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REGISTRATION HOURS

Sunday, March 26

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday, March 27

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 28

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

EXHIBIT DECK HOURS

Sunday, March 26

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Set-up

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Opening & Reception

Monday, March 27

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibit Deck Open

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Exhibitor Appreciation Lunch

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Exhibit Deck Reception

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, March 26

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Deck Setup

9:00 am - 11:00 am Board Meeting

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Education Sessions

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Education Sessions

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibit Deck Opening & Reception

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm General Session - PRPS's Game Plan for High Performance

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm District/Vendor All Inclusive Challenge

9:30 pm - 12:00 am Cast Off Social

Monday, March 27

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast (ticketed only)

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration

8:30 am - 10:00 am Welcome & Grand Opening

KEYNOTE: This Would be Funny if it Wasn’t Happening to Me!

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibit Deck Open

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Exhibitor Appreciation Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Past President Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Student Luncheon

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm Port of Call Tour: Greenbelt: Revitalizing the Capital Area

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Education Session

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Refreshment Break

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Education Sessions

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Port of Call Tour: Giant Center Behind the Scences (Limited Space)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Exhibit Deck Farewell Reception

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Exhibit Deck Tear Down

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Casino Night at Sea

9:30 pm Hershey/Hershey Pub Crawl (Limited Space) $

Tuesday, March 28

TBA

Talk a Walk in Hershey

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast (ticketed only)

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration

8:30 am - 9:45 am Education Session

8:30 am - 11:30 am Port of Call: Green Infrastructure Tour of Lancaster

9:45 am - 10:00 am Refreshment Break

10:00 am - 11:15 am Education Session

11:45 am - 1:15 pm Society Luncheon

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Education Session

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm KEYNOTE Show: Handicap This!

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Captain's Formal Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PRPS Awards Banquet

9:30 pm - 12:30 am Sailaway Party

Wednesday, March 29

9:00 am President's Breakfast (ticketed only)

10:15 am - 11:15 am General Session: Embracing the Future of Recreation & Parks in

Pennsylvania

11:15 am - 12:15 pm PRPS Business Meeting

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Welcome to the 2017 PRPS Conference

Come aboard the PRPS Cruise Line for an All Inclusive Adventure. The ship “PRPS”

will set sail from the Hershey Lodge located in the sweetest place on earth, Hershey,

PA on Sunday, March 26th and return to the pier on Wednesday, March 29th.

As your Co-Captains, along with our amazing conference crew, we have prepared

the itinerary for the 70th Annual Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society

Conference. Take some quality time now to read through the cruise guide in your

hands.

As a passenger you will love where we plan to take you. This cruise has been

designed with you in mind. Whether you are a rookie or veteran parks and recreation

professional, a borough or township manager, or student, etc., this voyage will take

you to ports of call where you will have opportunities to learn and earn CEU’s from

top notch speakers in the P&R field who have paid it forward to PRPS.

As you come off the gangway aboard to the ship you will see the Exhibit Deck with

over 100+ companies ready to share and demonstrate their products and services.

Our newly created Interactive Zone will let you have a hands-on experience with the actual equipment you see online or in a

catalog. Our popular SNAP Shot Game will return to the ship with new cruise challenges and enhanced prize values.

While underway we're offering plenty of onboard activities which in our mind are untouched and unmatched in the history of

PRPS.

Do not hesitate to reserve your stateroom at the Hershey Lodge as this awesome cruise is expected to sell out quickly.

Thank you for choosing to sail with PRPS Cruise Line on the “PRPS ship” which will deliver An All Inclusive Adventure. The

difference will be crystal clear as you board the ship for an amazing conference.

2017 Co- Captains

Kate King and Kirk Rakos

Here is a jingle (Love Boat Theme by Jack Jones) so you will always

be thinking about the upcoming PRPS Cruise Line and the All Inclusive

Adventure until we board the ship in March.

PRPS 70th Annual Conference, exciting and new

Come aboard, were expecting you

PRPS, life’s sweetest reward

Let it flow, it floats back to you

PRPS boat soon will be making its maiden run

The PRPS boat promises something for everyone

Set a course for networking and adventure

Your mind on a new Exhibitor’s Interactive Zone

It’s time to learn on a friendly shore’

Yes PRPS….

It’s PRPS

PRPS boat soon will be making its maiden run

The PRPS boat promises something for everyone

Set a course for networking and adventure

Your mind on a new Exhibitor’s Interactive Zone

It’s time to learn on a friendly shore’

It’s PRPS

It’s PRPS

It’s PRPS

It’s the PRPS Boat

It’s the PRPS Boat

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Continuing Education Units

The majority of program sessions have been approved for

.1 CEUs.

To receive CEU credit for attending conference sessions,

have your CEU form initialed by the room host at the end

of each educational session that you attend, then have

your completed CEU form processed at the registration

desk prior to leaving the conference. You will retain a

copy of the form for your records and PRPS will keep a

copy on file for seven years. Please sign the attendance

sheet circulated at each session as well.

Continuing Education Units are awarded by PRPS in

accordance with the International Association for

Continuing Education and Training (IACET) guidelines.

Table of Contents

Conference At a Glance................................ .................3

Message From Co-Chairs..............................................4

Speaker Highlights......................................... ................8

Port of Call Tours..............................................................7

Education Programs

Sunday Sessions...............................................................9

Monday Sessions.............................................................11

Tuesday Sessions.............................................................14

Wednesday Session........................................................17

Night Life............................................................................19

Conference Information...............................................22

Lodging Information.....................................................24

Registration Form...........................................................25

Session Schedule............................................................26

Port of Call Topics

aProfessional Development

aUrban Recreation

aPark Resources

aTrails and Facilities

aAquatics

aProgramming

aSocial Media & Marketing

aInclusion and Accessibility

aDirectors

What You Should Do Now

1. Spend a few minutes with this cruise guide

to become familiar with the sessions and events

offered this year.

2. Register online at www.prps.org

3. Questions? Call PRPS at 814-234-4272 or email

prpsinfo@prps.org.

4. Make your overnight reservation by contacting

Hershey Lodge at 855-729-3108 or online at

https://aws.passkey.com/event/15062499/owner/12056/home.

5. Download the Conference APP in the APP Store

and search for PRPS.

STAY IN THE LOOP

with the PRPS 2017 Conference APP

• download the PRPS App by searching in your

App Store Pennsylvania Recreation & Park

Society or refreshing last years App

• receive session update

• get speaker information

• view session locations

• exhibitor listing

• get social alerts and updates

• receive alerts

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend Our

Conference

1. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITES

We offer over 70 educational sessions on a variety of

topics to fit your professional career.

2. NETWORKING

We provide many opportunities to network. This is

the time to interact with others that you don't know.

Around 400 park and recreation professionals will attend.

Meeting someone new may lead you to a new colleague

or friend who can help you gain knowledge from the best

in the field.

3. MEET THE VENDORS

Our Exhibit Deck is a valued part of the conference.

Vendors come from all over to show you new

technologies and products that can improve your work

place and recreation offerings. Please take some time and

visit every booth.

4. EARN CEUs

Awarded in accordance with the International Association

for Continuing Education and Training Guidelines.

5. SHARE BACK HOME

After attending the conference, you will feel refreshed,

inspired and full of new ideas to take back and share with

your department.

We Appreciate Our Major

Conference Sponsors

The support we receive from our sponsors allows PRPS and the

conference committee to create this amazing conference at a

reasonable cost.

Please show your gratitude and appreciation while at the

conference and especially or particularly throughout the year

when purchasing products or services. Contact our sponsors

first when buying equipment or needing advice.

Presenting Sponsor ($8,000)

General Recreation

DCNR

Title Sponsor ($5,000)

John Deere

George Ely Associates

Supporting Sponsor ($3,000)

Hershey Entertainment

Associate Sponsor ($1,500)

Pannier Graphics

Pashek Associates

Morey's Pier

Nagle Athletics

T & M Associates

Bitting Recreation

PRPS District 3

Conference Co-Chairs

Kirk Rakos

Kate King

Program Committee

Margie Earnest

Beth Grove

Patti Kleban

Julie Saville

Tammy Agesen

Kurt Uhler

Bob Defner

Ann Yost

Thank You Conference Committee

Exhibit Hall

Carolyn Hanel

Karl Lukens

Tom Blomstrom

Ashley O'Neill

Andy Cush

Dave Hutner

Registration

Audrey Logar

Mary Arrigo

Josh Green

Colleen Dominick

Kim Thompson

Local Arrangements

Tony Scheivert

Karen Hegedus

Chuck Stover

Matt Cooper

Socials

Karen Hammond

Carrie Chiusano

Chalet Harris

APP

Rob Lewis

Mike Erno

Publicity

Jessica Cirilo

John Spencer

Banquets

Christine Hartle

Suzanne Guirate

Derek Dureka

Room Hosts

Mark Palerino

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Port of Call Tours

Monday, March 27

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Revitalizing the Capital Area Greenbelt

Fee: $10

Presenter: Mark Wilson, President, Wilson Consulting Group; Mike Krempasky and

Carl Dickson

A tour of the Capital Regional Greenbelt provides participants a view of a hidden

recreation gem in the Capital area. Learn about the history of the Greenbelt,

recent and ongoing upgrades to the trail, plans to extend the trail to Fort Hunter,

partnerships, safety and security improvements, and other trail initiatives. Learn

about the Capital Area Greenbelt Association and its strategic plan for the

Greenbelt. Tour stops will include Wildwood Park, State Hospital/Farm Show, and

Tree Memorial Garden.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Giant Center (Limited space)

Fee: FREE

Ever wondered what goes on in the back rooms of a large (10,500 capacity) venue?

Now is your chance to find out! Come with us on a tour of the Giant Center at

Hershey, a multi-purpose venue which opened in 2002. This facility is home to the

Hershey Bears Hockey Club, and features concerts, sporting events, car shows and

ice shows. Join us and find out “insider” information on this massive facility. Ever

wondered how the floor is changed from a concert venue to an ice arena? You’ll

find out! Go behind the scenes to the locker rooms where the Bears suit up. Find

out how the marquee and scoreboards operate. Check out the swanky “Founders”

Suites to see how the other half lives! And…keep your eyes peeled because who

knows, you might see someone famous!

Tuesday, March 28

8:00 am - 11:30 am

Green Infrastructure Tour of Lancaster City’s Park System

Fee: $10

The tour will focus on Lancaster City parks that have been renovated utilizing

green infrastructure improvements such as porous pavement basketball courts,

porous paver parking areas, bio-swales, porous pavement plazas, rain gardens,

tree plantings, etc. Lancaster was the first community to receive the Sustainable

Pennsylvania Community Certification under the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s

new statewide program. Lancaster has built over 100 green infrastructure projects

designed to reduce stormwater runoff; many of the improvements are located

in their park systems. The city obtained funding from DCNR and leveraged

matching funds from NFWF and PENNVEST to obtain $1.5 million to incorporate

green infrastructure design principles into renovation projects in several of their

parks and other public infrastructure. In so doing they have been able to mitigate

regulatory requirements of the EPA, revitalize neighborhoods, and promote

TESTIMONIAL

"The PRPS Conference is one of the highlights of the year in my professional work. It energizes me to continue in my work in which

I am often challenged to justify the purpose and meaning of the work I do. Plus, the networking and socializing with others in my

profession is very rewarding and downright FUN!"

Lori Kieffer Yeich

PA DCNR

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Speaker Highlights

General Session: Tim Herd

Tim Herd, CPRE, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society.

His professional experience encompasses community, commercial, outdoor, and therapeutic

recreation; environmental education; parks, trails, greenways, and open space management; and

executive leadership in governmental, nonprofit, and corporate settings.

Tim is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, and the author of several books and countless

published articles, features, and serial columns on leadership development, the benefits of parks, and

connecting to nature.

Keynote Speaker: Jody Urquhart

Jody is passionate about spreading the message of the importance of fun and meaningful work. A

motivational speaker for over 16 years, Jody speaks at over 60 organizations and associations every

year, and is a top keynote speaker.

Jody's trademark is to deliver very funny motivational speeches; humor is a key part of her audience

connection. A former stand up comedian, Jody ONLY uses clean humor and original content catered to

the audience. Jody is author of the book All Work & No SAY. Her mission is to help motivate people to

derive more meaning, fun and satisfaction from their work.

Jody is a featured guest speaker for the GE Healthcare Tip-TV program, broadcast in over 2600

healthcare facilities. Her insights and expertise earned her the 2008 Bronze Award in the 29th Annual

Telly Awards for excellence in programming this presentation.

Keynote Speakers: Tim Wamback and Mike

Berkson

Comedic duo Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach tap the power of laughter for an unconventional

evening of storytelling. Their compelling outlook on life will challenge your thinking, wake up your

attitude, and get you ready to tackle any obstacle. Mike and Tim's incredible journey over the past 15

years celebrates the power of friendship and what can happen when you don't quit.

General Session: Andrew Mowen

Dr. Mowen is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn

State. He began his career as Manager of Research and Evaluation for Cleveland Metroparks, a

four-time National Gold Medal Award agency. Dr. Mowen focuses on the importance of local park

and recreation services in addressing a range of local, state, and national priorities. His current work

assesses the impact of park capital renovations on local communities as well as local officials' views

of public park and recreation services. Dr. Mowen was the lead researcher for Pennsylvania's awardwinning

2014-2019 Outdoor Recreation Plan and NRPA's study of Americans' perceptions of local park

and recreation services. He is a member of NRPA's Research Advisory Committee and the U.S. National

Physical Activity Plan Advisory Committee. He enjoys bicycling, paddleboarding, and hiking.

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Educational Sessions - Sunday, March 26

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Breakout 1: Are You SURE They Are Not An

Employees? (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Tricia Richardson, CPP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Partnership

Coordinator, Paytime, Inc.

Know the difference between an Employee and a Contractor!

The difference can be something as small as providing the

worker with a desk to use when they are there. In Fiscal Year

2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) recovered over $246

million in wages for over 240,000 Workers.

We will cover:

• IRS 20 Questions and 3 Control Factors

• National Labor Relations Board 11 Factors

• DOL 6 Factors

• Pennsylvania requirements

• How these can be recognized

• Recordkeeping

Breakout 5: Social Media: the Tried and True and

the New

(.1 CEU)

Presenters: Phileshia Dombroski, Instructor, Recreation

Management, Lock Haven University; Bre Reynolds, Assistant

Director of Admissions, Lock Haven University; Spencer

McLaughin, Senior in Recreation Management; Lock Haven

University

Are you interested in creating a plan to employ effective

social media strategies for your agency? Join us to discover

techniques and approaches for recruitment, retention,

communication, promotion and engagement from three

generations of social media specialists that have collectively

managed 40+ pages, groups and accounts online. We’ll focus

on how agencies can incorporate the big three social media

platforms - Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter - and have a savvy

student panel present features and opportunities of additional

platforms.

