Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium: OOPS

OOPS brings program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers in one place to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs. OOPS provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that will help established and aspiring programs. At OOPS, you will have the opportunity to meet others in the field, access new research, and share and discuss program management.


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Do you have resources to share with the OOPS community? Documents that make your program run? Links to helpful resources, or research and assessment tools? You can help others by sharing your knowledge! Send them to nationaloffice@aore.org.

Previous OOPS Events




Keynote Speaker

2002Dartmouth CollegeHanover, NH
2003Camp Jewell YMCAColebrook, CT
2004Sargent Center/Boston UniversityBoston, MAPreston Cline
2005Camp Jewell YMCAColebrook, CTReb Gregg
2006Bolton ValleyBolton Valley, VTGreg Corio
2006AEE International ConferenceSt. Paul, MNStephen Kellert
2006Frost Valley YMCAClaryville, NYDave Moriah
2007AORE Annual ConferenceAshville, NCRoy Smith & John Gardner
2008Sargent Center/Boston UniversityBoston, MARoy Smith & Leslie Gerwin
2008Vancouver, WADan Garvey
2009AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MAPanel Presentation
2009AORE Annual ConferenceMinneapolis, MN
2010AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceNobleboro, ME
2011First-Year Experience ConferenceAtlanta, GAPatrick Terenzini
April 8, 2011AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MA
November 2, 2011AEE International ConferenceJacksonville, FLCarrie Lobman, Ed.D.
April 13, 2012AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceWoodstock, CTDr. Charles Schroeder
November 6, 2012AORE Annual ConferenceSnowbird, UT
April 5, 2013AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MA
February 15, 2014First-Year Experience ConferenceSan Diego, CA
April 25, 2014AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MA
November 11, 2014AORE Annual ConferencePortland, OR
November 11, 2014NIRSA Region 1Boston, MA
April 16, 2015AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MAJed Williamson
October 21, 2015AEE International ConferencePortland, ORDr. Denise Mitten
November 17, 2015AORE Annual ConferenceAtlanta, GAPreston Cline
April 15, 2016AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MAKaren Warren, Ph.D.
November 8, 2016AORE Annual ConferenceMinneapolis, MNGreg Corio
April 21, 2017AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MAMarli Williams
November 7, 2017AEE International ConferenceMontreal, QB
April 20, 2018AEE Northeast Regional ConferenceBecket, MAElizabeth Andre, Ph.D.    
October 23, 2018AORE / WEA Joint ConferenceSnowbird, UT
April 12, 2019AEE Northeast Regional Conference Becket, MA
November 12, 2019AORE / AEE Joint Conference    Spokane, WA