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!

Conferences & Workshops


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

 RPTS Graduate Students may apply for Mini-Grants to assist with conference expenses (link to )


Amusement Parks and Attractions

  • November 18-22, 2019 (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)

 USTOA: United States Tour Operators Association

  • USTOA: Dec. 2-6, 2019 (Orlando, FL)

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

  • December 4-7, 2019 (Arlington, Texas)
  • Student registration fee for conference $35 on/before Nov. 1 or $45 after Nov. 1

TAFE: Texas Association of Fairs and Events

  • January 9-12, 2020 (Galveston, TX)

 ESPA: Event Service Professionals Association

  • January 10, 2020 (Denver, CO)
  • Conference registration fee waived for students who pay $25 membership fee and volunteer at the conference

TACVB: Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus

  • January 27-29, 2020 (Boerne, TX)

 SWPRTI:  Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute

 *ACA:  American Camp Association

  • February 11-14, 2020 (San Diego, CA)
  • 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, 2019):

*TRAPS: Texas Recreation and Parks Society

 PLA: Public Lands Alliance

  • March 1-5, 2020 (Arlington, VA)

Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference

  • March 25-27, 2020 (San Antonio,TX)
  • Students can contact or call 512-476-7433 before registering to see about full or partial scholarships ($450 registration fee).

Children & Nature Network: International Conference

  • May 2020 (TBA)

TTRA: Travel and Tourism Research Association

  • June 2020 (TBA)

TFEA: Texas Festivals and Events Association

  • August 2020 (TBA)

TACVB: Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus

  • August 2020 (TBA)




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