Breakout 2: Friends Group 101 (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Marci Mowery, President, Pennsylvania Parks and

Forests Foundation

Thinking about friends group but were uncertain about how

to go about forming one? This session will explore the benefits

of a friends group, tips for getting one started, and information

needed to function legally in Pennsylvania. Available resources

will be shared and friends group leaders will talk about their

experiences.

Breakout 3: It’s Only a Game… Unless You Make it

More

(.1 CEU)

Presenter: Chris Ortiz, Director of Team Development Center,

Shaver’s Creek at Penn State University

When someone is captivated in play, we have an opportunity

to focus their attention on simple, profound life lessons

demonstrated in our game play. During this workshop we

will play some favorite games, and, with simple framing or

metaphoric connection, we can turn a game into something

more. Come to this workshop prepared to play, be creative and

discover.

Breakout 4: Know Your Audience--Foundations of

Positive Youth Development (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Eileen Wise, Youth Development Specialist and

Curriculum Author, Penn State Better Kid Care

This interactive session will explore the five foundational skills

front-line staff need to be effective in promoting positive youth

development: Child and Youth Growth and Development;

Youth-Adult Interactions; Cultural Competency; Safety &

Wellness; and Youth Engagement.

Breakout 6: The Power of Parks (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Meg Cheever, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Parks

Conservancy

How is the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy mobilizing and

inspiring a community to care about its parks?

Over two decades, the Conservancy has developed a

strong tool kit comprising scientific research, targeted

outreach, diverse partnerships, impactful projects, adaptive

management, and innovative programs to address the physical,

social, environmental, and economic challenges facing both

legacy and new parks. Discover how the non-profit civic

partnership pursues its mission of restoring parks to excellence

and its vision of fostering wide appreciation and enjoyment.

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout 7: Campers Living with Dementia ??

Learn Successful Interactions for “Quality in the

Moment” Experiences (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Carrie Chiusano, Executive Director, Dementia Care

Center of Excellence, Presbyterian SeniorCare

Seniors are more active than ever these days! They fish, hike

and camp with friends and family. How difficult is it to interact

with someone living with dementia? If they walk away from

the campsite and get lost….how are you going to assist with a

safe return? This session will help participants understand and

recognize signs and symptoms of dementia. The presenter will

offer techniques to better communicate with such individuals

as well as redirect in difficult situations.

TESTIMONIAL

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Educational Sessions - Sunday, March 26

Breakout 8: Conservation Heritage (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Marci Mowery, President, Pennsylvania Parks and

Forests Foundation; Brenda Barrett, Co-Chair, Pennsylvania

Conservation Heritage Project

This workshop focuses on the Conservation Heritage Project,

a multi-agency and organization effort to document the

rich conservation heritage of Pennsylvania. Participants will

be introduced to the tools that have been developed—oral

histories, documentaries, bibliographies, and more—that can

be incorporated into recreational programming. Participants

will also have an opportunity to inform the website and assist

in developing actions that can be taken at their facility.

Breakout 9: Don’t Kill Your Trees! Proper

Maintenance is Key! (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Bill Rosevear, Retired Park Operations Manager,

DCNR, PA State Parks

Join Maintenance Management School Instructor and

Former Park Operations Manager Bill Rosevear to discuss

Tree Maintenance and the proper methods to care for these

valuable assets to your facility.

Breakout 10: Making Connections and Building

Community

(.1 CEU)

Presenter: Chris Ortiz, Director of Team Development Center,

Shaver’s Creek at Penn State University

Community doesn’t happen by accident; it has to be created by

staff and program directors. In this session, we will participate

in some of the best experiential activities that focus on building

relationships and developing social and emotional skills that

are the cornerstone of an open and accepting community. I will

share activities that will help participants create connections

and form a strong learning community.

Breakout 11 Safe Use of Essential Oils for Stress

Reduction

(.1 CEU)

Presenter: Ninette Jackson, Clinical Aromatherapist, Josiah’s Oils

LLC

Learn how to utilize essential oils for relaxation and to assist

with common stress-related concerns such as headaches,

anxiety, overeating, etc. Experience using different oils

through engaging the sense techniques. Learn key safety

issues associated with oils including which oils are considered

blood thinners or irritants. Engage in diffusing essential oils

to encourage confidence, reduce stress, and enhance one's

memory and focus.

Breakout 12: Transformation of Washington

Crossing Historic Park (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Ann M. Toole, CPRP, Parks and Recreation Planner,

Toole Recreation Planning; Tavis Dockwiller, RLA, Registered

Lanscape Architect, Viridian Landscape Studio; Joseph Capone,

Executive Director, Friends of Washington Crossing State Park;

George Calaba, Park Manager, DCNR

What happens when a state park honoring one of the ten most

historic events in America is nearly closed? Learn about the

transformation of this important park from its perceived closure

into a lively destination for people as far-ranging as those who

walk to it to those who travel here from foreign lands. Find out

how beautiful design and ecological planning, community

engagement, superb management, premier customer service,

and compelling programming all matter is creating an

environmentally and financially sustainable park.

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

General Session: PRPS’s Game Plan for High Performance (.1 CEU)

Presenter: CEO Tim Herd, CPRE

Many membership associations, PRPS included, are in a renewed quest for relevance as they

seek to meet their mission and members’ needs in a very different environment from just 20

years ago.

Professionals expect value for their investment. Members are busy, constraining their ability to

be involved, and have diverse expectations and needs. Opportunities for service, time, attention

and resources compete. Technologies provide innumerable alternatives and immediate access

to products and services outside the association. How does PRPS plan to up its game in today’s

reality?

In this “State of the Association” address, Tim reports on the special training undertaken by the

Board of Directors and some of the recent changes to PRPS governance. Hear how each of the Districts and Branches and

other important initiatives add value and impact. How do we, both as a Society and as professionals, deepen our capacity and

enhance our leadership? Learn how PRPS is intentionally strengthening its position for leading-edge growth and statewide

influence for the entire profession.

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Educational Sessions - Monday, March 27

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Keynote: This Would be Funny if it Wasn’t Happening to Me! (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Jody Urquhart, I Do Inspire

Sometimes life just gets in the way. Do you ever think, “Why can’t things just go the way I want for

a change?” or “Why can’t people just leave me alone?” This hilarious and provocative presentation

shows parks and recreation professionals how to face your stress instead of running and hiding.

Embrace challenging situations and people with new ideas, innovation and conviction.

This compelling motivational speech will increase your comfort and confidence in the face of

stress and change. Explore how the only way out is through and that it can actually be fun to

embrace life challenges. Learn to do more with less and love it. Embrace the chaos of change with

conviction and vitality.

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Port of Call Tour: Revitalizing the Capital Area

Greenbelt

Presenter: Mark Wilson, President, Wilson Consulting Group

A tour of the Capital Regional Greenbelt will provide

participants a view of a hidden recreation gem in the Capital

area. Learn about the history of the Greenbelt, recent and

ongoing upgrades to the trail, plans to extend the trail to Fort

Hunter, partnerships, safety and security improvements, and

other trail initiatives. Learn about the Capital Area Greenbelt

Association and their strategic plan for the Greenbelt. Tour

stops will include Wildwood Park, State Hospital/Farm Show,

and Tree Memorial Garden.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Breakout 13: Follow Me I’m Right Behind You

(.1 CEU)

Presenter: Jody Urquhart, I Do Inspire

The key to successful parks and recreation leadership today

is influence, not authority. With today's rapidly evolving

workplace, strong leaders must work harder than ever to

influence and engage others, especially younger, seasonal staff.

