80th Annual

VT Conference on Recreation

& Trails Symposium 

 Wednesday & Thursday

September 27th & 28th, 2023

Killington Grand Resort Hotel, Killington, VT

Day of Schedule

Silent Auction Link

2023 Keynote - announced soon!

2022 Keynote

Phil Gaines

Phil Gaines is a Professor of Practice in the Parks Recreation and Tourism Management Department at Clemson University. Phil completed a 38-year career in State Parks in 2018, where he began his career as an entry level Park Ranger at Kings Mountain State Park. He served as Park Superintendent at three different state parks, and Assistant Director of State Parks, before serving as Director of South Carolina State Parks for 13 years. Phil has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Park Directors, and the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers. He has severed as Past Chairman of the Board of Regents for the America’s State Park Leadership School in Wheeling West Virginia where he was an instructor for 13 years. Phil is a frequent presenter at various State and National Conferences in the US and Canada where he focuses on leadership, and innovative approaches to park management. Phil is a contributing writer for Southern Edge Magazine, and a contributor and co-host of The Park Leaders Podcast.

Awards and Recognitions:

The Fred Brinkman Award, presented by the South Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition is presented periodically to an individual who has consistently, over a long period of time, made an outstanding contribution to the tourism industry on a statewide level in South Carolina.

The American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration Legend Award for outstanding and noteworthy contributions to parks, recreation, and conservation in the United States.

The historic CCC Lodge at Table Rock State Park was designated and named The Gaines Lodge at Table Rock in 2019.

Distinguished Service Award for national leadership for America’s State Parks from the National Association of State Park Directors.

The George B. Hartzog Environmental Awards and the Walter Cox Award for Public Service and Leadership in Natural Resources, from Clemson University.

South Carolina’s Forever Green Public Servant of the Year (2019).  


Palmetto Conservation Foundation and the Palmetto Trail, Board of Directors

Upper Palmetto YMCA Camp Cherokee, Board of Directors.

Thank you Landscape Structures for the Keynote Speaker Scholarships!


Thank you to all of our Exhibitors & Donors that plan to help make our 79th Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation a big success this past October. We will update this list as Exhibitors register for our 80th annual Conference. We look forward to seeing you all this September!

Atlantic Golf & Turf

Clivus New England, Inc.
Cousineau Forest ProductsDurgin & Crowell Lumber Company
Franklin PaintKompan, Inc.
M.E. O'Brien & Sons, Inc.

Musco Sports Lighting

MyRec.com Recreation SoftwareNew England Recreation Group
 North Star FireworksPettinelli & Associates, Inc.
Pioneer Athletics.comSE Group
Solitude Lake ManagementUltiPlay Parks & Playgrounds, Inc.
 Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Vermont Display Inc.
 Weston & Sampson Wickham Park
 more to come! 



Sponsor Opportunities: (Platinum, Gold, Silver)

Platinum Sponsor - $1,000+ (Keynotes, Social, Gifts) 

Gold Sponsors - $400 - $1,000 (Meals & Rooms, Advertising) 

Silver Sponsors  (All Exhibitors Registered) 

Sponsorship is the best way to stand out from the crowd!  Maximize your return on investment and visibility, get ahead of your competitors, build brand awareness.  Show your support and promote your business before and during the conference. Check out these great sponsorship opportunities!

Keynote.....................................................$2,500 (1 available)

Conference Gift.....................................$3,000 (1 available)

Education Sponsor .............................. Connect with VRPA for options

Exhibitor Social Sponsor .................... *SOLD OUT* (Open Bar)

Entertainment Sponsor ........................ Connect with VRPA for options

Conference Meals ................................$500 (6 available)

Thursday Awards Luncheon ................$600 (2 available)

Room Sponsor.......................................$400 (5 available)

Grab N'Go Parting Snack ..................... *SOLD OUT* 

Got a Creative Idea? – We would love to hear any new ideas you have for sponsorship or advertising opportunities that may help benefit your company. Contact us today with your idea!


The Conference Committee can use your help during the 
80th Conference by:

    • Moderating a session 
    • Helping out at the Registration Table
    • Assisting with the Silent Auction:

        Help with making calls & collecting donations, & help checking people out and collecting money on the final day of the conference

2023 Conference Committee

Kathryn Wrigley - Chair

Todd Goodwin - Co-Chair

Adriane Martin - Past Chair

Joanna Bisceglio - Exhibitor Chair 
Joanne Putzier - Silent Auction Chair

Lee Barrett - Entertainment Chair

Kelli Millick - Volunteer Chair

Nicole Draper

Nicole Mone-St. Marthe

Linda Rodes

Cassandra Martin

Zahra Mohamed

Colin Drury

Jenn Merritt

& many sub-committee members!

Conference Resource Page

(Power Points & more)

Room Reservations

Killington Grand Hotel Room Rate/Night:

Grand Hotel room - $187 (2 Queens)

Grand Hotel Studio 2 - $172 (Queen Murphy bed)

Grand Hotel Studio 4 - $182 (sofa bed & Queen Murphy bed)

Grand Hotel 1 Bed Suite - $230 (1 Queen, 1 sofa bed, 1 Murphy bed)

Book your room by August 27th, 2023 - Reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis. A credit card is required to confirm all room reservations.   Call: 1-800-282-9955

Be sure to refer to the "Vermont Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference" when making your reservation so you will qualify for the special group rate.

Online Room Lodging Booking Link: Lodging Link with access to our Groups Discounted Rates is available below:


Individual Call-In: Please call 1-800-282-9955. 

Lodging Deposit: Individual reservations are considered guaranteed reservations. Individuals making their own reservations will be asked for a credit card to guarantee their reservation and the credit card will be charged for the first night’s room and tax to secure the reservation.

Upon check-in, card will be authorized for the remainder of the stay. All remaining charges, including lodging, taxes and incidentals will be finalized when the customer checks out. Individuals will be asked for a credit card for any incidental charges during their stay.

Guest Room Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and follow the Cancellation policy listed below.

Cancellations for Individual call-in groups:

- 4 Days or more prior to arrival: No penalty for cancellation

- Within 3 days or less prior to arrival: No refund of deposit. 

2023 Registration will open for Attendees later this spring.

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