2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference
September 12-15, 2022
Knoxville, Tennessee
"Outdoor Recreation: Solutions for Transformation"

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

Since 1983, SORP has been serving the outdoor recreation profession. It is the nation’s leading association of outdoor recreation and related professionals who strive to protect our natural and cultural resources while providing sustainable recreation access.

The National Outdoor Recreation Conference brings together recreation resource planners, land managers, organizational partners, researchers, consultants, innovators and leaders in outdoor recreation from across the the U.S. and North America. Average conference attendance is ~400, including over 50 presenters. In order to optimize networking opportunities as well as prioritize health and safety of attendees within the conference venue, we plan to cap attendance at 500.

2022 Conference Program

Click on the link above for an overview of the full conference program and download the Whova app on your phone or tablet to get the full program! From plenary sessions on transformative partnerships and the future of outdoor recreation to plenty of time to network and enjoy the many outdoor amenities in Knoxville, we are very happy to share the draft program for the 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference! There are so many outstanding presentations and our partners at Tennessee State Parks, Knoxville Parks and Recreation, Knox County Parks and Recreation, and Legacy Parks have developed amazing field workshops to showcase outdoor recreation in East Tennessee.  

Early Bird Conference Registration Open July 1 - August 12

Register now for the best rates! 

Full conference, member - $495

Full conference, non-member: $595

Full conference, student: $250

One-day registration: $250

Guest tickets to Awards Lunch, Poster Reception, Field Workshop, and Keynote Lunch also available 


Venue and Hotel Registration

Marriott Knoxville Downtown
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, Tennessee

NEW: Room Reservations Now Open!
Group Name: 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference 
Group Rate: $135 USD per night*
Room Block available: Sept. 10-16, 2022
Last day to book: August 15, 2022

Book your group rate for 2022 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

*Please email [email protected] if you are requesting the federal per diem rate. This rate is only available to current federal government employees.

Key dates:

March/April: presenters and award recipients notified 

April: scholarship recipients notified                                                                                                                                 

June: Draft program announced, hotel reservations open

July 1: registration opens

August 15: hotel registration closes 


The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals' goal is to make the conference as welcoming and accessible, as feasible, for all participants. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Rachel Franchina, [email protected] For more information about accessibility at the conference venue, Marriott Knoxville Downtown, visit this page.

COVID-19 Protocols

Safety and health are our utmost priority. We are closely monitoring the CDC's curret guidance for large gatherings and will post updated COVID-19 protocols soon.


Award recipients will be announced during the conference and honored at an Awards Lunch on Tuesday, September 13. 

The Project Excellence Award is presented annually at NORC to exemplary outdoor recreation projects. The award is presented to the collaborating agencies and organizations key to the success of the planning effort.  Selection criteria will include (a) unique or special circumstances, (b) problem-solving, (c) level of innovation and creativity, (e) impact or effect of project, and (f) collaborative team effort.

Past award recipients

The Individual Service Award is presented annually at NORC to up to three recipients who have made significant and lasting contributions to the outdoor recreation profession. The award may recognize one specific contribution or a series of contributions over one’s career.

Past award recipients

Sponsorship Opportunities

Your brand will be seen by thousands of agency, government, business, academic, and nonprofit outdoor recreation leaders across the US through social media and direct email. Onsite, you will have access to 300+ attendees, 75+ speakers, and multiple channels of outreach. Help us build a better way to work together by attending, sponsoring, developing a conference that provides a premiere learning and networking opportunity for all within the field of outdoor recreation