Great leaders consistently ignite the fires of hope in others.

Daily they muster the nerve to serve in a complex and

challenging environment. Park and Recreation leaders today

need tools to influence, energize and engage staff members

and keep their own fires of hope burning. Through humor,

insight and inspiration, Follow Me I'm Right Behind You

provides a lively, interactive look at how to inspire a spirited

and resilient workforce that stays focused and productive.

Breakout 14: Identifying and Removing Barriers

to Participating in Outdoor Recreation (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Chris Kemmerer, Education & Interpretation Section

Chief, Pennsylvania State Parks; Marci Mowery, President,

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

In 2014, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests

Foundation hosted a summit to explore

why people may not participate in outdoor

recreation. Based on feedback from the

participants we developed a barriers

checklist—a simple form for assessing various

aspects of a program or facility to identify simple tweaks that

can be made to make the program/facility more appealing to

a wider array of people. This is a hands-on workshop—bring

marketing materials, brochures, etc. for review.

Breakout 15: Day Camp Directing: Dynamics,

Delivery, and Dilemmas (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Phileshia “Phil” Dombroski, Instructor of Recreation

Management, Lock Haven University; Michael B. McElhinney,

Director of Camping Services, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, Camp

Kresge

Whether you’re starting a day camp in your community or

have several seasons under your belt, join us for an informative

yet storied session on staff training requisites, scheduling

challenges, outcomes and evaluative techniques specific to

day camps. With experience as accreditors for the American

Camp Association, and over 30 combined years as professionals

in organized camping, Mike and Phil will examine day camp

philosophies, share resources, and tackle not just closing the

loop to meet program goals, but connecting all operations into

your camp’s mission.

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Educational Sessions - Monday, March 27

Breakout 16: Great Lifeguards Aren’t Built in a

Day (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Christopher Biswick, Aquatics Supervisor, Township of

Upper St. Clair

Having great lifeguards is a pool manager’s dream. If you want

to make this dream a reality or keep this dream going, this

session is for you! In order to have successful staff you must first

hire the right people, and then give them the tools for the job.

Ongoing training is the key to ensure that lifeguards are able to

perform in emergency situations. This session will cover ways to

efficiently recruit, train, and evaluate your lifeguards and your

facility to ensure top performance in an emergency situation.

Breakout 17: Prepare for Tomorrow’s Work Force

Today (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Cindy Phillips, Executive Director; Kirk Rakos, CTRS,

Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor; Debra Brockman, VP Human

Resources; Masonic Villages

Retirement, professional advancement, health issues, life

changes, etc. are all reasons why key positions need to be filled

at any given moment in time. Have organizations positioned

themselves for the next key contributor to step in to lead or

will they be reacting to the announcement with no plan? Join

an interactive session to exchange ideas on how to ensure,

develop, and implement a plan of knowledge transfer for

potential successors.

Breakout 18: What is Volkssporting...(.1 CEU)

Presenters: Joan Lampart, President, Keystone State Volkssport

Association; David Brown, President, Liberty Bell Wanderers

Invite walkers and non-walkers to join in this non competitive

sport talk about the rules and affliation with American

Volkssport Association.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Port of Call Tour: Giant Center Behind the Scenes

(Limited Space)

Breakout 19: Evaluating Your Capital Project with

the Park Renovation Assessment Tool (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Andrew Mowen, Professor; Austin Barrett, PhD

Student; Lauren Mullenbach, PhD Student; The Pennsylvania

State University; Tyler Semder, Recreation and Conservation

Advisor, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

The 2014-2019 Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan found

local officials believed communities should maintain existing

parks over other funding needs. Therefore, convincing officials

to fix existing facilities or develop new ones can be a challenge.

To justify the need for park capital (i.e., renovation) funds,

professionals need to be able to measure the value these

projects provide. These assessments can then be provided to

local decision-makers as evidence of a renovation’s impact

on the community. A tool has been designed for recreation

professionals to measure the broader impact of their capital

projects. Data collected using this tool (in Pennsylvania and

Texas) will be presented to demonstrate the tool’s potential.

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Breakout 20: Green Infrastructure – Turning

Community Park and Trail Systems into

Sustainable, Multi-Functional and Valuable

Community Assets

(.1 CEU)

Presenters: Lori Yeich, Recreation and Conservation Manager,

DCNR; Claire Maulhardt, P.L.A., City Beautiful H2O Program

Manager, Capital Region Water; Kelly Gutshall, R.L.A., President,

Land Studies; Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., Stormwater Program

Manager, City of Lancaster

This session will provide case studies of municipalities that

have successfully incorporated green infrastructure into their

community park and trail systems to mitigate storm water

challenges and regulations; revitalize their communities;

reduce maintenance costs, and create recreational

opportunities to meet the needs of a wide range of interests

and abilities. Participants will learn how to integrate green

infrastructure into their park projects and how to potentially

receive “credit” for them as part of their MS4 requirements.

They will also learn about potential funding sources available

to plan and develop green infrastructure projects and how to

leverage funding sources from various agencies.

Breakout 21: How Will Generation Z Change The

Workplace? (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Tricia Richardson, CPP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Partnership

Coordinator, Paytime, Inc.

As if four generations in the workforce were not enough, here

comes “Gen Z”. Employee management can already be like

planning a picnic for 100 people with food allergies, restricted

diets and interesting personalities. “Traditionalist” will become

quickly irritated by everyone’s use of cell phones. “Baby

Boomer” may have to leave early to catch up on work from

the office. “Gen X” will argue about politics. “Millennial” will

insist that the leftovers be taken to a homeless shelter. Over

in the corner is “Gen Z”. What happens when this one joins the

festivities?

Breakout 22: Hands-On Inclusive Play Workshop

(.1 CEU)

Presenter: Missy Benson, Play Advocate, Playworld; Ian Proud,

Market Reseach & Inclusive Play Manager, Playworld

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to provide

inclusion on playgrounds. Participants will design a play area

using inclusive play principles that can then be applied to both

existing and proposed play areas of any size and type including

nature play areas.


Educational Sessions - Monday, March 27

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Breakout 23: Intergenerational Networking –

MEET THE PRPS PRESIDENTS! (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Patricia Kleban, Senior Instructor, Pennsylvania State

Parks

They say that with age comes wisdom! Join the past

Presidents of PRPS as they share their wisdom, career

advice and perspectives on our exciting field. Join us in this

speed networking session designed to introduce emerging

professionals to the leaders of PRPS and to facilitate networking

and career support for our new colleagues!

Breakout 24: Train Wrecks and Dumpster Fires—

Handling Aquatic Challenges (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Todd Roth, Aquatics Supervisor, Centre Region Parks &

Recreation

With some disasters you just can’t look away! Bring your worst

horror stories to share and discuss. During this session, we will

examine and debate our operational horror stories – everything

from facilities and patrons to policies and staffing. We will

also discuss best practices for solutions to each of the shared

disasters (understanding that hindsight is 20/20!).

