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  • NORC Registration Paused

    We are blown away with the excitement to attend the 2024 NORC! We anticipated a record number of attendance, but you all have exceeded our expectations. With that being said, we are pausing registration and starting our waitlist. If we have cancellations, we will communicate with those on the waitlist on a first come, first served basis. Please join our waitlist here.



    ***If you are a presenter or have a complimentary registration as a sponsor and have NOT registered yet, please email Candace Gallagher, NORC Conference Coordinator, for further instructions.***

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Candace Gallagher
Conference Coordinator
(530) 645-3096

CEUs will be available for all sessions 15 minutes in length or longer with restrictions noted below.

Whova Mobile App available to NORC participants! If you registered for NORC, you should have received an email to login to Whova. Participants will be able to login and view session details and presenter bios, create their own schedules, see a current list of sponsors and exhibitors, view layouts for the event center and exhibit hall, connect with other attendees, and more!

The program work group is excited to share a program that conveys durable transformative solutions of any scale that support outdoor recreation destinations, local communities, and the outdoor recreation workforce. These are pivotal times for outdoor recreation. Our goal is to present a program that is solutions-forward and equity-centric.

Presentations will address:

  • Designing Destination Management
  • Climate Response and Resiliency
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Action
  • Stewarding the Outdoor Recreation Professional

The following presentation types will take place at NORC between Monday, May 6 to Thursday, May 9, unless otherwise stated below. We will have six meeting rooms available with sessions taking place at the same time.

  • Research presentations are 20 minutes in length (including Q&A). Please note that we are scheduling four research presentations within a 90-minute time block.

  • Concurrent presentations are 45 minutes in length (including Q&A). Please note that we are scheduling two 45-minute concurrent presentations within a 90-minute time block.

  • Panel presentations are 90 minutes in length (including Q&A). Please note that we are scheduling one panel presentation within a 90-minute time block.

  • Table Talk presentations are 90 minutes in length (including Q&A). Please note that we are scheduling one table talk presentation within a 90-minute time block and NO AV is provided except for a wireless microphone. Table Talks provide an informal opportunity to share your expertise and also allow participants to engage directly with questions.

  • Poster presentations will be held Monday evening, May 6 but the posters will be displayed throughout the entire conference. During this evening reception and scholarship fundraiser, presenters will stand next to their poster and talk to attendees in a more informal setting (30 posters total). No AV provided.

  • Education Workshops are within a 3-hour time block on Tuesday afternoon, May 7 that will allow presenters and participants to take a deeper dive into a topic.

  • Field Workshops take place all day Wednesday, May 9 and are included in a full or Wednesday single day registration. Transportation and a box lunch are provided.



Learning credits will be available to attendees thanks to a partnership with American Trails and are included in the registration fee. In order to be eligible for learning credits, presentations must run at least 15 minutes to be eligible for AICP CM, and at least 60 minutes in length to be eligible for LA CES and NRPA CEU equivalency petition, as well as CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations. The length of the session will determine the number of hours/credits given. 

American Trails is excited to partner with the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals again and is an approved provider for the American Planning Association (APA) and can offer Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, as well as an LA CES approved provider for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Sessions are also eligible for CEU equivalency petition for park professionals with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and CEU/PDH equivalency petition via other accepting organizations. In order for sessions to qualify for these credits, attendees must fill out an evaluation survey for each session they attend, as well as have their learning credit tracking form initialed by a room host, registration, or an American Trails representative for each session credits are requested for (surveys and forms will be provided to attendees at registration).

Learn more about credits offered here.