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Conference Overview

The APRA Annual Conference is the only annual meeting of the parks and recreation community in the state of Arizona, is held annually and brings together parks, recreation, conservation, and open space professionals, students and those with business interests. The conference is the premier opportunity in the state for this passionate community to come together to communicate and experience an inspirational and education conference.

The conference includes a wide variety of educational sessions covering a broad range of issues on a local, state and national level. We will host prominent speakers, state-of-the-art related exhibit hall, informative and interactive workshops, tours, socials, golf tournament and much more.


Attendees consist of parks, recreation and open space professionals, volunteers, board and commission members, government officials, managers, administrators, trails and park users, company/industry representative, athletic directors, and anyone interested in our profession. Our conference draws 500+ attendees, 70+ booths in the exhibit hall, and nearly 70 volunteers.

Speaker Information

Conference sessions are meant to provide information for industry professionals, not to make a sales pitch for services or products. Attendees will be dissatisfied if they sense a presenter is providing promotional material for his or her own benefit.

Once a proposal is accepted, APRA asks the speaker of the session for a copy of the session PowerPoint presentations and other handouts to be emailed to before the July 1 to be included in the Conference App to be accessed by the delegates before and after the session.  

Conference attendees are often seeking CEU’s for certification purposes. APRA encourages all sessions to qualify for CEU’s. Continuing Education Units qualified speakers will be asked to provide their credentials, experience speaking on the subject, an outline of the presentation and method of ascertaining that attendees met the session learning outcomes. To comply with CEU standards, all speakers are required to submit these details with their session proposal form.

On-Site Education Sessions Room Set and Equipment

APRA will provide each room with a projector and screen. Speakers are required to bring their own laptop, cords to connect to the projector, speakers if needed for video presentations and clickers. Please ensure you have the proper cords/adapter to connect your laptop to the projector, there will not be any available on-site

All rooms will be set theater style unless you specifically requested alternate arrangements be made with the Education Chair.

Be sure to check in at the Speaker Registration desk a minimum of 30 minutes prior to your scheduled session time. 


Speakers are required to submit the form complete with all information requested before proposal will be accepted.  

Speakers are required to provide their own laptops and connection cords, one screen and projector will be provided in each room. Wi-Fi and audio speakers will be limited and should be requested in advanc. Room assignments will be made based on the request and will not be available on short notice or on-site. 

Please read our PROPOSAL TIPS page

Speaker Registration

Conference education session speakers will receive a complimentary one-day education registration package for the day of speaking. This registration is available for the speaker only and cannot be transferred. The complimentary one-day education registration package includes access to the following: (If approved you will receive a registration code from the Education Chair)

  • All of the education sessions for the day(s) of registration
  • General Session (if same day)
  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall

The complimentary one day education registration package does not include the following:

  • Any conference social(s)
  • Off-Site Tours 
  • Workshops
  • Golf Tournament
  • Awards Banquet
  • Food Tickets

    Honorarium / Travel Reimbursement Policies

    APRA has a small budget to pay for speaker honorariums and speaker travel reimbursement. If the speaker requires an honorarium and/or travel reimbursement to present this proposed session, please send the appropriate documentation on the proposal form to the Education Chair. The proposals requiring speaker honorariums and/or travel reimbursement will be reviewed separately from the other proposals and decisions will be made based on proposal quality, session needs and budget requirements.

    Hotel Accommodations

    Be sure to book using the pre-negotiated APRA room rate. Link to book rooms are located on the main conference page. 

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