions.
Employer Presentation: East Tennessee State University
David Mueller

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the East Tennessee State University!
Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Pocahontas A  | ID: 86

This community will bring together faculty, students, and/or members interested in scholarship and research pertaining to outdoor recreation. Facilitated by Kellie Gerbers.
Designing Outdoor Leadership for Tomorrow
Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO, Outdoor Afro

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 78

Building on the leadership themes of the keynote, Rue will share more examples and lead a discussion about what it takes to facilitate effective, locally relevant outdoor leadership.
Current Trends: Women in Outdoor Learning
Dr. Anja Whittington, Associate Professor, Radford University

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 6

This workshop will focus on the status of women in outdoor learning environments (OLE) examining both past and current trends of women in OLE. Drawing on the book The Palgrave International Handbook of Outdoor Learning (2017) participants will examine the rich contributions of women in OLE. It will explore the challenges and constraints that women face both recreating and working in the field. Using research and stories from the handbook this session will examine the intersection of age, gender, socioeconomic status, disability and ethnicity and how these factors impact learning. Participants will also discuss ways to create more inclusive environments and develop strategies to promote change.
CWA Working at Height Standards: A Presentation and Discussion of Program Impacts
Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University

Guy deBrun, Assistant Director for Adventure and Challenge Course Programs, James Madison University
Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 2

The recently released CWA Work-At-Height Standards for artificial climbing walls has a real potential to affect how climbing wall managers do the work of managing the risks of fall hazards in climbing gyms. This presentation will give an overview of the published standards as well as offer a time for a round-table discussion of the impacts of the standards on our programs. We will do our best to help managers understand the definitions of climbing wall worker positions, fall protection systems, personal protective equipment, written hazard assessments and much more. If your program has an artificial climbing facility, this presentation will help you better understand and plan for how this new industry standard will affect you.
Marketing Adventure: Where Inbound Marketing Meets the Outdoors
Whitney Slightham, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Roanoke Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 10

Tight budgets. Growing competition. Noisy advertising channels. It can be difficult to decide how to spread out your limited marketing dollars to reach the right community and make a meaningful impact on your bottom line. The power of posters, newspaper articles, radio plugs and flyers shouldn’t be ignored by a savvy marketer, but digital marketing offers a wider audience and, most importantly, data that keeps each marketing expense accountable. In this session, we’ll explore the core elements of digital marketing, including: market research, effective web design, inbound marketing, search engine optimization, community building and measuring success. Participants will be inspired by examples of successful outdoor recreation marketing campaigns and leave with an actionable digital marketing playbook to help them promote outdoor recreation.
Using Cold, Wet and Alive in Leadership and Risk Management Training
Dr. Robert Kauffman, Professor, Recreation and Parks Management & Adventure Sports, Frostburg State University

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Shenandoah A | ID: 18

Take a spring canoe trip with David, Dean, Becky and Michael using the video Cold, Wet and Alive. David gets hypothermia and loses his boat. The session discusses leadership and risk management techniques using an interactive discussion with participants. Also, the session introduces and applies the new risk management technique of “barrier analysis.”
Card=Competency? The Value of Certification in Today's Industry
Todd Grier

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 14

Certifications:  WFA, WFR, EMT, ACA, SPI, CWI - Undergraduate and Graduate degrees, PhD's, red cards and chain saws competency oh my!  This panel discussion will bring differing perspectives on the value of certifications in our field. Professionals from corners of the industry will discuss their views on professional development and paths to demonstrate competency. With high costs and rigorous time commitments to attain and maintain these certifications by both organizations and instructors, field instructors have to heavily weigh their value over time. Come hear from from hiring managers, providers, and professionals regarding their lens on the value of 'the cert'.
Employer Presentation: USDA Forest Service
Ben Johnson

Wednesday, November 1 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the USDA Forest Service!
Municipal, MWR, Non-profit Entities
Wednesday, November 1 | 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Pocahontas A | ID: 87

As AORE’s membership continues to diversify beyond the collegiate outdoor recreation sector, this session will create a community of non-college rec professionals to meet and learn from one another. Facilitated by Dave Myers.
Employer Presentation: Auburn University
Scott Dirksen

Wednesday, November 1 | 2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at Auburn University!
Employer Presentation: American Alpine Institute
James Pierson

Wednesday, November 1 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the American Alpine Institute!
First-time Attendees and New Members
Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Pocahontas A | ID: 88

This session will provide new members and first-time attendees with a space to meet each other and learn about opportunities to get involved within the Association. Facilitated by Lance Haynie.
No, National Parks are not America's Best Idea.
Alan Spears, Cultural Resources Director, National Parks Conservation Association

Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 79

Is the way we talk about our national parks undermining efforts to connect them to more diverse audiences?

In 2016, the centennial year of the National Park Service, well over 300 million visitors flocked to such places as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Harpers Ferry. Despite those robust numbers the people visiting our national parks (as well as those working for the Park Service) do not reflect the actual diversity by race and ethnicity of the 21st United States. Two decades of enhancing cultural diversity work and an emerging emphasis on relevancy, equity and inclusion have have yet to move the dial in a truly positive direction. Is it possible that those critical initiatives are being undermined by the founding principles and langauge we use to describe national parks?

This presentation will investigate how the "America's Best Idea" concept may be doing more harm than good when it comes to contemporary enhancing diversity efforts.
Experiential Practitioners - Keeping it Simple: The ABCs of Engagement and Relevance
Dr. Matthew Broda, Associate Professor, College of Wooster

Trevor Dunlap, Executive Director, Nuhop
Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 7

Many times, it is the simplest of ideas that can have the most profound impact. In this session we will focus on an experiential methodology that strips away the trappings of equipment/material heavy facilitation and focus instead on a single element that can be utilized across a wide range of user groups. Using a simple “alphabet deck,” participants will experience a scaffolded progression of activities designed to foster deep collaboration and experiential engagement.

As experiential educators we focus on exercises that create opportunities for participants to be socially, emotionally, kinesthetically and intellectually involved in the learning process. It is easy to think only from the lens of large-prop or challenge course element to achieve such outcomes. With intentional design and simple tools, facilitators can provide a safe space for growth and challenge. Emphasizing the experience over the object/tool eliminates distraction and provides for authentic and lasting change.
Introduction to University Ultralight Backpacking
Ryan Murphy, Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures, George Mason University

Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 11

Ultralight and lightweight backpacking allow novice and expert hikers to travel longer and farther with less effort and wear and tear on their body. Lighter weight techniques can help with differently-abled hikers' ability to enjoy the great outdoors. In this session we will examine and discuss the philosophy, techniques, and equipment to allow your institution to start traveling lighter in the backcountry. We will also cover common pitfalls and misconceptions of the ultralight mindset. We will focus on teaching principles and techniques to allow participants to discover what works for them, rather than attaining the lowest pack weights.
Partnering for Success with Academic Units: Strategies and Concepts
Nathan Harlan, Director, Adventure WV, West Virginia University

Marion Holmes, Assistant Director, West Virginia University
Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Shenandoah A | ID: 19

Adventure WV has grown substantially and developed a broad base of stakeholders and partners across the land grant institution. Much of this success is due to cultivating partnerships with various academic units. We will share some specific examples of success and discuss some strategies and principles that have enabled Adventure WV to grow in its impact at WVU.


Solving Vertical Rope Riddles
Jon Tierney, Owner, Guide, Acadia Mountain Guides

Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 15

Learn some universal principles and techniques that will aid you in potentially complicated vertical situations such as load transitions, alternative rappelling and ascending methods, partner rescues and simplified knot passes. These tips will be useful to anyone who works or recreates in a vertical sport. Bring your harness, slings, cordelettes, belay tools and a few carabiners. If you don't have them, we'll have spares.
Start Today: Increase the Environmental Sustainability of Your Program
Elise Clausen, Outdoor Coordinator - Climbing Center, University of Idaho

Nick McEacheran, Outdoor Adventures Graduate Assistant, University of Utah
Wednesday, November 1 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 3

We have all read about sustainability initiatives like converting vehicles to use electricity, creating a zero waste program, offsetting your carbon footprint with purchasing carbon credits, composting food waste and much more. We're breaking down barriers in this session designed to leave attendees with a variety of strategies to increase environmental sustainability today including a cost/analysis breakdown of each initiative discussed. Find out why it's so important to actively promote conservation and sustainability in your program, and how easily it can be achieved.
Employer Presentation: University of Nebraska
Greg Wilson

Wednesday, November 1 | 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the University of Nebraska!
Employer Presentation: North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits
Jacob Rothrock

Wednesday, November 1 | 3:35 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits!
Women and LGBTQ members
Wednesday, November 1
 | 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Pocahontas A | ID: 89

Working and participating in a historically straight/male-dominated industry presents a variety of challenges and opportunities for women and members of the LGBTQ community. This session provides a space for these members to share about their experiences and address continuing issues. Facilitated by Amanda Even.
Employer Presentation: Clemson University
Austin Souto

Wednesday, November 1 | 4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about college universities in the outdoors!
Employer Presentation: National Park Service
Alan Turnbull

Wednesday, November 1 | 4:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the National Park Service!
Upper-level Administrators
Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Pocahontas A | ID: 90

A community aimed at senior-mid-level and upper-level administrators with 7+ years of recreation administration experience. Facilitated by Lisa Lemler.
Learning with LEGOs: Search and Rescue Workshop
Tony Blasucci, Graduate Assistant, University of Georgia

Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 34

Through this interactive workshop using LEGOs, you will practice collaborative problem solving in the context of a missing person case. Participants from a variety of backgrounds can all benefit from this session as it is more about "the collective process" of critical decision making in crisis, rather than a procedural lesson in search and rescue protocols. Attendees will hear a case, brainstorm a solution, and act out their plan with LEGOs. The session will play out like a game of clue, simulated with outdoor themed miniatures and terrain.
Creating a Collegiate Climbing Circuit: Collaborating Across Campuses and State Lines
Elise Clausen, Outdoor Program Coordinator - Climbing Center, University of Idaho

Ty Atwater, Climbing and Wilderness Skills Coordinator, Oregon State University
Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 16

We all program events and collaborate with colleagues on a regular basis, but have you ever thought of creating a regional series of events across campuses? The Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit (NC3) was the brain child of directors and coordinators past, but is well and alive after ten years of successful collaboration. See the barriers, difficulties, successes as well as the trajectory of the NC3 in this presentation, and learn what it takes to create and host your own series of events - no borders, no boundaries.
Lessons Learned: Weaving Your Program into the Fabric of an Institution
Greg Corio, Executive Director, West Virginia University

Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 4

Wanting to start a new outdoor program? Working at a college and like to grow your outdoor program? Then this workshop is for you. During this workshop the presenter will share lessons learned over the past 13 years working in higher education. Lessons learned from pitching a new program to how support was gained to allow the program to become a stand along department with 12 full time staff and a $2 million+ budget. These lessons will be relevant to programs at all institutions. Learn about the data that helped support this growth, which includes the retention and graduation rates. This data show that every dollar invested in the outdoor orientation program yields $10.60 back to the institution.
Revolutionizing the Leadership Paradigm: Using Student Driven Mentorship to Facilitate Growth
Willie Long, Outdoor Program Coordinator, Southern Oregon University

Lauren Nicole Grin, Outdoor Adventure Trip Leader and Instructor, Adventure Treks and Naturalists at Large
Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Shenandoah A | ID: 20

Learn how a new approach to student professional development transformed the culture of feedback and mentorship at a University Outdoor Program. The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Outdoor Program developed and implemented an unconventional program to support and train students in becoming adventure trip staff as well as to overcome obstacles that both students and the program faced in regards to recruiting, training and the promotion of adventure trip staff. This program has been coined the “Student Driven Mentorship Program” (SDMP).

The SDMP focuses on students providing peer to peer mentorship and feedback through trip related forms evaluating both technical and interpersonal skills. The approach has created a self-propelling leadership development program that is unique in that it can operate mostly independently of administration, empowering participants to take ownership of their own growth.
Transforming Power and Privilege to Allyship in the Outdoors
Kimberly Barrett, Program Director, cityWILD

Monserrat Alvarez, Program Assistant, cityWILD
Wednesday, November 1 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 8

The realm of nature and the outdoors is not exempt to societal power dynamics and their manifestations in our everyday lives. Some have begun the journey to explore the concept of privilege and how it impacts ourselves, while others have not. This topic brings up confusion, defensiveness, and other difficult emotions. We will explore ways we hold privilege within various aspects of our identities, understand the impacts of that privilege, and explore ways our privilege can be used to create a more genuinely inclusive and equitable space. With limited time, we set the foundation for understanding power and privilege while exploring conscious and unconscious biases. Participants will leave with common language and tools they can utilize on their continuous journey to genuine allyship.
Employer Presentation: Washington State University
Donald Schmidt

Wednesday, November 1 | 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD

Come learn more about job opportunities at the Washington State University!
One-person Programs
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Pocahontas A | ID: 91

This community is made up of the multi-talented folks at AORE who manage their programs and organizations by themselves or with a very small staff. Facilitated by Steve Robinson.

Dinner on Your Own
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Nearby Restaurants

Pint Glass Social sponsored by Petzl and Marmot
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Outdoor gear, friends and a free beer. What more is there to say? Purchase a $10 pint glass and enjoy a free beer as you check out our exhibitor hall with more than 50 vendors.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Enjoy appetizers and try our local Roanoke brew while you wander through this year's fantastic line up of exhibitor booths.

NOBA Auction
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

This is your chance to bid on and take home your favorite NOBA books. The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award program. Each fall in early November, the NOBA Foundation announces the winners of the ten categories making up the program, including History, Literature, Children, Nature, Natural History, Instructional, Adventure Guidebook, Nature Guidebook, Design, and Outdoor Classic.

Silent Auction
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Bid on sleeping pads, headlamps, SUP boards, kayaks and more. Open during the Exhibitor Hall, proceeds from the Silent Auction go toward the Fund for Student and Professional Development.

Student Social
Wednesday, November 1 | 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | River Rock Climbing Gym

Start out on the right foot at AORE by coming to the Student Social. Meet other students, eat some free food, and hear about all the exciting opportunities at the AORE conference.

Thursday, November 2

Registration and National Office Hours
Thursday, November 2 | 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry


CareerHQ Mock Interviews and Resume Review
Thursday, November 2 | 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom CD


Yoga Session
Thursday, November 2 | 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Peacock Alley

In this 1 hour vinyasa flow, we'll practice a wide range of yoga postures that will help you improve your overall strength, flexibility, balance and mental clarity. Participants will be guided through a relaxing breathing exercise, sun salutations, standing postures, and gentle backbends - all at a relaxing, slower pace. Please wear comfortable layered clothing. A limited number of mats will be provided onsite on a first come, first serve basis.

