Attend Industry Conferences for Professional Development
Attending industry conferences is one of the best ways to gain knowledge and exposure to some of the newest information and activities in the field. Many authors and veteran presenters attend and present their best practices at annual conferences. Networking opportunities are plentiful and you can go home feeling refreshed (and possibly overwhelmed!) with new information and material to implement into your own programs. Becoming a member of at least one of the organizations will also give you regular access to new content and industry updates. Find a professional group that promotes quality programming and aligns with your organizational needs.
Here is a short list of industry conferences that I have attended or attend regularly: AEE, ACCT, ACA, ATD, NCCPS, NSEE, IAL, ICORE, AORE, and NASAGA. I hope to see you at an upcoming conference soon!
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In case you don't feel like searching:
AEE, Association for Experiential Education
ACCT, Association for Challenge Course Technology
ACA, American Camping Association
ATD, Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD, American Society of Training and Development)
NCCPS, National Challenge Course Practitioner Symposium
NSEE, National Society of Experiential Education
IAL, International Alliance of Learning
ICORE, International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education
AORE, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
NASAGA, North American Simulation and Gaming Association