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©2019 Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals



Each year SORP recognizes projects and individuals who have made meaningful contributions to outdoor recreation and the outdoor recreation profession.

  • The Individual Service Award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the outdoor recreation profession, including teaching, planning, management, research, policy development, leadership, or innovative problem-solving and creativity. The award may recognize one specific contribution or a series of contributions.

  • The Project Excellence Award honors an exemplary outdoor recreation project, plan or program. This award recognizes innovative and solution-oriented practices, built projects, recreation programs and services that strive to enhance outdoor recreation benefits for communities. The scale may be local, regional, state or national. The award is presented to the collaborating agencies and organizations key to the success of the effort.

SORP is committed to inclusivity, as well as social and environmental justice. We welcome nominations from anyone, and we especially encourage individuals of color, those with tribal affiliation, those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ, veterans, and anyone else inclusively. Our mission is to be the voice of the Outdoor Recreation profession, and we won’t truly be able to achieve that vision without you.


The award nomination process has closed. 2020 SORP Award recipients will be recognized during the Awards Banquet at the conference.