conference Education Sessions


Check back soon for a list of 2017 education sessions!

Education session topics are designed to be a part of one of the following tracks:

  • Administration
  • Health & Wellness
  • Natural Resources
  • Operations
  • Programming



Topics of Interest

  • Aquatics: Emergency action plans, New trends, Public engagement, Regulations, Renovations of older facilities, Safety concerns
  • Asset Management: Best practices, Master plans, Tools for prioritizing projects
  • Community and Park Development: Capital projects, Community centers, Dog parks, Park design and construction, Placemaking
  • Community Events: Management, Marketing, Planning, Policies and regulations, Risk management, Safety components
  • Employee Management: Customer service training, Hiring strategies, Leadership styles, Management methods, Personality assessments, Staff collaboration, Working with park boards
  • Finance: Budgeting, Fundraising, Grant writing, Sponsorships
  • Natural Resources: Environmental impact of parks, Invasive species management, Sustainable Environmental Certification
  • Programming: Computer and tech programs, For Baby Boomers, For seniors, In smaller communities, In urban areas, Summer camps
  • Trails and Greenways: Economic impact, Expansion planning, Maintenance best practices, Trail amenities

2017 IPRA Education Session Committee Members

Chair: Bill Ream, Bloomington Parks & Recreation – reamw@bloomington.in.gov

Nichole Haberline, Noblesville Parks & Recreation

Austin Hochstetler, PROS Consulting

Cathy Marx, Indy Parks