This coming academic year offers a number of adventure orientation program professional development opportunities:

November 9, 2013 - Outdoor Orientation Program workshops will be a focus of Saturday's workshop themes at the next Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education conference. A focussed track on outdoor orientation for directors, practitioners, and student leaders will be open to all AORE conference attendees.

February 15, 2014 - An Adventure Orientation Programs Symposium will take place as a pre-conference to the 33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in San Diego, CA. The symposium on How to Engage Students in Positive Peer Cultures Through Experiential Learning, will feature workshops on curriculum design, risk management, and program assessment. Times: 9:00am - 4:30pm. Registration: $235.

April, 2014 - The 20th Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium will celebrate it's 10th year as a pre-conference at the Association for Experiential Education's Northeast Regional Conference at the Frost Valley YMCA Camp and conference center in April (TBD). This conference is focussed on student leaders and outdoor orientation program interaction. Times: 8:30am-5pm. Registration: students $35, professional staff $100.
UPDATE! The 2nd Outdoor Orientation Census has been completed. The number of outdoor orientation programs are up from 162 in 2006 to 185 in 2012, but even more impressive, student participants in outdoor orientation programs has increased by 5,0000 in that same time period.

The 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. OOPS provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that will help established and aspiring programs. For more information about OOPS, contact us.

OOPS is organized by Dr. Brent J. Bell, University of New Hampshire. A sample of presenters include: Rick Curtis, Princeton University; Greg Corio, West Virginia University; and David Starbuck, University of New Hampshire.

The Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium brings together new and veteran program directors, students, college and university administrators, and others interested in outdoor orientation programs. At OOPS, you will have the opportunity to meet others in the field, access new research, and share and discuss program management. See where we've held OOPS since its inception.
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