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No other professional organization is positioned to support outdoor recreation professionals with the same depth and breadth of expertise as SORP. Our focus is the complex interactions between outdoor recreation, tourism and natural, historic, and cultural resources. We are confident that you will see a positive return on investment when you become a SORP member! 

If you are not yet a member of SORP, you'll need to create an account to purchase a membership. 

Communities & Discussions

In 2023, SORP launched a new website and database to bring our members together and make real conversations happen. We have several topic-based online communities to help facilitate conversations and resource sharing. Our new communities are secure communities that drive communication, collaboration, and engagement among members. 

Our topic-based communities are either open to the public to join or are for SORP members. Communities include:

  • National Outdoor Recreation Conference (public)
  • Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEIA) (public)
  • Students (public)
  • Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (SCORPs) (SORP members)
  • Visitor Use Management  (SORP members)
  • SORP Members Community (SORP members)
  • Job Board  (SORP members)

Our discussion boards and communities are a great way to connect with other members.  We recommend everyone introduce themselves and check out our guide to learn more about contributing to your communities.

Note: Public still requires authentication of an account to log in and access.


We are always looking for speakers and topics for our webinar series and other programs we offer our members and the outdoor recreation professional community. If you are interested in contributing to SORP or have an ideas for a topic you'd like to hear about, please share your interest here. 

Programs include:

  • Webinars/webinar series
  • Workshops and Trainings (in-person, virtual, and hybrid)
  • Communities of Practice
  • National Outdoor Recreation Conference (bi-annual)

The best way to shape SORP's future is to serve on the board of directors! Board service terms are three years and include 8-10 virtual board meetings, an annual in-person board retreat, and service  on one or more committees.  Read the Board Service FAQs or contact board president, Drew Pollak-Bruce, for more information. 


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. We offer programs for the career advancement and professional development of outdoor recreation professionals. May of our opportunities are free of charge to serve our community and provide these important training opportunities. We could not offer these benefits without support from our members and partners. Please consider a donation here. 

If you are not yet a member of SORP, you'll need to create an account to purchase a membership. You can learn more about SORP benefits here

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