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 )

*RCRA: Resort and Commercial Recreation Association

  • TBA

Children & Nature Network: International Conference

  • May 16-18, 2019 (Oakland, CA)

TTRA: Travel and Tourism Research Association

  • June 25-27, 2019 (Melbourne, Australia)

TACVB: Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus

  • August 13-15, 2019 (Denton, TX)
  • Student Memberships $25/year

*TTIA:  Texas Travel Industry Association – Texas Travel Summit

*NRPA: National Recreation and Park Association

  • September 24-26, 2019 (Baltimore, MD)
  • 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, 2019):

NOLS: National Outdoor Leadership School; Wilderness Risk Managers Conference

  • October 30 – November 1, 2019 (Albuquerque, NM)

NAAEE: North American Association for Environmental Education

  • October 2019 (TBA)

ISTTE: International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators

  • October 2019 (TBA)

AORE: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

  • October 2019 (TBA)
  • Student Memberships $25/year

NAI:  National Association for Interpretation

  • November 12-16 (Denver, CO)

IAAPA:  International Association of 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 November, 1 or $45 after November, 1

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