Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 


2018 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 

February 4 - 7, 2018

Full rates are listed on the 2018 Institute page - Lodging section.

Institute News

The Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute provides some of the best quality and value in education, training, and networking opportunities for parks and recreation professionals. Our retreat-like setting at Sequoyah State Park and Lodge in northeastern Oklahoma provides the ideal learning environment.

We offer a variety of educational tracks that are eligible for CEU credits to help you maintain your professional certifications. The Institute is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1956 and continues to serve parks and recreation professionals from throughout the Southwest. Come join us for this February for the best value in continuing education.

2018 Opening Keynote Speaker - Stan Clark

Our Keynote Speaker this year will be noted Oklahoma Businessman Stan Clark, founder and owner of the Eskimo Joe’s brand of companies. Described by the Tulsa World as “Oklahoma’s most fun businessman”, Stan will share with us his insights on how to build your agency’s brand by:

  • Identifying imagery that evokes pleasant memories or beckons one to an enjoyable experience.
  •  Committing to making all interactions positive in order to promote beneficial word-of-mouth marketing.
  • Remaining relevant - change and adapt with the times and styles by not allowing services or properties to become stagnant.
  • Staying engaged with trends - ensure public acceptance of your status as a leader.
These concepts are often the difference between a project’s success and it’s failure, and effectively implementing them will help your agency complete for the limited leisure dollars in your service area and keep those dollars closer to home.

Closing Speaker - Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, arguably Oklahoma’s preeminent sports writer, will wrap up our educational program this year as our closing speaker. Having covered high school, collegiate, and pro sports since 1978, Berry will use his unique perspective to discuss the importance of recreation for America’s youth.

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The Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute accepts donations to help support a variety of programs and activities for the Annual Institute. All donations are tax deductible as the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute is a non-profit 501-C3 organization. Donate Today!

Leopold Education Project Workshop

A large portion of the 2018 educational program will be dedicated to hosting a Leopold Education Project (LEP) workshop. For those unfamiliar with LEP, it is an interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum based on the essays in Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. The Project’s goal is to create an ecologically literate citizenry by heightening one’s awareness of the natural world; fine-tuning skills necessary to read the landscape; and instilling a love, admiration, and respect for the land so that individuals may develop a personal land ethic.  As you can see, an opportunity to participate in a LEP workshop is an opportunity that can’t be missed for anyone interested in the environment or environmental education.

**There is an additional $45 fee to attend the Leopold Education Project Workshop.  Fee is to be paid during the registration process**

A registration code is needed to register for the Leopold Education Project Workshop.  

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Sally Rodriguez, Executive Director
9660 Audelia Road, Ste. 123-74
Dallas, TX  75238
Phone: 214-538-3344

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