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Keynote Address       Leadership Academy       Field Sessions       Section Meetings       Social Events


Conference Schedule

9:00 - 1:00 PM Leadership Academy
10:45 - 12:00 PM

Breakout Session 1, New Member Orientation

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch; Nordic Walking
1:00 - 2:30 PM Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
1:30 - 2:30 PM Keynote Address
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Breakout Session 2,Field Sessions

4:15 - 5:30 PM

Breakout Session 3,Field Sessions; Nordic Walking; Fitness Session (4:30)

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Opening Reception,Poster Sessions

6:30 - 7:30 AM Morning Fitness Session
7:30 - 9:00 AM Hearty Breakfast - Homestead Ballroom
8:30 - 9:45 AM Breakout Session 4
9:45 - 11:00 AM

ORPA Showcase & Networking Event,Poster Sessions

11:15 - 12:15 PM Section Meetings
12:30 - 2:00 PM ORPA Annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon
2:15 - 3:30 PM

Breakout Session 5,Field Sessions

3:45 - 5:00 PM

Breakout Session 6,Field Sessions; Fitness Session (4:15)

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibitor Showcase Reception;Silent Auction,Poster Sessions

7:00 - 8:00 PM Dinner in The Village (not provided by ORPA)
8:00 - 12:00 AM

Party Night in Sunriver; DJ, Photo booth, refreshments

6:30 - 7:30 AM Morning Fitness Session
7:30 - 9:00 AM Hearty Breakfast - Homestead Ballroom
8:30 - 9:45 AM

Breakout Session 7,Field Sessions

10:00 - 11:15 AM

Breakout Session 8,Field Sessions

11:30 - 1:00 PM Closing Ceremony and Last Day Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 PM Breakout Session 9


For a detailed agenda:


Keynote Address

Description Coming Soon




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Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy is a Pre-Conference workshop designed to guide park and recreation professionals through their career through awareness, mentoring, and leadership advice.  

Applications to leadership academy are now closed.

Please consider being a mentor!  Contact Aisha Panas for more information.


Field Sessions

Sunriver Nature Center: Fifty Years of Education and Conservation

Since 1958, the Sunriver Nature Center has served as the environmental touchstone for the Sunriver community. During a guided tour of the Sunriver Nature Center’s campus you will learn about the history of the Sunriver area and how the Nature Center’s programs have evolved through the years to support the community and the organization’s mission. The Nature Center’s environmental educational programs, such as Project Ponderosa, Junior Naturalist, and K-12 outreach will be highlighted. You will also learn about the Nature Center’s expansion and improvement plans to address aging facilities and a significant increase in visitors over the last ten years.


Site Tour and Facility Review of Sunriver Homeowners Aquatics and Recreation Center (SHARC)

Tour the SHARC to learn how the Sunriver Resort provides aquatic and recreation services to homeowners and guests throughout the busy year.  You'll see both indoor and outdoor facilities, talk about programming, staffing, training and maintenance at one of Oregon's busiest aquatic centers.


Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Sunriver Nature Center

The Sunriver Nature Center has served as a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation center for over 30 years and has a long history of supporting local conservation initiatives. As the only rehabilitation facility in south Central Oregon, the Nature Center receives dozens of animals each year for rehabilitation and fields hundreds of calls about nuisance, injured, and orphaned wildlife. During this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about our wildlife rehabilitation efforts during a behind the scenes tour of the animal care facility. In addition to rehabilitating wildlife, the Nature Center supports a number of wildlife conservation projects in Oregon. You’ll learn about our participation in the statewide effort to reintroduce Trumpeter Swans to Oregon and about our work to support the conservation of the Oregon Spotted Frog and its habitat. 


Transportation will be provided by Sunriver Resort.  Attendees must register for a field session, as space is limited.


Section Meetings

Monday - Nov 5, 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?


Social Events

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

Opening Ceremony

Sunday, 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, the signing off of the 2018 Board of Directors, and then transition to the keynote speaker.

Opening Reception

Sunday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

One of the biggest events of the conference, we celebrate with the ORPA Annual Awards Luncheon!  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

Monday, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join us Monday 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.

Party Night in Sunriver

Monday, 8:00pm - 12:00pm

Despite being a Monday, you can still get your groove on in the Great Hall.  Complete with DJ, drinks, food, and a photo booth, come socialize in this fun and relaxed environment. 

Last Day Lunch

Tuesday, 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.  


Fitness Sessions

Nordic Walking

Sunday at 12 PM & 4:30 PM (Outside)

Nordic Walking is an activity that anyone can do on various terrain, including asphalt, grass, dirt, sand, snow and even indoor surfaces!  Experience a 46% increase in calorie burn compared to regular walking, all while you build strength in your upper body and core and improve your posture.  Brink your own poles or borrow a set from the instructor.


PiYo Live!®

Sunday at 4:30 PM (Homestead)

PiYo Live!® Combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga.  Get your strength and stretch on after a day of sitting in sessions.


Total Body Strength & Core

Monday at 6:30 AM (Great Hall)

A total body strength workout using a variety of equipment.  Designed to get you moving and ready for a great day!


Strong by Zumba® 

Monday at 4:15 PM (Homestead)

Using only your body weight, STRONG by Zumba® will test your strength and stamina in a powerful cardio and muscle-conditioning workout - best session of your day!


Flexible Strength Through Yoga

Tuesday at 6:30 AM (Great Hall)

A fitness-style yoga class that moves with the breath, continuously stretching and strengthening the body.  Wake up and make the final conference day your best!


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