Update, December 7: The testimonials that appear in this is article have been updated.

The time to get excited for our annual NIRSA reunion is finally here! Registration for the 2022 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo is now open! We hope you’ll make plans to join us for our return to in-person learning and networking, March 29 through April 1, in Portland, Oregon.

“Attending the NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo is always the highlight of my year! I always return to my department empowered, motivated, and filled with tools to help improve the health and wellbeing of my campus community,”

Drake Belt, Assistant Director of Aquatics and Safety Programs at the University of Arizona.

Why attend?

There is something indescribable about attending a NIRSA Annual Conference and Expo. But we also hear—year in and year out—that attendees come to this signature NIRSA event for a few common reasons.

Come to learn

NIRSA is excited to offer three packed days of face-to-face education sessions, roundtable conversations, and collaborative experiences for attendees at the NIRSA Annual Conference. Find inspiration at the many education sessions and return to your institution with fresh ideas. Arrive early and choose from the exciting lineup of preconference offerings including facility tours of campuses in Portland and Eugene, OR.

“The NIRSA Annual Conference is just what a recreation professional needs to feel grounded in the philosophy, mission, and vision of the organization. It also provides an infusion of energy that influences the direction of our departments and helps us provide the best experience to everyone who enters our recreational domain.”

Colleen Fritze, Assistant Director at Northeastern University

We’re proud to offer an exciting lineup of learning sessions. These sessions sure to provide you with practical solutions on important topics like financial management, fundraising, risk management, and expanding health and wellbeing opportunities throughout campus—all in a COVID-19 world. Discover best practices and innovative approaches to accelerate your programs.

Come to network

After two years of being apart, NIRSA looks forward to welcoming attendees back for face-to-face engagement.  We have all greatly missed connecting with each other in our conference’s highly collaborative environment. Nothing can replace those candid conversations that happen in the hallways between sessions or at the evening social events.

“The NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo is the pinnacle event in our field and is where relationships and knowledge both begin and grow. Attending has always been a highlight and I will always encourage my colleagues, regardless of position or expertise, to attend and take full advantage of all that NIRSA has to offer.”

Lauren Martini Olson, Associate Director of Campus Recreation at University of South Carolina-Columbia

Whether you’re a sapling in the profession or giant in the forest of campus recreation professionals ready to share your knowledge and experience, NIRSA 2022 in Portland is the time and place to broaden your network and build your community of partners in campus recreation. If you are a first-time attendee, be sure to check out the “first timers” session on March 29!

Come to explore products and trends

Three long years since the last in-person Campus Rec & Wellness Expo will mean there is sure to be lots to see and do in the expo this year!

“NIRSA has helped me stay connected to colleagues from around the country and up-to-date regarding anything new in the intramural and recreation world. Attending the NIRSA Annual Conference is something I look forward to each year.”

– Chris Stepan, Coordinator for Intramurals & Sport Clubs at St. Cloud State University

Be sure to visit all the booths and connect with vendors to see what is new and exciting in the industry. Take advantage of Fitness Forum workouts to see what programming is trending at facilities and campuses around the world. Reconnect with your sales representatives and get the latest information.

Register today

Register early for the best selection of hotel rooms and to take advantage of early bird discounts. NIRSA members receive discounted rates, with the deepest discounts available to members at member schools. Nonmembers are encouraged to explore the many benefits of membership—beyond discounts on events and online learning opportunities—before registering.

Register today

NIRSA cannot wait to see you IN PERSON this spring. We’re looking forward to being together again!

Director of Events & Experiences at | NIRSA Profile

Sierra Smith is currently the Director of Events & Experiences at NIRSA.