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. Industry professionals, aspiring and emerging professionals as well as students join us each fall for our conference, which delivers a hefty number of educational hours, 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 Outdoor Professionals (EOP) program provides a supportive environment for students and emerging professionals to interact with peers and learn from established leaders working in outdoor recreation and education. The two-year program is aimed at identifying inclusive and conservation-minded professionals that are new to their careers in outdoor recreation and education. Participants are mentored as they forge valuable connections, gain expertise, and understand how to better navigate the industry. Our program empowers participants to embrace their unique perspective and believe in their ability to succeed in outdoor leadership roles. The Emerging Outdoor Professionals program strives to uphold a space for invidiuals to take full advantage of the AORE network through a series of webinars, conference calls, online group discussions and in-person workshops and socials. 

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Our women-centered professional development opportunities are 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. AORE offers year-round webinars that offer both educational content and networking opportunities. In addition to webinars, we provide various opportunities for daily connections via our mobile app and we support the AORE mentorship program. Our programming is led by women in the association who share their own experiences as leaders, serving as role models and a sounding board. Through this rewarding relationship, participants 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.

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Wilderness medicine courses are considered a baseline skill set for individuals who work in the outdoor industry.  Wilderness medicine training and certification programs offer current and aspiring professionals the knowledge to effectively support, evacuate, and provide care for patients in remote environments. While wilderness medicine is unregulated in the United States, there are several course providers and course curricula available.  

AORE members need access to training to acquire and maintain their certifications and we are excited to partner with a provider to offer professional and aspiring professional members a discounted course fee. Log in to the member's area to [Learn More].

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Boots. Climbing Gear. Raincoats. Warm Layers & More. AORE members require personal gear to perform their job.  To aid in this, AORE has worked to grant access to the brands that current and aspiring professional members need at discounted rates.  We are excited to work with several companies to provide eligible members the access they need to these discounts.  Log in to the Member’s Area to [Learn More].

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The trend for orientation programs to use the outdoors as a space for bringing groups together increases each year. AORE provides a series of webinars, networking opportunities and face-to-face workshops throughout a calendar year that guide facilitators to establish and manage a successful orientation program leveraging outdoor spaces. This program, in part, was previously referred to as OOPS, or Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium.

Whether you are a program director, school administrator, student leader, researcher, or land manager, our programming is a place to discuss strategies for supporting leaders and attendees of orientation programs taking place in the outdoors. 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]

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Hosted by the AORE 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. 

Members' Only Link: Mentor Sign-Up Form

Members' Only Link: Mentee Sign-Up Form

Both forms are also available in the Members' Area after logging in.

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.



AORE Annual Conference

Oct 26 2020
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Breaking Digital Barriers Workshop

Nov 5 2020
The JUMP! Breaking Digital Barriers Program provides educators with the appropriate skills and tools for instructing and connecting throug...

Association Chat 11.09 | Breaking Virtual Barriers

Nov 9 2020 Breaking Virtual Barriers - The JUMP! Foundation Process of Pivoting Through Covid

This Association chat will bring to light a process ...

Conservation Career Advisor Webinar [Emerging Outdoor Professionals Webinar]

Nov 11 2020

Presenter: Lisa Yee-Litzenberg

Lisa is a certified career coach with over 25 years as a green career expert. Sh...

Association Chat 12.16 | Topic TBD

Dec 16 2020 Join AORE Leadership and members as we come together to discuss industry current events, challenges and questions.

The format of our ch...

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AORE Annual Conference

Oct 26 2020
Please view our complete conference website section and information here:
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NOLS Risk Management Training for Administrators @ Burlington, VT

Oct 27 2020

How would you rate your risk management practices? This self-assessment tool can help you answer that question. Could you use... Read More

Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) @ Burlington, VT

Oct 28 2020

Mark your calendar for the 27th annual conference in Burlington, Vermont, October 28-30, 2020. The core objective of the Wilderness... Read More

Breaking Digital Barriers Workshop

Nov 5 2020
The JUMP! Breaking Digital Barriers Program provides educators with the appropriate skills and tools for instructing and connecting through... Read More

REI Wilderness Safety Training with NOLS @ Santa Fe, NM

Nov 7 2020 Manage Risk on Wilderness Trips You’re ready to go deeper into the outdoors—but it takes more than luck to get home safely. 
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