The MRPA Conference & Trade Show is the premier education and networking event for Michigan's park and recreation professionals. The event will begin with Pre-Conference Educational Sessions on February 10, 2015 in Lansing. The full Conference will kick off on Wednesday, February 11 with an opening ceremony. Conference events will run through Friday, February 13. The Annual Trade Show will take place February 11-12.

The Conference Homepage will be updated weekly as planning progresses - check out the Conference Updates section to see the most recent information or the Quick Links area for our most popular pages.

Conference Updates

Below are links to the latest-and-greatest updates for all things Conference. This list will change periodically, so keep checking back!

Featured Speakers: Annual Favorites and New Additions

MRPA and the Conference Committee have been working diligently to bring a variety of speakers to this year's event. There will be some familiar faces, like Dr. John Crompton and André Pichly, along with newcomers like John Baldoni and Ryan Hegreness. With specialities ranging from parks and recreation, aquatics, marketing, leadership, and much more - there is more educational value than ever in the 2015 Conference & Trade Show.

JUST ANNOUNCED! Mickey Fearn, Professor of Practice at North Carolina State University, and the former Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance for the National Park Service. Mickey has over 45 years of parks, recreation, and conservation experience; and will be speaking at Conference regarding relevance and social equity.


Read about our Featured Speakers!

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Certified Youth Sports Administrator Course and Exam

Completing the Academy gives youth sports administrators a strong foundation of knowledge on issues pertaining to overseeing youth sports programs in today’s ever-changing environment. Some of the topics covered through the Academy are youth sports philosophy, professional development, volunteer management, child abuse prevention, parent management, conflict resolution, insurance and risk management, program evaluation and marketing. More than 3,100 professionals from around the world have earned this important certification.

View full CYSA details, including registration. You can also register for CYSA as part of your Conference package!