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KRPA Conference & Trade Show Virtual Day Schedule


Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (Virtual)

WEDNESAY, February 3rd

9:00-10:30
FUNdamism
Speaker(s): Paul Long
Two grown men, cat wrestling singlets and a social experiment. Paul Long leveraged his concept of Fundamism to become the Kansas City Royals’ 2016 Fan of the Year while inspiring his employees, organization and an entire city! Paul’s philosophy of Fundamism is a deliberate approach to happiness in the workplace, can be applied by anyone and is certain to move your team in the direction you desire. Based on the core principle of F.U.N., this experience will allow your team to explore their Foundation, Understanding of Others and help identify Next Steps in maximizing their overall effectiveness at work and in life. Laugh, learn and actively engage with your team while Paul coaches you through principles that help improve employee engagement, maximize productivity, provide memorable customer experiences and create a more F.U.N. work environment! This experience will provoke thought while leaving audiences with a strong understanding of specific actions to help improve their personal work environment. This session is sponsored by ATHCO/Landscape Structures.

10:45-11:45
It's All About the Experience
Speaker(s): Jenny Smith, Mission Park and Recreation; Kari Baesel, Johnson County Park and Recreation District,
Take your programming and events to the next level! Explore ways by focusing on the experience, details and delivery to ensure patrons return to your activities. From the minute they walk in the door, participate and leave, we’ll give tips to keep people engaged and waiting to see what fun thing you’ll do next!

10:45-11:45
Trail Development
Speaker(s): Steve Schneider, Rogue Trails, LLC
1. Data Relating to Tourism and Trails  2. Science behind ecological trail development and what that means. 3. How to engage local support from user groups to lessen the burden on municipalities. 4. Q&A

10:45-11:45
Connecting the Dots for Health
Speaker(s): Jo Burns, Jo Burns Consulting
Parks and recreation IS an essential dot in the big picture of health.   What are Parks & Recreation professionals doing to make sure we are an integral “dot” in the picture both in times of crisis and calm?  What connections helped you stay “stronger together”? We’ll examine how we are a great fit as part of the overall picture of health for our citizens, our communities and our state?  The picture of health looks different for all of us pre and post COVID.  Together we can complete the picture of health by connecting all the dots!  Join us for a candid discussion to try and answer these compelling and complex questions.

10:45-11:45
Jr. Official Program
Speaker(s): Brent Peintner, Cheney Recreation Commission
KRPA is working on a new Jr Officials Program to assist all departments across the state.  The session will cover the information of the program and how you can get involved.

10:45-11:45
Seeking Public input without meeting the Public
Speaker(s): PJ Novick, Confluence; Hank Moyers, Confluence
The session will present how the public can still be successfully engaged in the design process even through open public meetings might not be possible for the near-term. Through the successful use of various social media platforms and information gathering tools parks and recreation professionals can still engage the public in the design process. Case studies will show how a design team was able to gather 981-digital responses and present and discuss plan alternatives for the conversion of a golf course without face to face meetings. The resulting plan was fully embraced by the public and the city and is awaiting funding through the CIP process. This session is sponsored by Confluence.

10:45-11:45
Recruiting and Retaining Lifeguards
Speaker(s): Brian Hill, Wichita Park and Recreation
A mix of instruction on recruiting and retaining lifeguards with an open discussion of local strategies. The instructional part will discuss proven strategies and new opportunities. This session is sponsored by Splashtacular.

11:45-2:00
Lunch and Trade Show

2:00-3:00
What is the Adventure Lab app?
Speaker(s): Jenn Seva, Geocashing HQ
What is the Adventure Lab app? Geocaching Adventure Lab is a new app and platform from the team at Geocaching HQ that allows you to create, play, and share location-based experiences and games. The Geocaching Adventure Lab app guides players through the process of finding clues, solving puzzles, and completing Adventures one location at a time. If you’re already a Geocaching member, these caches count towards your geocaching statistics and total finds.

