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No matter your role, there is something for everyone at the ORPA Annual Conference

NOVEMBER 13th - 15th

First Pre-session begins 10:00am Monday, Opening Ceremony begins at 1:00pm.


To register for the conference, first select the registration type that best describes you:





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KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Importance of Open Space to the Outdoor Athlete

Max King began running when he was just twelve years old, and has become a world-renowned ultra-marathoner.  He is inspired by the parks and open spaces he has used for training and races.  His keynote address will talk about the importance of providing open spaces for a variety of ages, people, and sports and how parks and recreation can create a lifelong habit of health and personal accomplishment.




Max King is a professional athlete in running. He lives with his wife and two kids in Bend, OR and gets to run around the world in some of the most stunning mountains. He has done a little bit of everything in the running world. From running as a youth athlete to professional, to a footwear buyer and design consultant, to coach of both youth and adults he has seen how much of an impact exercise, and running in particular, can have on young lives and how important our green open spaces are to fostering outdoor activities. 


Max is a multiple World Champion in Mountain Running (2011) and Ultrarunning (2014), has competed in four Olympic Trials, and has raced professionally in distances from 3000m to 100 miles on all different surfaces. He currently runs for Salomon and coaches youth cross country and track through the Central Oregon Running Klub. 


Through his own experiences of running as a youth as well as coaching youth athletics, he understands the value of having open spaces for athletes of all types to be able to recreate and exercise and they have had a significant impact on how he views a community.  Learn more about Max King's Trail Running Camps.



This year's conference will be held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes - a picturesque venue in Bend, Oregon.

Address: 3075 N. Business 97, Bend, Oregon 97703

Hotel Reservation

Attendees, speakers, and exhibitors all receive a discounted room rate at The Riverhouse.  To make a room reservation, call 866.453.4480 and use Room Code 1016MM.  Or, RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE.

Special rate expires October 13th or when the room block is full.  Be sure to contact the hotel early!  


The following sessions have limited capacity and require registration prior to the conference.  You will have the option to sign-up for these sessions while registering for the conference.

Pre-Session: Creating a Suicide Safer Community; safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training

Monday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Research supports the fact that physical activity helps to minimize depression, a leading cause of suicide, therefore, individuals that might be at risk for suicide are often found at local recreation facilities, parks, and in fitness programs.  A fully prepared organization can be a part of the health care community by also creating a suicide-safer community through education and training.  safeTALK is a training that anyone and everyone can participate in.  This training is designed to give participants tools to become competent and confident alert helpers, ensuring that persons with thoughts of suicide are connected to individuals who are prepared to provide suicide first aid intervention and create suicide-safer communities.

Rockridge Park (field session)

Monday, 2:45 - 4:45pm

The community asked and Bend Parks and Recreation District delivered!  Come see BPRD's newest park, full of exciting amenities to serve Bend's active outdoor community.  The tour will highlight the beginner and intermediate bike skills course, a 10,000 square foot skate park featuring space for beginners and advanced riders, the District's newest nature play area, and a disc golf course.  Speakers will share the challenges they faced designing so many amenities into one area, as well as discuss the issue of designing around the element of risk.

Riley Ranch Tour - From Abandoned Ranch to Nature Reserve (field session)  FULL!  No More Spaces Available!

Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:45pm

Visit one of Bend Park and Recreation District's newest parks.  From the natural processes that sculpted the area, to Native American activity and early homesteads, Riley Ranch Nature Reserve has a fascinating history.  Learn about restoration efforts of previously farmed fields, including prescribed fire and seeding.  See a newly built trail descending through the rimrock to the lower canyon along the Deschutes River.  You will also learn about the public input and planning efforts that lead to the District's decision to not allow dogs or bikes in the park - a first for BPRD.

Reintroducing Prescribed Fire to Shevlin Park (field session)

Wednesday 8:30 - 11:15am

Bend Park and Recreation District partnered with the United States Forest Service to conduct a prescribed fire in the 980 acre Shevlin Park.  The prescribed fire was conducted in a mature Ponderosa pine community with a brush understory.  Learn about the agency collaboration, public outreach and hazard fuel work that went into preparing for the burn.  You will see the results of the fire and hear lessons learned.

Bend Whitewater Park (field session)

Wednesday, 1:15 - 4:00pm

The Bend Whitewater Park is one of the largest and most complex whitewater parks in the world.  In 2016, over 100,000 people enjoyed this state-of-the-art, in-water park.  The park features three distinct channels: a floater channel, a whitewater recreation channel, and a wildlife/riparian channel.  This session will include demonstrations of the pneumatic bladders and a peek into the cutting edge mechanical vault.  Even if your community is not planning to build a whitewater park, this session offers transferable information about planning and design for rive or lakefront parks, riparian concerns, permitting issues, public safety, and operations.

Get On Target with a Youth Archery Program (field session)

Wednesday, 1:15 - 4:00pm

Learn the 10,000 year-old art of the bow and arrow, while gaining insight on what it takes to set-up and develop a youth recreational archery program.  While often thought of as a competitive sport, archery is also a personal journey for the archer to strive for perfection through the mastery of mind and body control: The quest of making each shot perfectly.  Archery is both an art and a science.

In this hands-on interactive workshop, BPRD Outdoor Staff will share with you how we initially started our youth archery program in 2009, and how the program has evolved to include therapeutic recreation and public events.  We'll share what you would need to consider in order to set up and run your own archery program.  During the outdoor field portion of the session, participants will be led through a typical archery "class" to learn about equipment, safety, and teaching techniques while we target shoot at a local outdoor shooting location (session may be moved indoors if needed due to weather).   No previous experience necessary.

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NAYS Academy for Youth Sports Administrators Training

Wednesday, 8:30am - 4:00pm

The Academy for Youth Sports Administrators will hold a day-long certificate program that is designed to raise the professionalism of those delivering youth sport services.  Upon successful completion, attendees earn their Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.  

The Academy is offered in an Onsite and Online format.  By offering a one day Special Academy during the conference, attendees will be able to experience both by participating in the live session and then completing the certification program online.

If you are planning to attend NAYS only, register for the Conference for WEDNESDAY ONLY and select NAYS in the list of special sessions.

Cost for the NAYS Session is $275 + Conference Registration.


Full-Conference Registration Costs

ORPA Members: $360
Early Bird Members (by August 31st): $310

Non-Members: $410
Early Bird Non-Members (by August 31st): $360

Confirmed Speakers: $250

Two-Day Registration Costs

ORPA Members: $250

Non-Members: $300

Confirmed Speakers:$125

One-Day Registration Costs

ORPA Members: $125

Non-Members: $150

Confirmed Speakers: Free (Day of presentation only)


For registered attendees, Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday.  For those attending on Tuesday, a $10 voucher will be provided for the Tuesday evening Dine-Around in Bend, Oregon.


To register for the conference, first select the registration type that best describes you:





For any questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact ORPA:  |  503.534.5673

For Exhibitor and Sponsorship information, click here.

Sustaining Sponsor

Special Districts Insurance Services

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Oregon Recreation & Park Association | PO Box #202, Lake Oswego OR 97034 | 503.534.5673
ORPA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization