Proposals for the NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA were 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.

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:

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