We appreciate your patience as we paused registration last month due to the overwhelming interest of the 2024 National Outdoor Recreation Conference! 

We have exceeded our capacity for the event center and while we cannot invite any additional attendees to join us in-person in South Lake Tahoe/Stateline, Nevada in May, we are live streaming the plenary sessions! If you wish to join us for those sessions for FREE, please register at the links provided below. Registration is required in order to join. These virtual sessions will also be recorded.

Virtual Welcome and Opening Plenary

Monday, May 6 from 8:30am-12:00pm PT

Join us Monday morning to kick the conference off and hear from keynote Dr. Jennifer Grenz with The University of British Columbia providing an Indigenous perspective on stewardship and outdoor recreation, as well as a panel that will examine Tahoe's first ever Destination Stewardship Plan, how it was developed, and how it is being implemented.

Welcome from SORP Executive Director and Board President.

Additional Welcomes from:

  • Herman Fillmore, Washoe Tribe
  • Tom Clark, Nevada Outdoor Business Coalition (and one of the Founders of Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation)
  • County Commissioner Mark Gardner, Douglas County
  • Jennifer Grenz, The University of British Columbia

Welcome Keynote Panel on Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship includes:

  • Tony Karwowski, North Tahoe Community Alliance
  • Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund
  • Julie Regan, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Nettie Pardue, Tahoe Destination Stewardship Council
  • Daniel Cressy, USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Please note that this session will be broken out as noted below, with a short break in between, but utilizes the same registration and link:

    • Welcome and Opening Keynote (8:30am-10:00am PT)
    • Welcome Keynote Panel: Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship (10:30am-12:00pm PT)



Virtual Awards Luncheon 

 Tuesday, May 7 from 12:30pm-1:30pm PT

Join us Tuesday afternoon with a welcome by Nevada Lt. Governor Stavros Anthony followed by remarks from Tommy Drake, Interagency Program Manager with Recreation.gov. We will end the luncheon by providing awards in the following categories to many worthy recipients: National Recreation Resource Leadership Award, Project Excellence Awards, and Individual Service Awards. We will also be presenting the Legends Award on behalf of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. 


  • Stavros Anthony, Lt. Governor
  • Tommy Drake, Recreation.gov, Interagency Program Manager
  • Drew Pollak-Bruce, CRO Planning and Design, Owner and Founder
  • Rachel Franchina, Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, Executive Director

Join us at 12:30pm PT as we finish lunch. Speakers will take the stage at 12:40pm PT.



Virtual Closing Luncheon

Thursday, May 9 from 12:30pm-1:30pm PT

Help us end the conference with a welcome by lead sponsor Aramark Destinations followed by remarks from Meryl Harrell, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she works closely with the USDA Forest Service. She will be followed by keynote Gordie Blum, Director of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources, USDA Forest Service.


  • Meryl Harrell, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)
  • Gordie Blum, USDA/ Forest Service, Director, Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources

Join us at 12:30pm PT as we finish lunch. Speakers will take the stage at 12:40pm PT.



We wish you could have you join us in person but we are so excited to make this the largest gathering at NORC yet—including our virtual attendees!


If you have any questions, please reach out to NORC Conference Coordinator, Candace Gallagher at candace@americantrails.org.