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The Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium is dedicated to bringing program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers together to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs.
Every Symposium provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that help established and aspiring outdoor orientation programs. Attendees will learn from multiple presenters and a keynote speaker in multiple presentation formats including experiential formats.
The outdoor orientation experiences provide students and young leaders with the unique opportunity to develop supportive peer groups during transition to college. These intensive, adventure-based experiences impact over 25,000 students a year, providing many students with their first intensive outdoor recreation experience. These experiences have also become a burgeoning area of growth for outdoor recreation leaders.
In 2012, the 2nd Outdoor Orientation Census was completed and in 6 years the number of outdoor orientation programs increased from 162 in 2006, to 185 in 2012. Perhaps most impressively, the number of student participants increased by 5,000 in the same time period.
"Pre-Orientation programs welcome class of 2016" Hamilton College's The Spectator, 2016
"College outdoor orientation programs on the rise" Associated Press, 2011
"Outdoor Orientation Program Research" Brent Bell, Marion Reid Holmes, 2010
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|2002||Dartmouth College||Hanover, NH|
|2003||Camp Jewell YMCA||Colebrook, CT|
|2004||Sargent Center/Boston University||Boston, MA||Preston Cline|
|2005||Camp Jewell YMCA||Colebrook, CT||Reb Gregg|
|2006||Bolton Valley||Bolton Valley, VT||Greg Corio|
|2006||AEE International Conference||St. Paul, MN||Stephen Kellert|
|2006||Frost Valley YMCA||Claryville, NY||Dave Moriah|
|2007||AORE Annual Conference||Ashville, NC||Roy Smith & John Gardner|
|2008||Sargent Center/Boston University||Boston, MA||Roy Smith & Leslie Gerwin|
|2008||Vancouver, WA||Dan Garvey|
|2009||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Panel Presentation|
|2009||AORE Annual Conference||Minneapolis, MN|
|2010||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Nobleboro, ME|
|2011||First-Year Experience Conference||Atlanta, GA||Patrick Terenzini|
|April 8, 2011||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA|
|November 2, 2011||AEE International Conference||Jacksonville, FL||Carrie Lobman, Ed.D.|
|April 13, 2012||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Woodstock, CT||Dr. Charles Schroeder|
|November 6, 2012||AORE Annual Conference||Snowbird, UT|
|April 5, 2013||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA|
|February 15, 2014||First-Year Experience Conference||San Diego, CA|
|April 25, 2014||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA|
|November 11, 2014||AORE Annual Conference||Portland, OR|
|November 11, 2014||NIRSA Region 1||Boston, MA|
|April 16, 2015||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Jed Williamson|
|October 21, 2015||AEE International Conference||Portland, OR||Dr. Denise Mitten|
|November 17, 2015||AORE Annual Conference||Atlanta, GA||Preston Cline|
|April 15, 2016||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Karen Warren, Ph.D.|
|November 8, 2016||AORE Annual Conference||Minneapolis, MN||Greg Corio|
|April 21, 2017||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Marli Williams|
|November 7-8, 2017||AEE International Conference||Montreal, QB|