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.
Featured Speakers for the 2015 Institute
SWPRTI 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.
We 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.
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
The Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute is now accepting nominations of Institute members for the James W. Kitchen Memorial Special Recognition Award. This award is the highest honor and recognition awarded by the Institute.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 2, 2015.
Award guidelines and the application form can be downloaded here:
James W. Kitchen Memorial Award Guidelines and Application Form (PDF)
Completed applications should be sent by e-mail to Jeff Lingo, Awards and Citations Committee Chair. If you have any questions regarding the application or award, please contact Jeff Lingo.
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2016 Institute - February 7 - 10
2017 Institute - February 5 - 8
2018 Institute - February 4 - 7
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Sally Rodriguez, Executive Director
9660 Audelia Road, Ste. 123-74
Dallas, TX 75238