Presenting at the 2018 AORE WEA
Joint National Conference

*Submissions are now closed for the 2018 AORE WEA Joint National Conference

Held from October 24-26 in Snowbird, UT, the mission of the Joint National Conference is to provide professionals, students and organizations who advance the field of outdoor recreation and education the opportunity to learn, network and improve performance while ensuring the association’s financial viability. AORE and WEA strive to design and deliver transformational learning opportunities that advance individuals, programs and organizations in the field of outdoor and adventure education. 

Educational Topics 

Management and Administration 

Designed to help professionals develop procedures, operations, and overall administration of programs. Presentation topics include staff development, marketing, technology, budgeting, and institutional support. Other areas include running various aspects of the business of outdoor programs including rental center operations.

Risk Management and Wilderness Medicine 

Intended to improve preparedness for crisis and medical situations and provide updates in the wilderness medicine field. Presentation topics include writing risk management plans, revising policies and procedures, legal advice, and updates to wilderness medicine

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

Provides meaningful instruction and discussion pertaining to outdoor ethics, land management, access, diversity, equity and inclusiveness, minimizing carbon emissions/footprint, advocacy, and conservation - all efforts that create a more just society and decrease injustice.

Programming / Planning and Logistics

Designed for all aspects of running outdoor trips or clinics, events, and programming for participants. Presentations include topics ranging from logistical planning and permitting to technical skills and backcountry cooking. Sessions also include information on specific types of trips such as international trips and orientation programs.

Technical Skills or Outdoor Living 

Large activity structures pose particular challenges for operation, maintenance, risk management, and programming. Presentation topics include climbing wall competitions, challenge course development, and staff training in both of these areas.

Career Development 

Anyone looking for a job in the outdoor industry, or advice on career advancement, should pay special attention to these sessions. Presentations will relate to resumes, interviews, graduate schools, field work, military positions,and additional career development advice.


Designed to assist you to guide and direct with self-awareness to effectively make decisions involving a group of people. 

Environmental Integration

Provides attention to ecological and cultural literacy alongside the planning and management skills needed to assure preservation through past, present, and future connections.


Guiding to implement theories and practices through teaching through process and transference. 

Additional Conference Features

Summit Series 

Sessions for the mid-level to seasoned professional are available through the Summit Series at the Joint National Conference.

Research Symposium 

The Research Symposium strives to connect academics and practitioners of the outdoor and recreation field. The symposium provides an international forum for scholarly exchange and discussion about outdoor recreation and education research, theoretical and applied and creates an amazing opportunity to bridge research and practice.

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops 

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops give attendees a one-stop shop for industry training and certification renewals. These workshops, held before and after the conference, add to the many perks of attending the conference. Workshops include trainings, certifications and social events relevant to students and professionals in the industry.

Student and Career Center 

At the Student and Career Center attendees can browse graduate assistantship, internship, full-time position and summer position announcements from organizations and programs across the country. Attendees are welcome to drop off their resumes for potential employers to pick up ad sign-up for one-on-one mock interviews and resume review sessions.

Exhibitor Hall 

Situated in the heart of it all, our Exhibitor Hall is packed with equipment outfitters, training companies, guiding companies and more--all there to network with attendees. This gives our attendees the opportunity to ask questions, compare price points and use that information to negotiate and leverage opportunities during face-to-face meetings.