AORE Professional Development

​AORE knows that members must continually adapt and grow in order to keep pace with the dynamic field of outdoor recreation and education. To this end, we offer a wide range of professional development opportunities to current and aspiring outdoor programmers. We cater our services and our professional development to those working in colleges, universities and junior colleges, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and the military. Our programming---Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), Global University (GU), Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS), and the Women’s Leadership Mentorship Institute (WLMI)---is designed to support diverse viewpoints, provide mentorship, foster the exchange of best practices and trends, and build skills through classroom learning and outdoor experiences. We also promote and partner on relevant industry events and trainings for members seeking out specific certifications and credentials. And we ensure that inspiring keynote speakers, robust panel discussions, and interactive learning options abound at the annual conference, making for an immersive and unique attendee experience.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Join AORE and AEE in Spokane, Washington, this November for a learning expedition that will challenge you personally and professionally. Valuable education, extensive networking, industry vendors and more.

​​AORE - AEE Conference 2019

EMERGING LEADERS

Our Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) furthers the goal of advancing professionals and students in outdoor recreation and education. This program provides participants an inclusive environment to exchange information, network, and address critical issues in the outdoor field.

Learn more about the ELP and meet our 2018 participants!


GLOBAL UNIVERSITY

With partnership by AORE and G Adventures, the AORE and G Adventures Global University is intently aimed at the academic and experiential format of global outdoor learning to foster a community of experts within collegiate outdoor recreation and education.

AORE Global University 2019

OOPS: Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium

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. 

Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium | OOPS

WLMI: Women's Leadership Mentorship Institute

Women within AORE that are looking to advance in the profession and organization by improving leadership skills and technical skills are invited to be mentored by women in AORE possessing technical knowledge / experience, strong leadership capacity or positional leadership experiences.

Through participation in WLMI, we anticipate our mentees will gain valuable knowledge on how to navigate, access, and succeed in outdoor leadership roles, such as field course leaders, program directors, committee chairs, conference presenters, executive directors, and board of directors. Our mentors work with mentees to develop a strong relationship for positive role modeling, support, and guidance. Participants can expect to experience an increase of confidence in their outdoor leadership abilities and outdoor technical skills; acquire or enhance technical skills essential to credibility or advancement in the industry, and interpersonal skills crucial to maintaining or advancing in positional leadership (empowered, gaining confidence). We invite our participants to take a leadership role through volunteer service, public / conference speaking, or considering professional advancement. Some mentees become mentors for the next generation of women participants.

Mentors in the institute contribute to the development of women leaders in the organization and industry by establishing or elevating their connection to AORE  and their service to AORE, as well as the programs, services and tools offered. Each of our mentors becomes an ambassador for the organization and works to develop a strong relationship with their mentee, acting as a positive role model. We invite mentors to share technical and leadership capacity-building experiences and expertise, cultivate an inclusive space for women leaders, and train others to serve diverse student populations in their own outdoor programs. Part of our curriculum focuses on using the outdoors as a place to opt out of cultural pressures to conform—the ‘supposed tos’ and the ‘shoulds’ that underpin outdated stereotypes. The institute strives to provide the capacity to help the association increase female participatory leadership, contributing to the goal of increasing female representation in AORE leadership roles (presenting, committees, leadership / BOD) by 20% by 2020. ​More information coming soon about our next WLMI cohort!

AORE EVENTS

12
Apr

Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS) [Pre-Con at AEE Northeast Regional]

OOPS 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... Read More

03
Sep

AORE Campus Challenge Pre-Registration for Participants

Sign up for the 2019 AORE Campus Challenge for your chance to win an Osprey backpack! Learn more at aorecampuschallenge.org!Read More
13
Nov

AORE AEE 2019 Conference

AORE partners with AEE for the 2019 Annual Conference! This collaboration includes broadening collaboration within the fields of experiential education and outdoor recreation, creating higher-quality educational... Read More


View the complete events calendar, including other industry events and activities.


EVENT CALENDAR - ALL INDUSTRY EVENTS

Wilderness Risk Management with NOLS and REI @ Boulder, CO

Mar 30 2019 A lot of work goes into planning and executing a great outdoor adventure. As you go further afield, you need to rely on more than luck to get back home. In this 2-day, classroom-based course, you'll learn what it takes to venture responsibly into the outdoors (hint: it's more than first aid skills!).... Read More

Wilderness First Responder Course @ Costa Rica

Apr 11 2019 The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is the single most important certification to have to work in the outdoor industry. Nearly every employer ranging from river rafting companies to outdoor education organizations require their staff to be certified WFR’s. The skills you learn as... Read More

Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming (ARAP) Conference @ Jasper, AR

Apr 12 2019 The Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming (ARAP) Conference is a student-oriented programming weekend for individuals that want to connect with other outdoor educational enthusiasts. The conference takes place at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. This year's conference is brought to you in part by College Outside!Read More

Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS) [Pre-Con at AEE Northeast Regional]

Apr 12 2019 OOPS 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,... Read More

Wilderness First Aid @ Kattskill Bay, NY

Apr 13 2019 Course led by SOLO instructor. Learn basic first aid assessment and care protocols. Two-year certification satisfies American Camp Association requirements for leaders of overnight camping trips. Useful to guides, scout leaders and anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation. For more information visit www.soloschools.comRead More

Wilderness Risk Management with NOLS and REI @ Seattle, WA

Apr 13 2019 A lot of work goes into planning and executing a great outdoor adventure. As you go further afield, you need to rely on more than luck to get back home. In this 2-day, classroom-based course, you'll learn what it takes to venture responsibly into the outdoors (hint: it's more than first aid skills!).... Read More