Introducing the organizations and people helping to make this conference is the best yet! We've tapped into local expertise to help make your experience in New Orleans the best it can be! Learn more about these wonderful partners and connect below. 

LSU University Recreation

J.C. Miller, Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation

I am volunteering with AORE because of the tremendous benefits I gained from last year's Outdoor Professionals Conference, which significantly contributed to my success in my current role. I am motivated to give back and assist in providing other professionals with the same enriching experience.

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I am excited for attendees to experience the vibrant Louisiana culture and explore the unique charm of New Orleans. From the endless wonders of Cajun dining to the lively local atmosphere, it's a fantastic opportunity for everyone to experience something truly special.

J.C. Miller

Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation, LSU University Recreation


Heather West, Executive Director, LOOP NOLA

I am a native New Orleanian, and I am THRILLED to have an AORE conference in New Orleans! New Orleans culture is not really big into outdoor adventure sports or outdoor recreation apart from hunting, fishing, and organized athletics. I've worked in the Outdoor Education industry since 2009, beginning with Outward Bound leading 20-28 day canoeing and backpacking trips. I moved back to New Orleans with little hope of establishing a career in the outdoor industry here, but I began working for LOOP NOLA in 2016 as the Program Director and moved into the Executive Director role in 2022. As someone who loves outdoor education and grew up here, I'm very excited to help out at a local conference promoting outdoor recreation and education.

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A really unique culture -- New Orleans is a funky little "big" city. And even if the conference serves food, I hope that attendees go out to some of our fantastic restaurants and go hear some live music and check out the local history. I specifically hope that they go places other than Bourbon Street.

Heather West

Executive Director, LOOP NOLA

Tulane University Outdoor Adventures

Josh Fulmer, Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures, Tulane University 

I enjoy working with a community of like-minded professionals.

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I'm excited to show off the unique outdoor experiences of our region and the best city in the world! Come hungry, watch out for the potholes, and always ask for a go-cup!

Josh Fulmer

Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures, Tulane University