SORP Webinars & Training Series

We are pleased to offer access to all of these sessions FREE OF COST to everyone. It’s important to SORP to be able to serve the outdoor recreation community through these types of training opportunities. We could not offer these important training sessions without support from our members and partners.

Interested in partnering or sponsoring a series or individual webinars? Contact Rachel at [email protected]

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Upcoming Webinars and Trainings


Black History Month Spotlight: February 15, 2023, 1:00 MT

Part I of  We All Belong Outside Series

Outdoor F.U.T.U.R.E. Initiative and Black-led organizations that connect youth and families to nature based experiences  Registration Link

Since 2020, the OUTDOOR F.U.T.U.R.E. Initiative (OFI) has sought to build the public and political momentum for the creation of a national outdoor opportunity fund. The fund would ensure large-scale long-term investments in programs that all youth and their families across the nation, regardless of their income or zip code, benefit from nature based experiences that promote health, education, and career-building.  This series raises awareness of OFI through the lived experience of those who are directly benefiting from state based outdoor equity programs.  The series also seeks to deepen SORP member understanding and application of justice, equity, diversity inclusion, and accessibility principles to their professional and personal lives.  

Intended Outcomes:

Participants will (1) receive approaches and strategies to strengthen access, representative, meaningful participation and quality for marginalized people, (2) learn about barriers to equitable nature-based experiences, and (3) learn how OFI addresses some of these barriers and support community-led efforts to connect youth and families to nature-based experiences.


  • Jessica Newton, Founder & CEO, Vibe Tribe Adventures (Urban Trekker Program)
  • Jason Swann, Core Member, Outdoor FUTURES Initiative and Founder & CEO, Rising Routes
  • Taishya Adams, Core Member, Outdoor FUTURES Initiative and Chief Liberation Officer, Mukuyu Collective, LLC


Past Webinars and Trainings

February 1, 2023: Bringing Indigenous values into practice in park planning and design (recording)

Park planning and design often starts with the assumption that these spaces are enhanced by trails and outdoor recreation amenities. But many of these spaces have been, and continue to be, places of ceremony, worship, and sustenance for thousands of years and are sacred to Tribal members. This webinar examines the Eurocentric biases in park planning and design and how understanding Tribal connections, perspectives, and place names builds stronger convections between people and places. 


  • Brenda Williams
  • Bill Quackenbush
  • Samantha Odegard


January 25, 2023: Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps: Connecting Indigenous Values, People, and Land (recording)

Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps (ALCC) is a non-profit program of Conservation Legacy (CL). Their mission is to support local communities toward realization of their own goals and priorities in the areas of natural and cultural resource management. The presentation will highlight the programmatic vision and values of ALCC, examples of flagship projects, and how to engage with their work.


  • Kyle Trujillo

Instagram: @ancestrallands


January 18, 2023: Cultural Landscape Training Framework  (recording)

In this webinar, we will walk through of the Cultural Landscape Training Framework. Created based on social-science research methods and collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous coworkers in the recreation and conservation fields, The Training Framework outlines discrete steps to unlearning and relearning how outdoor professionals can embrace multiple perspectives of the Indigenous landscapes they work on. The training module outlines driving principles that can (hopefully) lead to increased engagement with Indigenous communities along the National Trail System, and give you tools to take that first step past acknowledgment toward decolonization. The Training Framework also has a Policy Reference Chart, a tool designed to make policy, legislation, and executive and secretarial orders more consumable, leading the user to more funding opportunities that align with administrative goals and equitable project building. Altogether, this webinar will show you new resources, new perspectives, and introduce you to a new way to understand law and policy that governs the ancestral land that America’s trails run through. The Training Framework will guide you to embrace a future of respect where Indigenous experts lead the way towards a greener, brighter future.


  • Amanda Grace Santos

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 January 11, 2023: Native Lands, National Trails (NLNT)  (recording)

Native Lands, National Trails is an Indigenous mapping and research project of the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS). Native Lands, National Trails provides basic resources and an interactive GIS map to help federal agencies that administer National Trails and their nonprofit trail organization partners advance National Trails System knowledge of Indigenous ancestral Lands and increase partnerships and collaboration with Indigenous Communities along National Scenic and National Historic Trails. 


  • Kiana Etsate-Gashytewa
  • Carin Farley

Partners of this project include Partnership for the National Trails System, Native Land Digital, Bureau of Land Management and Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps:




November 30, 2022: Breaking Down the 2021 Outdoor Recreation Economy Release with Federal and State Partners,

Chris Perkins, Senior Director at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, will unpack the huge resurgence of the outdoor recreation economy in 2021 and key segments to watch moving forward. He will be joined by Katherine Andrews, Arkansas State Director of Outdoor Recreation, and Jenny Kordick, Executive Director at Maine Outdoor Brands, to spotlight increases at the state level and the role of State Offices of Outdoor Recreation and State Outdoor Business Alliances in moving the outdoor recreation economy forward.

