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 AORE 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 AORE 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 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. - 7:00 p.m. | Hotel Roanoke

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


Locations:
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

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.
 
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.

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

Pint Glass  Social
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.

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


 

Lunch in the Exhibitor Hall
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.

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


All conference attendees are welcome to attend this session including students and professional staff! Hosted by the board of directors, come learn about relevant association business matters including strategic goals, updates on the association initiatives, introduction of newly elected board members, and discussing proposed bylaw changes.

Dinner on Your Own
Thursday, November 2 | 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 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. There will be a cash bar and local folk/americana band Strong Water will be performing. Purchase a ticket for your guests for $50.

Continental Breakfast
Friday, November 3 | 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Roanoke Foyer

Town Hall #2
Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Appalachian


All conference attendees are welcome to attend this session including students and professional staff! Hosted by the board of directors, come learn about relevant association business matters including strategic goals, updates on the association initiatives, introduction of newly elected board members, and discussing proposed bylaw changes.

Lunch on Your Own
Friday, November 3 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. |
Nearby Restaurants

 

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

 
The Annual Business Meeting will deliver major association accomplishments, a financial report, committee reports and new initiatives for 2018, as well as the Student Business Meeting. Please join us in becoming an active participant in the future of both AORE and the outdoor recreation and association industry!

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

Join us for the final social hour of the conference! Stop by the Foyer to socialize, network, and enjoy a cash bar before the Awards Banquet and Dinner.

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.