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ASU to Host Regional Outdoor Conference

January 14, 2013

Angelo State University’s Outdoor Adventures program will host the annual Texas Outdoor Leadership Conference Jan. 25-27 at several ASU facilities. 

Designed for local and regional outdoor program administrators, educators and students, the focus of this year’s conference is rapidly growing technology and economic restrictions, and their impact on the outdoor education and recreation industries.  Attendees will hear ways to embrace the changes and adapt to facilitate meaningful experiences for the upcoming generation of students.

Sessions will be held at the ASU Lake House, 1925 Beaty Road, the Center for Human Performance (CHP), 2050 S. Johnson St., and the Houston Harte University Center (UC), 1910 Rosemont Drive.

The conference will open Friday, Jan. 25, with registration and light activities at the ASU Lake House on the banks of Lake Nasworthy, followed by a 4 p.m. tour of ASU campus facilities.  Friday evening activities at the Lake House will feature dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by live entertainment at 8:30 p.m. and other activities later in the evening.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, educational sessions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the UC and designated outdoor sites.  Topics will range from risk management procedures to research into the effects of rock climbing on bone mineral density.  Other activities will include an adventure race, Dutch oven cooking with food preparation and competition, and a keynote presentation at 8 p.m. at the Lake House.  The weekend will wrap up Sunday, Jan. 27, with a practicum-based clinic and skills sessions at the Lake House from 8 a.m. to noon.

The annual event aids in the development of university/college outdoor recreation student staff/volunteers, and rotates to different Texas universities and colleges each year.  Attendees come mainly from Texas universities, but the conference is also open to Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma schools.

For more information or to register for the conference, go online to or call ASU Outdoor Adventures at 325-486-6918.