81st Vermont Conference on Recreation + Trails Symposium
September 25 & 26, 2024
We are excited to welcome parks and recreation professionals from around Vermont at the 80th VT Conference on Recreation! We are thrilled to be partnering with Vermont Trails & Greenways Council (VTGC) to offer a Trails Symposium in tandem with our long-running conference. The Trails Symposium adds an outdoor recreation angle to the traditional municipal parks and recreation focus of the conference. VRPA's event is a great place for networking, sharing ideas, learning about current trends, and getting a pulse on what is happening throughout the state. This two-day conference and trails symposium boasts over 27 educational sessions, networking events, an awards luncheon, and an exhibit hall. This is a don't miss annual event for parks and recreation professionals and service providers alike!
Attendee Registration will open in April
2023 Keynote Speaker:
Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator and cross-country coach, ultramarathoner, cyclist and skier, DEI practitioner, and author of the memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. She began running in high school, recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008 and started her blog Fatgirlrunning—about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner endurance athletes— while training for her first marathon. Mirna's athletic story has been featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner's World Magazine. In 2018 she was chosen as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and in early 2020 appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show and Access Daily, and most recently was featured on the Today Show. Her partners include LLBean, Ford Bronco, Lululemon, Salsa Cycles, InsideTracker, and Garmin. She currently lives and trains in Vermont and is wholeheartedly enamored and obsessed with downhill skiing.
2024 Silent Auction (Online!)
Bidding for the 2024 Silent Auction will start in August.
Contact us if you would like to donate items to the Silent Auction!
Just a tiny sampling of what is normally available!
2024 Conference Scholarship Application
Scholarships are available for up to 50% of either the one-day or two-day conference registration fee, through proceeds from the Silent Auction. To be considered for a conference scholarship, submit the scholarship application form, completed and signed, with your conference registration.
Priority will be given to applications received by Sept. 1 from VRPA members and first-time conference attendees.
Scholarship awards will be announced prior to the early registration deadline in September.