OFF-SITE TOURS & SOCIALS


Monday, February 18, 2019

On Your Own | All Day:

Paoli Peaks Fun

Come early and play at the peaks! Paoli Peaks is only 15 minutes away from French Lick and offers several fun recreational activities including skiing, snowboarding and the widely popular tubing. There is something fun for the entire team or family!

To ski/tube/snowboard you must purchase tickets separately.

Pricing ranges from $25-$68 depending on tickets and equipment rentals.

Transportation will NOT be provided.

Afternoon Session | 3-5pm:

Wine Tasting

Enjoy a French Lick gem and network with colleagues. The French Lick Winery is one of the premiere wineries in southern Indiana.

Tastings from the winery and distillery are available for purchase starting at $7 (can be purchased onsite) and light appetizers will be provided.

Free shuttle service is provided from the hotel.

To learn more about the French Lick Winery, click here.

Late Night Session | 7-9pm

Go Karting

We are excited to fuel the conference with some good old fashioned competition. Join us for some sweet snacks, networking, and the chance to race your peers.

Racing start at $17 and can be purchased onsite at the facility.

Free shuttle service is provided from the hotel.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

All Day Sessions | 8:30-4:30pm

What does it take to run PAOLI PEAKS? | 9-3:30pm

What does it take to run a seasonal ski/tubing business in Indiana? Join us for a unique experience in touring the operations of one of Indiana's premiere ski resorts. We will take a 45 minute tour of the facility which will include sales, maintenance, snow production, and checking out the slopes. Once the tour is complete you can try out tubing, and skiing, snowboarding.

To ski/tube/snowboard you must purchase tickets separately

Pricing ranges from $25-$68 depending on tickets and equipment rentals.

Transportation is provided.

To learn more about Paoli Peaks, click here.

Animal Encounters at Wilstem Ranch | 9-11:30am

Come see the Roos and Crew exhibit at the Wilstem Ranch. Located just 15 miles from French Lick sits a 1,500 acre ranch filled with a diverse population of animals from elephants to kangaroos. We will be visiting the small animal zoo where we will close encounters with everything from kangaroos to rare bird species. For an additional $25+, you can meet the grizzly bears and/or giraffes. A great excursion for the animal lovers or naturalists in your department.

Transportation is provided.

To learn more about Wilstem Ranch, click here.

Managing Natural Resources, Patoka Lake/CEU/Tour | 8:30-12:30pm

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from Patoka Lake Wildlife Manager, Brian Finch, as he discusses the value and benefits of prescribed fire. Prescribed fire provides many benefits in affecting invasive plants and impacting early succession areas. Prescribed fire planning and its affects on invasive species will also be discussed. As a part of this session, participants will learn the benefits and placements of pollinator projects in recreation settings. Finally, participants will learn lethal and nonlethal measures in managing nuisance geese and the rules and regulations pertaining to this migratory waterfowl.

Transportation is provided.

To learn more about Patoka Lake, click here.

Making Memories with Recreational Resources, Patoka Lake-CEU | 12:30-4:30pm

Participants will have the opportunity to tour Indiana State Parks largest campground and view the diverse recreation activities that are offered in the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area which will include viewing fitness trail, 18 hole disc golf course, archery range and multiple campgrounds. Participants will also have the opportunity to view one of Indiana State Parks birds of prey programs. During this presentation participants will learn the benefits of a raptor program and the care that is required to maintain this program. As the final piece of this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about NASP and working with local partners to utilize archery as a recreational pursuit. Participants will have the opportunity to learn proper range safety, shooting techniques and other range maintenance.

Transportation is provided.

To learn more about Patoka Lake, click here.

The History of West Baden and French Lick Hotels | 1:15-3:15pm

Join us for a walk through the history of the world renounced French Lick and West Baden hotels. On this tour you will see the full scope of what the hotels and towns have to offer. We will walk through both hotels and hear about their successes and failures and how they got to where they are today.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

80's Party | 8:30-11pm

Continue your conference experience into the evening and join us in Pluto's Ally for a 80's themed party where bowling and arcade games will glow under the black lights. We will also finally get an answer to the age old question - vendors or park professionals, who is the better bowler?! You won't want to miss the opportunity to take part in the epic vendor vs. park professional bowl off!

And most importantly, don't forget to wear your favorite 80's outfit!