Our Sponsors


Contact us:

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

"Rivers and Recreation in a Changing Climate"

Co-hosted by the...

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2015 Poster Session

Conference Program

Download the final program (updated 5/13/2016)

Mobile App

Download the "2016 SORP/RMS" app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  To start using the app, select "Create Account" and unlock the app using this event code - SORPRMS2016

Download the Guide to Using the 2016 SORP/RMS App

Live and Silent Auctions

One of the highlights of the conference is the live and silent auctions and evening banquet. As part of this, we would love to include a special donation from you. Popular items provided in the past include books, posters, camping and outdoor gear, hand-crafted items, art work, park memorabilia, logo clothing, souvenirs, and gift certificates.

The silent auction opens at the poster reception on Monday and closes Thursday evening before the banquet. The live auction will take place before the banquet.

Proceeds raised from the auction support fundraising for the River Management Society, and support the student and new professional Scholarship Funds for the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals.

Download the auction flyer

Pre-conference Training (Optional)

These half-day sessions are offered Monday morning, May 16.  They are included in your conference registration and anyone may attend.

  • SCORP University
  • Visual Resource Management Training
  • ESRI Story Maps

Continuing Maintenance Credits

55 concurrent, pre-conference and field sessions have been approved for AICP Continuing Maintenance credits.  This comes to a total of 47 CM credits.  The sessions we have chosen for credits are identified in the preliminary program. 

If you are licensed through the American Institute of Architects or American Society of Landscape Architects, your state licensure board should accept CM credits from the American Planning Association with equal treatment.

Although we will not be offering Continuing Education Units (IACET), we can provide you with proof of attendance and a description of the sessions upon request.

Who should attend?

  • City, county, state and federal outdoor recreation and river managers, planners, researchers and administrators
  • University faculty and students
  • Public agency decision makers and policy makers
  • International professionals and academicians
  • Private sector planning and design consultants
  • Conservancies and land trusts2009 Field Workshop

Is someone else registering you?

Fill out a paper form so they know your preferences.

Registration Rates

Registration is open. 

Rates on or before April 15  
Early, full conference registration, member (SORP or RMS)     $385
Early, full conference registration, non-member $485
Student registration, Full conference $250
Early One-day registration $165
Social registration** $165
Rates after April 15  
Late, full conference registration, member $485
Late, full conference registration, non-member $585
Student registration, Full conference $250
Late One-day registration $200
Social registration** $165

** The Social Registration includes entry to the Monday Poster and Exhibitor Reception, Tuesday Awards Luncheon, Tuesday Celebration Park Excursion, Wednesday Field Workshop, and Thursday Banquet and Live Auction.

What's included in your Full Conference registration?

  • All educational sessions Monday through Thursday
  • Select field workshops on Wednesday (2 options have an additional fee)
  • Monday Welcome Reception and Poster Session
  • Tuesday Awards Luncheon
  • Thursday Banquet and Live Auction

Guest Registration

Are you bringing a spouse or friend to Boise?  They are welcome to attend our social events.
Contact Brenda at (814) 927-8212 or Brenda@RecPro.org to purchase.

Monday Poster and Exhibitor Reception      $20
Tuesday Awards Luncheon $30
Tuesday evening at Celebration Park $15
Wednesday Field Workshop Options $27.50 to $120
Thursday Banquet and Live Auction $45

VenueAnn Morrison Park in Boise

Riverside Hotel
2900 Chinden Boulevard
Boise, Idaho 83714
Phone: (208) 343-1871

Conference room rate:
Government Rate: $89/Single, $104/Double per room, per night, plus tax (13%)
Non-Government Rate: $95/Single, $105/Double per room, per night, plus tax (13%)

The group rate is available three days before and after the conference dates (May 12-23) subject to availability.
Make your reservations by midnight April 26, 2016 to get the conference rate.

Telephone (208) 343-1871 - mention "SORP" or "River Management Society" to get the conference rate.

The hotel offers the following amenities:

  • Complimentary shuttle to and from the airport
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary WiFi in guest and meeting rooms
  • Room service
  • Pool, Spa and Fitness Center
  • Backdoor access to the Boise River Greenbelt and 25 miles of trails
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Within a 30 minute walk to dozens of restaurants and downtown
  • Onsite restaurant and bar

Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner
1800 Fairview Avenue
Boise, Idaho 83702

Conference room rate:
$89 single, $99 double occupancy in standard king or double-double room.
Book online
or call (208) 344-7691 for reservations - use NATO0515 to get the conference rate.
Make your reservations by midnight May 2, 2016 to get the conference rate.
This rate is available from May 15-20, 2016.

The Red Lion and Riverside Hotels have free shuttles to move attendees between hotels.


Boise Airport

Do you need a rental car?  
The Riverside and Red Lion Downtowner Hotels offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the Boise Airport.

The ValleyRide public bus system offers 22 routes throughout the city and nearby communities. All routes operate on weekdays with limited routes on Saturday. Fares are $1 for a single ride or $3 for a day pass.  

The Meridian Saturday Fun Bus operates between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday. It offers 30-minute service to popular destinations throughout the city. There is no charge to ride the Meridian Saturday Fun Bus.

Getting around the city without the aid of a motor vehicle can be just as simple and a lot more fun. There is an extensive network of bike paths running throughout the metropolitan Boise area.  Bike rentals are available within a 30 minute walk from the hotel.

Conference Planning Committee Chairs

Sergio Capozzi
Red Canoe, LLC
(908) 514-8002

Bunny Sterin
(307) 734-6939

Robin Fehlau
Bureau of Land Management
(208) 373-3825

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 San Francisco, Traverse City (MI), Baton Rouge, Breckenridge, Portland (OR), Austin, Pittsburgh and Missoula.

About RMS

The River Management Society (RMS) is a national nonprofit professional organization whose mission is to support professionals who study, protect, and manage North America's rivers. RMS advances the profession of river management by providing a unique variety of forums for sharing information about the appropriate use and management of river resources. RMS continues to build its base of expertise in all aspects of river management and stewardship including an ecosystem approach to recreation, water quality, riparian health, and watershed management. Besides creating multiple opportunities each year for river professionals to learn, train and network, RMS is growing partnerships that will help river professionals serve both our river resources and the people who use and enjoy them.