NRPA Issues Call for Sessions Proposals

Proposals for the NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO will be accepted beginning Monday, October 5, 2015. The NRPA Annual Conference will be held in St. Louis, MO from October 6-8, 2016. Speed session proposals will be accepted in the early Spring of 2016.

Thank you for your interest in presenting an education session. 


Our goal is to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by providing a selection of relevant topics addressed by top-notch presenters. NRPA learning event attendees represent a broad spectrum of people who are engaged in the park and recreation field, from entry level employees and university educators to middle managers and executive level park and recreation professionals. People come from a variety of communities and programs, so their perspectives and challenges vary greatly. The audience also reflects a range of experience levels, from longtime NRPA members to people who are just starting to investigate the park and recreation profession. Session proposals that are relevant to a cross-section of members are more likely to be selected, and focus on the Three Pillars of Conservation, Health & Wellness, and Social Equity is appreciated.


  •  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  
  •  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 

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

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: