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Tickets & Add-Ons

The event will begin with Trail Summit and Educational Sessions on January 29 and run through Friday, February 1, with the Annual Trade Show taking place January 30-31, 2019.






Tuesday, January 29

Held during the annual mParks Conference & Trade Show, the Michigan Trail Summit is an opportunity for trail enthusiasts, advocates, and organizations to gain knowledge and networking through a day of informative sessions, with topics including trail management, connecting trails and health, community trails and more! 


Full Delegate Add-on $85 
Member $120
Non-Member $145

Trail Summit Registration Coming Soon.

Already registered for the 2019 mParks Conference? Call us at 517.485.9888 to add your Trail Summit registration at a discounted rate.


Making Community Safer and More Beautiful: The Role of Park Renovation
99 Programs

Maximize Your ROI with Email Marketing
Director/Student Discussion Panel
Doing More with Your Data

Developing Your Personal Brand Strategy
Roundtable Sponsored by W.I.R.E.D

Welcome from Mayor of Kalamazoo and Von Washington

The Future Professional Showcase gives 10 students from colleges/universities across the state of Michigan the opportunity to share their hopes, dreams, passions and goals for their future recreation careers. This will be a professional development and networking event attended by many practicing professionals and other parks and recreation students. The goals of the showcase are to highlight students moving into the profession and to create networking opportunities for all event attendees.
Followed by a Happy Hour Sponsored by Sinclair Recreation

Get ideas for your seasonal entertainment, network with other professionals and enjoy live music at Kalamazoo's own Bell's Brewery.
No ticket is required for this event.

Wednesday, January 30

I Spy Excellent Service: A Customer Service Codebook
Developing Creative Talent in Your Organization
Pool Rescue through Partnerships
Parks and Recreation Asset Management Planning
These Goods are Good for...(Insert Your Community Here)
Prioritizing Park Improvements
Parks Benefitting from the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement
The Rising Tide of Water Trails
Using LEAN Principles to Enhance Community Services

The official kickoff to conference, join us at the opening session where we will begin the 2019 mParks Conference & Trade Show!
Enjoy a lively Keynote Address from Sam Glenn.
At one time Sam was negative, depressed, homeless and got by working odd jobs at night and sleeping on borrowed floor space or in his car. Sam’s life took a positive turn, when a caring friend gave him what he calls “A KICK IN THE ATTITUDE!” For the past 20 years, Sam has been Inspiring audiences with a very simple truth....and that is - Attitude Changes Everything!

"Orange 'Ya Glad I Didn't Say Banana?
Turn Your Rec Center Into A Tech Center
5 Simple Steps to Worksite Wellness
Are You Utilizing the Largest Collection of Park and Recreation Resources?
The Art of Juggling Multiple Facilities and Programs
Trail Towns - How Communities Are Transforming Trails to Leverage Economic Development

Lunch on your own or take a student to lunch

Programming Focus Group Summit: Winners "PRO-Grammy Awards"
Why Be Perfect When You Can Be Average?
There is No Place Like the Pool: Universally Appealing Watertainment & Wellness
How to Recruit and Retain Quality Student Interns
How to Grow Your ______ with Facebook Ads
Aging Mastery Program - How to Engage Older Adults
Parks, Schools, Kids, Bikes and a Transformed Culture of Health
mParks Past President Committee

New Programming Tools for Age Old Problems
Directors Summit
The Power of Digital & Media Storytelling
Senior Center Accreditation - Why & How?
The Path Where Safe Routes and Parks Meet
Inclusive Universal Design for Recreation and Learning

Connect with fellow Conference attendees and speakers and explore the 2019 Exhibit Hall Grand Opening. The mParks Exhibit Hall is the premier place to find the latest and greatest products and trends in parks and recreation. Meet with vendors to learn ways to take your facilities, programming and events to the next level.
Entry to the Exhibit Hall is free; enjoy a strolling dinner and cash bar.

Old Burdick’s, Texas Corners Brewing Company, Green Door Distilling and Tibbs Brewing Company. The tour will include meet & greet with brewery reps and/or brewery tour at each stop; drink samples; and complimentary water and snacks, and cooler available for growler and bottle purchases.


Join the mParks Student Focus Area for a night of pub-style trivia! A ticket to this event will allow you to play on a trivia team and compete for fun prizes. This event is fundraiser benefiting the mParks Foundation and Student Focus Area.

This is an alcohol-free event.


Thursday, January 31

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2019 DNR Recreation Grant Application Workshop
Thriving as an Introvert in an Extroverted Industry
Moving From a Municipal to an Enterprise Mindset
Being Respected as a Supervisor, Not an Equal
All Ages, All Abilities, All the Time
Invest in Yourself
Oak Wilt ID, Prevention & Management
Health and Wellness- A Grass Roots Approach
Successful Community Engagement...Fact or Fiction

This is your chance to meet with more vendors! Complimentary coffee and breads will be provided. No ticket required.

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board Round Table
Marketing Strategy: The Science and Psychology of Effective Campaign
1000's of Details- One Project: Project Management
Networking 4 Knowledge 4 Novices
Disability to Ability - Expanding your Outreach
Merry & Bright: Reviving Livonia's Holiday Parade
Preparing Yourself for Dog Encounters and Attacks
Inclusion and Diversity in Parks and Recreation

The mParks Exhibit Hall is the premier place to find the latest and greatest products and trends in parks and recreation. Meet with vendors to learn ways to take your facilities, programming and events to the next level. Entry to the Exhibit Hall is free but a ticket is required for lunch. Ticket is included in the Full Delegate package.


Recreation Plans - From the Basics to Joint Regional Plans
Marketing & Branding for Directors
More Bang For Your Buck: Purchasing Tips and Tricks
Embracing Young Professionals as Culture Creators in Your Agency
Play on Player: Overcoming Disability with Play
Stiltgrass Erased From Washtenaw County
Women in Sports and Recreation
Keep Belle Isle Beautiful - How Detroit's Island Park is Working to Shift Social Behavior

"You Have a DNR Recreation Grant, Now What?
Storytelling as a Selling Point
Green Schoolyards Meet Health and Shared Use
Young Professional Networks, A National Movement
The Silver Tsunami! A Wave of Opportunity
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Deer
Homelessness in Parks: Local Experiences with a Nationwide Trend
Integrating Natural Resources Management into Recreation Programs

mParks honors exemplary park and recreation professionals, agencies and citizen advocates through the Association’s annual awards. Award winners serve as an inspiration to our membership and embody the core values of the profession. A ticket is required for entry to the banquet. Ticket is included in the Full Delegate package.


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Friday, February 1

The official closing of the 2019 mParks Conference & Trade Show includes breakfast and an educational session (.1 CEU). Entry to the closing session is available to all delegates and exhibitors, but a ticket is required for breakfast, Ticket is included in the Full Delegate package.