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The 2020 mParks Conference & Trade Show will feature more than 100 educational sessions over the course of an exciting four days. The event will also a feature a Trade Show showcasing more than 100 vendors and networking and social events. 


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Presenting Sponsor

The 2020 mParks Conference & Trade Show will not include the Statewide Trail Summit. For 2020, mParks has partnered with West Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance and The Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance to co-host the Mid-American Trails & Greenways (MATAG) Conference.

More information on the MATAG Conference can be found at www.matag.org

 

 

Tuesday, January 28

 

  • Teambuilding Around the World
  • A Deeper Look at Implicit Bias & Microaggressions
  • Parks and Recreation, WE MATTER!
  • Trauma Informed Care - What to Know
  • Ending Abuse Within Sport: How the U.S. Center for SafeSport is Championing Athlete Well-Being - PREMIER MEMBER SESSION
  • Emerging Leaders Playbook

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  • Get Greener
  • Strategies for Wintertime Park Design and Activation
  • Get Your Bloom On! Implementing a Beautification Program in Your City
  • Planning a Nature Play Area in Your Park
  • Matter of Balance Crash Course

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Take this opportunity to explore some of Metro-Detroit's best food stops.

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  • Stress Less: Achieving Greater Work-Life Balance
  • Power Mapping: Impact Your Community Now!
  • ONE Thing to Know Before Becoming a Manager
  • Healthy Parks, Healthy Residents: How Environmental Advocacy Can Ensure Both?
  • Camping in Detroit: Creating an Urban Camping Collaborative
  • Rate and Map Your Trails with Technology!
  • High Water Issues, Do You Know What to Do Now?
  • Theft Identity and Internet Scam

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Slay the Demanding Dragons: How to Wow, Woo, & Win over Hard to Please People (.1 CEU)

As a career professional, you work with many different types of stakeholders. Some can be delightful and even a dream to work with, making your job that much more enjoyable. On the flip side, there are some difficult stakeholders the ones that make you cringe when their name displays on your called ID as you prepare to listen to their outrageous specifications and odd requests. You can sense when things begin to go south with their short-snippy remarks, power poses, heavy sighs, and furrowed brows. It’s evident as the person becomes increasingly frustrated. Even though this can drain your energy and become more difficult to work though, you know you have a job to do, and it’s better to keep the relationship with your colleague even if you want to kick them to the curb. You still have a job to get done, right? So, how can you keep your difficult stakeholders and maintain your sanity?
Mimi Brown, CEO, AMP Up Success!

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Connect with fellow Conference attendees and speakers and explore the 2020 Trade Show Grand Opening. The mParks Trade Show 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.

The 2020 Trade Show boasts food trucks, interactive activities and more than 100 vendors.

Entry to the Trade Show is free.

Full Delegate & Tuesday Delegate Passes will receive vouchers to enjoy at one of four food trucks! All other packages will be able to make additional cash purchases.
No ticket is required for this event.




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Continue enjoying the Trade Show and prepare for the Band Showcase. Get ideas for your seasonal entertainment, network with other professionals and enjoy live music from Cruizin' Jupiter and Atomic Radio.

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.

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Wednesday, January 29


Wednesaday Edcation Sessions Sponsored by:

 

  • Michigan Trailways Act and the Recreational Trespass Act
  • Tips, Tricks and Relationships for Grant Success
  • Recreation & Re-Creation: Natural Systems Design on Belle Isle
  • The Psychology of Working With Today’s Sports Parents, Coaches, and Athletes
  • Inclusion+We(U+Me) = Diversity
  • How Green Is Your Pool
  • Today's Challenges and the Future of Our Profession
  • All Ages, All Abilities, All the Time
  • Nature to Day Camp!
  • Don't Let the Project Manage You!

Visit www.mParks.org/Sessions for a listing of education session descriptions.

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This is your chance to meet with more Vendors! Complimentary coffee and breads will be provided.

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  • Grant Writing Made Easier: How to Involve Your Staff
  • Parks Value from the Private Sector Perspective
  • Becoming a Better Facilitator
  • Teaching Life Skills Through Sports
  • Transgender and Nonbinary Identities
  • Financial Roulette
  • Self-Care Is a Superpower!
  • Play on Player: Overcoming Disability with Play
  • When MIOSHA Enforcement Visits

Visit www.mParks.org/Sessions for a listing of education session descriptions.

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The mParks Trade Show 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. Enjoy lunch at one of four food trucks!

Full Delegate & Wednesday Delegate Passes will receive vouchers to enjoy at one of four food trucks! All other packages will be able to make additional cash purchases.



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  • Don't Just Talk, Communicate!
  • Funding and Planning Parks for the Future
  • Kids Aren’t Pro Athletes
  • Standing the Heat
  • Don't Overreact, but Don't Underreact
  • Inclusion Matters: Making Play a Priority for People of All Ages and Abilities
  • Fitness-Focused Playgrounds: A Stealth-Health Community Wellness Solution

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  • Top Ten Teambuilding Activities
  • Opioid Use Disorders - Developing Operational Knowledge of Opioid Use and Other Addictive Disorders to Improve Programs & Outcomes

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  • Leader as Influencer: Impression Management in the Spotlight
  • Age Friendly Communities
  • Park Pavilions A-Z
  • Developing a Transformative & Multi-Purpose Park
  • Keep Belle Isle Beautiful: How Detroit’s Island Park Is Working to Make Great Impact at the Local Level
  • iKayak – Introducing People with Disabilities to Kayaking
  • Playground Maintenance: Keeping Your Playgrounds Safe and Fun

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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)
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Thursday, January 30

 

  • MNRTF Board Panel
  • Capturing Visitor "First Impressions"" to Improve Outdoor Recreation
  • How to Stay COOL When Things Heat UP!
  • Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Be Intentional: 9 Strategies for Relentlessly Pursuing Success
  • 99 Programs

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  • Growing Engagement: Keep YOUR Talent from Becoming THEIR
  • Our Role in Community Mental Health
  • Human-Centered Design to Enhance Your Programs
  • You Gotta Have Art..In Parks Villa Barr Park Offsite Tour

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  • 2020 DNR Recreation Grant Application Workshop
  • Invasive Species Identification and Management
  • Anger Management & Personal Safety Strategies
  • What Is so Important About an Employee Handbook?
  • How to Talk to Real People In a Virtual World
  • The Strategic Advantage of Putting People First

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The Future Professional Showcase gives 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.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are included in the Full Delegate and Thursday Daily Passes.
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  • You Have a Grant, Now What?
  • Mastering the Millennial Mindset: How to Attract and Retain Emerging Leaders
  • Ethics Beyond Policy - It's Who You Choose to Be
  • Don't Bring Your Cat to the Interview
  • Managing Wildlife Resources
  • Connecting Schools to Nature in your Parks

Visit www.mParks.org/Sessions for a listing of education session descriptions.

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  • Surviving Active Shooter Incidents
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration and Decision-Making
  • CAPRA Visitor and Agency Training

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  • The Silver Tsunami! A Wave of Opportunity
  • Workplace Violence Prevention: De-Escalation Training and Techniques
  • Sustainability in Parks and Recreation
  • Health and Wellness Summit
  • Truck Farm – Brings the Garden to YOU!

Visit www.mParks.org/Sessions for a listing of education session descriptions.

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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 & breakfast is available to those with the Full Delegate, Educational Delegate & Friday Daily Passes.