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No other professional organization is positioned to support outdoor recreation professionals with the same depth and breadth of expertise as SORP. Our focus is the complex interactions between outdoor recreation and natural, historic, and cultural resources. We are confident that you will see a positive return on investment when you become a SORP member. SORP wants to make you smarter, save you money and make your life easier. 

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Membership Types

*NEW* SORP is now offering Organizational and University memberships. These memberships provide excellent value for multiple people in your organization or university to access SORP training and professional development and discounts on fee-based events such as conferences and workshops. Please contact Rachel Franchina for more information.

Membership is valid for one year from date of payment. All memberships receive all the benefits and services listed below. Memberships completed online (credit card payment) are valid immediately. If you need an invoice before your agency will process the membership, complete the membership form online and choose Invoice Me (membership will not be activated until payment is received).

Professional $90/year for one person
Professional Group
$90 for the first person and $80 for each additional person (group discount)
Student $25/year
Retiree $40/year

We accept check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover via the online form. 

If you are an assistant that wants to sign up one or more employees, but not yourself, please call Rachel at (530) 918-8312 to setup and pay for your membership. Once your membership is setup, you will be able to renew your group online.


Benefits and Services

Webinars - We understand that travel restrictions and budgets can make it difficult to attend conferences.  Members can attend SORP webinars free of charge (Non-members pay $45 for each webinar). At least three webinars are offered annually.  Members also have exclusive access to all archived webinars.  

Conference Discount – The National Outdoor Recreation Conference is the only conference that supports the training needs of professionals that manage outdoor recreation in natural landscapes. Members save $100 or more on their conference registration.

Outdoor Gear Pro Deal - SORP members can save up to 60% on brands like Smartwool, Otterbox, Merrell, Diamondback, Carhartt, Old Towne and many, many more.  Contact [email protected] for details on how to take advantage of this offer.

E-newsletter – SORP compiles relevant news articles, job announcements, research and reports, training opportunities and delivers it to your inbox every other week.

Tools - Keeping up to date on new recreation planning and management tools, concepts, processes, handbooks, and policies is difficult. SORP collects, organizes and maintains a wide variety of resources to help you do your job better and save you time. Most of these resources are only available to members.

SCORP Planners – SORP works with the National Park Service to provide targeted training for professionals involved in statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plans.  Sessions are offered at our annual national conference and through webinars.

Looking for some good advice? - SORP helps you connect with experienced colleagues. Send your questions to [email protected] and we’ll send them out to the membership.

Job Announcements - Have a position to fill in your office? Send your vacancy announcements to [email protected] and we’ll send them out to the membership in our weekly e-newsletter.

Personal Service – As an outdoor recreation professional, you will soon discover that your colleagues have much in common and the profession is smaller than others. The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals is a welcoming group of professionals with an intentional effort invested in developing a sense of community. SORP prides itself in offering a personal and friendly association atmosphere.

Refund Policy

Membership fees are fully refundable within the first 60 days of membership if you are not satisfied with the service received.

Conference cancellations must be received in writing via postal service or email. Conference cancellation requests received more than 7 days prior to the start of the conference will receive a refund. All cancellations will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within 7 days of the start of conference. If minimum attendance numbers are not met, SORP reserves the right to cancel any activity. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after the conference.