Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 

 

Location/Lodging

The Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute meets annually at the beautiful Sequoyah State Park and Lodge in northeastern Oklahoma.

Located just 54 miles east of Tulsa, Oklahoma on beautiful Fort Gibson Reservoir, Sequoyah Lodge sits in the 2,853 acre Sequoyah State Park.

Sequoyah State Park and Lodge, 19808 Park 10, Hulbert, OK 7444
 To Make Your Reservations Please Call (800) 368-1486


For more information about Sequoyah State Park and Lodge, please visit the Official Sequoyah State Park website.

The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park offers a variety of rates and plans for your stay at the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute. Full packages include your nightly accommodations and meals.  Listed below are the lodging (room and board) rates for the 2018 Institute. 

Sunday Arrival - Package includes 3 nights accommodations and 8 meals: Sunday dinner; Monday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Wednesday breakfast.


 
Standard Lodge Rooms and Cottages
Sleeps two & four people
1 person $361.87
2 people $245.37
3 people $207.87
4 people $189.12
Suites and Cottages
Sleeps six
1 person $477.87
2 people $305.37
3 people $247.87
4 people $219.12
     


Monday Arrival - Package includes 2 nights accommodations and 6 meals: Monday lunch and dinner; Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Wednesday breakfast.

Standard Lodge Rooms and Cottages
Sleeps two & four people
1 person $234.67
2 people $159.67
3 people $134.67
4 people $122.17
Suites and Cottages
Sleeps six
1 person $314.67
2 people $199.67
3 people $161.34
4 people $142.17
     
 

For additional information about The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park, please visit their webpage.

Exhibitor/Conference Support

Each year the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute relies on the support of professional and commercial exhibitors.  The Conference Support Committee is in the process of accepting exhibitor registrations for the 62nd Annual Institute.  Exhibitors have the opportunity to register for the Institute and have an 8 foot table space to display an exhibit in the lobby area of Sequoyah Lodge or outside of the Lodge for large equipment. Cost is $200 per booth space. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to help sponsor other events, including our Annual Brag Night. Brag Night sponsorship is $50.

To promote exhibitor-attendee interaction exhibitor “lotto”cards will be made available to all members and will be located in the Institute Registration room. The exhibitor card is to be validated by each exhibitor. Those members that have their entire card validated will need to return their completed card to the Institute Registration room no later than Monday afternoon. These cards will be eligible for a prize drawing held at the Wednesday breakfast.

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities (PDF)

For more information please contact Sally Rodriguez.

Register here to become a vendor.

2018 Conference Sponsor:



Educational Sessions

The President-Elect along with the Board of Directors and the Education Board of Regents have planned an exciting schedule for the 62nd (2017) Annual Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.

A majority of the sessions are eligible for CEU's.

2018 Program At A Glance (PDF)

To register for the 2018 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute, click here.

To register for the Leopold Education Project Workshop contact Sally Rodriguez.  214-538-3344 or SallyR@swprti.org


Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships

Student scholarships (2 undergraduate and 1 graduate) are awarded to outstanding students preparing for a career in the park and recreation profession. The scholarship will be a cash award in the amount of $1,000, presented to the respective university for use by the recipient. The Institute provides registration, with room and board, while attending the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.

Applications are mailed to universities within the SWPRTI network. Included in this network are universities that offer majors for students in Park Administration, Recreation and Park Administration, Landscape Architecture, Recreation with a minor in Park Administration, Horticulture, Natural Resources or other related degrees as determined by the Relations and Scholarship Committee.

Professional Training Grant
The professional training grant provides individuals currently working in the Park and Recreational industry the opportunity to attend the Institute at no cost.

The Institute covers the cost of registration, with room and board, for the entire training. In return, each recipient will be assigned to a committee at the Institute for four (4) hours to help out with various duties and other networking opportunities, i.e. registration or CEU verification.



Entertainment

Schedule for 2018 Institute:

Sunday, February 4, 2018

  • "The Man from Snowy River" will be projected onto the big screen for all to attend.  Grab your popcorn and get settled in!
  • Super Bowl Party - This event will feature a large screen TV with surround sound, food, fun and fellowship.  We will also have tailgating games going on to give it that true sporting event experience.  Be sure to sign up for the winning football square.  Prizes will be awarded between each quarter.
  • 5th Quarter Jackpot - Help us help the Institute!  We will be selling tickers for the cash prize drawing at the end of the Super Bowl game.  The money will be added up at the end of the game.  Half of the money will go back to the Institute and the other half will go to the lucky SWPRTI member.
  • Sunday evening, following Brag Night - Music provided by our own talented SWPRTI members.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

  • Fun Run - 5:30 p.m. Following Monday's sessions, meet in front of the Lodge for the annual Fun Run.  All new and current members are encouraged to participate.  Everyone who walks or run will receive a cool prize.
  • Annual SWPRTI Auction 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

  • The fun continues after the Awards Banquet with SWPRTI Garage Band!  Come spend the evening jamming out and listening to everyone's favorite classics. 

Golf

Sunday, February 4 - 1:00 p.m.

Sequoyah State Lodge Golf Course
19277 Park 10
Hulbert, OK  74441
(918)772.2297

  • 4 Player Scramble Format Golf Tournament - Shotgun Start
  • Proceeds of the tournament go to Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Entry Fees

Price includes green fees, cart, practice balls, prizes, and lunch. 

$40 Single Player

 


Brag Night

Join us at the 2018 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute to share your projects, innovative programs and public service announcements with your parks and recreation colleagues.  Presentations are judged on content rather than on production value in order to give those with little or no funding for production the ability to compete and be judged fairly.  Presenters may submit their entry in the following categories:

Creative Projects - Creative project presentations should be from 5 - 10 minutes long and include topics such as construction, improvements, park updates or installations, irrigation systems or any project (large or small) that you are proud of.  Presentations in this category can be a video and/or slides with a narration.  Videos are to be in-house productions.

Innovative Programs - Innovative program presentations should be 5 – 15 minutes long and include topics such as innovative maintenance programs or techniques, creative funding strategies, recreation programs or any program that you have put together and want to share with the Institute.  Presentations in this category can be a video and/or slides with narration.  Videos are to be in-house productions.

PSA/Promotional - PSA’s and promotional presentations should be 1 – 12 minutes long and include public service announcements (PSAs) and promotional presentations.  These presentations may consist of anything that you want to promote or announce such as: a new golf course, swimming pool, festivals, public functions, zoos or recycling programs.  PSA’s and promotional presentations can be video and/or slides with narration.  Professional productions will be place in this category.

Interested in signing up for Brag Night, click here to register.


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