NRPA Issues Call for Sessions Proposals

Proposals for Speed Sessions for the NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO will be accepted beginning in the Spring of 2016.  Please check back to this web page in October of 2016 to submit education session proposals for our 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, tentatively scheduled for September 26-28, 2017.

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: