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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.