SORP 2019 Webinars: Partnerships & Collaborations

Webinar: Partnering to Enhance Diversity in Outdoor Recreation Participation
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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SORP webinars are free to members and $45 for non-members.  You can become a member online and immediately get the member rate.

This webinar provides an overview of partnership development for enhanced relevance of parks and outdoor recreation. Practical guidance in this webinar will include how to evaluate your partnership landscape, encourage collaborative mindsets, and adaptively manage ongoing partnerships.


  • Understand elements of sustainable partnerships for relevance guided endeavors that integrate cultural context.
  • Learn about how to seek out context and content-relevant partners.
  • Learn how to set guidelines and manage expectations of partners.
  • Learn how to adjust and evaluate partnerships.

Dr. Elizabeth (Bess) Perry
Clemson University

Dr. Aby Sene-Harper
Clemson University

Speaker Bios
Dr. Elizabeth (Bess) Perryis postdoctoral research faculty in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Her research assists parks in managing visitor use and improving community connections. She is also the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellow to Oman, where she is researching small-scale park ecotourism development to benefit locals and attract tourists. Bess has led projects in large natural parks and small cultural parks alike and has contributed to planning in contexts varying from urban national parks to state marine reserves. She also has many years of work experience in the National Park Service and Connecticut State Parks.

Dr. Aby Sene-Harper is a postdoctoral research faculty in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University. Her research provides empirical data for strategy development to (re)connect marginalized communities with protected areas both in the US and Africa. Her work in the US funded by the National Park Service examines the evolving and complex relationship between Blacks and wilderness in order to enhance the relevancy of natural parks for their community. She also has extensive experience conducting research on park management issues in relations to rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.