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Educational Sessions - Tuesday, March 28

8:00 am - 11:30 am

Port of Call Tour: Green Infrastructure Tour of

Lancaster City's Park System

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Breakout 25: How to Build and Grow a Successful

Farmers Market (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Brian Moyer, Program Assistant, Penn State Extension

Service; Linda Reid, Event Coordinator, Perkasie Parks and

Recreation

Many Parks and Recreation Departments either run a Farmers

Market, or are considering doing so. Farmers Markets can

support healthy communities, stimulate local economies,

increase access to nutritious food, preserve farmland, and

promote sustainability, but only if you do it right! Brian Moyer

of the Penn State Extension Service Ag Marketing Team will

present key factors you should consider, and a useful toolkit

that you can use to decide the feasibility of a new Farmers

Market, or to enhance your community’s existing Farmers

Market. Brian will also share best practices in market mission,

management, marketing and community engagement.

Linda Reid, Event Coordinator for Perkasie, will share how

Perkasie Parks and Recreation has used these best practices

to grow a successful, award-winning Farmers Market and how

the market has, in part, helped the Department become a key

community service, and an integral part of the Borough’s wider

economic redevelopment initiative.

Whether you run an existing Farmers Market, or are considering

a new market, this presentation will set you up for success.

Breakout 26: Not a Playground and More Than

Just a Walk in the Woods – The Evolution of a

Sensory Trail (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Judith Stern Goldstein, ASLA, R.L.A., Managing

Director, Boucher & James, Inc.; Karen A. Sweeney, CPRP, CPSI,

CPP, Director of Parks and Recreation, Doylestown Township; Ian

Proud, Playworld Systems

How many senses are there? Are you sure? In this session, you

will be introduced to the eight senses and how they can be

incorporated into park design. Learn how one community

undertook a project to create a “sensory trail” and how that

project evolved into a whole new endeavor that questioned

the greater reality of what, indeed a “sensory trail” can be,

and how they formed new partnerships that resulted in a

collaborative, creative, and functional solution.

Breakout 27: Getting the Most out of Your Act 13

Dollars (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Gary Pinkerton, Director, Butler County Parks and

Recreation Department

Learn how Butler County has used Act 13 funds to undertake

major renovation and development projects within Alameda

Park, which includes a $1.3 million renovation/development

project of Alameda Park Swimming Pool as well as the

development of a $300,000 composting restroom. Hear how

Butler County provides grant opportunities to all municipalities

within the county using Act 13 funding.

Breakout 28: Seriously Great Urban Recreation

Trends! (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Ann Toole, CPRP, Parks and Recreation Planner, Toole

Recreation Planning

Urban parks and recreation have the power to impact a range

of public issues from health, education, livability and social

cohesion, to economic development and urban resilience.

Successful cities nationwide have become renowned as

visionaries and innovators willing to experiment and try new

approaches applying creative solutions to many common

issues facing parks and recreation systems. Come to this session

to learn about innovative things underway in cities across the

country and put them to work in your own department.

Breakout 29: Stewardship Challenges in

Managing Parks and Natural Areas (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Andrew Gilchrist, Regional Advisor, DCNR; Jean Lynch,

Regional Advisor, DCNR

Good stewardship of our parks and natural areas promotes

ecological services, attracts wildlife and makes attractive

places to enjoy and recreate. This session will review major

resource management challenges of parks and highlight best

management practices to address them and demonstrate

DCNR’s Mowing Calculator to show you ways to save money.

Breakout 30: Taps and High Fives – Creating a

Culture of Celebration within Your Organization

(.1 CEU)

Presenter: Bill Salvatore, Leadership and Organizational

Development Manager, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

If we truly want to fully engage our staff and participants, our

organizations need to bring energy, enthusiasm and positivity

to meetings, trainings, programs and community engagement.

This session will breifly explore the need for connectedness

and celebration within your organization and community and

provide some useful techniques to celebrate. The session

will feature a lot of interaction in which participants will be

encouraged to get involved in the culture of celebration!

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Educational Sessions - Tuesday, March 28

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Breakout 31: Professional Development for your

Outreach and Education Staff (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Chris Kemmerer, Education & Interpretation Section

Chief, Pennsylvania State Parks

Pennsylvania State Parks offers a wide range of

professional development opportunities aimed

at park professionals who want to educate their

visitors about the natural world. Whether you’re

interested in birds, plants, water, or mammals,

- learn what opportunities are available and participate in

sample activities that you then can take back to your site!

Breakout 32: Brownfields to Playfields - Wow,

They’re Building a Park THERE? (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Richard Bogart, Recreation and Conservation Advisor,

PA DCNR, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation; Kim Hoover,

Program Development Manager, Bureau of Environmental

Cleanup & Brownfields, PA Department of Environmental

Protection

Pennsylvania’s award-winning Statewide Comprehensive

Outdoor Recreation Plan includes an Action Step to: “Restore

and repurpose brownfields, abandoned mine lands and other

damaged lands for recreation and conservation purposes

through at least five pilot projects.”

PA DCNR, PA DEP, and PA DCED formed an interagency

‘Brownfields to Playfields’ committee to identify potential pilot

sites around the Pennsylvania to showcase the possibilities

of repurposing what many consider to be wastelands into

recreational and community gathering spaces.

The initial pilot project selection criteria and an overview of the

sites that were chosen will be presented. Grant opportunities

available from the participating agencies and the steps they are

taking to leverage grant funding from various sources will be

discussed.

Breakout 33: Compliance With The NEW DOL

Overtime Rules (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Tricia Richardson, CPP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Partnership

Coordinator, Paytime, Inc.

Make sure you are compliant with the new Department of

Labor (DOL) Regulatory Rulings about Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

Employees.

• What are the new rulings?

• How could these affect you?

• What is the impact to Non-Profits?

• Are there any exemptions?

Even though the “Duties Test” for Employees that can be

Exempt did not change, now is a good time to review these.

We will discuss this important piece of the puzzle as well as

provide practical advice and guidance.

Breakout 34: Staying off Cruise Control and

Keeping the Adventure in Your Career (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Cindy Dunlap, CPRP, Chief Community Parks

and Recreation Section, DCNR, Bureau of Recreation and

Conservation; Herb Dolaway, Councilman, Borough of

Chambersburg; Karen Franck, CPRP, Director, Plymouth

Township Parks and Recreation; John Hoover, CPRP, Recreation

Consultant, KMS Design Group; Judy Houck, CPRP, Director Parks,

Recreation and Public Facilities, Spring Township; Sue Landes,

CPRE, Executive Director, Lancaster Recreation Commission;

Gary Pinkerton, Director, Butler County Parks and Recreation;

Jim Watenpool, CPRP, Recreation and Park Consultant; Doug

Wendell, Director, Abington Township Park and Recreation; Ron

Woodhead, CPRP, CPSI, Retired Recreation and Park Professional

Have you ever felt stale and unfulfilled in your job? Do you

question whether you are still in the right profession? Well,

we have all worn a pair of those uncomfortable shoes. We

hope to help you stay positive and engaged, while providing

a needed push when you run out of steam and need to

recharge in order to keep the work of your agency fresh and

exciting. This panel of seasoned professionals will share some

experiences and wisdom that have helped them and their staffs

to maintain enthusiasm and energy throughout their careers

and into retirement. Come learn more about how you can be

part of the DCNR Peer-to-Peer program and other consulting

opportunities, as a means to professional enrichment.

