New York State
Recreation & Park Society

Yes, the tradition of Downstate continues online!

Please join us for 5 full weeks of sessions, each week hosted by one of Downstate's Affiliate organizations Westchester Recreation and Parks Society (WRAPS), Hudson Valley Leisure Services Association (HVLSA), New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association (NYSTRA), Metropolitan Recreation and Park Association (METRO), and the New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS).

While the in-person one day gathering will not be celebrated, this year's multi-week conference will offer incredible professional development opportunities (CEUS), networking opportunities and camaraderie.

Good news! Because our program is spread over 5 weeks, a total of 14 sessions will be offered. That is a total combination of 1.4 CEUs should you attend all courses. A varied schedule of daytime sessions and evening hours will be planned to accommodate therapeutic professionals. See the following schedule of events:

Week 1- (week of) November 9th- Hosted by WRAPS (daytime)

Week 2- (week of) November 16th- Hosted by HVLSA (daytime)

Week 3- (week of) November 23rd- Hosted by NYSTRA (evening)

Week 4- (week of) November 30th- Hosted by NYSRPS (daytime) Week 5- (week of) December 7th- Hosted by METRO (evening)



Are you skilled in an area of recreation that park, recreation and therapeutic professionals would benefit learning more about? The planning committee is looking for most relevant programs to provide all an exceptional learning experience.

All sessions must be applicable for continuing education units (CEUs) and meet re-certification needs of CTRS, CPRP and/or CPRE professionals. The following information will be required when registering your abstract:

Park and Recreation Certifications (CPRP /CPRE)

Educational Needs of Learner (why a recreation professional needs to know the subject matter) and 3 Distinct Learning Objectives. In addition, presenters will need to include these points at the beginning of the online presentation. This is a stipulation of NRPA for acceptance of CEUs. 

Therapeutic Recreation Certiciation (CTRS)

Session title relative to content and NCTRC Job Analysis, NCTRC Job Analysis Area, Session Outline (in minutes), and measurable Learning Outcomes related to NCTRC Job Analysis.

It is important when registering your abstract that all information needed for CEUs is collected. Incomplete or abstracts incorrectly competed will not be eligible for consideration. Please contact NYSRPS for program questions.


Deadline for all submissions will be October 21st, 2020.

New York State Recreation & Park Society  501 C3 Not-for-Profit Organization

19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 200 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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