Continental Breakfast, Silent and NOBA Auctions
Thursday, November 2 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

  The Social Benefits of Urban Whitewater Parks
Karl Schmidt, Bruce Martin, Andrew Szolosi, Geoffrey Buckley
Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 65

The purpose of this research presentation is present results of a study examining the social benefits of urban whitewater parks.
Discussion of 2016 AORE Diversity & Inclusion Survey Results
Elizabeth Rogers, Adjunct Faculty, Westminster College

Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 80

This presentation will serve as a platform to present and discuss the results of the diversity and inclusion survey administered to the AORE membership in 2016. The purpose of the presentation is to gain a better understanding of how the AORE perceives and practices diversity and inclusion in their respective outdoor programs. This includes barriers to participation of underrepresented populations. Additionally, the presentation will provide takeaways of successful DEI practices identified in the survey that individuals can apply to their outdoor programs.
Co-Leadership: Transforming Strangers into Effective Leadership Teams
Caroline Stone, Program Coordinator, Princeton University- Outdoor Action

Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 25

The positive stories of friendships fostered through co-leading a trip tend to dominate our program’s narratives, without giving space for more challenging and negative experiences to be voiced, unpacked, and addressed. What are the critical components that differentiate successful co-leader dynamics from unsuccessful? Our goal is to holistically look at existing practices within our programs—from announcing leader pairings, conducting on-the-trail feedback sessions, and through the final debriefs—to understand areas where we can proactively support positive co-leader dynamics, and also seek to understand the challenges that leaders sometimes face. This workshop will include anecdotes that motivate change, discussion of shared challenges, and presentation of Princeton’s new holistic approach to systematically improving co-leader dynamics for all of our trips.
Preventing Beta Spray: Micro Aggressions in Indoor Climbing Facilities
Ty Atwater, Climbing & Wilderness Skills Coordinator, Adventure Leadership Institute - OSU

Sydney Iverson, Student Manager Indoor Climbing Facilities, Adventure Leadership Institute OSU
Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 29

This presentation will examine the results of targeted interventions intended to reduce the instances of micro aggressions experienced at Indoor Climbing Facilities. The presenters will share the results of baseline data collection, the type and implementation of interventions utilized and if/how those interventions had an impact on the user experience.
Professional Credentialing: The Time is Right
Dr. Mark Wagstaff, Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, Radford University

Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 33

As a thriving professional organization, AORE is now poised to successfully develop and support a professional outdoor leadership credential. Current outdoor leader career research clearly points to the importance of an association’s role in one’s professional development. In particular, students and young professionals entering the profession would clearly benefit from an AORE sponsored credential that verifies the competencies expected of an outdoor leader. Supported by the outdoor leadership literature, this session will focus on the phenomena of micro credentialing as a potential path for AORE. The purpose of this session is to ignite interest and movement towards formally recognizing aspiring young professionals in a new and dynamic way. The time is right for AORE to support an entry-level credential that reflects the burgeoning professionalism sweeping our industry.
The Role of University Outdoor Recreation Programs: A Multi-Phased, Multi-Method Research Study
Ryan Zwart, Associate Instructor, Indiana University

Dr. Curt Davidson, Assistant Professor, California State University Long Beach
Dr. Alan Ewert, Professor, Indiana University

Thursday, November 2 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Shenandoah A | ID: 21

The project’s purpose was to examine motivations, outcomes, and constraints to participation in various aspects of university-based adventure programs including short-term programs, climbing wall usage, and freshman orientation programming; as well as, approach the topic of ethnic and cultural diversity within these programs. With the generous support of AORE, this project has been ongoing since the fall of 2016, and has provided a rich data base describing various phenomenon of interest to the project as set forth by the ART. These data were collected through several institutions that agreed to participate in data collection and were completed in the summer of 2016. The project was broken down into the following four phases: 1) Identify motivations and outcomes of climbing wall usage on college campuses, 2) Determine stress reduction possibilities from short term college based outdoor adventure education courses, 3) Assess wilderness freshman orientation programs’ ability to increase readiness for college as measured by the college Student Readiness Inventory, and 4) Investigate motivations and constraints for racial and ethnic minority representatives to participate in college based outdoor adventure education programs through focus groups sessions.

“Shred Time Bro”: Investigating the Benefits of Mountain-Biking on Levels of Place Attachment
Andrew Szolosi, Danny Twilley, Nina Adanin, Alex Hileman, Vicky Kent, Janie Welsh, Bruce Martin

Thursday, November 2 | 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 65

Public land agencies have vested interest in understanding how to promote environmentally responsible behaviors among their users. Previous research has shown that place attachment is a strong predictor of such behaviors. The benefits a person derives from interacting with a natural could play a role in the formation of these kinds of attachments. The following study investigates the extent to which benefits derived from mountain-biking predict levels of place attachment among mountain-bikers who have utilized specific trail systems.  

A systematic review of the psychological, sociological, and educational outcomes associated with participation in wildland recreational activities 
W. Hunter Holland, Robert B. Powell, Jennifer M. Thomsen, Christopher A. Monz
Thursday, November 2 | CANCELLED | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 67

Participation in outdoor and wildland recreational activities is often associated with individual benefits including environmental stewardship, personal development, and strong attachment to place. Although the outcomes associated with outdoor and wildland recreation has been extensively studied, few have systematically examined the empirical evidence to support these claims. We systematically reviewed peer-reviewed research published between 2000 and 2016 that empirically evaluated the psychological, sociological, and educational outcomes associated with participation in wildland recreational activities. The three primary objectives of this study were to provide a summary of peer-reviewed literature to 1) identify the breadth of individual outcomes associated with outdoor/wildland recreation; 2) examine whether these outcomes are actually supported through scientific inquiry; and 3) identify gaps in the peer-reviewed literature regarding the outcomes associated with wildland recreation.

Brainwave Analysis in Outdoor Recreation: Toward a Validation of the Learning Process
Andrew Bailey
Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 68

This presentation will include descriptive results of an ongoing project to document brainwave response during outdoor activities. Real-time video analysis of outdoor activities is synchronized with brainwave data from those participating in outdoor activities (climbing, biking, running, etc.). Assessment of the second-by-second context of each activity helps to explain the peaks and valleys of multiple mental states during the event. A brief explanation of the process, descriptive results, and potential future applications will be presented.
Training Veterans as Peer Leaders for Sierra Club Outings
Aaron Leonard, Student Veteran Coordinator, Sierra Club Outdoors

Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 81

Creating opportunities to bring veterans and their families into your program can be challenging. From university campuses to your local outfitter, the veteran community is slow to trust and reluctant to join groups not lead by their peers. Learn how the Sierra Club's Military Outdoors has recruited and trained veterans to lead our Military Outdoors program, growing to over 70,000 members since 2006.

The Sierra Club Military Outdoors leadership training program was designed by veterans for veterans, combining the traditional Sierra Club Outings leadership course with a train-the-trainer program that adds mindfulness and wellness workshops to our volunteer's tool box. With all workshops designed for the veteran community and deliverable on the trail, we empower our volunteers to do more than the day hike or overnight backpacking trip. Now our volunteers can provide the tools needed for veterans and their families to make needed changes in their lives, helping them to fully transition from a military lifestyle to a healthy and purposeful civilian lifestyle.

In this session, you will learn about the Club's longstanding connection with the military community, the Military Outdoors mindfulness and wellness program model designed with our partner at Weill Cornell Medicine, and proven methods to recruit veterans and their families already in your community while practicing equity and inclusiveness at each step. This session will be especially helpful if you run an outdoors program at a University or in a community.
Better Living through Trails: The Power of Trails in Your Community
Andy Williamson, Director of Programs, International Mountain Bicycling Association

Anthony Duncan, Atlantic Region Director, IMBA
Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Shenandoah A | ID: 22

Access to neighborhood singletrack, community bicycle playgrounds, bike parks, and other types of natural surface trail access is key to growing the future cycling community & both the on and off-road bike market.

It is more important now than ever to ensure our youth, families, and underserved populations and communities have access to natural surface riding opportunities. The intimate memories created during exploration on a bicycle are what creates adult cycling enthusiasts, consumers, and most of all, advocates to protect, enhance, and create great experiences for future generations.

Participants will learn about the components of a bike park, how to incorporate them into their community, and some tips on resources, support, and tactics to make their vision a reality.
Outcomes & Assessment: Moving Beyond Participation and Satisfaction
Mark Ceder, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, University of San Diego

Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University, Department of Recreational Sports
Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 12

Is your outdoor program treated like an outsider on your campus? Join us this session for a basic overview of assessment in higher education as well as its purpose. We will address barriers to engaging with assessment within outdoor programs. You will have an opportunity to develop learning outcomes that align with institutional strategic goals. Lastly, we will discuss measures, both direct and indirect, that will provide actionable data to help inform decisions. If you have in interest in improving your teaching and student learning we hope you join us for this exciting presentation on assessment.
Perceived Barriers Among African American Students' Participation in Outdoor Recreation in the South
Todd Davis, Director, Recreation Leadership & Outdoor Education, Delta State University

Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 26

This presentation will introduce the audience to data and information gathered from a dissertation and experimental design study within the State of Mississippi assessing outdoor recreation programs at 4 major universities. African American students provide perspectives on the value, need, and barriers concerning outdoor recreation opportunities. Participation in outdoor recreation activity as leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) for some ethnic groups is increasing in popularity in many forms across the country. However, there is a distinct and significant difference concerning outdoor recreation activity as LTPA participation rates among 18-24-year-old Caucasians and African Americans in the Southern United States region. The Outdoor Foundation Participation Report (2012) indicated that only 32 percent of African American 18-24-year-olds (college-age African Americans) participated in outdoor recreation activity compared to 62 percent of Caucasians in the same age range. Further research demonstrates this participation gap trend in outdoor recreation activity and LTPA continues as both African American and Caucasians mature into adulthood.
Breaking the Ice: An Interactive Workshop for Facilitators and Trip Leaders
Sasha Griffith, Coordinator of Adventure & TEAM Programs, James Madison University

Roger Greer, Outdoor Recreation Challenge Course Coordinator, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
Thursday, November 2 | 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 44

The overall goal of this session is to help you add to your “bag of tricks.” Whether you lead trips, meetings, or challenge course programming, you will be able to leave with multiple ideas of how to get a group get up and going. This session will focus on participating in games, deinhibitizers, and ice breakers. We will briefly discuss modifications or variations to games to fit different groups. This workshop will cover a variety of ice breakers and short games to wake a group up or get them to laugh at a frustrating time so they can move forward.

Promoting Resiliency and Flourishing through Outdoor Orientation Programming
Eddie Hill, Cienna Gabriele, Mike Willett, Abby Evans, Amy DiRenzo, Mike McFall, and Peter Ahl
Thursday, November 2 | 10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 69

The current study seeks to examine the impact of an outdoor orientation program on participants' level of resilience and flourishing. These are all areas of interest in young adults successful transition to college and retention. By understanding these impacts outdoor orientation program facilitators can better position themselves with university administrators. A mixed method approach will be used to assess the impact of a first-year orientation program.

Personality Type as a Predictor of Emotional Labor among Active Travel Employees
Liz Gauthier, Andrew Szolosi
Thursday, November 2 | 11:05 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 70

Background information on the HEXACO personality traits, emotional labor strategies, and guest satisfaction will be explored. Results, analysis and discussion of relationships between each factor will be presented. Additionally, discussions of the applicability to the active industry will be included. This session will be presented, via projector, with a question and answer period at the end. This style provides a research based presentation that stays on the topic of contact employee influences while providing concrete examples and take-homes to implement in the active travel industry.

Lunch in the Exhibitor Hall, Silent and NOBA Auctions
Thursday, November 2 | 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

Lunch is served while you meet and greet with vendor representatives in the Exhibitor Hall. The Silent auction ends at 2:00 p.m. and the NOBA auction ends at 2:15 p.m.

Town Hall #1
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Appalachian

Endless Possibilities: Build a Leadership & Teambuilding Program Without a Challenge Course!
Tyler Young, Outdoor Leadership Coordinator, The Ohio State University

Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 35

The Ohio State University is one of the few large, land-grant institutions without a low or high ropes challenge course. This has been embraced as an opportunity, and we've THRIVED as a result! If you are seeking to build solid programming without a challenge course, this presentation will inspire, equip, and motivate you to think outside the box with theory-based, purposed steps toward constructing a successful leadership and teambuilding program; from 2-hour programming to a retreat, three-day wilderness experience, week-long trip, or a 28-day expedition, you will find there are no limits to what can be achieved when you put your mind and creativity to the test without a challenge course.
Creating Deeper Connections to Protected Public Lands through Stewardship
Bill Hodge, Executive Director, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Eric Giebelstein, Program Manager,
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Thursday, November 2
| 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 82

Engaging new communities in stewardship is essential to protect the character of and the experience in our wildest public lands. As agency budgets have decreased, the need to inspire people to steward their public lands has increased. While groups of volunteers have stepped up to this challenge, there is a lack of younger, more diverse generations involved in stewardship. As the demographics of our country change, it will be essential to engage this generation and instill a sense of ownership and care for protected public lands.

Recreation and stewardship provide the experiential and ownership components needed for public lands relevancy and protection, empowering participants of outdoor recreation programs to experience the benefits of protected public lands and develop pride in the work done to protect its character. But developing relationships around shared interests with agencies and organizations is daunting. In this presentation, participants will develop the skills and tools to engage with stewardship entities and start a stewardship wing for their program. Using these skills, participant will be able to form a deeper relationship with the land for their participants and with the land management agency and local stewardship groups to improve their program.
Exploring the Untold Narrative of Outdoor Recreation in the US
Dr. Kellie Gerbers, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership, Westminster College

Josh Fulmer, Coordinator for Outdoor Recreation, University of Georgia
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Shenandoah A | ID: 23

Our nation is wrought with conflicting accounts of history when we consider who is included and who is left out of our existing narrative. The history of US outdoor recreation is no different; when we hear the phrase, "the outdoors is for everyone," we should consider how perceptions of this sentiment may not be unanimous. This presentation will explore current national population and outdoor participation trends and historical influences so that audience members will have a better understanding of why our existing outdoor narrative needs to shift. Presenters will highlight several "untold" narratives in US outdoor recreation and will address how the current narrative alienates specific social identity groups. Lastly, the presenters will lead the audience through an interactive activity in which the audience will critique existing outdoor recreation media messages with regard to bias and issues of privilege. This presentation will appeal to attendees who have interest in history, popular media, and social justice.
Setting Industry-Wide Benchmarks for Outdoor Leader Training and Development
Dr. Will Hobbs, Assistant Professor, Georgia College

Dr. Kelli McMahan, Senior Lecturer, Baylor University
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 27

It is the hallmark of any profession to be able to point to clear and precise benchmarks to define scope of practice across competency levels. What is expected for an apprentice to transition to leader? Leader to Expert? Many of us refer to ourselves as "outdoor professionals" (the presenters included), but as a general rule, our industry operates without congruence or agreement on what that title means, forcing individual programs and organizations to create a wide range of terms, labels, positions, simply to describe the individuals conducting business in our arena. This has generated some pretty strong confusion on who can do what, and where, and with whom, which increases training costs for many providers and undermines the legitimacy of the field. As a profession, we should be able to expect a consistent set of skills/knowledge/abilities in anyone trained as an “Outdoor Leader”, but it appears that there has been deep-seated resistance to setting benchmarks for leader training and development over the years. Our goal here is to (re)visit this discussion and work together to identify barriers and constraints set against benchmarks, share existing training commonalities among programs, and outline viable solutions for increased professionalism and the betterment of our industry.
Seven Continents in Seven Years!
Michael Edwards, Sr. Director of Campus Recreation, Georgia Tech

David Knobbe, Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation, Georgia Tech
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 31

Georgia Tech has within its 25-year strategic plan, goals aimed at preparing a better global citizen. One strategy is to ensure that Georgia Tech students have an at least one international experience of some type before they graduate.

The University has long believed that Campus Recreation can play a primary role on campus by assisting in the development of desirable characteristics sought by employers and useful in life in our global society. With this in mind, in 2010 the recreation department set a long- term goal to develop an international adventure program that allows for a student outdoor recreation experience on all seven continents by the end of 2017 (or early in 2018).

Learn not only about our accomplishments but how Georgia Tech’s Outdoor Recreation program incrementally built the organizational skills and systems required to accomplish the goal. This presentation will provide insight into the program structure, planning, funding and relationship building that has gone into the accomplishment of this goal.

Discussion of the Fall 2016 AORE Diversity & Inclusion Survey Results
Liz Rogers
Thursday, November 2 | 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 71

This presentation is a discussion of the results of the diversity and inclusion survey sent out to the AORE membership in the fall of 2016. This purpose of the study was to discover the current perceptions and experiences regarding D&I of the AORE membership. Additionally, it looked at what D&I programming currently exists in outdoor programs, what has been most and least successful, and what barriers may be in place to creating an inclusive environment for diverse populations. The presentation will consist of an overview of survey results including prominent themes that emerged from participant responses, followed by discussion, implications, for the outdoor education field, and ideas for applied practice.

Understanding the Factors Driving Adventure Educators’ Use of Inclusive Practices
Robert P. Warner, Andrew Szolosi, Bruce Martin
Thursday, November 2 | 2:55 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 72

The following presentation will examine the extent to which attitudes, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control predict adventure education instructors’ intention to use inclusive practices. This presentation will review data collected from a questionnaire administered to Outward Bound field instructors during the summer of 2017. In addition to determining the extent to which theory of planned behavior (TPB) factors predict intention, the study will also examine relationships between demographic variables and strength of TPB factors.

Representations of Race, Gender, and Ability in Popular Outdoor Magazines: A Content Analysis of Images
Lee Frazer, Kelsey Eans
Thursday, November 2 | 3:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 73

In this presentation, we'll discuss the findings of research analyzing images in three popular outdoor magazines - Backpacker, Rock and Ice, and Climbing - over a three year period (2011-2014). The goal of this research was to explore what identities - in terms of gender, race, and ability - seemed to be represented.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Recreation: How Leisure Choice Influences Happiness in College Students
Danny Twilley
Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 74

Those working in higher education have a vested interest in knowing how outdoor recreation activities facilitate happiness in college students, especially with student well-being at an all time low. The following study compares indoor recreation activities versus outdoor recreation activities within the context DRAMMA model of leisure engagement and subjective well-being, which includes the five psychological mechanisms of detachment-recovery, autonomy, mastery, meaning, and affiliation. In addition, the role of leisure satisfaction is considered as part of the model.
From Program Design to Student Habits: Sustainability Operations and Education
Lindsey MacDonald, Graduate Program Coordinator, North Cascades Institute

Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Shenandoah B | 83

This workshop will 1) support practitioners in assessing program operations through the lens of sustainability, 2) provide tools for leveraging change toward sustainability within a university setting, and 3) guide participants through development of an action plan focused on integrating educational components that support sustainability literacy for students. The focus will be on environmental and social aspects of sustainability, but economics will not be ignored.
Improving Situational Awareness in Field Staff
Dr. Jeff Turner, Associate Professor, Georgia College

Dr. Will Hobbs, Assistant Professor, Georgia College
Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 28

Situational awareness is a concept commonly used in professions which include dynamic contexts and high risk (e.g. flight, military, medicine, driving, disaster response, etc.). This presentation will address what is known about Situational Awareness in these related contexts and encourage participants to apply this knowledge to outdoor recreation and education settings.
Maximizing Climbing Wall Potential through Programming
Bryan Karban, Climbing and Trips Coordinator, University of Minnesota

Taber Tang, Climbing Program Assistant, University of Minnesota
Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 36

Climbing walls are not simply an amusement or architectural showpiece--they can be an integral part of any college, university, municipal or military recreation program. Whether you are looking to build a new climbing wall or have an existing program, this workshop will explore some of the strategic areas your program can invest in to maximize the functionality of the climbing space you have. Topics addressed will include utilizing professional resources, route setting, staff training, climbing teams/competitions, clinics, and group events. Administrators with a wall as part of their program, wall managers, and student staff will all find inspiration and valuable information in this session.
Preventing Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Infections: What You Need To Know
Jo Ellis, Director Education Outreach, Bay Area Lyme Foundation

Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Shenandoah A | ID: 24

Lyme disease is the fastest-growing, vector-borne disease in the US today, outstripping Malaria, West Nile Virus and HIV/Aids combined. With an estimated 330,000 NEW cases annually in the US, keeping students and employees safe from tick-borne infections is a new imperative. And outdoor enthusiasts are one of the most susceptible demographic for contracting tick-borne pathogens that can lead to serious, lifelong, debilitating effects. Although primarily a medical research organization, Bay Area Lyme Foundation is committed to preventing new cases of Lyme through education and outreach into communities most at-risk. Come to this session and learn the latest facts on Lyme, how to prevent it, how to recognize the symptoms, know the correct procedure if you or a program participant is bitten, and get FREE materials to take away and share with staff, employees and participants. Also learn about the latest news from the cutting edge of medical science as we work to understand how to fight Lyme and other tick-borne pathogens with new diagnostics and therapeutics.
The Power of Everyday Inclusion
Rodo Leone, Assistant Director - Outdoor Program, Boise State University
Jordan Frank, Coordinator - Outdoor Program, Boise State University

Thursday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 32

How inclusive is your Outdoor Program? If inclusion is truly a core value and professional competency of our field, we must embody these principles in our daily work. Understanding the influential, cultural, and ideological factors concealed behind an individual's attitudes and perceptions can help to identify social barriers that may limit participant's access to programs. Through an interactive, dynamic, and thought-provoking presentation, participants will recognize and understand how it feels to not be included. The session will open a discussion about how to approach cultural differences, celebrate individual uniqueness, and identify strategies to overcome current social barriers that restrict participation in outdoor programs.

Improving Ecological Behavior through Mindfulness
Stephen A. Deringer Ed.D., Jan Hodges Ph.D., Adam Hanley Ph.D.
Thursday, November 2 | 4:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 75

Research in psychology indicates that nature connectedness may be connected to ecological decision making. Through this research we intend to provide context to these constructs by placing them in the outdoor recreation setting and providing rich data to describe them. This paper will provide the necessary context that will allow outdoor recreation professionals to apply the complex constructs of mindfulness and nature connectedness to their work with the intent of positively influencing ecological decision making.

