2024 Pre-Conference Events

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Pre-Conference sessions (Extended Education) take place prior to the start of the 2024 International Conference, and are in-depth workshops, activities and excursions that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development.

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The LGBTQ Outdoor Summit

Nov. 12th & 13th, 2024 in Estes Park, Colorado

Started in 2017 with the goal of gathering 40 Queer folks and allies, the inaugural LGBTQ Outdoor Summit in Seattle exceeded all expectations with over 140 attendees, 16 speakers and 18 sponsors. In the four Summits since, over 70 speakers, as many workshops and over 600 attendees have come together in celebration, joy and community centered on amplifying the experiences and stories of the Queer community OUTside. 
For the fifth Summit we are elated to be joining forces with AEE and its international conference, and also excited to be coming back to the site of our third Summit at the YMCA of the Rockies. We hope you will join us and our friends at AEE on the beautiful ancestral homelands of the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapahoe peoples next November! *exact dates TBA

TAPG Pre-Conference

TAPG LogoNov. 12th & 13th, 2024 in Estes Park, Colorado

You may as well mark your calendars and start planning your presentations now!  Next years Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group Pre-Con will be held November 12th & 13th, 2023 at the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. With everything from a challenge course to climbing walls, disc golf to dog parks, hiking trails to horse stables, archery to axe throwing, and over 860 acres of space to explore, play, and learn together, YMCA of the Rockies is a perfect host for almost any type of therapeutic adventure!  Check out all this place has to offer here.

Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium


Date TBA, 2024 in Estes Park, Colorado

OOPS brings program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers in one place to discuss strategies for supporting students in outdoor/wilderness pre-orientation programs. OOPS provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that will help established and aspiring programs. 

NOLS Risk Management for Administrators

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Date TBA, 2024 in Estes Park, Colorado

The National Outdoor Leadership School Pre-Conference

More information coming soon!

viristarViristar Online Risk Management Course

Dates TBA, 2024 Online Only

More information coming soon!


  • Do I need to register for the International Conference in order to attend a pre-conference event? No! You are able to register and attend any of the below events without having to purchase a ticket or attend the entire International Conference.
  • Does the International Conference registration cover the costs of pre-conferences? No. You will need to register separately for pre-conference events.
  • Can I get CEUs from pre-conference events? This depends on the individual event. Each event is different and you'll need to check out the specific event details below.