AORE Actively Supports Outdoor Facilitators Through Programming

We’ve learned that everyone likes to learn in their own way. To aid in this we’ve worked hard to expand how outdoor facilitators can access great content.  Let’s dive a little deeper in the three biggest ways we do this - virtual programming, our annual Inclusive Summit, and the Outdoor Professional Conference.

It’s also necessary to note:  Now for that deeper dive….

We work to provide valuable content to our members through our benefits, including virtual education and professional development. We bring speakers from all over the world to speak on topics you’ve requested through surveys and conversations with us. Our virtual programming has live sessions, recordings from our live sessions, and on demand courses you can check out. 

AORE hosts an annual inclusive summit to provide attendees with a wider recognition of exclusionary practices within outdoor recreation and education and to help them gain better understanding of how they can actively work to make change as leaders in the industry. This program is designed for people who facilitate outdoor recreation and education programs - whether they guide, train or simply encourage people to get outdoors.

Networking Opportunities: The conference provides an excellent platform for outdoor facilitators and employers to connect with fellow outdoor professionals, educators, and industry leaders. Networking allows for the exchange of ideas, the opportunity to share experiences, and establish valuable contacts for potential collaborations, job opportunities, and mentorship.

Professional Development: The conference offers a diverse range of workshops, seminars, and training sessions covering topics such as outdoor leadership, risk management, environmental education, and program development. Attending these sessions enables individuals and employers to enhance skills, stay updated on industry trends, and gain valuable insights from experts in the field.

Continuing Education: As the industry evolves, the importance of staying informed about new research, best practices, and advancements in outdoor education and facilitation increases to remain relevant. The conference provides access to cutting-edge information and resources that can enrich one’s knowledge base and inform their work with participants.

Exposure to Innovation: The conference will feature exhibitors, demonstrations, and presentations showcasing innovative gear, technology, and techniques relevant to outdoor education and programming. Attendees can explore new tools, equipment, and methodologies that could enhance the quality and effectiveness of outdoor facilitation efforts.

Career Advancement Opportunities: Attending the conference demonstrates commitment to professional growth and development within the outdoor industry. Engaging with industry leaders and participating in discussions about career pathways, leadership development, and industry trends can help identify opportunities for advancement and career progression, as well as, assist in hiring decisions in an efficient cost and timely manner.

Inspiration and Motivation: Interacting with like-minded individuals who share a passion for the outdoors can be inspiring and energizing for attendees. Hearing success stories, overcoming challenges, and learning from the experiences of fellow outdoor professionals can reignite enthusiasm and motivation for the work.  The individuals who comprise the outdoor industry are group and community oriented, and in-person connections are imperative.

Contribution to the Community: By participating in the conference, attendees contribute to the collective knowledge and advancement of the outdoor education community. Sharing expertise, insights, and experiences through presentations, workshops, and discussions can benefit other professionals and contribute to the overall growth and development of the industry.

Beyond our Inclusive Summit, Outdoor Professional Conference, and virtual programming we also offer have additional resources for you to check out with our blog and our newly launched podcast “Advancing the Outdoor Professional”. 

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