AORE Members Lightning Safety Knowledge
Tammie L. Stenger-Ramsey, Craig Elder, Amanda Elder, Grace Sims
Thursday, November 2 | 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 76

This presentation describes the results of a research study that examined AORE members lightning safety knowledge through use of a 33-item online questionnaire. Previous research examining AORE members' trip leader training materials found that just over half of respondents included lightning information and that 25% of those included misinformation or misconceptions. Results from this study could have implications for outdoor trip leader training

Benchmarking Standards of Incident Reporting in College Outdoor Programs
Christopher Bartram, Erik Rabinowitz
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

Through our study we are striving to understand how University outdoor programs are currently reporting incidents that occur within their programming. Anecdotal data suggests that the majority of college outdoor programs are using paper forms to report incidents and are not completing any data collection or tracking. With this being said we are striving to understand the preferences of administrators in college outdoor programs as well as desired changes of the industry standard.

Barriers to Participation in Campus Outdoor Recreation Programs
Robyn L. Ceurvorst, Madline Dubois
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

The overall goal of this project was to examine factors that constrain and facilitate student participation in campus outdoor recreation programs The objectives of this research were to: 1) develop an accessible, experiential demonstrative tutorial to promote for outdoor recreation programs to diverse audiences, 2) develop a questionnaire to examine student anti-participation factors, behaviors and values toward outdoor recreation, 3) collect data electronically utilizing the tutorial, questionnaires and a Qualtrics survey, 4) analyze student data for comparison of anti-participation factors, behaviors and values toward outdoor recreation among students not currently participating in outdoor recreation programs.

African American Females: An Exploration of Constraints in Outdoor Recreation
Sandra "Sonya" Cornelous
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

This workshop is designed to broaden the audience's understanding of African American females outdoor recreation constraints and participation.

Outcomes of a University Outdoor Orientation Program: Wilderness with Honors Case Study
Nate Furman, Nate Bricker, Nick Rushford, Elizabeth Rogers
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

This study examines student learning outcomes from participation in an outdoor orientation program for first-year students enrolled in the Honors College at the University of Utah. Quantitative and qualitative data was gathered via an online survey that program alumni completed. Results will suggest which aspects of the orientation program were effective and why those components were effective. These results will add to the body of literature on outdoor orientation programs and college student development.

Using organizational culture to defend outdoor recreation programs' value in higher education
Dr. Kellie Gerbers, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership, Westminster College
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

This qualitative study explored how successful college outdoor recreation programs leverage the outcomes of effective organizational culture-building to maintain organizational legitimacy using data from three nationally-recognized college outdoor programs. The primary research questions were: 1) how does a college outdoor recreation program create a “cultural fit” within the mission and strategic plan of its institution, and 2) how does the program articulate goal congruence with institutional stakeholders?

The Role of Wilderness Orientation Programs: What purpose do they serve?
Reid Hensen
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

The present study looked specifically at resilience and self-efficacy. Students were asked to participate in a survey before and after FWE and again at the end of their first semester. A comparison group of students who only attended the standard fall orientation was also sampled at the beginning and end of the semester. Two main constructs were used in the survey; the CD-RISC Resilience Measure and a college self-efficacy measure (Gore et. al, 2005).

Assessing the Benefits of College Climbing Programs: Applying the Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale
Eddie Hill, Cienna Gabriele, Peter Ahl, Amy DiRenzo, Ed Gomez
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

College climbing programs have become increasingly popular. Yet, we have very little evidence of the benefits of rock climbing of “indoor settings” especially on college campuses.. The current study seeks to examine the health benefits among college rock climbers. In the spring of 2017, approximately 300 college student rock climbers will complete the Perceived Heath Outcomes of Recreation Scale (PHORS) using the online survey software Qualtrics.

Hosting Triathlons on a College Campus: Participant Satisfaction and Training Habits of Participants
Eddie Hill, Tamara Morgan, Brittany Hooper
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

During the past thirty years, the sport of triathlon has grown by leaps and bounds. On any given weekend, triathlon events are being held in communities throughout the United States. The current study seeks to examine the health benefits and satisfaction among participants in a college campus triathlon. In the spring of 2017, approximately 115 community and campus members will take part in a entry-level triathlon on a mid-Atlantic college campus. The Perceived Heath Outcomes of Recreation Scale (PHORS) will be used after the event using the online survey software Qualtrics.

Bringing Science to ALL Participants in Urban Outdoor Recreation Programs
Elizabeth Pierson, Marion Goldstein, Jamie Kynn
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

This session will discuss an NSF-funded research-design project to develop PLUM LANDING Explore Outdoors, a Toolkit with hands-on and digital resources to promote science learning among urban youth via fun and physically active nature-based activities. The presentation will highlight best practices for 1) integrating science into urban outdoor recreational activities and programs, 2) engaging diverse youth and families in outdoor science learning and recreation, and 3) using technology in innovative ways to enhance outdoor experiences.

Career Development of Outdoor Students: Comparing Experiential Education and Traditional Classroom Instruction
Anja Whittington
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | North Entry Hokie Wall

The presentation will examine the impact of student learning and career development comparing two teaching methodologies used in higher education: traditional classroom instruction and an intensive field-based experiential learning course. Forty-two students participated in this study and data was collected during two time points. Initial findings suggest the two different styles of classroom instruction differed in outcomes with student learning greater in the field-based course.

NOBA and Silent Auction Pickup
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom


Dinner on Your Own
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. |
Nearby Restaurants


Super Social
Thursday, November 2 | 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | Taubman Museum of Art

Join us for an evening of food, music, and entertainment with our live auction. Purchase a ticket for your guests for $50.

Friday, November 3

Registration and National Office Hours
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke North Entry


Continental Breakfast
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Roanoke Foyer
Paperless and Productive: Creating an Internal Website for Your Outdoor Program
Austin Souto, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Clemson University

Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 55

Paper…it takes up space, costs money, gets lost, is environmentally unfriendly, and is just generally messy. Yet, we rely on it for everything. Trip plans, evaluations, waivers, schedules – it is all printed on paper. But what if there was an alternative? What if there was a way to reduce our environmental impact by using less paper while also providing a more streamlined and consistent way for our staff to access the information they need to do their jobs? During this session, we will look how to use Google apps (Sites, Drive, Forms, etc.) to construct a resource website and database for staff-only use. Online scheduling, staff contact info, trip planning forms, peer evaluations, trip photo management, and more can all be accessed by staff online, from anywhere, and managed without the need for printing off anything. And since it’s done through Google, it’s totally free!
AORE Lands Access: Navigating AORE Tool Kit and Resources for Land Access
Nate Bondi, Director, Colorado School of Mines

Levi Dexel, Director, CU-Boulder Outdoor Adventure Programs, CU-Boulder
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 42

In an ever changing world of policy and permits, this workshop will be a mix of learning to navigate the resources available to AORE members for land access permitting, and learning from seasoned outdoor directors on land access management and working with your local, state, and federal land managers. We will look at the current changes in land management and ways that you can work to gain the access to the areas your group and programs are interested in traveling.