2:00-3:00
My People? Your People? Nope...Our People!
Speaker(s): Jo Burns, Jo Burns Consulting
What’s your organization’s culture story? Every moment an individual or a family walks through our door or into our park we have an opportunity to welcome, connect and customize their experience. Each family, individual and group, they are all ALL our people regardless of age, ability, race, gender, sexual orientation, income or home status.  How we choose to share, educate and advocate for our services and programs says a lot about us.  It shows what we value, how we include and how we make people feel they belong in our community.  Join us for this insightful and thought-provoking session on delivering authentic customer connections by acknowledging our bias, engaging with our people according to their unique needs and working with united staff teams.

2:00-3:00
Messaging matters in Marketing
Speaker(s): Amy Conkling, Hutchinson Recreation Commission; Jennifer Kraus, Emporia Recreation Commission
Creating cohesive and effective messaging is one of the biggest challenges many organizations face. The right messaging can help define your focus and serve as the cornerstone of your branding, marketing and internal communications, as well as ensure accuracy and consistency, and help spokespeople stay focused during media interviews. But defining your messages can be a daunting task, whether you are large or small organization

2:00-3:00
Pickle Ballers - They can drive you to DINK!
Speaker(s): Mallory Ozier, Johnson County Park and Recreation District; Jeremy Reimer, Lenexa Park and Recreation
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.  Recreation professionals can run into a wide range of headaches with such rapid growth and multi-generational participation. Discover ways to improve your pickleball programs through making connections with players, teaming up with local partners, and tips on what not to do.

2:00-3:00
Blue Valley Schools Sportsmanship Initiative
Speaker(s): Shane DeWald, Blue Valley Recreation Commission
The Blue Valley School District in coordination with BVRC and CAPS will introduce and implement a sportsmanship program focused on athletic events.

2:00-3:00
Water Chemistry Goals - Maintaining Breakpoint
Speaker(s): Brian Hill, Wichita Park and Recreation
Instruction on water chemistry goals and the importance of maintaining breakpoint. Discuss how to reach this level, ways to maintain, and how to super chlorinate if and when needed. This session is sponsored by Water Technology.


2:00-3:00
Innovative Recruitment and Retention Strategies that Transforms Communities
Speaker(s): Dr. Tiffany Anderson, USD 501
Dr. Anderson will share innovative strategies to recruit and retain talent  into the profession. Dr. Anderson will give practical strategies focused on the importance of putting people first in order to transform communities. Dr. Anderson believes in leading with purpose and her presentation will inspire staff to lead and serve others.

3:00-3:10
Jenny's Brain Break
A brain break is just what it sounds like—a break from your focused learning. This brain break will not only be fun with the fabulous Jenny Smith, but it will help increase attention and productivity during your day at conference.

3:15-4:15
Electric Bicycles: What Are They, Where Can They Go, and How to Manage Them
Speaker(s): Morgan Lommele, People for Bikes
Electric Bicycles: What Are They and Where Can They Go- The user base for electric bicycles grows annually, and land managers are faced with e-bike management decisions. This session covers what an e-bike is, who rides one, technical specifications, regulatory options, what parks currently allow them, resource and user studies, management examples, and tools, reports, studies and stories that have been developed. This session will also cover “Managing Electric Mountain Bikes: a Handbook for Land Managers.” The handbook is a guide to environmentally and socially sustainable management of eMTBs, developed in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. It provides best management practices associated with methods of travel, and land use planning and implementation considerations to educate federal, state, and local land managers.
This session is sponsored by CivicRec.

3:15-4:15
Leading with Health in Mind
Speaker(s): Jo Burns, Jo Burns Consulting
How does health manifest itself in your programs, special events and daily interactions with participants? Does it look different now than before our national health crisis? Borrowing methodology from Therapeutic Recreation, Public Health and Health Promotion, you can make the healthy choice the easy choice.  In this session we’ll talk about ways to incorporate physical, emotional and social health into your parks and recreation organization and how to lead, plan and program with intention.

3:15-4:15
Low Cost Programming
Speaker(s): Vanessa Buehne, Derby Recreation Commission; Jason Steadman, Rose Hill Recreation Commission; Whitney Kessler, Baldwin City Recreation Commission
In this session, you will hear from programming professionals about planning and implementing low to no cost programs. They will discuss both programs that are low in cost to the participant, and low in cost to the organization. Come away from this session with ideas to implement low cost programs in your community.

3:15-4:15
When Strengths Collide: Fostering Community Alliances
Speaker(s): Amanda Alessi, Wichita Park and Recreation
Collaboration comes in all shapes. In 2017, the Great Plains Nature Center began a partnership with the Wichita Art Museum to offer joint field trips. Learn important features to consider when exploring  partnerships, and develop a strategy for a new, unique collaboration. This session focuses on concepts that lead to successful collaborations where the mission of each agency is achieved. While this session highlights a field trip as an example of a successful partnership, it is not about  how to replicate that specific field trip.

3:15-4:15
Onboarding and Training new sports and recreation professionals
Speaker(s): Mike Buchanan, Manhattan Parks and Recreation,
Training new sports professionals is an ongoing challenge for many agencies.  Mike Buchanan will show you how to bring your new graduate hires up to speed on how to deal with everything from scheduling to conflict resolution to set your new hire and your agency up for success during periods of transition.

3:15-4:15
Higher Level of Inclusive Play!
Speaker(s): Jill Moore, Landscape Structures
The playground should be a place for laughter, friends and fun, for all.  Traditional playgrounds focus on accessible-element play count and developmentally appropriate activities; but miss the mark when it comes to supporting a wide range of abilities. Per the CDC, one in 54 children has autism resulting in challenges interpreting sensory messages, engaging in play and social interaction.  All children learn through their senses. Evidence-based research shows sensory-rich play environments with appropriate levels of challenge, a variety of activities to promote choice, develop functional skills, imaginary play and social skills provide a higher level of inclusive play for all. This session is sponsored by ATHCO and Landscape Structures.


THURSDAY, February 4th


9:00-10:00
The Value of Aquatics- Advocating Importance
Speaker(s): Sydni Baker, City of Manhattan; Andrea Lemna, City of Salina; Lauren Ozburn, Water's Edge Aquatic Design
Aquatic facilities are often the central hub for summer time fun and the prides of joy in the eyes of community members. Aquatic professionals are passionate about their jobs, facilities, and programs, but can sometimes use support in understanding how the modern aquatics industry came to be and how to advocate the importance of investing in aquatic services. Join us to learn about the evolution of aquatic facilities, industry related metrics and statistics, and benefits of pools on community health so you can continue to champion the value of aquatics in your community. This session is sponsored by Waters Edge.

9:00-10:00
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Speaker(s): Matt Whitlow, National Park Service
Overview of the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. Updates regarding the program. Discuss compliance and how to avoid conversions. This session is sponsored by Playscapes.

9:00-10:00
Strong Work Culture Post-COVID19
Speaker(s): Brian Peel, Spring Hill Recreation Commission
An overview of the impacts of the COVID19 epidemic on Parks & Recreation and how organizations are recovering, training staff, and evolving the workplace.

9:00-10:00
Video Marketing - Not Just for the Pros
Speaker(s): Brice Soeken, Fairway Park and Recreation; Kate Kincaid, Shawnee Park and Recreation
More than ever, patrons are wanting to see an example of what events or programs look like before they will attend or register. Video marketing can help showcase a wonderful event or program that your agency is hosting. Most recreation professionals think that creating these videos will take too much money, too much time or that they do not have the "tech skills" required to do so. We will take you through the process of making a video using the WeVideo platform, but will also provide other platform options as well. They are also simple enough for "non-tech" professionals like us!

