As you maneuver through the conference there are endless opportunities to connect with others in a variety of settings. Whether you are in education sessions or in the exihibit hall, every opportunity lends itself to meeting new people. If you are looking for great ideas on how to connect with others here are events you will want to make sure you attend.

Golf Tournament

Monday, September 14, 7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.* 
The Revere Golf Club
(presented by Local Host Committee)
Entry fee: $125, includes: transportation, green and cart fees, range balls, buffet lunch and refreshments.

Do Vegas right by playing the beautiful and iconic Revere Golf Course with panoramic views of the Las Vegas strip and desert mountains. Rated as one of the area’s top courses, this elevated and immaculate layout provides excitement and risk/reward strategy for every golfer. Register now and don’t forget to let us know if you need loaner clubs.

*Shot-gun start at 8 a.m. with allowance for warm-up and complete lunch. Scramble format, paired as requested or teams combined from individual entries.

Gold Medal Reception

Monday, September 14, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
Mandalay Bay Ballroom E

The Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management honor the nation’s outstanding park and recreation agencies for excellence in the field of park and recreation management. The Gold Medal Awards are presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association. Invitation Only Event.


Exhibit Hall Reception

Tuesday, September 15, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
Exhibit Hall – Shorelines A&B

After your first full day of sessions and exploring the exhibit hall you’ll be ready to unwind a little. Join exhibitors and your peers in the exhibit hall for networking, entertainment, cash prizes and a demonstration by our furry friend Lassie. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.


Neon 5K Fun Run/Walk

Tuesday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  
Sunset Park
(presented by Local Host Committee)
Entry fee: $35, includes: t-shirt, transportation, refreshments and fun stuff!

Join us for an exciting 5K run or 1 mile fun-walk through the scenic trails of Sunset Park beginning at dusk. As night sets in you will be guided by waving glow sticks and the shimmer of the Las Vegas skyline. There will be music, refreshments and lots of fun extras to make this a race to remember!


Sunrise Yoga Sponsored by Nuvis

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. 
Mandalay Bay Ballroom G-L

Before you stretch your mind in education sessions and stretch your legs in the exhibit hall, start your day off with a full body and soul stretch at the free Sunrise Yoga event.

NRPA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, September 16, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Mandalay Bay Ballroom G-L

The year-long celebration of NRPA’s 50th Anniversary will culminate at this event. Join us in celebrating our rich history and success, and the bright future of our field. The celebration will include live music, dancing, food and beverages.  
SPONSORED BY: GameTime a Playcore Company


Parks Build Community: Joe Kneip Park Dedication

Thursday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Come help celebrate the dedication of Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas and see the results of the major face lift and new infrastructure this deserving park and community received. This year marks the 6th year of Parks Build Community success and we are pleased to partner with the City of North Las Vegas, Playworld, Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, FlexGround, Public Restroom Company, Sun Ports, BCI Burke, iZone Imaging, Musco, Mirimichi Green, Shade ‘N Net and WhiteWater West. Buses depart 9:45 a.m. from the Mandalay Bay Hotel - Beach Level Entrance.


Best of the Best Ceremony

Thursday, September 17, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mandalay Bay Ballroom E

This annual ceremony recognizes the inspirational people and programs that remind us daily of the phenomenal work being done in the field. This includes the 2015 National Award recipients, newly accredited and re-accredited park and recreation agencies and academic programs, the 2015 Young Professional Fellows, Diversity and Student Scholarship recipients, the top Park Champion, and professionals who have recently achieved their CPRP or CPRE designations. Light reception to follow. 


Student Quiz Bowl

Thursday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Mandalay Bay Ballroom IJ

NRPA, in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) and the Education Network, welcomes back the Student Quiz Bowl for its sixth year! This popular, fast-paced event challenges students from schools across the country as they compete on stage in a park and recreation focused Jeopardy-style game.


Professional Development Center

Breakers Information Desk

Are you interested in becoming certified and advancing in your career? What about getting your agency accredited? This can seem like a daunting process to some, but you don’t have to go it alone. Visit the Professional Development center at the Breakers information desk to get your questions answered by NRPA’s expert staff.