Conferences and Workshops

 Why should YOU attend

a state or national conference? 

 To network with professionals, attend educational sessions,
interview for positions…and to recreate!

NRPA 2013

*Eight conferences indicated by an asterisk below are eligible for funding assistance for RPTS undergraduates. Students must submit an application to be considered: Click Here

RPTS Graduate Students may apply for Mini-Grants to assist with conference expenses. For more information and to apply, Click Here 

TTRA: Travel and Tourism Research Association

  • June 20-22, 2017 (Quebec, Canada)

TACVB: Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus

  • August 15-17, 2017 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Student Memberships $25/year

*NRPA: National Recreation and Park Association

  • September 26-28, 2017 (New Orleans, LA)
  • Conference registration fee waived for students who pay $50 membership fee and volunteer at the conference
  • Students representing their schools at competitions must become members first
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due May 30, 2017): Click Here

*TTIA:  Texas Travel Industry Association – Texas Travel Summit

  • October 2-4, 2017 (Arlington, TX)
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due May 30, 2017): Click Here

ISTTE: International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators

  • October 15-17, 2017 (Charleston, SC)

NAAEE: North American Association for Environmental Education

  • October 17-21, 2017 (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Marketing Outlook Forum (TTRA)

  • October 23-25, 2017 (Baltimore, MD)

*Strengthening Youth & Families Conference

  • October 30-November 3, 2017 (Georgetown, TX)
  • Outley & Maria Leon are on the planning committee
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due September 15, 2017): Click Here

NOLS: National Outdoor Leadership School; Wilderness Risk Managers Conference

  • November 1-3, 2017 (Portland, ME)

*RCRA: Resort and Commercial Recreation Association

  • November 11-14, 2017 (Sunriver, OR)
  • Emerging Professional Membership (includes students) $50
  • Student conference cost is about $200 (lower cost if more students attend from one university); attendees must stay at the host resort or pay an additional fee
  • Register by Sept. 30 for lowest rate
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due Sept. 15, 2017): Click Here

 NAI:  National Association for Interpretation

  • November 14-18, 2017 (Spokane, WA)

AORE: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

  • November 1-3, 2017 (Roanoke, VA)
  • Student Memberships $25/year
  • Students may apply for a conference scholarship through AORE; volunteer hours and active conference participation required

IAAPA:  International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

  • November 13-17, 2017 (Orlando, FL)
  • Normally a few “apprenticeships” are offered by IAAPA for the annual expo to assist organizers; very intensive short-term experience with numerous networking opportunities (application deadline May 1, 2017)

TAPHERD: Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

  • November 29-December 2, 2017 (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Student registration fee for conference $35

USTOA: United States Tour Operators Association

  • November 28 – December 2, 2017 (Hollywood, FL)

TAFE: Texas Association of Fairs and Events

  • January 4-7, 2018 (Hill Country Hyatt Resort & Spa, San Antonio, TX)

*ESPA: Events Service Professionals Association

  • January 5-7, 2018 (Nashville, TN)
  • Conference registration fee waived for students who pay $25 membership fee and volunteer at the conference
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due Nov. 1, 2017): Click Here

GRADCON: Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism

  • TBA for 2018

 *ACA:  American Camp Association

  • February 20-23, 2018 (Orlando, FL)
  • Student Memberships $35/year
  • Complimentary (free) registration for full-time students; does not include meal functions or ticketed events, but students may purchase these separately
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due Dec. 1, 2017): Click Here

*TRAPS: Texas Recreation and Parks Society

  • February 27-March 2, 2018 (Waco, TX)
  • Conference registration fee waived for students who pay $25 membership fee and volunteer at the conference
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due Dec. 1, 2017): Click Here

PLA: Public Lands Alliance

  • February 28-March 1, 2018 (Palm Springs, CA)

SWPRTI:  Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute

  • TBA: February 2018 (Hulbert, OK)

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

  • March 3-7, 2018 (Philadelphia, PA)

*Conference of Experience Design & Management (BYU: Marriott School)

  • April 4-6, 2018 (Provo, UT)
  • Conference registration fee $40 for students
  • RPTS Undergraduates may apply for funding assistance (application due Feb. 1, 2018): Click Here

C&NN International Conference & Summit: Children & Nature Network

  • TBA April 2018

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