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. ARAP 

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 bouldering 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.

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 webpage 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 479-575-6865.

Early bird registration: Professional - $75.00; Student - $60.00                         

Normal registrationProfessional - $90.00; Student - $75.00

Online Registration for ARAP 2018 has closed.  Please check back soon for ARAP 2019 registration details.  

Typical Registration Includes:

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

**T-Shirt is not guaranteed for those who register after mid-March. 100 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)

Typical Pricing:

  • Early bird registration (by 5PM March 30): Professional - $75.00; Student - $60.00                         
  • Normal registration (after 5PM March 30): Professional - $90.00; Student - $75.00

Refund Policy

March 30 - Full refund deadline

March 31 - April 13 - Refund available w/ $30 fee 

No Refunds after April 13 at 5:00 pm

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

 ARAP 2019 Film Information will come soon! 




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.

The application deadline has passed.  Please check back after this year's conference for 2019 updates.  

Adventure Subaru is sponsoring an LNT Trainer Course before the conference for the second year in a row! 

Course Dates: Thursday 9:00 a.m. (April 19th) - Friday 12:00 p.m. (April 20th)  PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-conference session that will require you to be at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19.

The application deadline has passed.  Please check back after this year's conference for 2019 due dates. 

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. 

The presentation proposal submission date has passed.  Please check back after this year's conference for 2019 due dates. 

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 Form coming soon


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

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