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Executive Director's Quarterly Update Now Available
Read more from AORE Executive Director, Jeannette Stawski.

AORE Executive Director Quarterly Update March 2016

This year's conference in Minneapolis marks AORE's 30th conference. At the first one, in 1984 in Bozeman, Montana, 185 participants came together for what was called simply the conference on Outdoor Recreation to talk about their common interests and concerns. It was the first national conference devoted solely to nonprofit outdoor recreation and education providers. Those 185 participants set the framework for what AORE has built since then.

This year also marks the National Park Service's centennial celebration. Historic anniversaries provide opportunities to celebrate accomplishments and successes. In 2016, we should take stock of what we've achieved so far and set our sights on where we want the association to go next.
Every day, we are working to expand AORE’s reach, forge new partnerships, and advance the outdoor profession in other ways. We are now plugged in at a national level in a way we have never been before—we now have a seat at the table, and we are advocating for AORE members’ interests in Washington, D.C. The more times we get a seat at the table—and the more times we bring stakeholders in to our own table—the stronger AORE will be.

Getting AORE where we want it to be requires both vision and commitment. We develop and foster both while at the conference and while working together in many other ways. In Minneapolis, AORE members will learn from each other, talk through challenges and come up with ways to approach them, and lend each other support. AORE needs this individual and collective support.

​AORE is a vast resource that can help you do your day-to-day jobs better—through professional development; exploring best practices, peer review, certification, and training issues; and codifying the body of knowledge that AORE members possess. Through conducting academic and practitioner research, AORE stays on the cutting edge and continues to move the outdoor recreation and education profession forward. These ongoing pursuits benefit the profession on a macro scale and a micro scale—for example, every time an AORE member goes back to work after gaining some knowledge or skill from AORE peers.

Toward that aim, each AORE member matters. How will you help improve AORE in the next 5, 10, or 50 years?

Each of us is only one person. But when we all come together, we can achieve far more than we ever could individually. Our collective influence can strengthen and improve outdoor recreation and education—for a college student going on her first outdoor excursion today and for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. 

Thank you,

Jeannette Stawski, CAE
Executive Director, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

Published: 03/01/16