New York State
Recreation & Park Society

Educational Opportunities

The New York State Recreation and Park Society hosts a variety of educational opportunities for members from online programs to conferences, seminars, workshops, and webinars.


The 2020 Downstate Committee is meeting mid June to review the state of the state relative to COVID-19. The conference planning team will  make important decisions regarding the November event. Please stay tuned as we will update all shortly thereafter!

CPSI / CPO / Workshops

NYSRPS offers certification opportunities like the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course, Certified Playground Pool Operator Course and more! Visit regularly to see the calendar of opportunities.

The New York State Recreation and Park Society Annual Conference and Expo

Celebrated in the springtime, the NYSRPS Annual Conference and Expo is the largest gathering of park, recreation and therapeutic recreation professionals in New York State. With a focus on professional development, the annual conference offers 50+ educational sessions led by dynamic presenters on a variety of relevant recreation topics. An exhibit hall of 50+ booths showcases the latest trends in parks and recreation. The annual conference program includes offsite visits to local attractions and includes a lively calendar of nighttime socials, as well.

The Downstate Conference

Traditionally celebrated the 2nd week of November, the Downstate Conference is a one day event hosted by the New York State Recreation and Park Society, the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Westchester Recreation and Park Society, the Hudson Valley Leisure Services Association and the Metropolitan New York Recreation and Park Society. The Downstate Event offers approximately 25 concurrent sessions, exhibit showcase and lunch for an estimated 300 park, recreation and therapeutic professionals; including students.


Webinars are a wonderful way to develop professionally from the comfort of your home and earn credit towards certifications. NYSRPS has specifically identified three partners for delivering vital information via webinars. While COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our annual conference and live learning opportunities, it surely opened the door to this virtual system for engagement and continuing educational opportunities. 

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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