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AORE offers access to a wide range of professional development opportunities for outdoor programmers working within colleges and universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and the military. These high-quality programs, services, and events are designed to provide mentorship, support diverse viewpoints and ideas, foster the exchange of best practices, and build skills through classroom learning and outdoor experiences.
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 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!
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. 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. Through a series of events hosted throughout the year, this professional development resource provides a space for members 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]
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.