schedule

4th Annual Outdoor economy conference schedule

Curious about the timing of all the great things happening?
Our current public schedule is below, and will continue to be updated regularly up until the event itself with more details about locations, keynote and breakout session speakers, deep-dive workshops, happy hour and expo sessions, sponsored events, outdoor adventures, and more.

If you have any questions about the event schedule, contact Noah Wilson – [email protected].

Looking for the Exhibitor Schedule, with more details about what’s happening in the Expo Hall? Go to our Exhibitor Information page.

  • Monday, April 4
  • Tuesday, April 5
  • Wednesday, April 6
  • Thursday, April 7

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events

SPEAKERS

Expo Exhibitor Load-In and Setup

N/A

Pre-Workshop Registration

N/A

General Registration and Packet Pickup

N/A

Conference Pre-Workshops (including Building Outdoor Communities workshop 1)

TBA

Opening Reception & Conference Kickoff!

TBA

Time

events

speakers

Registration & Packet Pickup

N/A

Breakfast

N/A

Opening Keynote: The Foundations of a Sustainable Outdoor Destination

TBA

Plenary Panel: The Goal of Public Lands & their impact on our community

TBA

BREAK

N/A

Breakout Session 1 (4 sessions, one for each Track)

  • Responsible Product Innovation: Retail Consumer Trends – What’s Driving Innovation?
 
  • Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Tourism: Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Tourism Models & Case Studies
 
  • Outdoor Driven Economic Development – The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable “Rural Development Toolkit”
 
  • Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy – Business Driven Conservation Projects

Networking lunch

N/A

WNC Made By Mountains Excursions & Self Guided Experience

TBA

Leave No Trace Workshop

TBA

Advocating for the Outdoor Industry at the State & Federal Level

TBA

Expo Happy Hour

N/A

evening Activities & Delegate Dinners

N/A

Time

events

speakers

Breakfast

N/A

Opening Keynote: The State of Outdoor Product Innovation

N/A

Plenary Panel: What Do Outdoor Businesses Need?

TBA

BREAK

N/A

Breakout Session I1 (4 sessions, one for each Track)

  • Responsible Product Innovation – Sustainable Innovations Across the Product Development Process

 

  • Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Tourism – Visitor Use Management Data, Tools, & Techniques

 

  • Outdoor Driven Economic Development – Data and Trends on Why Economic Developers Should Be Looking at Outdoor Recreation to Grow Their Local Economies

 

  • Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy – Community Development Driven Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Initiatives

Networking lunch

N/A

Breakout session III (4 sessions, one for each Track)

  • Responsible Product Innovation – Model Product Innovation Collaborations

 

  • Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Tourism – Effective Messaging Campaigns & Tools For Local Communities

 

  • Outdoor Driven Economic Development – Intersection of Outdoor Infrastructure & Economic Development

 

  • Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy – Coalition Building and Impactful Partnerships

breakout sessions IV (4 sessions, one for each Track)

  • Responsible Product Innovation – Selling Quality, Innovation, and Sustainability

 

  • Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Tourism – Making the Outdoors a Welcome, Safe Space for All Folks

 

  • Outdoor Driven Economic Development – Innovative Funding Models to Pull Off Big Projects

 

  • Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy – Funding Streams to Support Community Economic Development and Conservation

closing ceremony

TBA

WNC LOCAL FOOD & CRAFT BEVERAGE Tasting Happy Hour

N/A

evening festivities & afterparty

N/A

Time

events

SPEAKERS

Breakfast

N/A

Post-Conference Workshops (Including Building Outdoor Communities Workshop II)

TBA

venue and room booking info

harrah's cherokee conference center

777 Casino Dr. Cherokee, NC 28719

Lodging info

ticket info