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 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

Building Resilient Communities, Environments and Economies

Monday, April 23 - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Burlington, Vermont

The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, held annually by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, showcases innovative and creative approaches to nature-based outdoor recreation research, planning, and management.


Each year, the National Outdoor Recreation Conference Planning Committee works hard to curate a program that delivers rich content, engaging speakers, unparalleled learning opportunities, and exciting field workshops. To get an idea of what you can expect at the 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference, take a look at last year’s program.

The 2018 conference program will be built around the 2018 theme of Building Resilient Communities, Environments and Economies. The Program Committee is seeking examples from around the country that demonstrate how connecting people with the outdoors improves public health, reinvigorates local economies, and instills a life-long commitment to the environment. We invite you to submit a concurrent session proposal today.

View the Request for Presentations.

Submit a Proposal here.

Lodging and Venue

Hotel Vermont
41 Cherry Street
Room rate: $101/night plus tax

Courtyard Marriott
25 Cherry Street
Room rate: $101/night plus tax

Conference Venue: Main Street Landing
60 Lake Street

Conference Registration

Registration will open in January 2018. 

Estimated rate: $475/members, $625/non-members

Conference Planning Team

Margaret Bailey - Co-chair (mbailey@chmgov.com)

Sue Bulmer - Co-chair (Susan.Bulmer@vermont.gov)

Sergio Capozzi - Conference Coordinator (sergio.capozzi@recpro.org

Join us in Vermont

Vermont’s working landscape is knitted together with rich recreation and attraction opportunities, quaint villages and dynamic cities, rolling hills, babbling brooks, and carefully stewarded forests; all of which is yours to enjoy, and creates a rare and incomparable backdrop for the National Outdoor Recreation Conference.