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Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
P.O. Box 221
Marienville, PA 16239
P: 814-927-8212
F: 814-927-6659

"Thriving in a New Economic Reality"

We hope you join the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals for our 33rd annual
conference in this legendary city known for its
extraordinary outdoor recreation, stunning scenery and vibrant culture.

The 2014 conference was a great success.  We will be posting many of the presentations on the Conference Proceedings page in the coming weeks.

Program Highlights

Download the final program (updated May 7, 2014)

AICP CM logoAICP Continuing Maintenance Credits

The American Planning Association has approved the following conference sessions for continuing maintenance (CM) credits.

  • NEW - SCORP University (3.0 CM)
  • Balancing Public Access Demands with Conservation Requirements on Protected Lands on the San Francisco Bay Area (1.5 CM)
  • Conducting Economic Impact Studies: Lessons Learned from the 2013 North Carolina State Parks Project (0.5 CM)
  • Seeking Public Input Through Online Survey For Resources Management Plan (0.5 CM)
  • Economics of Outdoor Recreation – A Virginia Perspective (0.5 CM)
  • The Business of Public Recreation: Lessons from the Field, Opportunities and Challenges for Economic Sustainability (1.5 CM)
  • Building Your Plan for Community Engagement and Outreach (1.5 CM)
  • Economic Impact and Partnerships of Ski Resorts in California (0.75 CM)
  • Digital Outdoor Recreation Planning Tool Improves Efficiency and Cross Agency Communication: A Case Study in Metro Vancouver, Canada (0.75 CM)
Plenary Sessions
  • How Research Can Help Park and Outdoor Recreation Professionals Thrive in the New Economic Reality from Robert Manning, Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont
  • National Outdoor Recreation Outlook Forum - A panel of experts will provide a provocative glimpse into the future
Concurrent Session
  • Innovative Technology for Bringing Parks to People from Larry Orman, Executive Director of the GreenInfo Network
  • The power of outdoor recreation experiences to veterans, soldiers and Army families from John O'Sullivan, Manager of the Army’s Outdoor Recreation Program
  • Practical Strategies for Recalibrating Parks and Recreation Services from Becky Kelley, Director of Georgia State Parks
  • Innovative OHV Recreation Solutions in California by California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division Staff
  • Creating Lasting Culture Change through Economic Development Initiatives and Recreation on the Lower Mississippi River from Diana Threadgill, President and Executive Director of the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee
Field Workshop
  • The Presidio Trust: a Different Kind of Model
    There will be four educational stops on the field workshop day that explore the complexities of an urban National Recreation Area cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust.  Craig Middleton, Executive Director of the Presidio Trust, will be the luncheon speaker and provide a behind the scenes look at the financing of the trust.
Pre-conference Training
  • Accessibility Summit for Outdoor Developed Areas (free with full conference registration)
  • SCORP University (free with full conference registration)
  • Tread Trainer Overview ($25 fee) CANCELLED
Download the Conference App

The mobile app for the SORP National Outdoor Recreation Conference is now available. If you’ve registered for the conference, you probably already got an email giving you a link to the free download. If you didn’t get that link, or you just want to see how the app works, click here while on your iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device: https://crowd.cc/s/26hm

The event is accessible to BlackBerry devices, Windows Phone users, and desktop computers through your web-based version, but unlike Apple or Android devices, you will need to be connected to the internet. Click here: https://crowd.cc/sorp

Target Audience  
  • City, county, state and federal outdoor recreation and related resource planners, managers, researchers and administrators
  • Public agency decision makers and policy makers
  • International professionals and academicians
  • Private sector planning and design consultants
  • Conservancies and land trusts
  • University faculty and students
Looking for help to justify attending the conference?

We realize budgets are tight and travel restrictions abound and so we’d like to help you make a strong case for attending the 2014 conference. Customize our sample justification letter to take the first step toward joining other outdoor recreation professionals at our 2014 conference in San Francisco. Click here to download the letter.

Become a Sponsor

We invite you to connect with our national network of outdoor recreation career professionals. There are a number of personal and effective ways to partner with SORP, to market your products and services, and to help to advance our outdoor recreation industry.  Click here to learn more.

Is someone else registering you?

Download a paper form so they know your preferences.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Rates available through April 18

  • $385 - Member, Full Conference
  • $500 - Non-member, Full Conference
  • $250 - Student, Full Conference
  • $175 - One-day Registration

Registration after April 18

  • $500 - Member, Full Conference
  • $600 - Non-member, Full Conference
  • $250 - Student, Full Conference
  • $175 - One-day Registration

Guest tickets for the field workshop are available for $75 each.


What's included in your Full Conference registration?
  • All educational sessions Tuesday noon through Friday
  • Pre-conference sessions: Accessibility Summit and SCORP University
  • Tuesday and Friday receptions
  • Breaks during classroom sessions
  • Thursday field workshop with lunch
Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
1300 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 771-9000

April 28 Update: Our room block has sold out.  Rooms may still be available at the Holiday Inn, but not at the negotiated room rate.

(800) 942-7348  - mention that you are with the National Outdoor Recreation Conference


Alternate lodging options: Click here to download

Do you need a Rental Car?

Online sources recommend skipping a rental car.  Public transportation is excellent and many attractions are within easy walking distance of the hotel.  Parking is hard to find and expensive.  City traffic can ruin the best of moods.

There are many shuttle services offering transportation between San Francisco International Airport and Fisherman's Wharf. Prices average $17 one-way.  The airport website is very helpful: http://www.flysfo.com/to-from/sf/shared-ride-vans

Be aware that if the shuttle drops off passengers enroute, which likely the case, plan on a 60- 90 minutes or more ride to your hotel with a bunch of fellow travelers.

Links to Help You Plan Your Visit
Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g60713-San_Francisco_California-Vacations.html      
Alcatraz Island www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm
Chinatown www.sanfranciscochinatown.com
Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District www.spn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation.aspx
Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District www.spk.usace.army.mil/Locations/SacramentoDistrictParks.aspx
Ferry Building Marketplace and Farmer's Market www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
Fisherman's Wharf www.fishermanswharf.org
Golden Gate National Recreation Area www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm
Golden Gate Park http://sfrecpark.org/parks-open-spaces/golden-gate-park-guide/
Pier 39 www.pier39.com
Presidio of San Francisco www.nps.gov/prsf/index.htm
Twin Peaks             http://sfrecpark.org/destination/twin-peaks/
Conference Planning Partners
  • Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
  • San Francisco State University, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
  • GreenInfo Network, California
  • USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • California State Parks Foundation
  • National Park Service
  • Tread Lightly Inc.
  • The Presidio Trust, California
  • East Bay Regional Park District, California 
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, California (invited)
  • San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (invited)
About SORP

Since 1983, the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) has been serving the outdoor recreation profession. It is the Nation’s leading association of outdoor recreation and related professionals who strive to protect our natural and cultural resources while providing sustainable recreation access.

SORP provides valued membership benefits and services to outdoor recreation professionals in local, special district, state, and federal agencies; private sector firms and consultants; university faculty and students; and non-profit organizations. The exclusive benefits of membership include a discount to the National Outdoor Recreation Conference, a weekly e-newsletter, outdoor gear pro deal and more.

A keystone service provided by SORP to the outdoor recreation profession is the annual National Outdoor Recreation Conference.  In recent years the conference has been held in Traverse City (MI), Baton Rouge, Breckenridge, Portland (OR), Austin, Pittsburgh and Missoula.