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Annual Conference

MTRPA Conference 2021

RESCHEDULED TO SPRING 2022

Although originally planned October 3rd – 5th, the annual conference is being rescheduled to Spring 2022, April 3 – 6th.

The MTRPA Board held an Emergency Board meeting Friday 9/3/21 at 2pm via Zoom to discuss either continuing with a hybrid virtual/in-person conference, go completely virtual, or reschedule to next spring. While many other state and national conferences are being canceled, rescheduled, or limited, the MTRPA Board voted unanimously to reschedule the conference to next spring.

The MTRPA still plans to have an executive board meeting and business meeting scheduled October 3rd. Along with that, we are working to plan some fun virtual fall activities for members like virtual round tables, virtual coffee with a student, and more.


Early bird pricing through February 1st!

First, become a member today to get $30 off conference registration!
Commercial members receive $20 off exhibitor booths!

Are you a member and still need a coupon code? Contact us montanatrailsparksandrec@gmail.com

 


Book Your Room

The Holiday Inn Great Falls Convention Center has special pricing available at $109/night for MTRPA conference attendees and exhibitors. Call the Holiday Inn directly 406-727-7200 to make lodging arrangements; the code to call in is MTR.


2022 CALL FOR PRESENTERS

The conference committee is working hard on session framework to address current topics and opportunities. We are seeking thought provoking speakers with professional, cutting edge, interactive education sessions, and presentations that can provide information and proven methods to successfully manage and maintain parks, trails, recreation programs, and any insight on the tracks listed below. Our theme this year is “Reconnection through Recreation – Purpose and Resilience in Parks and Recreation.”

Program tracks include:

1. Trails Maintenance/Management/SCORP
2. Recreation/Aquatics Programming/Facilities/Management/Special Events
3. Parks and Urban Forestry: Resource Maintenance & Management
4. Administration

We are accepting proposals for presentations now through February 1st. Please Download and fill out the 2022 Call for Presenters form.


2022 INVITATION TO EXHIBITORS

The Montana Trail Recreation and Park Association (MTRPA) is a non-profit, public interest professional organization representing professionals involved in providing recreation opportunities, natural resource management and leisure facilities to all Montanans as well as the countless tourists who visit our State each year. Exhibiting at MTRPA highlights your business or brand name to hundreds of receptive attendees for a very reasonable price. Businesses may also sponsor a social event or educational session independently or in combination with other business sponsors.

Exhibitors Booth registration includes one booth and full access for ONE person to access all social events and sessions during the conference. Any extra exhibitor attendees will need an Exhibitor Attendee Pass to cover costs associated with the conference and to gain access to sessions/events.
NOTE: MTRPA reserves the right to limit exhibit hall registrations to those providing products and services consistent with MTRPA’s mission and values. Assignments are generally made on a first-come, first-serve basis. MTRPA reserves the right to make final booth assignments.

Please fill out our 2022 MTRPA Trade Show Exhibit Booth Contract and also pay your exhibitor registration fee on-line or send a check to the address on the contract.


2022 SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

Businesses may also sponsor a social event or educational session independently or in combination with other business sponsors. Social Event Sponsor includes recognition by announcement, and appreciation poster. Educational Session Sponsor includes your sign outside classroom and recognition at beginning and end of education session. Learn more here.


SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS

Looking to bring visibility to a particular product or service? Donate to the silent auction! The 2022 State Conference is hosted by Great Falls Park and Recreation, a central location for parks and recreation professionals to gather. To donate, email Steve Herrig sherrig@greatfallsmt.net

 


QUESTIONS?

Email us at montanatrailsparksandrec@gmail.com.

See you in Great Falls!






CONFERENCE ARCHIVES

 

2020 MTRPA CONFERENCE IN BUTTE IS CANCELED DUE TO BUTTE-SILVER BOW CITY/COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH ADVISEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 PANDEMIC. 

Refunds will be issued to all ticket holders, exhibitors, sponsors, and vendors. Please contact us if you have any questions

MTRPA CONFERENCE 2020

Roaring 2020s: Planting our Planet with Inclusive Communities through Parks and Recreation

April 19 – 22

Copper King Hotel & Convention Center Butte, MT

Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation is excited to host the MTRPA annual conference April 19th – 22nd at Butte Coper King Inn and Convention Center.  The conference committee have been hard at work to provide members, students, retirees and associates a first-class conference that will provide valuable educational sessions, exciting events, off-site tours of some of Butte Historic areas, watering holes, and tours of Butte’s unique park, trail  & open space facilities.

