New York State
Recreation & Park Society

ANNUAL CONFERENCE EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS - REGISTER TODAY!

Enjoy our diverse educational session offerings featuring presentations on relevant and useful topics from some of the best speakers from around the state and country! For those requiring certification credit units, the conference offers opportunities for CPRP, CTRS and CPRE.

You will find something for everyone with these professional development opportunities that are sure to enhance the field of Parks and Recreation and the communities we serve for years to come. You may check out the quick details below. For the full conference schedule with session descriptions and the ability to build your schedule, please be on the look out for the launching of our Virtual Conference Platform soon!

    • Tuesday, April 20

      • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Conference Welcome and Keynote Session
        • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks & Recreation: How We Got Here and Preparing the Profession for the Future with Autumn Saxton-Ross, NRPA VP of Education & Chief Equity Officer 
    • Wednesday, April 21
      • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Opening General Session
        • Next Practices for an Innovative and Inclusive Future with Neelay Bhatt, VP Pros Consulting  
      • 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Facilitated Hot Topic Networking Roundtables
        • Summer Camp
        • Social Media and Marketing
        • Special Events
      • 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Educational Session Block 1
        • Telling Your Story: Operations and Maintenance Planning with Austin Hochstetler, Zec Eight Insights, LLC
        • Lessons from the Road to LeadHERship with Tiffany Johnson, Prince William County, VA
        • Alternative Funding Strategies for Success with Chris Nunes, The Woodlands, TX
        • Summer Camping in a Pandemic with Shaunte Hardy, Bryan County, GA
        • Inclusion Matters: Tools to Promote Inclusion during Turbulent Times with Lynn Anderson, Ph.D., SUNY Cortland and Inclusive Recreation Resource Center  
        • How Parks and Recreation Can Support Mental Health Initiatives with Barbara Heller, Berry Dunn
    • Thursday, April 22
        • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Educational Session Block 2
          • Red Cross Considerations for Safety Training, Certifications and Preparing to Open with Kimberly King, American Red Cross
          • A Return to Abnormal with Jason Elissalde, Celebrate Your Why
          • Recreation Revenue: Hacking your way to additional Revenue with Chris Nunes, The Woodlands, TX
          • Equity in Parks: The Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace with Samose Mays, Bryan County, GA
          • Night of the Park Invaders (Invasive Species) with Stacey Paddisi, Town of Perinton, NY
        • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Educational Session Block 3
            • Esports: The What and the Now What for Parks and Recreation with Neelay Bhatt, VP Pros Consulting and Panel TBA
            • Serving Special Needs Population Before, During, and After COVID-19 with Sacha Amry, AHRC New York City and Panel TBA
            • A Higher Level of Inclusive Play (on Playgrounds) with Jill Moore, Landscape Structures
            • Unlocking The Power of Personal Branding with Anthony Iracki, Anthony In Parks


          *Subject to change.

            Special thanks to the 2021 Virtual Conference Committee responsible for planning this year's event!

            SPECIAL THANKS TO THIS YEAR'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS, OUR BPPs, WHO ALL YEAR LONG SUPPORT NYSRPS BY THEIR BUSINESS PREMIER PARTNERSHIP!

             


             

             

             

             


                 


             
             
              

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