Events and Socials

Outdoor programmers, teachers, leaders, students and supporters from college and university non-credit recreational programs and degree granting programs, military bases, community recreation centers and other not-for-profit outdoor programs find the conference is the year's most important event for career and program development. We offer many opportunities for outdoor professionals to come together to share ideas, learn new techniques and re-energize themselves for another year. These conference events and socials are the gathering of friends and colleagues, a place to improve performance and meet new people in your field.

The COLLABORATE sessions will provide an opportunity for conference attendees to connect with members who share similar qualities or experiences. These informal and quick discussions seek to facilitate networking and relationship-building among members. Join us!

Demo Day
Tuesday, October 23rd | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Skier's Bridge - Snowbird Resort
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.

AORE Committee Meetings
Tuesday, October 23rd | 6:00 PM -7:30 PM | Locations Noted Below
Access: Primrose B
Awards: Wasatch A
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Cirque
Environmental Stewardship: Marco Polo
Membership: Maybird
Research & Publications: Superior A
Student Development: Superior B

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday, October 24th | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Ballroom

Opening Welcome & Keynote Address: Bears Ears National Monument - An Opportunity for Healing
Angelo Baca Cultural Resources Coordinator, Utah Dine Bikeyah
Gavin Noyes Executive Director, Utah Dine Bikeyah
Jonah Yellowman Spiritual Advisor, Utah Dine Bikeyah
Wednesday, October 24th | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Ballroom
Student Networking Lunch
Meet in Superior Lobby & Eagle’s Nest
Wednesday, October 24th | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
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, October 24th at 11:30 AM in the Superior Lobby & Eagle’s Nest.

Professionals/Students should find their respective bays upon arrival: 
Academia [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]
Non-Profit [one for students and one for professionals]
Parks & Recreation [one for students and one for professionals]
University Recreation [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. Once at lunch, engage with the professional to learn more about their career! [ See our suggested talking points! ]

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. 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 is linked here: See our suggested talking points!
Pay for the lunch(es) of your student(s). Return back to Snowbird well ahead of 1:30 p.m. to participate in the next round of breakout sessions.

WEA Town Hall #1
Wednesday, October 24th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Marco Polo

Dinner on Your Own

Wednesday, October 24th | 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Wednesday, October 24th | 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM | Ballroom
Enjoy appetizers and try local Salt Lake City brew while you wander through this year’s fantastic line up of exhibitor booths.

NOBA Auction
Wednesday, October 24th | 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM | Lobby Level South
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, October 24th | 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM | Ballroom Lobby
Open during the Exhibitor Hall, proceeds from the Silent Auction go toward the Fund for Student and Professional Development. Be sure to stop by and put in your bids*!
Student Social
Wednesday, October 24th | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Snowbird - Eagle's Nest/Golden Cliff
Start out on the right foot by coming to the Student Social. Meet other students, eat some free food, and hear about all the exciting opportunities at the conference.

Yoga Session
Thursday, October 25th | 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM | Wasatch A
Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Hall, NOBA Auction & Silent Auction
Thursday, October 25th | 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Ballroom, Lobby Level South, Ballroom Lobby

Lunch in the Exhibitor Hall, Silent and NOBA Auctions
Thursday, October 25th | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Ballroom, Lobby Level South, Ballroom Lobby
Lunch is served while you meet and greet with vendor representatives in the Exhibitor Hall.  
NOTE: The Silent Auction ends at 2:00 PM and the NOBA auction ends at 2:15 PM.

AORE Town Hall #1
Thursday, October 25th | 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Cirque

Dinner on Your Own
Thursday, October 25th | 5:15 PM – 7:30 PM | Local Dining
Super Social
Thursday, October 25th | 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM | Snowbird Center
Join us for an evening of food, music, and entertainment with our live auction. Purchase a ticket for your guests for $30.

Continental Breakfast
Friday, October 26th | 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Ballroom Lobby
Be KIND to Yourself: Wellbeing for the Outdoor Professional
Friday, October 26th | 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Ballroom

AORE Town Hall #2
Friday, October 26th | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Wasatch B

Lunch on Your Own
Friday, October 26th | 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

WEA Town Hall #2
Friday, October 26th | 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Marco Polo

AORE Annual Business Meeting
Friday, October 26th | 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Primrose AB

WEA Annual Business Meeting & Committee Meetings
Friday, October 26th | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Wasatch AB

Awards Social Hour
Friday, October 26th | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Ballroom Foyer

Awards Banquet
Friday, October 26th | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | 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 2019 AORE AEE Joint Conference date and location will be unveiled. Business/professional attire. Purchase a ticket for your guests for $55.


*Donors who purchase items at a charity auction may claim a charitable contribution deduction for the excess of the purchase price paid for an item over its fair market value. The donor must be able to show, however, that he or she knew that the value of the item was less than the amount paid.