Breakout 35: Nature Play + Natural Themes and

Other Ways to Encourage Play! (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Missy Benson, Play Advocate, Playworld; Ian Proud,

Market Reseach & Inclusive Play Manager, Playworld

Come explore a variety of nature play themes and solutions

with an interactive discussion of the current status of nature

play. Let’s examine how communities are responding and how

maintenance is performed.

Breakout 36: Bringing the Wilderness to All Parks

(Urban too!) (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Brian Malcarne, Assistant Professor, York College of

Pennsylvania; Julie Saville, Professor, York College of Pennsylvania

Participants will learn benefits and techniques for bringing

the wilderness to their parks through the use of primitive

wilderness skill projects. Program ideas will be discussed for a

range of parks - urban, suburban and rural settings. Program

ideas will be adaptable to department’s natural resources, staff,

time, and finances. Benefits of wilderness skill building for

children will be discussed in detail. Participants will learn a new

wilderness skill during the session!

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Educational Sessions - Tuesday, March 28

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout 37: 44,000 sq/ft to 100,000 sq/ft in 14

yrs! (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Karen Mailen, Executive Director, Lititz recCenter

73 years strong, the third facility, and 8000 members! The

mission of the Lititz recCenter is to enrich the lives of the

community by providing exceptional programs and facilities

that promote the participation of individuals, families,

businesses, and groups from all backgrounds. How can you

grow your facilities, programs, and participation? Stop in and

learn, secrets and ask questions.

Breakout 38: Eagle Scouts and Gold Awards: How

Partnering with Scouts can Benefit You! (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Matthew S. Adams, Scout Executive, Pennsylvania

Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America; Ellen Kyzer, President and

CEO, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA

Learn how Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects work, how

your organization can benefit, and how to promote the needs

of your facility.

Breakout 39: Inclusion 101 for Managers (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Patricia Kleban, Senior Instructor, Penn State

University

Most managers understand the importance of accessible

facilities and programs for diverse populations, but how do we

put that knowledge into practice? This session will focus on

simple practices and policies that will help you create a climate

of inclusion that is shown not only in the decisions of your staff

but in your policy manuals and other management practices.

Learn how to develop an action plan for maximizing inclusion

in your facility or program.

Breakout 40: Park Master Plans (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Ann Yost, President, YSM Landscape Architects; Lori

Yeich, Recreation and Conservation Manager, PA DCNR; Chuck

Strodoski, RLA, YSM Landscape Architects

The session will explore the importance and benefits of

developing a master plan for your public park site. The planning

process will be defined, various strategies for involving

citizens will be discussed, examples of positive outcomes of

master planning will be shared, and common pitfalls of the

undertaking will be noted. The roles of the municipality, PA

DCNR, and consultant will be defined. The session will address

new park sites as well as existing parks that may already have

a master plan or have been developed over time without the

benefit of a guiding document.

Breakout 41: Step Outdoors Tioga County – A

Partnership Success (.1 CEU)

Presenters: Tim Morey, Natural Resource Specialist, DCNR,

PA State Parks; Pete Herres, Director, Wellsboro Parks and

Recreation

By working together with local, state and federal agencies,

glued together by a non-profit health organization, and

engaging other local partners, the Step Outdoors Network

continues to engage new audiences, cross-promote, avoid

wasted effort in duplication of services, and provide a better

community for our county and beyond. Hear about our

partnership success and how you can apply it to your own

community.

Breakout 42: State Employment Process (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Christy Haertsch, Section Supervior, Organization

Management and Staffing Services Division, Bureau of Human

Resources, DCNR

Will discuss employment opportunities at DCNR and review the

Civil Service employment process.

Keynote Show: Handicap This! (.2 CEU)

Presenter: Tim Wambach, and Mike Berkson, Handicap This!

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Handicap This! is a program that breaks down barriers using a unique blend of education,

comedy, and awareness.

In 70 minutes you will be transformed with an overall understanding on what life is like with a

disability. Our goal is that you will no longer see a wheelchair or a disability, but you will see an

individual who happens to have a disability or use a wheelchair.

We will take you on a journey of acceptance and inclusion in a way that will be entertaining,

thought-provoking, and move you to take action.

Our presentation of the motto, Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome, will help you meet any challenge brought before you. We will

weave stories of these principles to help you will see how this directly applies to your life.

Our objective is to educate, empower, and entertain you in a way that will inspire you to do more with what you do have.

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Wednesday, March 29

10:15 am - 11:15 am

General Session: Embracing the Future of Parks

and Recreation in Pennsylvania (.1 CEU)

Presenter: Andrew Mowen, Professor, Recreation, Park and

Tourism Management, The

Pennsylvania State University

Rapid societal, technological,

and economic changes are

assumed to affect the delivery

of recreation park and parks

in the coming decade. What

are these changes and which

are most likely to have longlasting

implications for local

recreation and park services

in Pennsylvania? Come to this

session to learn about these

trends and discuss strategies

for meeting the future head-on.


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Night Life on the SHIP

Sunday Night Cast Off Social!!

Be sure to get to the ship in time for an evening of

The Must-Try District/Vendor All Inclusive Challenges!

Teams of each District and the Vendors will travel to

each station to compete in Miniature Golf, The Limbo,

Lime in `De Coconut, and The Ports of Call Trivia

games. Wait until you see what the Grand Prize will

be!

Don’t hit your berth yet, as you will be treated to the

incredible dance tunes with the area’s best cover

band, “Cheap Sneakers”!! Ric LeBlanc and the gang

will have you up on your feet dancing to some of

your favorite tunes. As usual, this ship only provides

first rate entertainment, and there is no

better way to start your cruise!!

Monday Night Ship of Change Socials!

Your Dining Room will float right into the Casino at Sea, treating

you to an exclusive evening of spectacular food stations and

more money than you could possibly need for Blackjack, Roulette,

the D1 Poker Tournament and more! Will you qualify for

the Player’s Club? Will you be one of the lucky passengers to win

some outrageous prizes? Make sure that you are on board for

this journey!

Skip down the Gangplank, hop onto the Tender, and Sail Windward

into Port Harrisburg /Hershey for an excursion of libations

and fellowship! There will be several stops and opportunities for

you to experience the nightlife on land. You can register for this

expedition on your registration form…(for an extra fee)

stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday’s Red Carpet Nautical Night!

Dress your best to begin the evening with the

Captain’s Formal Reception full of sweet music,

luscious hors d’oeuvres, and time to spend with your

new friends and shipmates. Then you will walk the

Red Carpet into the ship’s formal dining room to have

one more incredible meal prepared in the amazing

Hershey Convention Center galley.

After dinner, it is time to get out of your formal attire

and come back for the Sailaway Party with some

great laughs brought to you by the OxyMorons

Improv Group! They will keep you in stitches for a

good hour, and then warm up your pipes as the

Captain leads off a rousing session of Karaoke and

music to bring a magical end to your wonderful

cruise.

Once again, PRPS Cruise Lines and Hershey Conference Center will partner for another Award Winning adventure on the High

Seas! Your evenings will be filled with many entertainment options unlike any other cruise, so don’t go back to your stateroom

too soon. Make sure that you bring your formal attire for the Captain’s Red Carpet Dinner!

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Exhibitors as of 12/1/16

Anchor Audio

Bitting Recreation

Blue Mountain Resort

Diggerland USA

Discount Playground Supply

Environmental Planning & Design

Gametime Park & Playground

Equipment

General Recreation

George Ely

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.