As Colorado is currently a hot spot for recent federal changes with the National Forest and the National Park Service, we will share our years of experience on how to navigate the local, state, and federal work with land managers.
Collaborative Orientation: Two Departments Joining Forces to Create an Outdoor Orientation Program
Andrew Carruth, Student Development Specialist, Texas A&M University

Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 52

Now in its third year, Texas A&M University’s Venture: Base Camp has grown from its original roots to being a successful outdoor orientation program including being recognized as the 2016 Innovative Program of the Year by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Much of this success can be attributed to the coordinating team’s efforts to successfully collaborate to bring together experts in the areas of extended orientation and outdoor recreation and trip planning from across campus. In this session, presenters will guide attendees through the processes that have been used to create and build this program. Presenters will also discuss strategies in gaining administrative support and buy in for the program, financial development, as well as using assessment tools to measure quality and make improvements to the program. Information and resources will be provided on the blended approach used to staff the program, using undergraduate student mentors in partnership with outdoor trip staff to facilitate the majority of the program. Throughout the session, presenters will also share challenges that were experienced, and strategies and tools that institutions can use to avoid these challenges as they create or grow their outdoor orientation programs. While the program overall has continued to be successful, there have been plenty of lessons learned that will discussed to benefit attendees in their efforts to build their own respective programs.
Inclusive Employment: How to Create Communities of Success through Your Programs
Elizabeth Longhurst, Training & Education Coordinator, National Ability Center

Steve Robinson, Sports & Recreation Manager, National Ability Center
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 47

The purpose of this session is to discuss ideas & collaborative techniques to utilize individuals of all abilities in the workplace. Concepts will surround the demonstration of a strength-based program that helps to build and reinforce vocational, social, and independent living skills through community programs and recreational activities. Presenters will explain how the COACH internship was created to address needs in the community, examples of gained support from donors and individuals, and how the internship has grown through collaborative partnerships and strategic initiatives. The session will conclude with discussion points around successful integration of people with disabilities.
Programming for Student Health: A Fresh Approach to Outdoor Programming
Nick McEachern, Graduate Assistant, University of Utah

Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 37

For the past ten years, the average life expectancy in the United States has either remained stagnant or decreased. Meanwhile, the rates of obesity, suicide, heart disease, drug overdose, and other health ailments have increased. Thus, there is a significant health problem in our country that is not being solved. Furthermore, the health habits that young adults develop while in college stay with them for the rest of their lives. According to the National Collegiate Health Assessment, the majority of students remark that their poor health negatively affects their academics. University and collegiate outdoor programs are uniquely positioned to help students live healthy lives. This presentation builds on mixed-methods research which examined the physical, social, and emotional health outcomes associated with participation in the University of Utah Outdoor Adventures’ equipment rental program, indoor climbing facility, and trips program. It provides the attendees with a framework to not only program for health outcomes, but to explain these benefits in a more clear and succinct way to administrators which will in turn increase the value of their programs to the campus community.
Tour and Time Planning for the Outdoor Professional
James Pierson, NW Programs Coordinator, American Alpine Institute

Friday, November 3 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 56

Techniques to create and execute a tour plan with accurate times and relevant data for moving through the wilderness, whether it is a single day backcountry tour, or a multi-day cross-country trek.
Kicking Career Steps: Preparing for Your Next Adventure
Steve Bobbitt, Associate Director, James Madison University Recreation

Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 53

AMGA, ACA, WFR are all great ways to advance your career by building your credibility from an adventure perspective but what can you do if want to make an impact on a bit broader scale in the future?  What can you do to prepare for taking your supervisors job?  The answer may be simpler than you think but the path to get there requires some guidance.  In this session we’ll explore the world supervising an outdoor program without being on the front lines.  We will also cover the skills and education you can acquire now to have you poised for your next step.  Adventure professionals are now being sought out more than ever for higher level positions so I’ll share my experience with you and give you the chance to ask questions and get feedback so you will be ready to join our ranks!
Medical Rodeo: Teambuilding that Refreshes Your Staff’s WFR/WFA Skills
Hailey Hester, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Georgia State University

Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 57

Learn a fresh way to dust off your WFA/WFR knowledge to bring back to your staff through the utilization of scenarios built into a partner oriented teambuilding activity. This is a great way to have fun and dust off the cob webs while sharpening your medical skills. You will leave with a new trick up your sleeve to bring home continuing education for your staff, and your own skills refreshed! This session is taught by SOLO instructors.
Cross-Cultural Experiential Programming: Create a Lasting and Inspiring Experience for Everyone
Ken Gates, Director, Orfalea Foundation's REACH Program

Danika Robison, Program Manager, Tandana Foundation
Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 43

In an increasingly connected world, becoming a global citizen, and appreciating different cultures has become more important than ever. Unifying complex relationships between organizations, participants, and communities may seem daunting, but the value of a well facilitated experience can last a lifetime. This workshop explores strategies for maximizing those relationships and creating an environment that supports participants/hosts throughout the experience and after. Whether you’re beginning to explore the idea of a cross cultural experience, or your program has been running them for years, this workshop will help you identify what is essential to your programs goals, and how to get there.
Gear Failures: Tips and Tricks for Field Repairs
Ryan Murphy, Coordinator, Outdoor Adventures, George Mason University

Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 48

Gear fails. Knowing a few simple field repairs can mean the difference between completing your adventure or retreating to the van. This session will cover simple field fixes for common equipment failures as well as what to keep in your “equipment first aid kit”. We will also dip our toes into more complicated post-trip repair techniques and skills. Learn to keep your favorite gear in the field longer.
Leave No Trace for Kids: Research Shows It Works
Ben Lawhon, Education Director, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Dr. Derrick Taff, Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 38

The Leave No Trace PEAK Principles and associated educational curriculum were developed in 2001 to teach children the skills necessary to make responsible decisions when recreating in the outdoors. While the program has been in existence for many years, little is known regarding its efficacy. The purpose of this study was to gain understanding of the effectiveness of a PEAK educational module to influence attitudes, intentions, and behaviors in a manner more congruent with commonly accepted Leave No Trace Principles and practices. The results of this research provide guidance for the development of future Leave No Trace programs for youth.
Increasing Your Program's Diversity From Three Directions
Marc Magnus-Sharpe, Director, Cornell Outdoor Education

Marcus Brooks, Cornell Team and Leadership Center Coordinator, Cornell Outdoor Education
Friday, November 3 | 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 63

A compilation of 5-years of successful strategies for increasing program diversity. Organizations often struggle with the diversity question of what to focus on first, recruiting management, hiring staff, or reaching more diverse clients and participants. This workshop will share what was done as part of three distinct organizations committed to making positive change.

Town Hall #2
Friday, November 2 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Appalachian

The Right Person for the Job: Matching Program Needs with Staff Skills
Austin Souto, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Clemson University

Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 59

A significant amount of work has been put into the identification of the skills that are needed to be an effective outdoor leader, but the reality is that no one person ever possesses all of these skills, at least not in equal measure. These skill lists have unintentionally misled us into thinking outdoor program staff need to be all of these things, but this is not the case. Outdoor programs are as varied as the people who staff them, and the goal should not be finding or developing the perfect, do-it-all outdoor leader, a mythical, superhuman being if there ever was one. Instead, what we really need to know is what combinations of skill sets are required to fulfill specific roles within a given outdoor program based on its own unique goals and needs. The goal of this presentation is to provide some terminology, ways of thinking about and implementing practices related to staff hiring and development as influenced by program needs and goals.
Strategies to Improve Goal Setting, Focus, and Decision Making Among Your Staff
Brad King, Director of Recreation and Athletics, Hampshire College

Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 30

Whether you are new to supervising others or you’ve been do so for years, you and your team could likely perform smarter and hit mile stones faster. This workshop will discuss a few strategies proven to help individuals and teams perform better through improved focus, smarter goal setting, and handling distractions through intentional decision making. Throughout the session you will have the opportunity to set goals of your own and identify what steps to take next to begin making progress immediately. Additionally, you’ll identify likely distractions and make a plan to handle those distractions in order to minimize the impact on your progress. This session will be made up of a lecture style and storytelling presentation combined with small group discussions.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Education and Empowerment through Bikepacking
Whitney Ford-Terry, Tour Leader & Tours Specialist, Adventure Cycling Association

