conference Education Sessions

Call for Speakers

All session proposals are due June 24, 2016.

The 2017 IPRA conference needs YOU and your willingness to advise, to inspire, and to share with other parks and recreation professionals the benefits of your expertise and lessons learned. Reflect on your career in the parks and recreation field and think about:

  • What things do you wish you had known when you began your career in the parks and recreation field?

  • What was the most important thing you learned while planning your last program, managing your last project, or writing your last grant?

  • What advice would you give your peers, if you had the opportunity to do so?

As you think about these questions, please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise in an education session at the annual IPRA conference at the Crowne Plaza Union Station in Indianapolis next January 18-20.

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

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

Education sessions are either 1 ¼ or 2 ½ hours in length. We invite both one-person and team presentations to submit applications. If you do not have a co-presenter and would like assistance, the IPRA Education Session Committee can also help you find one.

If you have questions about submitting an education session proposal, please contact Bill Ream, Education Sessions Chair, at (812) 349-3748 or

All session proposals are due June 24, 2016.

Click here to submit your proposal!

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 –

Nichole Haberline, Noblesville Parks & Recreation

Austin Hochstetler, PROS Consulting

Cathy Marx, Indy Parks