Submit Session Proposals for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference

Submit Your Conference Session Ideas


Do you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise? Is there an experience that you or your agency has had that could benefit your peers and other communities? Consider speaking at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference so you can be a part of advancing our field.

Proposals for the NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA are being accepted through the deadline of Friday, November 18, 2016. The NRPA Annual Conference will be held September 26-28, 2017. Speed session proposals will be accepted in the early Spring of 2017.

Submit Your Proposals

Win Free Conference Registration

Speakers always get a complimentary one-day conference pass for the days they speak, but this year NRPA is giving away one FREE Full Package Registration to one randomly select person whose proposal is selected for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference. In other words, if your proposal is selected, you will be eligible to attend the entire conference, including education sessions, the exhibit hall and all social events, for free!

Submit your proposal by November 18 for a chance to speak at the conference and win!

Audience Information

Our goal is to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by providing a selection of relevant topics addressed by top-notch presenters. Session proposals that are relevant to a cross-section of members are more likely to be selected, and focus on NRPA's Three Pillars of Conservation, Health & Wellness, and Social Equity is appreciated.

Who Should Consider Submitting Proposals?

  •  Park and recreation professionals
  •  Park and recreation educators and related educators  
  •  Park and recreation students  
  •  Park and recreation vendors, contractors and related groups  
  •  Professional speakers and professionals aligned with park and recreation's mission
  •  Planners, Landscape Architects, Public Health Administrators, City and County Managers, Naturalists 
  •  Anyone else interested in sharing their knowledge with park and recreation professionals  
  •  Presenters should have experience speaking at state, regional or national conferences, schools or seminars 

Selection Criteria

NRPA seeks to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by creating a balanced program that is comprehensive and reflects a multitude of perspectives. We will select sessions based on their contribution to the following criteria.

  1. Overall quality of the proposal
  2. Focused and well-defined topic
  3. Timeliness of topic
  4. Relevance to the park and recreation profession
  5. Practical application of material
  6. Presentation skill of the proposed speaker(s)
  7. Applicability to a national audience

Commercial / Promotional Presentations

Your presentation may NOT sell, raffle, or otherwise promote a product, service, or organization in which you have a financial interest.


Contact the NRPA staff member listed for the educational event you have questions on: