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 (918) 772-2545


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 2019 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 $360.22
2 people $247.72 
3 people $210.22
4 people $191.47
Suites and Cottages
Sleeps six
1 person $480.22
2 people $307.72
3 people $250.21
4 people $221.47
     


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 $319.38
2 people $204.38
3 people $166.04
4 people $146.88
Suites and Cottages
Sleeps six
1 person $239.38
2 people $165.38
3 people $139.38
4 people $126.88
     
 
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.  Exhibitors have the opportunity to register for the Institute.  Below are the exhibitor options for the 2019 Institute.


  • Conference Exhibitor (reserved) – $250 (Up to 20 Available)

o   Exhibitor Receives

  • Choice of available exhibit space
  • TWO(2) conference registrations (w/ full member benefits)
  • ONE(1) $30 Oklahoma State Parks gift certificate (applicable to lodge expenses)
  • TWO(2) admissions to the Partners’ Social
  • ONE(1) 5’ table and TWO(2) chairs

o   Exhibitor Requirements & Responsibilities

  • Provide TWO(2) door prize giveaways
  • Provide ONE(1) premium door prize giveaway
  • Set up may begin at any time after 12:00PM on Sunday, February 3, 2019; however, exhibit must be complete and open by 8:00AM, Monday, February 4, 2019.
  • Exhibits must remain open until 1:00PM on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 
  • Exhibitors are responsible for all equipment and supplies for their booth.

o   Electricity can be provided at an additional cost.


  • Conference Exhibitor – $200 (Up to 20 Available)

o   Exhibitor Receives

      • Assigned exhibit space
      • ONE(1) conference registration (w/ full member benefits)
      • ONE(1) $20 Oklahoma State Parks gift certificate (applicable to lodge expenses)
      • ONE(1) admission to the Partners’ Social
      • ONE(1) 5’ table and TWO(2) chairs

o   Exhibitor Requirements & Responsibilities

      • Provide TWO(2) door prize giveaways
      • Set up may begin at any time after 12:00PM on Sunday, February 3, 2019; however, exhibit must be complete and open by 8:00AM, Monday, February 4, 2019.
      • Exhibits must remain open until 1:00PM on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
      • Exhibitors are responsible for all equipment and supplies for their booth.

o   Electricity can be provided at an additional cost.

    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.

    For more information please contact:

    Robert Townsend            rtownsend@cityofallen.org         214-509-4713

    Tim Phillips                       tim.r.phillips.1956@gmail.com  


    Educational Sessions

    The President-Elect along with the Board of Directors and the Education Board of Regents have completed an exciting schedule for the 64th Annual Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.

    Most sessions are eligible for CEUs.

    2019 Program At-A-Glance (PDF)



    Scholarships and Grants

    Student Scholarships

    Student scholarships are awarded to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students preparing for a career in the park and recreation profession. The scholarships are a cash award of at least $1,000 that are presented to the respective universities in 

    the spring semester for use by the recipient. In addition to the cash award, the Institute provides registration along with room and board for the recipient to attend the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute in early February.


    The application period begins late September and extends through November 15th. Scholarship applications are transmitted to universities within the eight state region of the SWPRTI network. Included in this network are those universities and colleges that offer majors for students in Parks and Recreation or closely related degree programs.

    Student Scholarship Application (PDF)

    Professional Training Grant

    For individuals currently working in the Park and Recreation industry, the professional training grant offers the opportunity to attend the Institute at no expense except travel.
     
    The grant covers the cost of registration, with room and board, for the entire Institute training conference. In return, each recipient will be assigned to a committee during the Institute for four (4) hours to help out with various duties and other networking opportunities.

    Professional Training Grant Application (PDF)




    Entertainment

    Sunday, February 3, 2019

    • Super Bowl Party - Join us for an evening of fun.  Watch the Super Bowl game, play a few tailgating games and buy your winning ticket for the 5th Quarter Jackpot.  5th Quarter Jackpot will help benefit the Institute!  Raffle tickets are sold during the game for a chance at the cash prize drawing at the end of the Super Bowl game.  Half of the money collected will go back to the Institute and the other half to the lucky Institute participant who wins the drawing!
    Monday, February 4, 2019
    • Fun Run- After sitting all day come out and join us for the annual fun run/walk.  Everyone is encouraged to participate.  Sponsored by Comm-Fit.
    • Annual SWPRTI Auction- Bring your pocket book and help support SWPRTI. All money collected goes back to SWPRTI 100%.
    • SWPRTI Garage Band
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    • Dueling Piano Show - Following the awards banquet.  Professional entertainer Thomas Basler.

    Thank you to Our Social Sponsor



    Golf

    Detail about the annual Golf Tournament the 2019 Institute will be posted after our  Mid-Year Board Meeting in July.

     


    TOMA Program - Brag Night

    Brag Night is unique to the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.  In the past, it has been an informal evening session designed to allow anyone attending the conference an opportunity to share ideas, programs, and experiences with their peers.  And for those deemed the best in their category, they took home the coveted TOMA Award! 

    This year, the officers, board, and committee members have planned a bit of a change in the presentation method for Brag Night.  We feel that Brag Night is still vital as one of the educational tools of the institute.  Education is why this is institute is one of the most popular in the country.  

    All presentations are placed in one of the following categories so that the TOMA Award may be awarded to the highest rated presentation in each category.

    Creative Project

    This category may be from 5 to 10 minutes long, and includes topics such as construction projects, improvements, park updates or installations, irrigation systems, or any project (large or small) that you are proud of.  This presentation may be a video and/or slides with narration.  Videos are to be in-house productions.

    Innovative Program

    Presentations should be 5 to 15 minutes long.  This category will address such topics 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.  This presentation may be a video and/or slides with narration.  Videos are to be in-house productions.

    PSA / Promotional

    Presentations should be 1 to 12 minutes long.  This category is for public service announcements (PSAs) and promotional video presentations.  These presentations may consist of anything that you want to promote or announce such as: a new golf course, a new swimming pool, festivals, public functions, zoos, track meets, composting, recycling, etc.  This presentation may be videos or slides with narration.  Professional productions will be placed in this category.

    During the 2019 Institute, Brag Night will be held on Monday and Tuesday of the conference.  Each entry will be given a folding table (if needed) upon which to set up their static and/or multimedia presentations.  Presentations do not need to be attended by the participants. Therefore, participants should craft their presentation to be self-tutoring.

    Participants should pre-register with the Chair.  There will be a registration form for participants that will be emailed and there will also be some located at the conference in the Registration Room.  Participants are asked to complete this form so the Brag Night Committee can better allot space for presentations. 

    The presentations will need to be set up by 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on Monday of the conference. The presentations may be removed at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday.  It is up to the participants if they wish to remove their presentations overnight.  This may be done after dinner Monday evening.  If removed, the presentations should be set back up by 8:30 A.M. Tuesday morning.

    Presentation of the TOMA Awards will be made at the annual banquet on Tuesday evening. You will take this with you to display at your agency.  You have to promise to bring it back in 2020!  A plaque will be presented to the winners with their accomplishment and category.  These will be yours to keep.

    Participants should furnish the necessary equipment for their presentations, except for that equipment which is normally furnished by the Institute.

    Any question regarding Brag Night should be directed to the Brag Night Chair, Rick Ewing at rewing@muskogeeparks.org or 918.684.6302 x1475.

    We would really like your participation in this program.  So don’t be afraid to blow your own whistle and let everyone know what a good thing you, or your agency, did, because we might all want to recreate it in our towns. 
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