Hersheypark

Jeffrey Associates

John Deere

Keystone Purchasing Network

Labor & Industry/Bureau of Workers'

Compensation- Health & Safety

Division

Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.

Mateflex

MyRec.com

Nagle Athletic Surfaces

Old Castle Precast

Sesame Place

Six Flags Great Adventure

Treatment Specialties/Mer-Made Filter

Turf, Track & Court, LLC

United States Tennis Association Middle

States

Vermont Systems, Inc.

Vortex Aquatic Structures INTL

Wilson Bohannan Padlock Company

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Conference Information

Full Conference Registration

Registration includes all meals, name badge, program book,

educational sessions, exhibit hall admission, socials, coffee and

refreshment breaks.

Student Full Conference

Registration includes Monday lunch, Monday dinner and Tuesday

lunch, name badge, program book, educational sessions, exhibit

hall admission, socials, coffee and refreshment breaks.

Daily and Student Registration

Registration includes lunch for the day (except on Sunday), name

badge, program book, educational sessions, exhibit hall admission,

socials, coffee and refreshment breaks.

Special Needs

PRPS will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons

with special needs. Please help us to help you by completing the

special needs section on the online registration form.

Registration Hours

The registration area will be in the main lobby entrance to the

Exhibit Hall and will be open the following days and times:

Sunday, March 26: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Monday, March 27: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday, March 28: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

What You Should Bring Along

aCasual clothes, dress clothes/formal attire for Tuesday Awards

Banquet

aSwimsuit, athletic wear

aBrochures and program information to share

aBusiness cards

aNotebook or portfolio for note-taking at sessions

aReusable water bottle

aLabels for pool prize tickets

aPhone, laptop, charger

Attention Students

Student Scholarships

The Larry G. Williamson, Robert Crawford Memorial, Delores

Andy, Buzz D. Tyson, and John H. Jones Memorial Scholarships

are generously contributed funds allowing six students to attend

the conference free of charge. To download applications go to

www.prps.org. The filing deadline is February 12, 2017.

Room Hosts

If you are interested in Room Hosting, contact Mark Palerino,

Room Host Committee Chair at 570-366-1190 or email

Mpalerino@bluemountainrec.com. When you register, please

select the room host box. The Room Host Chair will contact you

to confirm your selection and provide simple instructions.

Here are a few of the Room Host Responsibilites:

• Pick up room host packet and review contents

• Report to assigned session room, greet speaker, review AV

• Introduce speaker and make any other announcements

• Post session signs

• Monitor any late arrivals

• Assist speaker as needed

• Thank speaker and give them their speaker gift

• Collect evaluations

• Returen host packet

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Conference Information

The Exhibit Hall includes approximately 80 commercial and

educational exhibits. The cost for a commercial 8’ x 10’ booth

is $675 member and $800 non-member. If you are interested

in exhibiting, please contact the PRPS office at 814-234-4272 or

email prpsinfo@prps.org.

SNAPSHOT is back!!!!

The PRPS Snapshot Game is part of the APP!

When the level of vendor interaction increased at the last year’s

conference, did you find yourself asking, “Why are all these Park

and Recreation Professionals running around the Exhibit Hall

taking pictures of my competitor’s booth and products?” Do you

feel you missed out on the opportunity to join in on the fun and

interact with those conference attendees? Well, we are giving

you another “shot”….

Here’s how it works

Attendees take pictures of “specific” things, called CHALLENGES.

These challenges generate interaction between attendees as

they find people, places, and things around the conference to

photograph. The goal is to earn points and complete all the

CHALLENGES to achieve a specific BADGE. But where do our

Vendors and Exhibitors come in? There is a dedicated BADGE

just for the EXHIBIT HALL and last year there were over 35

CHALLENGES in the Exhibit Hall alone!

How can you participate?

It’s simple, be a BADGE sponsor and commit a prize valued

at $250 and get 3 customized CHALLENGES and 2 push

notifications, or you can be an individual CHALLENGE sponsor

and commit to a prize valued at $100 and get one customized

CHALLENGE. (Push notifications are text messages that post to

all conference app user’s devices.)

What people were saying about SNAPSHOT last year

“Vendors enjoyed helping us complete the challenges, and we

still saw what they had to offer, plus they learned more about us

than they ever would have before!”

“Overheard vendor say he received more traffic in first two hours

than all of Lancaster”

“Thought it was the best idea on getting people into the vending

area ever”

“Excellent activity in the exhibit hall.”

Don’t miss out on this interactive opportunity to bring conference

attendees to your booth!!

Contact Conference APP Specialist Rob Lewis @

rlewis@wyomissingboro.org and he will call you to discuss the

details and get you signed up for this today!

Past Presidents’ Luncheon

The annual Past Presidents’ Luncheon will be held on Monday,

March 27, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. All PRPS past presidents,

honorary members, retired members, and their spouses are

invited for the luncheon. Contact the PRPS office for more

information and to make a reservation.

Student Luncheon

Monday, March 27, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm with PRPS District

and Branch Presidents.

Society Luncheon

Tuesday, March 28, from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. Student awards

and the Green Park Award will be presented at this time.

Captain's Formal Reception

The Awards Reception will be held Tuesday, March 28, from 6:00

pm to 7:00 pm.

PRPS Annual Awards Banquet

The Awards Banquet will be held Tuesday, March 28 from 7:00

PM to 9:00 PM. Annual Society award winners will be honored

during the banquet.

Community Branch Raffle-Prize Pool

The Community Branch is once again organizing the ever-popular

"PRPS Prize Pool". We are asking you to be generous again with

donations for the PRPS Community Branch silent auction prize

pool area. In the past we have auctioned show tickets, overnight

accommodations at area resorts or hotels, clothing, autographed

sports items, department or area baskets and business vendor

items - this is a great way for businesses to get advertisement

at the conference. The committee asks that prize baskets have

a minimum value of $35.00. Other prize pool donations may be

combined to create packages.

Thank You to all of you for your support in past Prize Pools!

If you are willing and able to help in our mission, please contact:

Becky Slick rslick@manheimtownship.org.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If a cancellation is made in writing to PRPS more than 30 days

prior to the start of the conference, the registration fee less a

$25 service charge per person will be refunded. If a cancellation

is received by PRPS less than 30 days prior to the start of the

conference, a “credit” will be issued upon request, redeemable

as a registration fee toward a future PRPS seminar. No-shows will

be charged the full rate. If a scheduled presenter is not available

due to unforeseen circumstances, PRPS reserves the right to

schedule another presenter of equal ability and expertise.

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Lodging

Hershey Lodge is located in the heart of Hershey, PA. A

short distance from Lancaster and Harrisburg. Hershey,

PA offers various opportunities for travel, food, and hotel

accommodations. It can also be accessed via air utilizing

the Harrisburg International Airport, approximately 20

minutes from the Hershey Lodge.

Book Your Hotel Room

For the PRPS Conference, hotel room rates at the Hershey

Lodge and Convention Center are on a "European Plan" and

include no meals. Rates are $165.00 per room per night

plus 6% PA state occupancy tax and 5% local tax for a total

of 11%. You can make your reservation online by going to

https://resweb.passkey.com/go/PARecandPark2017 or

call 855-729-3108 and ask for the room block for the PA

Recreation & Park Society at the Hershey Lodge, March

26-29, 2017. Rooms must be reserved 60 days prior to

the conference. For more information on the hotel and its

amenities, visit www.hersheylodge.com. Check in time is

after 4:00 pm and check out time is 11:00 am.

