AORE Scholarship


The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals. The Association’s mission is to provide opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education to exchange information, promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and address issues common to college, university, community, military, and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs.

The AORE sponsors an annual conference that takes place in October or November of each year. The conference provides opportunities for members to participate in professional development, discuss common issues and to present academic papers.

The American Alpine Institute has been active at the AORE conference since 2006. Indeed, several AAI guides have been actively involved in the conference.  Guides have presented lectures, papers, and one guide even held the position of president for the Association for a period of time.

The AORE is an excellent organization that provides a great deal of education for aspiring outdoor educators and guides. AAI and AORE have similar missions. Both organizations have deeply held beliefs in both the power of outdoor education and in the importance of natural conservation. This synergy is part of the reason that AAI continues to support the organization.

AAI supports AORE in two important ways. First, the Institute sends guides to the conference to provide clinics and lectures. And second, AAI provides two $750 scholarships to the AORE conference every year. These scholarships may be used on one of the following courses:

To apply for this scholarship, you must first be a member of AORE. Conference attendees are provided information about scholarship applications approximately a month before the conference.

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