2023 Education Sessions

We are excited to share this year's education sessions lineup! We have worked hard to gather informative and exciting sessions! Click the button below to view energetic and informative sessions we have selected for you this year!


Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 2:00PM - 3:15PM | SESSSION GROUP 1

1A. It's a real job! Selling the career path of parks and recreation to Gen Z.

1B. Aquatic Facility Winterization one of the best preventive maintenance tasks

1C. Facilitating Conflict for your Staff and your Campers

1D. Design, Construction and Maintenance Along Ft. Wayne's Three Rivers

1E. From College to the Job Field

1F. Inclusive Play Matters: Whole Child, Whole Environment & Whole Community

1G. Forever is a Long Time: Land and Water Conservation Fund Park Stewardship for New and Existing Parks.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 3:30PM - 4:45PM | SESSSION GROUP 2

2A. Neighborhood Park Planning - Responding to a New Generation of Park Users

2B. Pool Chemistry! It's Not That Scary!

2C. The Power of Yes - Program Development Workshop

2D. Invasive Plant Management in Indiana

2E. Started from the Bottom

2F. Building the Brand & Reputation of a Parks & Recreation Department in Indiana (and Michigan?)


Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 9:00AM - 10:15AM | SESSSION GROUP 3


3B. Universal Design is Good Design

3C. Integrating Health and Wellness into Parks and Recreation

3D. Park Land Preservation in Indiana

3E. Creating the Park Foundation Model that Can Work for You

3F. Moving from Cultural Competency to Cultural Humility

3G. The Transformative Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Parks

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 10:45AM - 12:00PM | SESSSION GROUP 4

4A. Developing Partnerships That Move Your Agency Forward

4B. Public Splashpads: Closing The Funding Gap With An Equitable Play To Play Strategy

4C. Event Planning for the 2024 Solar Eclipse

4D. Native Plant Communities: Creation, Restoration and Maintenance

4E - MINI. Qualifications Based Selection for Better Projects, Better Value


MINI. Using Park Foundations As a Means of Closing Funding Gaps In Parks & Recreation

4F. Inclusive Restrooms and Locker Rooms (Incorporating into Your Facility)

4G. CTRL ALT DELETE: Restarting during a Leadership Transition

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 1:30PM - 2:45PM | SESSSION GROUP 5

5A. Finding Success Through Conflict Resolution

5B. Play "Value" - Getting the Most Bang For Your Buck

5C. More Than a Field Trip: Connecting Students & Nature Through the School Year

5D. All things Trails: Design, Programming and Maintenance

5E. River Heritage Park: Carmel/Clay Parks Reimagined

5F. BaFa’ BaFa’ an immersive cultural simulation Part 1

5G. Getting Creative with Community Engagement

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 3:15PM - 4:30PM | SESSSION GROUP 6


6B. Homelessness in Parks: Successes and Challenges

6C. The Changing Climate of Environmental Education in Project WET and Project WILD

6D. Maximizing Community Health and Well-being through Sustainable Park and Trail Management.

6E. Fishers Nickel Plate Trail – A feat of engineering, design, programming… and patience!

6F. BaFa’ BaFa’ an immersive cultural simulation - Part 2

6G. Generating Revenue through Sponsorships and Advertising

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 9:30AM - 10:45AM | SESSSION GROUP 7

7A. Big Team Synergy: Taking Your Team from Good to Great

7B. Breathwork for Clear Thinking

7C. Wild Ambassadors: Working with Animals in Nature Centers

7D. Connecting People to our Natural World through Parks

7E. Past, Present, and Futures of Playgrounds

7F. Sensory Rooms; Creating Inclusiveness for adults in a community setting

7G. Leading from Within: Inner Work for Outward Connection

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 11:00AM - 12:15PM | SESSSION GROUP 8

8A. Super Sizing Your Parks Master Plan

8B. Creating a Cohesive Park: Blending Historic & Modern Designs

8C. 70 Programs in 70 Minutes

8D. Indiana Native Wildflowers

8E. Leveraging Federal Funding for Parks: The Refreshed Land and Water Conservation Fund Program and its Siblings.

8F. Accessible Playgrounds: Considerations to Keep Out of the Hot Lava

8G. Public Speaking for Municipal Managers and Designer