November 19 - November 22, 2024 | New Orleans, LA

About the Conference

The Outdoor Professional Conference (OPC) is the gathering for professionals from across the industry who facilitate participant-facing outdoor recreation. This event is designed for attendees to be empowered, get connected, and stay relevant.

Through workshops, education sessions, networking opportunities, and the exhibit hall, the OPC focuses on addressing the trends, issues and challenges within facilitated recreation and also allows for shared learning for those who lead others.

We are working to intentionally connect employers with potential employees, brands with decision makers, and attendees with fellow trailblazers. We invite seasoned professionals to share their insight and experience with emerging professionals as we all come together to advance the outdoor profession and professional.

The Outdoor Professional Conference strives to empower participant facing outdoor recreation and education providers and facilitators by:

  • expanding collaboration between the outdoor industry and outdoor recreation and education

  • offering high quality educational opportunities

  • building and strengthening professional skills and knowledge

  • broadening networking opportunities

  • educating on advocacy and public policy efforts within the industry

  • amplifying the value and impact of outdoor recreation

Interested in being a speaker?

Our proposal window is closed! We will be announcing speakers soon.

Why Co-Locating with the AB Show?

We are here to serve our members. As we have watched our membership change and grow over the years, we have taken note of how we can best support you. This partnership will give our members access to the same great networking opportunities and education you all know and love — but also expand opportunities with leadership and management. This will give you the opportunity to learn how to grow yourself - and the business of getting outside! Talking about ourselves, to ourselves is not going to advance our work — it is time to spread our wings and fly!

We will be joining a 40 year conference with over 2,300 facility and program managers from around the world. These decision-makers come to the AB Show every year to learn new solutions from industry leaders, find new products and services and build community.

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring?

If you provide products or services that can be used in the outdoor or recreation industries, this is an expo floor you can’t afford to miss. Coming to OPC will allow you to: 

  • Meet face to face with key decision makers to discuss, demonstrate and answer questions about your product or service.
  • Broaden your contacts and develop new relationships on the expo floor.
  • Think Big and Get Bigger!  Find new revenue streams, grow your customer base, and expand the reach of your brand.
  • Introduce new products and announce special promotions.


Remove Financial Constraints to Grow the Industry

We can’t offer the conference for free, as that would be perpetuating the cycle of low cost, low value. We offer this conference as an opportunity for outdoor recreation professionals to grow their skill sets and know their worth in the industry.  We know how important it is for outdoor professionals to have experiences like attending the OPC where they can use their voice to create change, inspire others, and continue to grow in the industry.

OPC is a valuable experience for all attendees who make the most out of their experience. We need your help to ensure that we can bring every facilitator who wants to be apart of the industry's growth and future. You can help by donating to our scholarship fund — this helps sponsor professionals trip to New Orleans to learn from industry expects and connect with fellow trailblazers. Attendees will find plenty of networking opportunities, job opportunities, workshops, and a robust exhibit hall.  

Quick Information


Convention Center

Attendee Prospectus

Justification Letter


Registration Rates


(until Aug 14)

(Aug 15 - Oct 9)

(Oct 10 - Onsite)

Professional Member




Professional Non-Member




2nd & 3rd Person*




4+ People*




Supporter Member








Student Professional Member**




Student Supporter Member**




Student Non-Member**




Daily Registration





Get the Best Rate for YOU

  • Register Early - be sure to lock in the lowest rate possible by registering no later than August 14th, before the rates increase

  • Group Registration - bringing 4+ people from your organization reduces the registration fee for all attendees from your group

  • Payment Plans - you can pay your registration fee over the course of a few months vs all at once; the earlier to start the payment plan the lower you have to pay each month

    • To set it up, register for the OPC like normal, then select ‘Pay by Check’, once this is done, complete this credit card authorization form for AORE to automatically process your payments each month as you designate 

  • Justification Letter - use this letter to make a case to your boss on why you should attend the Outdoor Professional Conference 

  • Fundraising - there may be more funding and resources out there than you think, consider 55 Ways to Raise $500.

Learn More

*These packages allow multiple people from your organization access to the full conference which includes education sessions and the expo hall. To receive this multi-attendee discount, attendees from the same organization must register at the same time and pay with one credit card.

**Education & Expo Access Included (socials not included)

^To verify military status, please present a copy of your military ID when picking up your badge