New York State
The New York State Recreation and Park Society hosts two annual conferences a year, the Downstate Conference traditionally held in November and the New York State Recreation and Park Society Annual Conference and Expo. These two events offer park, recreation and therapeutic recreation professionals a wonderful opportunity for professional development, networking and fellowship.
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. 2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of this collaborative effort.