Location

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

PO Box 446

West Chocolate Avenue and University Drive

Hershey, PA 17033

www.hersheylodge.com

YOUR GOALS. OUR MISSION.

landscape architecture,

recreation and

sports engineering solutions

bethlehem | fairless hills | lancaster | philadelphia

tandmassociates.com | 844.614.4177

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PRPS Conference Registration Form 2017

Register Online at www.prps.org - Early bird rate ends February 20, 2017

Name:_______________________________________________Agency:_______________________________________________

Position:_____________________________________________Certification:(CPRP, CTRS, etc.) __________________________

Address: q Home or q Office________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Office Phone: ( _____)__________________________________Email:_______________________________________________

(confirmation will be emailed)

Lodging: q at Hershey Lodge q commuting

First Year Attending? q Yes q No

I Require: (Please attach a brief explanation) q ADA Accommodations q Special Diet Accommodations

q I would like to volunteer as a Room Host (Please select the room host check box next to the Breakout sessions).

By Feb. 20, 2017 After Feb. 20, 2017

q Active/Retired

Professional (includes all

meals)

q Student (only

includes Monday lunch,

dinner and Tuesday

lunch)

Member

Full Conference Member Nonmember

Nonmember

$375 $475 $430 $550

$150 $175

Professional

q Sunday

Member

Daily Registration Member Nonmember

Nonmember

$100 $150 $115 $175

q Monday incl. lunch $150 $200 $175 $230

q Tuesday incl. lunch $150 $200 $175 $230

Student

q Sunday

$75 $85

q Monday incl. lunch $75 $85

q Tuesday incl. lunch $75 $85

q Exhibit Hall Only (included in full or daily registration) ____ days @ $10.00 = $ ______

q Hershey/Harrisburg Pub Crawl $20 (includes transportation and a special t-shirt, drinks are not included).

Please specify t-shirt size: ___________

Port of Call Tours

q Revitalizing the Capital Area Greenbelt @$10

q Giant Center @ FREE

q Green Infrastructure Tour of Lancaster City's Park System @$10

Payment Information: For those charging or billing to agency, registration information can be sent via fax to: (814) 234-5276.

Specials and Extra Tickets (all meal tickets are included in Full Conference only)

Sunday Dinner ____ @$38 = $ ____ Monday Lunch ____ @$30 = $ _____ Monday Casino Event ____ @$49 = $ ______

Tuesday Lunch ____ @$30 ____Tuesday Awards Banquet ____ @$55 = $______Wednesday Breakfast _____ @$25 = _____

q Payment enclosed: Please make checks payable to PRPS

q Bill my agency (Invoice will be emailed)

Signature:____________________________________________Date:________________________________________________

q Bill my credit card: q Visa q MC q AMEX q Discover

Card # ______________________________________________________ Exp.Date_____________________

Name of card-holder __________________________________Signature: ___________________________________________

TOTAL $_____________

SESSION PREFERENCES:

Please check and write in the Breakout number for the

sessions that you plan to attend. Example Breakout: 1

Sunday, March 26

Room Host

q 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Breakout: ______ q

q 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Breakout: ______ q

q 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm General Session q

Monday, March 27

q 8:30 am - 10:00 am Keynote q

q 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Breakout: ______ q

q 1:15 pm - 4:30 pm Port of Call Tour

q 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Port of Call Tour

q 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout: ______ q

Tuesday, March 28

q 8:00 am - 11:30 am Port of Call Tour

q 8:30 am - 9:45 am Breakout: ______ q

q 10:00 am - 11:15 am Breakout: ______ q

q 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Breakout: ______ q

q 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Keynote q

Wednesday, March 29

q 10:15 am - 11:15 pm General Session q

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Sessions at a Glance

Sunday, March 26

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Breakout 1: Are You SURE They Are Not Employees?

Breakout 2: Friends Group 101

Breakout 3: It’s Only a Game… Unless You Make It More

Breakout 4: Know Your Audience--Foundations of Positive Youth

Development

Breakout 5: Social Media: The Tried and True and the New

Breakout 6: The Power of Parks

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout 7: Campers Living with Dementia? Learn Successful

Interactions for “Quality in the Moment” Experiences

Breakout 8: Conservation Heritage

Breakout 9: Don’t Kill Your Trees! Proper Maintenance is Key!

Breakout 10: Making Connections and Building Community

Breakout 11: Safe Use of Essential Oils for Stress Reduction

Breakout 12: Transformation of Washington Crossing Historic

Park

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

General Session: PRPS’s Game Plan for High Performance

Monday, March 27

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Keynote: This Would Be Funny if it Wasn’t Happening to Me!

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Breakout 13: Follow Me I’m Right Behind You

Breakout 14: Identifying and Removing Barriers to Participating

in Outdoor Recreation

Breakout 15: Day Camp Directing: Dynamics, Delivery, and

Dilemmas

Breakout 16: Great Lifeguards Aren’t Built in a Day

Breakout 17: Prepare for Tomorrow’s Work Force Today

Breakout 18: What is Volkssporting...

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Port of Call Tour: Revitalizing the Capital Area Greenbelt

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Port of Call Tour: Giant Center Behind the Scenes

Breakout 19: Evaluating Your Capital Project with the Park

Renovation Assessment Tool

Breakout 20: Green Infrastructure – Turning Community Park

and Trail Systems into Sustainable, Multi-Functional and Valuable

Community Assets

Breakout 21: How Will Generation Z Change the Workplace?

Breakout 22: Hands-On Inclusive Play Workshop

Breakout 23: Intergenerational Networking – MEET THE PRPS

PRESIDENTS!

Breakout 24: Train Wrecks and Dumpster Fires- Handling Aquatic

Challenges

Tuesday, March 28

8:00 am - 11:30 am

Port of Call Tour: Green Infrastructure Tour of Lancaster City's

Park System

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Breakout 25: How to Build and Grow a Successful Farmers

Market

Breakout 26: Not a Playground and More Than Just a Walk in the

Woods The Evolution of a Sensory Trail

Breakout 27: Getting the Most out of Your Act 13 Dollars

Breakout 28: Seriously Great Urban Recreation Trends!

Breakout 29: Stewardship Challenges in Managing Parks and

Natural Areas

Breakout 30: Taps and High Fives – Creating a Culture of

Celebration within your Organization

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Breakout 31: Professional Development for your Outreach and

Education Staff

Breakout 32: Brownfields to Playfields - Wow, they’re Building a

Park THERE?

Breakout 33: Compliance with The NEW DOL Overtime Rules

Breakout 34: Staying off Cruise Control and Keeping the

Adventure in Your Career

Breakout 35: Nature Play + Natural Themes and others ways to

encourage play!

Breakout 36: Bringing the Wilderness to All Parks (Urban too!)

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout 37: 44,000 SQ/Ft to 100,000 SQ/Ft in 14yrs!

Breakout 38: Eagle Scouts and Gold Awards: How partnering

with Scouts can benefit you!

Breakout 39: Inclusion 101 for Managers

Breakout 40: Park Master Plans

Breakout 41: Step Outdoors Tioga County – A Partnership

Success

Breakout 42: State Employment Process

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Keynote: Handicap This!

Wednesday, March 29

10:15 am - 11:15 am

General Session: Embracing the Future of Parks and Recreation

in Pennsylvania

Reminder!

Don't forget to add your sessions preference in the box

on the registration form.

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