Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 

 

Location/Lodging

The Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute meets annually at the beautiful Sequoyah State Park and Lodge in northeastern Oklahoma.

Located just 54 miles east of Tulsa, Oklahoma on beautiful Fort Gibson Reservoir, Sequoyah Lodge sits in the 2,853 acre Sequoyah State Park.

Sequoyah State Park and Lodge, 19808 Park 10, Hulbert, OK 7444
 To Make Your Reservations Please Call (918) 344-7352


For more information about Sequoyah State Park and Lodge, please visit the Official Sequoyah State Park website.

The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park offers a variety of rates and plans for your stay at the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute. Full packages include your nightly accommodations and meals.  Listed below are the lodging (room and board) rates for the 2019 Institute. 

Sunday Arrival - Package includes 3 nights accommodations and 8 meals: Sunday dinner; Monday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Wednesday breakfast.


 
Standard Lodge Rooms and Cottages
Sleeps two & four people
1 person $360.22
2 people $247.72 
3 people $210.22
4 people $191.47
Suites and Cottages
Sleeps six
1 person $480.22
2 people $307.72
3 people $250.21
4 people $221.47
     


Monday Arrival - Package includes 2 nights accommodations and 6 meals: Monday lunch and dinner; Tuesday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Wednesday breakfast.

Standard Lodge Rooms and Cottages
Sleeps two & four people
1 person $319.38
2 people $204.38
3 people $166.04
4 people $146.88
Suites and Cottages
Sleeps six
1 person $239.38
2 people $165.38
3 people $139.38
4 people $126.88
     
 
For additional information about The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park, please visit their webpage.

Exhibitor/Conference Support

Each year the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute relies on the support of professional and commercial exhibitors.  Exhibitors have the opportunity to register for the Institute.  Below are the exhibitor options for the 2019 Institute.


Conference Exhibitor (reserved)  –  $250

  • Choice of available exhibit space
  • TWO(2) conference registrations (w/ full member benefits)
  • ONE(1) $30 Oklahoma State Parks gift certificate (appliable to lodge expenses)
  • TWO(2) admissions to the Partners’ Social
  • ONE(1) 5’ table and TWO(2) chairs
  • Exhibitor Requirements & Responsibilities
  • Provide TWO(2) door prize giveaways
  • Provide ONE(1) premium door prize giveaway
  • Set up may begin at any time after Noon on Sunday, February 3, 2019; however, exhibit must be complete and open by 8 A.M., Monday, February 4, 2019.
  • Exhibits must remain open until 1 P.M. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for all equipment and supplies for their booth.
  • Electricity can be provided at an additional cost
Conference Exhibitor  –  $200
  • Assigned exhibit space
  • ONE(1) conference registration (w/ full member benefits)
  • ONE(1) $20 Oklahoma State Parks gift certificate (applicable to lodge expenses)
  • ONE(1) admission to the Partners’ Social
  • ONE(1) 5’ table and TWO(2) chairs
  • Exhibitor Requirements & Responsibilities
  • Provide TWO(2) door prize giveaways
  • Set up may begin at any time after Noon on Sunday, February 3, 2019; however, exhibit must be complete and open by 8 A.M., Monday, February 4, 2019.
  • Exhibits must remain open until 1 P.M. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for all equipment and supplies for their booth.
  • Electricity can be provided at an additional cost.
To promote exhibitor-attendee interaction exhibitor “lotto”cards will be made available to all members and will be located in the Institute Registration room. The exhibitor card is to be validated by each exhibitor. Those members that have their entire card validated will need to return their completed card to the Institute Registration room no later than Monday afternoon. These cards will be eligible for a prize drawing held at the Wednesday breakfast.

For more information please contact Sally Rodriguez.


Educational Sessions

The President-Elect along with the Board of Directors and the Education Board of Regents are currently working on an exciting schedule for the 64th Annual Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.

Call for Session Proposals

Session Proposals will be accepted until May 31, 2018. You may obtain the Session Proposal form by clicking here.

We want to hear from you!!  Please let us know:

  • What “Hot Topics” or “Trends” you want to learn more about
  • If you have a speaker recommendation
  • An idea about a session

Questions, comments and proposals can be sent to:

Notification of selection will be completed by August 15.

Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships

Student scholarships (2 undergraduate and 1 graduate) are awarded to outstanding students preparing for a career in the park and recreation profession. The scholarship will be a cash award in the amount of $1,000, presented to the respective university for use by the recipient. The Institute provides registration, with room and board, while attending the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.

Applications are mailed to universities within the SWPRTI network. Included in this network are universities that offer majors for students in Park Administration, Recreation and Park Administration, Landscape Architecture, Recreation with a minor in Park Administration, Horticulture, Natural Resources or other related degrees as determined by the Relations and Scholarship Committee.

Professional Training Grant
The professional training grant provides individuals currently working in the Park and Recreational industry the opportunity to attend the Institute at no cost.

The Institute covers the cost of registration, with room and board, for the entire training. In return, each recipient will be assigned to a committee at the Institute for four (4) hours to help out with various duties and other networking opportunities, i.e. registration or CEU verification.



Entertainment

Sunday, February 3, 2018

  • Super Bowl Party - Join us for an evening of fun.  Watch the Super Bowl game, play a few tailgating games and buy your winning ticket for the 5th Quarter Jackpot.  5th Quarter Jackpot will help benefit the Institute!  Raffle tickets are sold during the game for a chance at the cash prize drawing at the end of the Super Bowl game.  Half of the money collected will go back to the Institute and the other half to the lucky Institute participant who wins the drawing!
Monday, February 4, 2018
  • Fun Run- After sitting all day come out and join us for the annual fun run/walk.  Everyone is encouraged to participate.
  • Annual SWPRTI Auction- Bring your pocket book and help support SWPRTI. All money collected goes back to SWPRTI 100%.
Tuesday, February 5, 2018
  • SWPRTI Garage Band


Golf

Detail about the annual Golf Tournament the 2019 Institute will be posted after our  Mid-Year Board Meeting in July.

 


Brag Night

Join us at the 2019 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute to share your projects, innovative programs and public service announcements with your parks and recreation colleagues.  Presentations are judged on content rather than on production value in order to give those with little or no funding for production the ability to compete and be judged fairly.  Presenters may submit their entry in the following categories:

Creative Projects - Creative project presentations should be from 5 - 10 minutes long and include topics such as construction, improvements, park updates or installations, irrigation systems or any project (large or small) that you are proud of.  Presentations in this category can be a video and/or slides with a narration.  Videos are to be in-house productions.

Innovative Programs - Innovative program presentations should be 5 – 15 minutes long and include topics such as innovative maintenance programs or techniques, creative funding strategies, recreation programs or any program that you have put together and want to share with the Institute.  Presentations in this category can be a video and/or slides with narration.  Videos are to be in-house productions.

PSA/Promotional - PSA’s and promotional presentations should be 1 – 12 minutes long and include public service announcements (PSAs) and promotional presentations.  These presentations may consist of anything that you want to promote or announce such as: a new golf course, swimming pool, festivals, public functions, zoos or recycling programs.  PSA’s and promotional presentations can be video and/or slides with narration.  Professional productions will be place in this category.

Interested in signing up for Brag Night, click here to register.


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