Announcements List

  • NORC REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

    Registration is now open for the 2024 National Outdoor Recreation Conference! Full registrations start at $550 for SORP members and $650 for nonmembers. Take advantage of the early registration discount and register by March 15! A full registration, over the course of 4 days, includes all sessions, lunch on 3 days (Tuesday to Thursday), option of one offsite Wednesday workshop (transportation included), refreshments throughout the day, and evening social events including the poster reception, scholarship fundraiser, and silent auction (light apps and cash bar), and film night (cash bar).

     

    Please note that field workshops are first come, first serve. 

  • REMINDER: Apply for a Scholarship by January 7!

    SORP fosters the next generation of outdoor recreation professionals by providing conference scholarships. The conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest outdoor recreation research and practices and to network with other attendees. SORP strongly encourages Black, Indigenous, all Peoples of Color, members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and women to apply. There is no age limit for either scholarship opportunity.

     

    NORC provides two types of scholarship opportunities:

    • Student Scholarship
      Award includes: Full conference registration and a 1-year membership to SORP
    • New Professional Scholarship
      Award includes: Full conference registration and a $750 stipend for travel/lodging expenses
  • Travel Award Application Now Open!

    Field Inclusive is happy to offer ONE $2,000 Travel Award for a marginalized or historically excluded student to attend any conference, workshop, or training opportunity in a natural sciences field. Consider applying if you plan to attend NORC 2024!

Registration

Registration is now open! Please click here to register.

Full registrations start at $500 for SORP members and $600 for nonmembers. Take advantage of the early registration discount and register by March 15! 

Field Workshops (included in a full registration) and the MS Dixie Boat Cruise on Lake Tahoe ($50 fee for attendees) have limited capacity so register early to save your spot!

Silent Auction

Help support our scholarship program and donate to our silent auction! The silent auction will take place on Monday evening, May 6 with all auction proceeds going towards our student and new professional scholarships. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Learn More

Questions?

Candace Gallagher
Conference Coordinator
candace@americantrails.org
(530) 645-3096



WHY ATTEND?

NORC is the premiere conference for outdoor recreation professionals with opportunities for learning, networking, and field-based case studies. During each conference, we create a program that inspires, challenges, and empowers the broad community of outdoor recreation professionals.


The 2024 National Outdoor Recreation Conference is in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and sponsored by Aramark Destinations.

 

WHO ATTENDS?

NORC brings together over 400 people that include recreation resource planners, land managers, policy makers, tourism and destination stewardship partners, researchers, consultants, innovators, and leaders in outdoor recreation.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT?

This year’s conference promises to be an engaging 4-day format filled with workshops, several tracks of concurrent sessions, and a stellar lineup of keynotes.

 

WHEN?

Below is a tentative day-by-day agenda that is included in a full registration and in one day registrations for that particular day. Meal tickets will be available for guests for any food functions.

Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 5, 2024 (Pre-Conference Optional Events)

  • Wilderness First Aid Training 
    (OPTIONAL: NORC 
    attendees save! Use code NORCWFA2024 to get the same discount as Tahoe Rim Trail Association members!)

Sunday, May 5, 2024

  • SORP Board Reunion

Monday, May 6, 2024

  • Opening Plenary and Keynote Presentations
  • Exhibit Hall Open
  • Lunch on own
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • SORP 40th Anniversary Celebration, Poster Reception & Silent Auction (light apps and cash bar)

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

  • Morning Yoga Class with Do Yoga Outside (free but registration requested)
  • Exhibit Hall Open
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Awards Luncheon
  • Education Workshops (in-classroom longer sessions)
  • MS Dixie Cruise on Lake Tahoe (light apps and cash bar) (additional fee at discounted attendee rate)

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Thursday, May 9, 2024

  • Morning Yoga Class with Do Yoga Outside (free but registration requested)
  • Exhibit Hall Open
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Closing Keynote Luncheon
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Affinity Group Meetings
  • Closing Social/Takeover Night at South of North Brewing (a portion of proceeds from beer sales donated to SORP)

Please note: Schedule subject to change. 

 

WHERE?

We are looking forward to hosting NORC 2024 at the brand new Tahoe Blue Event Center in South Lake Tahoe/Stateline, Nevada! The event center will host our general and concurrent classroom sessions as well as our exhibitors. The meeting rooms overlook Heavenly Ski Resort, providing a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, and from the outside deck you’ll get a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe!

 

Our host hotels include Harveys Lake Tahoe, just a short 7-minute walk (0.3 miles) or Forest Suites Resort (non-gaming hotel option), just 0.8 miles from the event center. View more under Host Hotel. 

Enjoy Lake Tahoe 

Thank you to Bliss Experiences for sharing $5 off for NORC attendees! 
​Bliss Experiences has curated and is ready to customize your Tahoe experience. Join our scheduled classes, events, and workshops or request a customized experience that serves your needs.  Explore the outdoors, get in touch with your Self, and allow us to help you relax your body, mind, and spirit. 

Use code NORC24 at BlissTahoe.com or call 775-580-7724

4000 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, 15A, SLT, 96150 
Located in the Tahoe Crescent Village - Next to Heavenly Village [Walking distance from the Tahoe Blue Event Center!]

Thank You to Our Sponsors

The 2024 National Outdoor Recreation Conference is in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service
and sponsored by Aramark Destinations.



Sierra ($15,000) 



Lake Tahoe ($10,000) 



Great Basin ($5,000) 

Truckee ($2,500) 

Donner Pass ($1,250) 

                        

                                                                                       

Friend ($500) 



Silent Auction Donors