Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Morning Session | 9am-12pm:

  • Lawton Park Maintenance and Greenhouse Operation Many of Fort Wayne’s most exotic plants are grown right in the heart of the city thanks to the local growers at the Lawton Park Greenhouse. Learn about maintenance and greenhouse operation with Steve McDaniel, Deputy Director of Parks. Learn more here.

Afternoon Sessions | 1-4pm:

  • Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
    Lions, Tigers, and Bears- Oh my! The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is internationally recognized for its innovative displays, award-winning animal exhibits, and well-manicured grounds. Local residents embrace the zoo as a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. Join us for an exciting off-site with Zoo Director, Jim Anderson. Learn more here.
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps
    Take me out to the ball game! The Fort Wayne TinCaps are a Class A Minor League baseball team affiliated with the San Diego Padres. They are committed to improving the community and being a leader in bettering the future for Northeast Indiana and the surrounding area. Join us for more information and a tour of their beautiful facility, with Mike Nutter, Team President. Learn more here.
  • McMillen Community Center
    The McMillen Community Center has something for all ages! Learn about how this facility and its programs have impacted the local Fort Wayne community. Join us for a talk and tour featuring Chuck Reddinger, Deputy Director of Recreation and Andre Patterson, Center Director. Learn more here. CEU Eligible

New Member Reception | 4:30-6:30 pm | Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant

Are you a new member with IPRA? We would love for you to join us at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant, located in downtown Fort Wayne across from the Convention Center. More details to come!

IPRA Welcome Reception | 6-7:30 pm | Hilton Hotel Atrium

Join us on Tuesday, January 30th for a welcome reception! Whether you came early to explore one of the five off-site tours, take in a pre-conference session or move into the vendor hall, your work is DONE for today. So kick back and relax with fellow colleagues. Join us in the Atrium of the Hilton Hotel for a drink (beer or wine) on us.

Make sure you rest up tonight so you have your child-like energy to explore “Fairy Tales” tomorrow at the Botanical Conservatory!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fairy Tales at the Botanical Conservatory | 8:30-11pm

Immediately following the banquet put on your child’s imagination and head across the street to the Botanical Conservatory where our Showcase centers on Fairy Tales! You will discover giants, wolves, and witches that are no match for the valiant but ordinary people to whom unusual circumstances fall. As you pretend to be Jack on a Bean Stalk or look for Rapunzel in the castle tower you may get thirsty. If so, you will be given 2 drink tickets for trial sizes of beer/wine (additional tickets may be purchased) or unlimited soft drinks. Keep exploring and find the Troll’s Bridge and venture into the Tropical and Desert Houses too! Once you have finished all of your exploring you may be hungry. If so, never fear, we have a fairy tale feast planned for you.

To learn more about the Botanical Conservatory, click here.