The mParks Conference & Trade Show is the premier education and networking event for Michigan's park and recreation professionals. Each year, the event draws over 650 attendees. The Conference & Trade Show events run from February 16-19, 2016 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Northern Michigan. is your home base for all things Conference & Trade Show - check back often for the most up to date information, including updated event schedule, pre-conference events, speakers, and detailed education session information. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for conference news and other mParks updates!

Latest Information

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Schedule: We heard you! A larger version of the at-a-glance printable schedule is now available!
View at a glance schedule

conference guide cover and linkGuide: Fresh from our designers! ALL the conference information at your fingertips! The Conference Guide provides a detailed schedule, session descriptions, learning outcomes, answers to frequently asked questions, and all the other details to make your conference experience complete! Be sure to read the welcome from 2016 Conference Chair Kelly Hyer!
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Please note: All delegates will receive a hard copy of the most updated Conference Guide upon event check-in. A printable version is also available.

Registration Information

It's not too late! There's still plenty of room at conference. And don't forget, we can invoice your organization and payments can be made with check, credit card, or bank transfer. REGISTRATION INFORMATION & PRICING
Conference registration link


A conference favorite - the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Northern Michigan provides a beautiful backdrop to an already fantastic week of networking, education sessions, social events, and more. Rooms still available!
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Featured Speakers

Check out a few below, and the complete list on our Featured Speakers page.

GAIL ALOFSIN:  With over two decades of experience in the industry of sales, marketing, hospitality, project management and PR, Gail is passionately committed to helping organizations build long term profitable relationships with their customers and their employees through leadership and more. Read more...

MARK FENTON:  Mark is  a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. Read more...

LORI A. HOFFNER:  Lori has been offering training for positive youth development, community networking and organizational relationship building since 1997 and has spoken nationally regarding youth program development, employment and staff engagement as well as multiple community issues. Read more...

Pre-Conference Sessions

All Pre-Conference sessions will take place on Tuesday, February 16. This year's offerings include:

Trail Summit
Premier Members: Sponsorships with Gail Alofsin
Team Building with Dave Vermilye
Public Speaking with Onlee Bowden

Check the Schedule page for more details and registration links on all Pre-Conference Sessions!

Trade Show Information

Trade Show exhibitor information linkDoes your organization offer a product or service for the parks, recreation, and natural resources industry? Consider becoming an exhibitor at the 2016 Trade Show, held during Conference. Learn about available space, dates, and pricing!

2016 Conference & Trade Show Video Invite

If you've been waiting for a formal invitation - this is it!