Oregon Seeking Speakers

The Oregon Recreation and Parks Association's Conference Education Committee is seeking dynamic speakers and leaders who can share knowledge, experience, and best practices related to the parks and recreation field.

The committee is accepting proposals for educational sessions, which take place in 1.25-hour blocks, and opening and closing keynotes for the following programs and dates:


The committee is currently recruiting education session proposals for the following conferences:

2012 Conference & Trade Show

September 9, 2012--Medford, OR

Proposals Due/First Review: April 15, 2012


Our goal is to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by providing a selection of relevant topics addressed by top-notch presenters. ORPA conference attendees represent a broad spectrum of people who are engaged in the park and recreation field, from entry-level employees and university educators to middle managers and executive-level park and recreation professionals.

People come from a variety of communities and programs, so their perspectives and challenges vary greatly. The audience also reflects a range of experience levels, from longtime ORPA members to people who are just starting to investigate the park and recreation profession.

Session proposals that are relevant to a cross-section of members are more likely to be selected.


• Anyone interested in sharing their knowledge with park and recreation professionals

• Park and recreation professionals

• Park and recreation educators and related educators

• Park and recreation students

• Park and recreation vendors, contractors and related groups

• Professional speakers

Presenters should have experience speaking at state, regional or national conferences, schools or seminars.


ORPA seeks to fulfill the educational needs of our diverse audience by creating a balanced program that is comprehensive and reflects a multitude of perspectives.

We will select sessions based on their contribution to the following criteria:

• Overall quality of the proposal--Attached Form is completed and filled out completely

• Focused and well-defined topic

• Relevance to the park and recreation profession

• Practical application of material

• Presentation skill of the proposed speaker(s)


Questions regarding your proposal should be directed to:

CEC Co-Chair, Jen Borboa at jborboa@westlinnoregon.gov

CEC Co-Chair, Ann Satterfield at asatterf@thprd.org

ORPA Session Proposal Form 2012 Final