Education Opportunities for Parks & Recreation Professionals

mParks is committed to providing cutting-edge training, certifications, and networking opportunities like those listed below. Members receive discounts on registration for all of these events as well as participation in programs for residents (like adult basketball and volleyball tournaments, Day Camp field trips, Youth Symposium, and discount travel to Mackinac Island):

  • Conference (early in the year)
  • Trails Summit (early in the year, during mParks Conference)
  • Certified Playground Safety Course (March & October)
  • Park System Tours (March & October)
  • Therapeutic Recreation Institute (August)
  • Customer Service Workshop (September)
  • Trail Maintenance Workshop (October)
  • POWer Shop (November)
  • AFO Course & Exam (March)

Training opportunities have also been offered on the following topics:

  • Chainsaw Safety
  • Customer Service
  • Inclusive Customer Service
  • MIOSHA & Risk Management
  • Social Media
  • Summer Staff
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Urban Parks Partnerships

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