9:00-10:00
Diversity in the workplace
Speaker(s): Danielle Johnson, Inclusive Growth Strategies
This interactive training focuses on different facets of diversity. The training encompasses benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The training also includes defining diversity and highlighting demographics. The training ends with great guidelines to put in place and incorporating diversity and inclusion into the workplace.

9:00-10:00
Partnering with Special Olympics Kansas: How to Better Serve An Underserved Population
Speaker(s): Laura Covert, Pittsburg State University; Chris Burt, Special Olympics Kansas
In this session, attendees will learn about the collaboration between Pittsburg State University and Special Olympics Kansas. Health characteristics of Special Olympics athletes, and various avenues of programming, such as special events, sport, and fitness for special populations will be explored. Opportunities to build relationships and programming with Special Olympics Kansas will be discussed.

9:00-10:00
Positioning Yourself as a Youth Sports Leader
Speaker(s): Lisa Licata, NAYS
Professional youth sports administrators play an integral role in the execution of high-quality youth sports experiences for their internal programs. These public entity staff are youth sports leaders and whether formal or informal leaders by title, they are responsible to not only administer internal programs, but they are often tasked with assisting outside groups that may utilize the public facilities. When volunteer-run leagues use your facilities, especially when problems arise, the perception for many is that the public entity is ultimately responsible (you may have received the calls or emails, right?).  This session will provide information regarding the important role of the public entity’s youth sports administrator when working with local leagues and other recreational partners since they serve as a conduit for information, resources and guidance. A variety of important leadership strategies will also be explored that can assist the youth sports administrator to be more efficient and effective.

 


10:00-10:10
Jenny's Brain Break
A brain break is just what it sounds like—a break from your focused learning. This brain break will not only be fun with the fabulous Jenny Smith, but it will help increase attention and productivity during your day at conference.

10:15-11:15
Board Management 101 - Successful strategies to optimize board performance and outcomes.
Speaker(s): Susan Mong, Johnson County Park and Recreation District
The success of our park and recreation organizations depend on the productivity and performance of the boards that support the mission and vision of our organizations.  This includes policy making boards, fundraising boards and advisory councils.  This session will provide some strategies to position your organization and the members of your boards to accomplish great things together.   Strategies covered will include job descriptions, on-boarding, evaluation, communication, and meeting productivity. We will also leverage the experience in the room to learn together and increase board performance moving forward.

10:15-11:15
Creating Emergency Action Plans - Pools
Speaker(s): Brian Hill, Wichita Park and Recreation
Build up your professional network by getting tips and techniques from several Manhattan business on how they partner with agencies in the community.  Steal ideas and suggestions on how to incorporate these events into your community. This session is sponsored by Capri Pools.


10:15-11:15
Preparing the Profession for the Future: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Parks & Recreation
Speaker(s): Autumn Saxton-Ross, National Recreation and Park Association
NRPA’s new strategic plan not only highlights how our profession is essential, but also how equity must be at the center of all we do. This session will outline NRPA’s plan for centering diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization and the field. This session is sponsored by Vireo.

10:15-11:15
Camp Idea Exchange
Speaker(s): Nick Shepard, Mission Park and Recreation; Sarah Hirst, Lenexa Park and Recreation
We're not stealing ideas, we're just borrowing good ones! Share your camp experience with other professionals to see what others do and how you can change up your camp this summer. All ideas will be put together in a spreadsheet at the end and given to all attendees.

10:15-11:15
Bringing harmony to your park: Blending music, community, and parks
Speaker(s): Kate Morrison, Freenotes Harmony Park
Music transcends age, gender, ethnicity, and mobility, and is a gathering force that builds better communities and helps make people kinder. Music parks benefit every member of the community, but few communities have the possibility to make a music program available and affordable to everyone. A permanent installation of instruments at your park can change that by providing opportunities to all equally. A simplified system allows anyone to play regardless of training or ability, and instruments can be designed for individual and ensemble play. There are also partnership opportunities and ways to include instruments as an art installation. Come learn where, how, and why to create this beautiful music spaces in your community that are guaranteed to engage everyone and create a unique destination park.

