Students and staff from Outdoor Recreation attended the The Florida Leadership Outdoor Recreation Association (FLORA) Conference where they were able to network and learn with Outdoor Recreation groups from across Florida and Georgia.
The conference was held from January 31st to February 2nd at O’Leno State Park in High Springs, FL. FLORA is an outdoor recreation association created by students, for students. Michelle Presley, a veteran Outdoor Pursuits student, was the FSU representative on the FLORA planning committee this year. She was involved in the organizing and planning of the conference. FLORA is an outlet for students and staff from across Florida to share their ideas and dedication to outdoor recreation.
The weekend was packed with a blend of informational sessions and activities. This camping-style conference began on Friday evening over dinner and board games. The night ended with a unique bonding experience; attendees were challenged to complete a group Contra dance, a social folk dance made up of long lines of couples.
Saturday morning began on an open-minded note with morning yoga. This set the scene for the rest of the weekend as the educational sessions began with info sessions on all things outdoors. Sessions included various topics from backpacking tips, a Q&A session, and more.
FSU’s own Sean Wilkinson and Sean Bricker, both Outdoor Recreation coordinators, presented their crowd favorite presentation: “The Art of Achieving a 5-Star Poop: Best Practices and Techniques to Backcountry Defecation.”
The continuation of the day was filled with more specialized information sessions that focused on team building activities, international adventure trips, and ended with the tradition of an REI-hosted campfire social.
FLORA equips our students and staff with new knowledge and experiences that they are able to bring back and use to strengthen FSU’s programs and community.
Tatum Swanson, student director of programming and assessment for FSU Challenge, attended the conference and was able to grow as a professional and as an individual. “It was truly a cool and unique experience because I was surrounded by Outdoor Rec individuals from so many other schools. Not only did they teach me essential skills that can benefit our outdoor programs here at FSU, but the experience also helped me get clearer idea of what I would like to do professionally.”
FSU Campus Recreation is committed to student development and providing quality programs to the FSU community. Learn more about Campus Recreation and Outdoor Recreation here.