National Outdoor Recreation Conference Coming to VT

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) will present the 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference on April 23-26, 2018, in Burlington, Vermont. The National Outdoor Recreation Conference showcases innovative approaches to outdoor recreation research, planning, and management, and organizers believe that Vermont provides an ideal location to see how investments in local conservation and outdoor recreation have contributed to a thriving economy and vibrant community. The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Resilient Communities, Environments and Economies.”

“We are very pleased to host this exciting event in Vermont later this year,” said Vermont Governor Phil Scott. “As we work to grow our economy, our outdoor recreational opportunities and natural resources are some of our top assets, which is why I’ve committed to growing our outdoor recreation economy. Hosting this conference will be a great opportunity to learn from leaders in this sector, and showcase all this state has to offer.”

“As chair of the recently created Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC), I’m thrilled to welcome the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals to Vermont for this exciting event, especially given this year’s conference theme,” said Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder. “Here in Vermont, we believe that there are no healthy communities or healthy economies without a healthy environment, and we look forward to offering visitors a chance to experience our resilient natural settings, local outdoor culture, and world-class recreational opportunities.”

Outdoor recreation accounts for approximately $2 billion in annual spending in Vermont, with most of those dollars being spent by out-of-state visitors. While the ski industry is the largest driver of outdoor recreation activity in the state, Vermont remains a year-round draw to outdoor recreation enthusiasts, appealing to people who also enjoy bicycling, hiking, camping, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, boating and a host of other outdoor recreational activities.

Registration for the 2018 National Outdoor recreation conference is now open, and early bird rates are available until March 31. A full program itinerary for this year’s conference can be found on the National Outdoor Recreation Conference website.

“SORP selected Burlington specifically to experience outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities as well as Vermont’s commitment to outdoor recreation and the robust partnerships that benefit communities and businesses, and the stewardship of recreation settings,” said Rachel Franchina, President of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals.


Article is courtesy of the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association (VRPA Advocate Newsletter, Issue 90, Winter 2018)