Join us for a roaring time this spring! You won’t want to miss one day of this conference celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, Roaring 20s history, and the Roaring 2020s!

Full conference registration 4/19 – 4/22 includes access to all sessions, keynote speakers, off-site tours (Tuesday), exhibitor hall, conference t-shirt, and the following:

  • Sunday 4/19: Welcome Reception social will be at Metals Sports Bar & Grill sponsored event 7 – 9 PM, transportation provided.
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 4/20 – 4/22: Continental breakfast provided.
  • Monday and Tuesday: Lunch provided.
  • Monday 4/20 5 PM: Headframe Spirits Distillery will host MTRPA conference attendees and exhibitors for the debut of an apple brandy that was distilled with apples harvested from Foreman’s Park in Butte. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition apple brandy will benefit Butte-Silver Bow Parks & Recreation. Samples will be served at Headframes Distillery tasting room. (Attendees under 21 can still attend these tasting events and non-alcoholic drink tickets will be provided.)
  • Monday 4/20 7 – 9 PM: 51 Below Speakeasy (walking distance from Headframe) appetizers will be provided at this sponsored event and we are encouraging attendees to dress in Roaring 20’s attirein the spirit of the theme of the conference for that event! Prizes will be awarded for the most authentic attire. Transportation will be provided for attendees to all social events.
  • Tuesday 4/21: Off site tours. Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

See Conference Session Schedule Here

NOTE:  Dinner not provided Sunday and Monday nights.


Register, then book your hotel!

Copper King Hotel is blocking out 100 rooms at a conference rate price of $99.00/night for each of the three nights of the conference April 19, 20, & 21. Please contact Copper King Hotel & Convention Center to book your stay BEFORE APRIL 1st. https://copperkinghotel.com


1920s History in Your Park or Organization?

As we move into the 2020s let’s take a look back at the Roaring 1920s and celebrate our park history.  If you have a park or other facility that was developed in and around the 1920s and have some pictures we would love to share the information at the conference.  Please send high resolution pictures or memorabilia you’d like to display. Mail to JP Gallagher at the Butte-Silver Bow Parks Department at 1340 Harrison Avenue or email photos to Jocelyn Dodge at jocedodge@gmail.com.







  2018 Annual Conference

October 15-17, 2018

Helena, MT

2018 Annual Meeting Notes

MTRPA Conference held in Helena, MT, had a great productions of presenters and speakers and we want to say thank you. Below is a list of the powerpoints presented at the conference for you to visit.

1-Junk In = Junk Out

2-TNT

3-Trees & Conflicts

MTRPARoad to Tobacco Free Parks 10.11.18

MTRPA Revenue & Cost Recovery

Montana inclusion

MTC Motor Vehicle Increase MTRPA

Metcalf_SCORP_2018 (3)

Marian Pick this one!

Metcalf_SCORP_2018

Conserving Water Through Proper Irrigation – Montana MTRPA

Combining Resources to Achieve Effective and Efficient Use

MTRPA Economic Presentation

The Montana Trails, Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference was be held October 15-17, at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT. The conference theme was “Charged & Engaged- Maintaining Relevance Across Montana” highlighting strategies and methods for developing quality parks, trails, healthy built communities and programs while also providing insight and strategies on long term maintenance of these amenities.


2017 Business Meeting Notes

Missoula

 

 

 Recap of Annual 2014 Conference

Business Meeting Minutes

Butte

Recap of Annual 2013 Conference

Annual Business Meeting Minutes

CONFERENCE REPORT

Highlights of the Conference

ExhibitorEXHIBITOR  AREA
Bus MtgMTRPA  BUSINESS  MEETING
OfficersMTRPA  OFFICERS  BEING  SWORN  IN
ScholarshipMTRPA  STUDENT  SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
(L-R) Garrett Koepke, Katherine Bascom, Adam Woods, Doug Haberman, Past President MTRPA
(Nora Gartner, not present)
Boat TripTHE  MONTANA  DELEGATION  ON  THE  BOAT  CRUISE
MarinaLEAVING  THE  DOCK  ON  THE  BOAT  TRIP