2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference
May 2-5, 2022
Knoxville, Tennessee
"Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation"

Request for Presentation Proposals - Due January 31, 2022
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The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is proud to present the 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference (NORC) – Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation. The program work group is seeking presentations that convey durable transformative solutions of any scale that address the biggest challenges in outdoor recreation – whether they be social, environmental, or economic.

These are pivotal times for outdoor recreation and our goal is to present a program at 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference that is solutions forward and equity centric. To level set around equity, we offer this definition from The Avarna Group:

Equity: An approach based in fairness to ensuring everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources. In practice, it ensures everyone is given equal opportunity to thrive; this means that resources may be divided and shared unequally to make sure that each person can access an opportunity. Equity is therefore not the same thing as equality. Equity takes into account that people have different access to resources because of system of oppression and privilege. Equity seeks to balance that disparity

We welcome diverse, creative, and meaningful proposals which are directly relevent to the theme of "Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation". Encouraged but not required, we seek proposals that align with one or more of the following categories:

●      Centering Indigenous Futures: Reconciliation action, cultural justice and decolonization, restoration of tribal management practices, cultural awareness, action toward LandBack, operationalizing shared indigenous value systems to revise land and outdoor recreation planning and management, co-management, tribal tourism and outdoor recreation, creating conditions for indigenous futurities.

●      Impact Partnerships: Innovative initiatives that display a depth of integration and cooperation between multiple partners that achieve transformational outcomes in outdoor recreation. Exploration of impact partnerships that crossover from outdoor recreation into conservation, climate, biodiversity, justice, community prosperity. Scales ranging from hyper-local to large landscape. Focus on replicable and scalable impact partnerships.

●      Emerging Technologies: Technology solutions in outdoor recreation for planning, management, and visitor experience; modernization of outdoor recreation infrastructure and planning for the future; industry advancement in RV’s, boats, electric bikes, and other equipment; novel data resources; GIS mapping initiatives in outdoor recreation, climate, health, and conservation – identification of resources and gaps – and solutions for alignment.

●      Equity in Outdoor Recreation Planning:  Durable solutions, case-studies, methods for centering equity in recreation plans. Deep dive into the layers of planning - assessment and inventories, meaningful stakeholder engagement, best available science, centering indigenous futurities, community health and justice, climate adaptability, plan implementation, transportation and access.

●      Elevating Hope through Pathways & Agency Thinking: Let’s face it – times are hard. And modern challenges have had a collective impact on the psychological wellness of outdoor recreation professionals. The ability to implement solutions for transformation in outdoor recreation starts with you and your level of hope. What does hope mean? Why is it important for outdoor recreation professionals? How do we find hope within ourselves? How to we inspire hope in others? A Popular Science publication for reference on how hope can make a difference in impossible times.

SORP is committed to inclusivity, as well as social and environmental justice. We welcome proposals from anyone, and we especially encourage individuals of color, those with tribal affiliation, those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ, veterans, and anyone else inclusively.

The program work group will review and evaluate all proposals on their relevance to the overall conference theme Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation, the centering of equity, alignment with one or more suggested submission categories, clearly stated learning objectives, and inclusion of transformative solutions that are durable, replicable, and scalable.

Presentation Formats 

Proposals should fit one of the presentation formats listed below:

Poster Presentation: Poster that displays a selected research and/or other outdoor recreation-focused project.

Research Presentation: 20-minute research-oriented presentation (15-minute presentation plus 5 minutes for questions). Research presentations will be grouped into the Innovations in Outdoor Recreation Research session (tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 2, 2020, from 8am to 12pm).

Concurrent Sessions: Concurrent sessions will be either 30-min or 45-min presentations that present a case study or topic and which allow time for interaction with the audience. The Program Committee will group these presentations together based on similar themes to fit within concurrent sessions.

Deep-dive Panel/Workshop: Ninety-minute presentation during which multiple people present or facilitate a discussion or brainstorming session on a specific topic, issue, solution, etc. and which actively provide opportunities for the audience to interact with the presenters.

Multiple Proposals

You may submit multiple proposals. However, a separate submission is required for each proposal AND the program work group reserves the right to only accept one presentation per submitter. Meeting rooms will be equipped with a laptop computer, digital projector, screen, and audio system. Requests for other equipment will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Presenter Expenses

All conference presenters are expected to register for the conference and pay the conference registration fee. There are no complimentary registrations and registration fees will not be waived. Presenters are also expected to provide their own transportation to/from Knoxville, Tennessee, lodging, and meals not provided as part of registered events. 

Review and Selection

All proposals will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of relevance and appropriateness for this conference. Because of the limited number of program times available, not all proposals are guaranteed a place in the schedule. All participants submitting a proposal will be notified regarding of their acceptance by mid-February 2022.

Submittal Procedures

Please submit proposals electronically using the conference presentation proposal form on Submittable by January 31, 2022, 11:59pm PT. 


If you have any questions or experience any problems when submitting a proposal, please contact Laurel Harkness at l[email protected].