2020 National Outdoor Recreation Conference

Outdoors for All: Advancing Stewardship, Equity, and Wellness in Outdoor Recreation

The last several months have been challenging for all of us, wherever we live. We appreciate your patience as we’ve worked hard to see how best to proceed with the 2020 National Outdoor Recreation Conference.


It is truly with a heavy heart that the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, in coordination with our 2020 NORC partners at Tennessee State Parks, have decided to cancel an in-person/on-site conference. This has been one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make as an organization. Although we tried hard, we saw that we could not offer the onsite experience you have come to expect, while still meeting appropriate safety guidelines. At this time, we can’t justify keeping our partners, participants, sponsors, and others in limbo, hoping these barriers will be solved by September.


We know this is very disappointing to hear. We share in this disappointment and will miss the energy and enthusiasm that we get from our annual gathering of outdoor recreation professionals. That said, we are working hard to transition much of the planned 2020 NORC presentations to a virtual conference experience later this fall. We’ll have more information about this in the coming month.


To those of you who have already registered or were planning to present at the conference, we'll follow up shortly with additional information. If you made hotel reservations, our host hotel has cancelled all existing reservations.


We hope that you’ll join us for our virtual conference and future in-person National Outdoor Recreation Conferences. In the meantime, we encourage you to join our free weekly webinars on Wednesdays through June, view recordings of past webinars, check out our collection of useful resources available on the SORP website, and become or renew your SORP membership today!



Laurel Harkness and SORP Board of Directors 

Image by Jacob Dudley



The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) hosts the annual National Outdoor Recreation Conference (NORC). This premier event showcases creative and innovative approaches to outdoor recreation research, planning, policy development, and management. The conference offers participants the opportunity to LEARN best practices, NETWORK with other outdoor recreation professionals, CELEBRATE excellence in outdoor recreation, and MENTOR the next generation of outdoor recreation professionals.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thanks in advance for the generous support of sponsors,
partners, and donors. We appreciate you!
Hosting Partner
Great Smokies
Rocky Top