Presentations and Resources

Centering Indigenous Futures in Outdoor Recreation Training and Resources, October & November, 2022
U.S. public land and water management are grounded in settler colonialism, including Indigenous land dispossessions and violations of Tribal Treaties. This free training series features four sessions that bring Indigenous scholars and land managers into conversation about reimagining outdoor recreation through decolonization, Indigenous value systems, and Indigenous futures. 
Webinar Archive

The following videos and slides are posted on the member-only side of this website.


  • 2021 Virtual National Outdoor Recreation Conference 
  • Climate and Outdoor Recreation - July 2021
    • Assessing Climate Vulnerability and Resilience
    • Climate Adaptation Strategies
    • Access
    • Equity
    • Land and Water Conservation Fund
    • Infrastructure
  • RECOVERY & RESILIENCE - March 2021
    • Rural Economic Development - Tools for Recovery
    • Visitor Retention: New and Repeat Visitors: Using Data to Inform Decisions for 2021
    • Stewardship Corps / Host & Amabassador Programs - Pandemic Response and Future Role
    • Visitor Use - Data Review from the Pandemic? What to Anticipate for 2021?
    • Responsible Recreation - Social Science and Best Practices for On-The-Ground Implementation


  • 2020 Virtual National Outdoor Recreation Conference
  • Outdoor Recreation Management and Response During COVID-19 Series

    • Maximizing Earned Income and Managing Visitor Expectations in Outdoor Recreation (in a pandemic!)
    • Providing outdoor recreation while keeping public and workforce healthy & safe
    • How the pandemic is changing outdoor recreation patterns
    • Data collection and monitoring during the pandemic and into summer of 2020
    • Unequal access to outdoor recreation - effects from COVID-19
    •  #RecreateResponsibly - Messaging & Communications Strategies
    • Managing Visitor Use for Social Distancing
    • "Hunt & Fish & Gather to Eat" - The Intersection of Locavorism, Outdoor Recreation, Food Equity
    • Economic Revitalization through Outdoor Recreation
  • Igniting the Science of Outdoor Recreation: A Research Strategy for Sustainable Recreation and Tourism on Public Lands
  • A New Table


  • The Effects of Climate Change on Outdoor Recreation in the United States
  • Leave No Trace – From Science to Application in Parks and Protected Areas: Strategies for Influencing Visitor Behavior
  • Engaging Volunteers as Partners
  • Public Health Partnerships in Minnesota: Navigating the Land of 10,000 Opportunities
  • Sustainable Recreation Partnerships with Federal Agencies: Lessons from California’s Eastern Sierra
  • Partnering with Universities for Youth Engagement, Career Connections, & Because It Can Lead to Great Things!
  • Partnering to Enhance Diversity in Outdoor Recreation Participation
  • Partnering with State Offices of Outdoor Recreation


  • International Perspectives on Visitor Use Monitoring from a New IUCN Best Practice Guideline
  • Spatial Approaches to Monitoring and Managing Visitor Use
  • Understanding Economic Impact Studies: Lessons on Data and the Outdoor Revolution
  • Visitor Use Monitoring Program Development and Implementation
  • Overview of Interagency Visitor Use Management Council Visitor Capacity and Monitoring Guidebooks
  • Developing the Business Case for Your Campground
  • Best Practices in Campground Design
  • Best Practices in Cabin, Glamping, and Bike Camping
  • Understanding RV Consumer and Product Trends


  • The Changing Face of Camping, October 2017
  • Partnering for Relevancy and Inclusion:  A regional approach, August 2017
  • Environmental Education and Outdoor Recreation: Strategies for Impact, February 2017


  • An Interagency Approach to Visitor Use Management, November 2016
  • Best Practices for the Production of Recreation and Management Planning Documents, June 2016
  • Making the Case for Parks and Trails, January 2016


  • Long Distance Trails: think regionally, implement locally - October 2015
  • Trail Towns: Bringing Outdoor Recreation and Communities Together - July 2015
  • Evolving Market Trends for Outdoor Recreation Professionals - February 2015


  • Creating “Best of the Best” OHV Recreation Experiences - November 2014
  • GIS Applications in Outdoor Recreation Planning - June 2014
  • International Outdoor Recreation Planning Perspectives - February 2014


  • An Alternative Development and Analysis Exposé - November 2013
  • Collaboration and Public Participation in Outdoor Recreation Planning - July 2013
  • Keys to Effective Surveys - May 2013


  • Best of SCORP - August 2010