ARAP Conference

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When is ARAP 2019?

ARAP 2019 will take place April 12-14 , 2019 at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas.  

Click the image below to access the ARAP 2018 Conference Program!

ARAP 2018 Program


About the Conference

The Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming conference is a student-oriented programming weekend for
individuals who want to connect with other outdoor education enthusiasts.

Conference attendees from the region can share ideas and practices while attendees from neighboring states
can learn about what Arkansas has to offer.

Whether you are a part of a seasoned outdoor program or thinking about starting a program, the Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming Conference is for you. 

Description of the Area

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch has over 300 bolted climbing routes and over 130 boulder problems.

The Buffalo National River is one of the few free-flowing rivers in the United States. The Buffalo River is
135 miles in length and winds through massive limestone bluffs and historical sites that have created
Ozark traditions.

The Buffalo River Trail and Ozark Highlands Trail have over 250 miles of scenic day hikes
and extended backpacking trips in store.

Registration is now open for ARAP 2019

Please enter the requested information in the fields below.  Click "Register" and you will see a green box with an additional link that you must click.  From there you will be redirected to a secure University of Arkansas eCommerce web page where you will complete payment.   Registration is not complete until payment has been received.  Have questions? Feel free to contact Mike Hoover at, or give us a call at 479-575-6834.

Early bird registration (Until March 24, 2019 at midnight):  Student - $60.00; Professional - $75.00      

Normal registration (After March 24, 2019): Student - $75.00; Professional - $90.00

Online registration will remain open until 5:00 p.m., April 12, 2019.  

Final size runs will be submitted for 125 t-shirts March 8; first come-first serve

The ARAP conference hosts do what they can to meet dietary requests. Please assist us by selecting the option that best accommodates your dietary needs. If your needs are not represented in the list above, please email Mike Hoover ( with your request.


Typical Registration Includes:

  • Friday night: Social, band, dinner 
  • Saturday: Breakfast, sessions, film showing 
  • Camping & climbing fees for the weekend 
  • Conference T-shirt**

**T-Shirt availability and size is not guaranteed for those who register after March 8th. 125 shirts available.

Not included:

  • Pre/Post conference sessions (if applicable) 
  • Lunch Saturday, Breakfast Sunday 
  • Food for Dutch Oven cook-off (you should bring one entree or dessert, enough to feed your group and some extra, it will be served pot-luck style)

5 great ways to start and end your ARAP experience

  • Bring or rent boats and float the Buffalo National River

    • Ponca to Steel - short option, Steel to Kyles - longer option   

  • Hike Indian Creek (Just across from HCR), Big Bluff, or Hawksbill Crag

  • Climb and/or Boulder at HCR

  • Play disc golf at HCR (course goes throughout the ranch)

  • Mountain Bike NWA trails or Buffalo Headwaters trail systems                          



  • Pre-Conference Activities (see self-guided options listed above)
    • Leave No Trace Trainer April 19-20 by Adventure Subaru
    • Adventure Therapy Lab Pre-Conference Session (Friday, April 20 from 2pm-5pm)
      • Meet Justin Cook at the ARAP registration booth at 1:30 p.m. if interested. Pre-registration NOT required.  
      • The University of Arkansas Adventure Therapy Lab will present an introduction to adventure therapy through the use of the full value contract. Presenters will highlight the 6 core principles of the full value contract through interactive games and initiatives, group processing, and discussion about how a facilitator would use this as a therapeutic intervention. This workshop will give participants the experience of what adventure therapy looks like, how it is used, and how it differs from and builds upon experiential education.

  • Conference Welcome and dinner 
  • Keynote speaker, social, and music


  • Yoga or Trail Run
  • Breakfast 
  • AR Programming Roundtable 
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Lunch social (we'll have the grill ready!)
  • Dutch oven Cook-off and dinner
  • Film showings
  • Gear Raffle


  • Post Conference Activities (see self-guided options listed above)
  • ARAP Boulder Comp


PC:  Alex McKiernan

The ARAP planning committee would like to introduce Alex McKiernan as the 2019 conference Keynote Speaker!

Alex’s keynote address, What Doesn’t Bend Breaks, will share the story of a debilitating spinal cord injury that initially left Alex paralyzed and pushed him into physical, mental, and emotional territory that he had only previously visited on the sharp end of a climbing rope.  Lessons learned in the mountains are the ones he relied on to be present for the greatest challenge of his life.

In 2014, Alex's severe injury brought him back to climbing, and he has since led big wall pitches in Yosemite National Park, completing "The Prow" on Washington Column in 2016 and "Zodiac" on El Capitan in October of 2018.  Today, Alex runs an organic vegetable farm in Nebraska with his wife and family.  

Click the image above to visit Alex's article in the Alpinist!

The Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming Conference will be centered around student and professional presentations. If you have a special skill to share, a unique programming idea, or an opinion to share, please propose a presentation. Presentations will consist of a combination of skill based workshops and traditional informational sessions. 

Presentation Proposals are due by midnight, March 17, 2019

If you require more time for a specific session, please contact


A registration waiver will be awarded to a select few students that have shown a commitment to outdoor education and recreation. The Student Registration Waiver covers the registration cost of the Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming Conference.

Additional Information
● Registration Waiver recipients are responsible for travel to and from the conference
● Waivers funds are not transferable to another person
● Application materials received after March 17th will not be considered
● Please be sure to reference your name on all submitted materials
● Students who are not selected still get early bird if not selected

Applications for the 2019 registration waiver are due by midnight, March 17, 2019


ARAP 2019 is excited to bring you No Man's Land Film Festival! 

No Man's Land Film Festival is an all-woman adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect individuals who identify as women in pursuit of the radical. We are a collaboration and celebration of humans who are deeply engaged in enhancing the female presence in the adventure arena. The goal of this festival is to connect like-minded individuals who are action-oriented, wish to support a shared vision of gender equality, have a desire to experience their passions and environments through a uniquely female lens, and above all, love adventure. Along with cultivating a deep interest in exploring the vastness of our planet from a female point of view, No Man's Land strives to create a history of motivating audiences to implement and inspire change. Our mission transcends the films presented; this festival acts as a platform for progressive thought and movement in the outdoor industry.  At No Man's Land, we aim to un-define feminine in adventure and sport through film.  

The Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming Conference relies on local and national sponsors to create the educational and networking opportunities for the students who attend. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please complete the attached sponsorship packet and email to Kenny Williams,

2019 Conference Sponsorship Packet


ARAP Registration Refund Policy

Full refunds will be available until March 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Refunds with a $30 fee will be available from March 22 - April 5 at 5:00 p.m. 

No Refunds after April 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Are you planning to visit HCR during the conference, but not attending ARAP?  You can still attend the barn loft social on and/or the No Man's Land Film Festival by simply purchasing tickets for each event below.  

ARAP Non-Conference Attendee Social Ticket - Friday, April 12 - 8:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. 

ARAP Non-Conference Attendee Film Festival Ticket - Saturday, April 13 - 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


We would like to give huge thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

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