AORE connects members to high quality programs, tools, trainings, and certification opportunities in a wide range of learning formats, ensuring that current and aspiring professionals have access to the education and resources they need to be relevant in their current job and achieve their goals.

AORE's premier professional development program provides a powerful mechanism for outdoor programmers and educators to invest in leadership development and build core competencies, learn about innovations and best practices, exchange research, and broaden awareness of challenges and opportunities in the industry. The annual conference is intentionally hosted during the shoulder season to ensure those we serve are able to access the knowledge they need to be successful year-round. Nearly 1,200 individuals will join us this fall for our next learning expedition, which will deliver more than 15 hours of education to attendees, including inspiring keynotes, robust panel discussions, interactive workshops, and a research symposium. [Learn More]

Through Global University, we curate an international outdoor learning expedition for a select number of individuals annually, thanks to the sponsorship and planning expertise of AORE365 partner, G Adventures. Together, we foster a diverse community of professionals who are committed to raising the bar of practice and performance within outdoor recreation and education. Participants are presented with opportunities for mentorship, networking, and engaging in facilitated discussions. The location of Global University iis determined based on the goals? for each experience, informing a tailored curriculum and accompanying itinerary of nature-based activities. [Learn More]

Our Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) provides a supportive environment for students and emerging professionals to interact with peers and learn from established leaders working in outdoor recreation and education. Participants are mentored throughout the program as they forge valuable connections, gain expertise, and understand how to better navigate the industry. ELP empowers participants to embrace their unique perspective and believe in their ability to succeed in outdoor leadership roles. Updates on the 2019 ELP Program will be available soon!

Our Women's Leadership Mentorship Institute (WLMI) is designed to support members who identify as women, are interested in advancing within the profession, and wish to contribute their insights to AORE and the larger industry. These individuals are mentored by women in the association who share their own experiences as leaders, serving as a role model and sounding board. Through this rewarding relationship, mentees test out new ideas, strengthen interpersonal skills, increase technical proficiency, troubleshoot barriers to career advancement, and build the confidence to pursue roles in outdoor leadership. Updates on the 2019 WLMI Program will be available soon!

The Outdoor Orientation Programs Symposium (OOPS) convenes program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers in one place to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs. Through a series of events hosted throughout the year, members are able to connect with peers and experts in the field to share best practices, access new research, discover new program management strategies, and gather critical information designed to help established and aspiring programs reach their goals. [Learn More]

Hosted by the Professional Development Committee, the Mentorship Program is an exclusive member offering that focuses on the intersection of networking and professional development while encouraging deeper involvement within the association and the larger industryExperienced professionals are matched up with those who are looking to grow. Working one-on-one with a mentor, mentees identify personal and professional goals and create an action plan for achieving them. By investing their time, mentors will contribute to the succession and sustainability of the profession. 

AORE promotes and partners on numerous industry events and trainings for members seeking specific certifications and credentials. We also deliver a variety of webinars and other online education throughout the year. Opportunities can be searched in our Event Calendar directly below. Additionally, we offer an exclusive online learning platform and accompanying video library, which members can access by logging into AORE's Member Portal.



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5-day Wilderness First Responder Certification / Re-Certification @ Allendale, MI

Dec 14 2019 Wilderness First Responder (WFR) offered by Wilderness Medical Associates is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides,... Read More

Wilderness First Responder & Wilderness EMT (Hybrid) @ Bellingham, WA

Jan 2 2020 WFR is for...
Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing,... Read More

Wilderness First Responder & Wilderness EMT (Hybrid) @ Lincoln, NE

Jan 2 2020 Training Description The 5-day practical session of this distance learning course is held on the UNL campus.   WFR is for...
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Wilderness First Responder (WFR) @ Seattle, WA

Jan 4 2020 For
Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater... Read More

Wilderness First Responder & Wilderness EMT (Hybrid) @ Bowling Green, OH

Jan 6 2020 Training Description The practical session for this hybrid course is sponsored by the BGSU Outdoor Program. Ample indoor space is provided in... Read More

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