About SORP

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals has been serving the outdoor recreation profession since 1983. 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.

Our Mission

SORP provides leadership for the outdoor recreation profession through
skill development, networking, and technical guidance

SORP Members receive: 

  • Community. Access to an incredible community of outdoor recreation professionals who are interested in networking, sharing resources, staying up to date on the latest industry trends, finding and sharing job opportunities, and discussing hot topics. 
  • Support. SORP will help connect you with experienced industry professionals plus we collect, organize, and share a wide variety of resources to save you time and keep you up to date on planning and management tools, concepts, processes, handbooks, and policies.
  • Opportunity. Access to online training through webinars, plus discounts for the National Outdoor Recreation Conference, the only conference that supports the training needs of professionals that manage nature-based outdoor recreation.

Find Industry Insights

Check out the SORP communities to discover a wealth of shared knowledge and connections. SORP members are able to: 

  • Ask questions and get answers from industry colleagues across the country
  • Find or share valuable resources through the technical resource library curated by topics such as climate change, DEIA, stewardship, outdoor recreation economy
  • Access webinar recordings
  • Get access to member discounts to events and trainings. 

Community Highlights


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