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6/30/2018 » 7/2/2018
2017 ORPA Annual Conference

Conference Schedule of Events
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Keynote Address

Certification Programs

Field Sessions

Section Meetings

Social Events


Conference Schedule

10:00am - 12:00pm Conference Pre-Session
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:30pm Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
2:45 - 4:00pm Breakout Session 1
4:15 - 5:30pm Breakout Session 2
5:30 - 7:00pm Opening Reception
6:30 - 7:30am Exercise: 5k Walk/Run    Core Fitness & Foam Rolling
7:30 - 9:00am Hearty Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45am Breakout Session 1
9:45 - 11:00am ORPA Showcase & Networking Event
11:00am - 12:15pm Section Meetings
12:15 - 2:00pm ORPA Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
2:00 - 3:15pm Breakout Session 2
3:30 - 4:45pm Breakout Session 3
5:00 - 6:30pm Exhibitor Showcase and Silent Auction
6:30 - 8:00pm Bend Dine-Around
8:00 - 11:00pm Capital Night Club
6:30 - 7:30am Exercise: 5k Walk/Run Yoga
7:30 - 9:00am Hearty Breakfast
8:30 - 9:45am Breakout Session 1 NAYS
10:00 - 11:15am Breakout Session 2 NAYS     
11:30am - 1:00pm       Last Day Lunch - ORPA Announcements
1:15 - 2:30pm Breakout Session 3 NAYS
2:45 - 4:00pm Breakout Session 4 NAYS


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Keynote Address


Certification Programs


Field Sessions


Section Meetings


Social Events


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.


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Certification Programs


Creating a Suicide Safer Community


Monday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Registration Required - Attendees can sign up for this pre-session during ORPA Conference Registration.


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.

Interview with the Presenter

ORPA met with Lori A. Hoffner, the presenter and trainer of this program session to discuss the background of this training.  You can read the interview here.


NAYS Special Session

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.

Why Should You Be a Certified Youth Sports Administrator?

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


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Field Sessions

All field sessions are FULL:

  • Rockridge Park
  • Riley Ranch Tour
  • Reintroducing Prescribed Fire to Shevlin Park
  • Bend Whitewater Park
  • Get On Target with a Youth Archery Program


Section Meetings

Tuesday, 11:00am - 12:15pm

Oregon Recreation and Park Association has 8 affiliated sections representing the many areas of parks and recreation.  Members are encouraged to participate in at least one section related to their field or interests.  

On Tuesday morning at the conference, sections will gather in various rooms and discuss incoming board, next year's schedule of events and training, or even host a round table to allow for networking within the section.  This is the perfect time to meet section board leaders and find ways you can be an active member.

What are the ORPA Sections?


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Social Events

Throughout the conference there are various social events and networking opportunities.

Opening Ceremony

Monday, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

The opening ceremony and keynote address officially launch the conference.  This will include a welcome and introduction from our current ORPA President and then transition to a presentation by our keynote Max King.  

Opening Reception

Monday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Following the first day of the conference will be your opportunity to begin meeting new people and finding old friends.  The opening reception will include hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a chance to meet the wonderful sponsors who help make this event possible.

ORPA Showcase and Networking Break

Tuesday, 9:45am - 11:00am

Following the first breakout session of the day, this networking break is a great time for you to follow up with other professionals and begin building relationships.  Taking place in the exhibitor hall allows for you to make connections with vendors that impact your work and see new ideas taking shape in the parks and recreation industry.

ORPA Annual Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One of the biggest events of the conference, the Annual Awards Luncheon is the Oregon Parks and Recreation Oscars!  Awards in 11 categories are distributed to people, projects, and partners in the parks and recreation industry who have demonstrated success and hard work through the year.  It is truly a time of celebration.  The luncheon includes a plated lunch for all attendees to pair with the entertainment.

Exhibitor Showcase and Silent Auction

Tuesday, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Join us Tuesday evening for appetizers before dinner and a chance to win one of our amazing prizes at the silent auction.  This evening event is always a ton of fun with auction winners announced throughout the night, the buzz of everyone talking about their sessions, and a Showcase Bingo that is sure to keep you on your toes.

Bend Dine-Around

Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This ever popular dinner activity provides all attendees with a $10 coupon to dine at one of seven amazing restaurants around Bend, Oregon.  All restaurants are located in downtown Bend, giving you and your dining group the freedom to explore.  Buses will be providing transportation to and from the Riverhouse until 11pm.

Capital Night Club

Tuesday, 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Get your groove on at The Capital night club in downtown Bend, Oregon.  Following the Dine-Around, you can burn off some steam and dance the night away in style.  This space is available because of our generous sponsor, Buell Recreation, who will be on site providing drink tickets.  

Last Day Lunch

Wednesday, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Nearing the end of the conference, the last-day-lunch is an opportunity for you to make final connections with that person you were meaning to catch up with and exchange businesses cards, to catch up on your session notes, and to learn more about the upcoming opportunities at ORPA.  


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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