10:15-11:15
Implementing “Long Term” Successful Partnerships
Speaker(s): Jodie Adams, Missouri State University, Retired Director, Springfield-Greene County Park Board,
Learn the key elements of partnership agreements, financial considerations, human resources and risk management in building sustainable “long term” partnerships. All participates will receive a (free) copy of the book - Unified We Play, Partnership Best Practices for Play and Recreation.

11:30-1:30
Lunch and Trade Show  

1:00-1:20
KRPA Board of Directors Installation
The leadership of KRPA's Board of Directors has served and transformed our association, our profession and our industry for decades. Due to the pandemic, we will be installing this year's Board of Directors via zoom. Come and join us at this time to witness their swearing into office.

1:45-2:45
Call of the Wild
Speaker(s): Recreation Branch Board
We don't steal ideas, we borrow other people's great ones! Come see if any of these strike your fancy during our Call of the Wild.  We'll discuss special events, family programs and senior activities.

1:45-2:45
Recruitment - The Key to Finding and Keeping Exceptional Employees
Speaker(s): Mea Austin, Culture Index Executive Advisor
Your ability to build successful teams directly connects to the financial performance of your organization.  We will utilize behavioral analytics to take the guess work out of building highly functioning teams.   Appraise the dynamics, good or bad, of your current work groups.  Identify the strengths and vulnerabilities of your staff to intentionally design powerful teams.  Learn how to identify and recruit employees that can ramp up quickly to optimal performance. Identify exactly why some of your team members are struggling with the work assigned while others are thriving.  Identify the supervisors that are capable of increasing team results.  Capitalize on the strengths of your current staff to grow your top and bottom line.  Expand the abilities of your organization to find and retain exceptional employees. This session is sponsored by Landworks Studios.

1:45-2:45
Your master plan for community tennis
Speaker(s): John Terpkosh, USTA; Jaren Glaser, USTA Missouri Valley
We will explain the 6 elements needed to make your park and recreation successful offering tennis with this "master plan". Elements will cover programming, resources and grants, facilities and community involvement.

1:45-2:45
Build a Stronger Together Toolkit (with icebreakers and teambuilding activities)!
Speaker(s): Janice Jewett, Pittsburg State University; Laura Covert, Pittsburg State University; Sarah Ball, Pittsburg State University
Participants will walk away with several teambuilding and icebreaker activities that they can implement in staff meetings, orientations, special group bonding activities, staff training, camps, etc… This session is hands-on! Come prepared to have fun, meet new people, make new friends and add to your professional toolkit (title that toolkit “Stronger Together Tools”)

1:45-2:45
How to Build ‘Core Elements” within Your Department
Speaker(s):  Jodie, Adams; Missouri State University, Retired Director, Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Participates will learn the “key elements” in developing a high performing department. All departments have the ability to perform at a high level, size does not matter. Learn how to use national research and department models to build agency confidence and operational excellence.

1:45-2:45
Virtual Park Tour
The year's virtual Park Tour provides a new opportunity to showcase parks that have never before been highlighted at conference. From the east, west, north and south, we will explore parks across Kansas upclose and from a birds-eye view.
This session is sponsored by Cunningham Recreation.

2:45-2:55
Jenny's Brain Break
A brain break is just what it sounds like—a break from your focused learning. This brain break will not only be fun with the fabulous Jenny Smith, but it will help increase attention and productivity during your day at conference.

3:00-4:00
Well-being in the Workplace
Speaker(s): Elizabeth Ablah, PHD, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Now, more than ever, the well-being of employees is being challenged every day. Join us for a talk with worksite wellness expert, Dr. Elizabeth Ablah, to learn about evidence-based strategies to help address worksite well-being

3:00-4:00
For the Love of the Race
Speaker(s): Mea Austin, Culture Index Executive Advisor
Are you ready to drop the green flag and talk openly about race?  Buckle up as I take you through my personal experiences with race (skin color) and racing (NASCAR.)  My son, a NASCAR driver, was fourteen years old; the youngest driver ever signed to a NASCAR contract when he first started driving.  Even more extraordinary, he is Bi-Racial, one of a handful of black drivers in the history in the seventy-two-year history of the sport.  As the mother/grandmother of a diverse family; Black, White, Native American, Mexican, and African (Zanzibar.) I have a unique experience in diversity.  I do not profess to provide answers to the complex issues of race, but my family gifted me with a plethora of unique experiences.  When the checkered flag drops at the end of this session you will; find my journey relevant for our changing world, learn to focus on what we have in common instead of our differences,  understand that it is only when we open our hearts, that we can hope to win the race.

3:00-4:00
How can a large recreation facility improve my community
Speaker(s): Taylor Christopher Martin, Lawrence Park and Recreation,
Recreation facilities are incredibly important for a healthy, vibrant community. These recreation or community centers provide opportunities for residents to be active and to interact with other residents. They are common ground areas that are focused on inclusivity, while fostering a culture of health and well-being in the communities they serve.

3:00-4:00
How a Physical Activity Plan can Help Increase Demand for Parks and Recreation Services.
Speaker(s): Shelly Summar, Children's Mercy Hospital; Roosevelt Lyons, KCMO Parks and Recreation
Objectives: 1. Describe the process used to create a regional physical activity plan.2. Identify 3 ways a physical activity plan could be used to promote parks and use of recreational settings. 3. Identify potential societal sectors for collaboration to identify programing to meet the needs of clients.
This session is sponsored by Dynamic Discs.


3:00-4:00
Communicating with Graphics
Speaker(s): Lance Klein, SWT Design; Jay Wohlschlaeger, SWT Design
Program diagrams and vignette sketches to photo-realistic and animated renderings, design graphics are critical components to every park master plan and design process.  This session will provide an overview of various graphic tools to help identify the “right tools for the right job” when communicating with consultants and your communities. Learning objectives: understand various graphic types and their purpose (right tool for the right job), learn ways that graphics can expand the reach and impact of planning and design efforts, and see case studies for how graphics are incorporated into projects of various scales and budgets.

3:00-4:00
E- sports
Speaker(s): Dr. Kristy Custer, Complete High School - Maize; Michael Russel, Complete High School - Maize
As a current trend in recreation, Esports has become very popular.  Dr. Kristy Custer and Michael Russell co-wrote Gaming Concepts, a STEM approved video gaming curriculum.  This curriculum, has been adopted by USO 266, USO 259, and Microsoft as a gaming platform.  Example topics that this curriculum includes are Nutrition/Health and Wellness, Behavior/Etiquette, Team Building/Positive Online Chat and Hardwar/Software. Mike and Kristy have found this as an opportunity to motivate and engage both high level achievers and apathetic learners. We at the Maize Rec have utilized their knowledge, experience and curriculum combined to convey it on a recreational level. We are excited to bring Esports to you in hopes of finding a way to adapt Esports into your city or community.

3:00-4:00
Technology in Parks: LED, Entertainment & Streaming
Speaker(s): Brad Thopmson, Musco Lighting
Join us for an overview of what's ahead in sports lighting. We will cover the transition process from metal halide to LED and progression of LED technology, as well as fan/player enhancements like entertainment shows and streaming capabilities.
This session is sponsored by Musco Lighting.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (In Person- Emporia)

8:30-10:00
Opening Keynote Session

10:30-12:00
General Session

10:30-12:00
Aquatics Roundtable

10:30-12:00
Admin Roundtable

10:30-12:00
Recreation Roundtable

10:30-12:00
KPLEA Session - Missing Children and Human Trafficking

12:30-2:30
Awards Lunch and Vendor Networking

3:00-4:30
General Session

3:00-4:30
Wellness Roundtable

3:00-4:30
Sports Roundtable

3:00-4:30
Parks Roundtable

3:00-4:30
KPLEA Session- Motorcycle Gangs


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