Choose from three Different Offsite Tours
The 2020 mParks Conference & Trade Show features three different offsite tours to enhance your learning experience. There is no fee for the offsite sessions but limited space is available for each tour, so advanced sign-up is required.
Add tours when your register for Conference.
Already registered? Call the mParks office at 517.485.9888 to add an Offsite Tour to an existing registration.
Wednesday | 2:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Impactful Programming with Metroparks Interpretive Services and Natural Resources
Tour Kensington Metropark, one of Huron-Clinton Metroparks (HCMA) 13 parks. Amenities at the park include golf, disc golf, beaches, boat rental and launches, trails, and the Farm and Nature Center. Following the tour enjoy a breakout session with Interpretive staff or Natural Resources Department staff. At the Nature Center, the oldest interpretive center in the Metroparks, you'll learn about how it is operated, and which programs and services are offered. Natural Resources Department staff will give an overview of the projects designed to actively manage resources and answer any questions about the NRD program. Meet at the mParks Registration Desk at 2:15pm. Bus will return by 4:30pm.
THURSDAY| 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
VILLA BARR PARK OFFSITE - YOU GOTTA HAVE ART (IN PARKS)
This off-site trip will feature Novi's Villa Barr Art Park. The park was once the property of renowned artist David Barr and his wife Beth. Through a unique agreement, the City purchased the property for use as an art and cultural center. It is now an art park with more than 20 sculptures and is home to an artist-in-residence program. High school teachers have added visits to their curriculum and a partnership with the Novi Historical Commission has led to a touring Villa Barr presentation. The City's Cultural Arts Advisory Board and the Friends of Villa Barr help to determine the direction of park improvements and programming. The group will also take a short ride to view sculptures in Fuerst Park. Tour limited to 30 people. This site is not ADA Compliant and has a spiral stairway. Wear winter apparel and footwear – a portion of the morning will be spent outdoors. Meet at the mParks Registration Desk at 9:00am. Bus will return before at 11:30am.
Thursday | 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Maybury State Park Hike and Tour
An off-site tour that provides a guided hike of beautiful, wooded, Maybury State Park in nearby Northville. Learn about the park's history, the creative use of their Friends group to provide guide hikes with a Track Chair and several community partnerships that have improved the user experience at the park. Participants need to be dressed appropriately to be outside in winter conditions. The hike will be on paved and unpaved trails. Bus transportation provided to and from the conference location. Meet at the mParks Registration Desk at 1:45pm. Bus will return no later than 4:00pm.
Networking Events & Socials
Tuesday | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday Night Live! BanD Showcase + Cornhole Tournament
Get ideas for your seasonal entertainment, network with other professionals and enjoy live music from Cruizin' Jupiter and Atomic Radio. There is not cost to attend.
To benefit the mParks Foundation, the mParks Student Focus Area is hosting a Cornhole Tournament during the Tuesday Night Live! Band Showcase.
Registration is $10 per team | $20 day of the event.
The event will feature a bracket style competition with prizes for the winning teams.
Wednesday | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday Night Networking + TRIVIA NIGHT
Michigan Beer Company (42875 Grand River Ave #104, Novi, MI 48375)
This is your chance to network with fellow professionals and put your trivia knowledge to the test. Ticket to this event gets your drink tickets redeemable at the bar for beer, wine, cocktails, or soda and appetizers & snacks. Option for additional purchases.
Trivia is included in all Wednesday Night Networking tickets and will begin at 7:45 pm. The option to stay at the Michigan Beer Company and not play is also available.
A ticket is required for entry to the event.Tickets are not included in any Delegate Packages.
Tickets: $15 / $10 Student ($20/$15 at the door)
Need an extra ticket to the All-Conference Lunch or Awards Banquet?