2023 Workshops   

SCORP Workshop, March 28-29

Outdoors for All 4-part Cohort Series, April 4, 11, 19 & 25

Inclusive Trail Assessment, April 19

Visitor Use Management Workshop, August 15-17


SCORP Workshop

March 28-29, 2023
Location: Asheville, NC

Cost: $250 for members, $350 for non-members 

Space is limited to 70 participants

This 2 day workshop is an opportunity for new and seasoned SCORP planners to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm ways to develop some consistencies in data collection.  SCORP Workshop Agenda v2.pdf

Lodging: Doubletree Downtown Asheville
Dates:  Arrival Monday, March 27, 2023 – Departure Thursday, March 30, 2023
Room Rate:  $149 per night + applicable tax
Deposit Policy:  Credit Card Guarantee Required, no deposit due
Cancellation Policy:  48 Hours Prior to Check-In to avoid 1 Night Fee
Reservation Deadline:  Friday, March 17, 2023


Sending multiple people from your state or organization? SORP has agency memberships and sponsorship packages that include registration costs. Email or call Rachel for more info: [email protected] or (530) 918-8312.




Unfortunately, we had to cancel the course due to low enrollment. However, you can still participate in the cohort hosted by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI); please register by April 5th.

The new course dates are listed below.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023⋅10:00am – 1:00pm MT
Wednesday, April 26, 2023⋅10:00am – 1:00pm MT
Wednesday, May 3, 2023⋅10:00am – 1:00pm MT
Wednesday, May 10, 2023⋅10:00am – 1:00pm MT


Outdoor Recreation has both the opportunity and a responsibility to be more inclusive of all communities and to question dominant and privileged cultural perspectives. During this 4 part cohort series workshop, attendees will be introduced to the concept of unconscious bias, including in the development of projects and programs. Through a series of interactive virtual sessions, participants will examine privilege and bias as it pertains to planning and programming. Participants will reflect on individual and organizational practices and develop strategies for creating engaging and meaningful programming for diverse audiences.

Session Objectives: 
  • Participants build awareness around individual unconscious biases, and how it can affect their work.
  • Participants build awareness of the impacts of bias in institutions, and the effects that systematic oppression has on individuals and communities. 
  • Participants will explore the ways that bias and oppression may show up in their work, and develop strategies for overcoming these. 
  • Participants will work in cohorts to workshop a program idea to support them implementing these concepts of equity and inclusion in their work.
  Course facilitator: Meet Parker McMullen Bushman, CEO and founder of Ecoinclusive Strategies and Chief Operating Officer 
of Inclusive Guide. Parker is a dynamic speaker and facilitator that engages organizations in new thinking around what it means
to be a diversity change-agent and create dynamic organizational change. Parker’s background in the non-profit leadership,
conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation fields spans over 24+ years. Parker has a passion for equity
and inclusion in outdoor spaces. Her interest in justice, accessibility, and equity issues developed from her personal experiences
facing the unequal representation of people of color in environmental organizations and green spaces. Parker tackles these
complex issues by addressing them through head on activism and education. For 9 years Parker has worked with businesses
to catalyze action to build culturally diverse and culturally competent organizations that are representative of the populations
that they seek to reach and serve. Parker is the founder of the organization called Ecoinclusive Strategies.
Ecoinclusive (
ecoinclusive.org) provides training and resources for non-profit, cultural, and environmental organizations.
In Parker’s role as Chief Operating Officer she oversee the core operational functions of Inclusive Guide.
Inclusive Guide (
www.inclusiveguide.com) is a tech company with a mission to create data-driven, economic incentives
for businesses to be more inclusive and welcoming, resulting in safer spaces for people who regularly experience discrimination.

Inclusive Trail Assessment

Date: April 19, 2023
Location: Reno, NV
Cost: $55

Description: In partnership with Together Outdoors Coalition, SORP is hosting a Field Seminar on April 19th at the International Trails Summit. The Inclusive Trail assessment will take participants to White's Creek Trail and Trailhead on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest  to identify and discuss implementable actions for making trails and trailheads welcoming, accessible, and inclusive.

Registration is part of the International Trails Summit


Visitor Use Management Workshop

Visitor Use Management Workshop
August 15-17, 2023
Schoodic Institute - Winter Harbor, ME

Registration for the workshop and lodging and meals is now open!

Draft Agenda

Workshop Registration 

Registration link

In-person attendance is limited to 100 people. Virtual attendance will be via Zoom and is limited to 50 people. 

2.5 day in-person workshop (SORP member rate)

  • SORP member rate - $250 
  • Non-member rate - $350

1.5 virtual workshop 

  • SORP member rate - $100
  • Non-member rate - $200

Not yet a SORP member? You can join during the registration process to get the member rate! Email [email protected] for help with your username and password.

Lodging and Meal Reservations

Reservation link

The workshop will take place at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, ME located in Acadia National Park. The Schoodic Institute has a lodging and meal package for the workshop. Lodging is apartment style and will include a private bedroom, with a shared living/dining room, kitchen and bathroom. You may list a roommate preference below if there is someone you would like to request to share an apartment with. The following meals are provided with the package: Tuesday, Aug. 15: lunch and dinner; Wednesday, Aug. 16: breakfast, lunch and lobster dinner (vegetarian option available); Thursday, Aug. 16: breakfast with an option to add lunch for the field workshop. Lodging capacity is 60 people at Schoodic and there are additional lodging options in nearby Winter Harbor, ME. 

Workshop Description

Land and water managers from across the United States and Canada have similar goals:  providing high-quality outdoor recreation experiences and protecting natural and cultural resources as visitor use increases and public expectations change. Managing people and places requires a comprehensive approach that considers community vitality, individual and collective connections to the outdoors, and the resilience of natural and cultural resources. 

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is hosting a hybrid workshop to share local, state and federal perspectives on visitor use management. Managers in the New England region have a long history of working across jurisdictions to plan for and provide outdoor recreation opportunities so the Maine coast is a great place to gather together to hear case studies and discuss best practices and lessons learned for visitor use management. We're also offering a virtual connection option for those who can't travel for the workshop.

Purpose: Foster connection, learning, networking, and professional development among the outdoor recreation community planning and managing visitor use


  • Create shared understanding of visitor use management and discuss implementation issues for federal and non-federal land and water managers
  • Identify successes and lessons learned in implementing visitor use management across various jurisdictions (e.g., federal, state, provincial, publicly-access private lands)
  • Identify best practices for visitor use management across multiple land management jurisdictions
Target Attendees: State, federal, and local land and water managers, university researchers and professors, VUM consultants



For more information, please contact Rachel Franchina at [email protected]