Joey Parent, Assistant Director - Outdoor Adventure Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
Brett Davis, Assistant Director of Recreation Services, Fort Lewis College
Colt Fetters, Coordinator, Auburn Outdoors, Auburn University
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Shenandoah B | ID: 54

So you like mountain biking AND backpacking - why not give bikepacking a try? With a proliferation of new gear options, routes and engagement opportunities bikepacking has become more popular than ever. This session will begin with a brief history of bike travel and explore its potential as a platform for experiential education by providing information on current programs and resources.
Fostering a Culture of Improvement and Accountability - Advanced Assessment
Mark Ceder, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, University of San Diego

Jason Kurten, Director of Outdoor Adventures, Texas A&M University, Department of Recreational Sports
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 39

Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Co-curricular Learning have become buzz-words on university campuses in the last 10 years. This presentation will explore the co-curricular learning environment along with the idea of High Impact Practices and the tools and strategies that some outdoor programs are using to measure and document student learning. Creating a culture of assessment allows outdoor program administrators to make data-driven changes to their programs that enhance student learning, effectively utilize resources and intentionally align with university mission statements and goals. Come attend this session to learn more.
Guide to Effective Leadership: Are You In or Out of the Box?
Jessica Brown, Associate Director, Recreational Sports, University of North Georgia

Ashley Hall, Student Supervisor, Outdoor Pursuits, University of North Georgia
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 49

All of us strive to become leaders. What most people do not know is that we are living in the “box”, even as leaders. Using the book Leadership and Self-Deception as our guide, join us for this presentation to have your out of the box thinking challenged and your perspective of leadership changed. Through small group discussions and an interactive presentation, we will introduce Self-Deception, Self-Betrayal and Collusion to explain the ways you might view other people without even realizing it. By the end of our presentation, our goal is to help you find the most effective ways for you to work with your team by leading out of the “box”!
Spice Up Your Trips: Implementing a Placed Based Approach to Outdoor Programming
Alice Morgan, SOAR Coordinator, Shenandoah University

Katie Spain, SOAR Student Director, Shenandoah University
Friday, November 3 | 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 60

Placed based education is all about connecting people to local places, so it is a natural fit for outdoor recreation. In this presentation, you’ll learn all about Shenandoah University’s unconventional Spring Break trips that welcome students to Appalachian culture, has them sample streams to assist Citizen Science efforts and fight invasive species, and makes them all potential thru-hikers. We do all of this while teaching them to budget, cook, and see the natural world as “their place” through hiking and backpacking.

While this trip focuses on the mountains of northern Georgia and North Carolina, the principles of placed based education can be applied to any geographic location and most types of outdoor recreation trips. After this presentation, participants will go home with the information they need to spice up their own trips, reach a different audience of students, and create even more memorable experiences for their programs.

Lunch on Your Own
Friday, November 3 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. |
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Adventure and Academics: Why Offering Trips for Credit Will Transform Your Program
Matt Hartman, Assistant Director, Ohio State University, Rec Sports

Mike Ackerman, Associate Director, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Friday, November 3 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Pocahontas B | ID: 61

What partnerships could you develop to connect with the academic mission of your institution? In this session, attendees will learn about the nitty-gritty details of collaborating with academic units—from offering trainings and programs for academic credit to developing relationships with key academic stakeholders for mutually-beneficial initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on real-life examples with the goal of illuminating how these collaborations and partnerships can both benefit students and your department's connection to the academic mission of your campus.
Outdoor Career Opportunities within the Federal Government
Ben Johnson, Tinelle Bustam, Nate Hawley, Ian Herron, Miguel Aviles-Perez, Alan Turnbull and Duncan Dodson

Friday, November 3 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 50

Do you love the outdoors? Are you interested in public service? Join a panel presentation made up of a representative from The National Park Service, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, The USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to give an overview of their agencies, the career opportunities within and guidance around how to pursue these opportunities. Each representative will give a 5 -10 minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion and audience questions.
Environmental Stewardship: Connecting Outdoor Programming with Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Understanding
Eric Frauman, Associate Professor, Recreation Management, Appalachian State University

Dylan Blaskey, Assistant Director - Outdoor Adventures, Tulane University
Friday, November 3 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 45

Historically, most college outdoor programs introduce outdoor education topics such as "Leave No Trace" (LNT) principles in staff training and in the field with participants. While LNT is a useful tool to educate with, the current times we live suggest a need to expand the conversation to include a discussion of environmental issues and the natural resources outdoor programs depend on to carry out their offerings. Following an introduction addressing why this topic is important, attendees will be asked to share and discuss the role of natural resource management, as well as how related environmental issues have implications for their programs. Our goal is to engage attendees to take action on behalf of the environment and the natural resources they depend on for their programming.
The LGBTQ Community and the Outdoors
Hannah Malvin, Recreation Policy Associate, The Wilderness Society

Friday, November 3 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Buck Mountain | ID: 51

Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy our parks and public lands. Fresh off organizing the the first LGBTQ Outdoor Summit two weeks ago, Pride Outside's founder will lead a session on the LGBTQ community and the outdoors. We will explore unique barriers to access that the LGBTQ community faces and discuss solutions to help promote relevant, inclusive opportunities outside. We will look at health disparities in the LGBTQ community. Finally we will share recent advances for the LGBTQ community and the outdoors including the Stonewall National Monument designation and the National Park Service LGBTQ Theme Study.
Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers Toolkit
Chris Rutgers, Executive Director, Transforming Youth Outdoors

Friday, November 3 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom AB | ID: 41

Want to work in the Outdoors, but not sure where to start? If you are a student or faculty/program coordinator supporting students hoping to establish a career in the outdoors this session is for you. During this presentation we'll share and give you access to an entire suite of resources that were specifically developed to practically support finding and applying for jobs in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation in the government, non-profit, education and for-profit sectors. The resources were designed to: help you clarify what career path to consider; understand the different sectors, fields of occupations and specific careers and opportunities available; how to navigate the complex process of applying for a government job; and give you practical resources to develop resumes, cover letters and everything else you'll need to become a successful applicant.
Exploring an Outdoor Credential for AORE
Dr Mark Wagstaff, Professor, Radford University

Friday, November 3 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Crystal Ballroom E | ID: 46

Members of AORE are in the process of exploring options to establish a professional credential for its members. A new task force was recently established to research credentialing options to be presented to the AORE Board of Directors. This special interest break out session is designed to involve potential stakeholders in the process. Attendees will be encouraged to share their ideas and concerns as the task force embarks on their mission. Task force members will facilitate this interactive session to solicit participant feedback. The purpose of this workshop is to inform AORE members and provide a forum for input.

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, November 3 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Shenandoah AB


Awards Social Hour
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. |
Roanoke Foyer


Awards Banquet and Dinner
Friday, November 3 | 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Roanoke Ballroom

This dinner and awards presentation recognizes the many leaders in our field. The national winners and finalists of the AORE Association Awards will be recognized, as well as other special award recipients, Board members, committee members and our conference host committee members. The 2018 AORE Annual Conference date and location will be unveiled. Business/professional attire. Purchase a ticket for your guests for $55.

Saturday, November 4 - Sunday, November 5

  Post-Conference Workshops and Activity Sessions
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