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 Registration

Registration for the 2015 Conference is now open! Be sure to take advantage of early bird rates - prices expire December 20!

Conference Updates

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

Invited Featured Speaker: Mitchell J Silver, New York City Parks & Recreation Commissioner

MRPA and the Conference Committee are pleased to announce that we have invited New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell J Silver to present the keynote address at the All Conference Breakfast on Thursday, February 12 of Conference. Commissioner Silver oversees management, planning, and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland; has almost 30 years of planning experience, and is a past president of the American Planning Association.

Read about our other Featured Speakers!

Conference Quick Links

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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!

Session Proposals

Do you have an idea for an education session? Submit your proposal here!