Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute
Celebrating 60 Years
February 1 - 4, 2015 

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.

The Institute will be celebrating 60 years this February 1st - 4th of 2015. Make plans now to register for and attend this milestone in Parks and Recreation training excellence.

Institute Events - Register Now

Sunday, February 01, 2015 • Sequoyah Hall
Sunday, February 01, 2015 • Sequoyah State Park and Lodge
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 • Sequoyah State Park Lodge

2015 Institute Program At-A-Glance

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Featured Speakers for the 2015 Institute

Walt DabneySWPRTI has recently received final confirmation that Mr. Walter (Walt) Dabney will be participating as a speaker in the educational program at the 2015 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.

Mr. Dabney will be delivering three presentations that will discuss building local constituencies to garner public support and advocacy, how to successfully administer an interpretive program, and managing a law enforcement program to both promote public safety and build good will and public support.

Dabney, a 43 year veteran of the Parks and Recreation profession, has served the industry in various capacities ranging from being a student trainee at Yellowstone National Park in 1969 to his retirement in 2010 as the Director of the State of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He continues to be active in the industry as a member of the cadre of the National State Park Directors Leadership School and as an Assistant Professor with the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

J.T. ReynoldsWe are excited to be able to announce the addition of noted park and recreation professional, J.T. Reynolds to our educational program for the 2015 Institute. Mr. Reynolds devoted his 40 year career to law enforcement and administrative functions in the National Park Service and is a past member of the Executive Council of the Association of National Park Service Retirees. He currently serves on both the Board of Trustees of the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network – Summer Academy and also volunteers with various youth based non-profit organizations and foundations.

NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam

The Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute will be hosting NRPA's Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam on February 4 - 6, 2015, immediately after the 2015 Institute. Register Online Today

Download the CPSI Registration and Information Brochure (PDF)

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2014 Institute
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2014 Program At-A-Glance (PDF)
SWPRTI Manual of Procedures (PDF)
CPSI Registration/Information Brochure (PDF)
Kitchen Award Application Form (PDF)

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Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute
Sally Rodriguez, Executive Director
9660 Audelia Road, Ste. 123-74
Dallas, TX  75238
Phone: 214-538-3344

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