Atlanta, Georgia

Conference: October 8-10

Exhibits: October 8-9

Networking Activities

Discover the exciting networking opportunities offered at the 2023 Annual Conference.

Day of Service

Tree Planting at Lake Cliff Park in Dallas

Meet us Monday, October 9, at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center at 12:30 p.m. CST for shuttle service to the event. 

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CST. 

Shuttle service will also be available for the return trip. Wear comfortable clothing. Snacks and water will be provided.

Step into the Heart of Texas: NRPA ‘Welcome to Texas’ Reception

Monday, October 9, 2023

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Get ready to saddle up and experience the true spirit of the Lone Star State as Dallas Park and Recreation Department cordially invites you to our “Welcome to Texas” themed reception! As part of the local host committee, we are thrilled to host this unforgettable event at the iconic Klyde Warren Park in the vibrant city of Dallas.

Shuttles will be available from the Convention Center in the same pick-up area as the other shuttles.

Location: Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201 


Membership Attractions

*All events noted below are located in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.


Conference 101: A Crash Course for New Attendees in 2023

New to conference? Then you don’t want to miss this! Join us virtually on October 3, 2023 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Students, new professionals or distinguished professionals can all learn from a crash course on the NRPA Annual Conference. Find out more about the different events, networking opportunities and where your best resources are located. Make the most of your time at this year’s NRPA Annual Conference with these tips, tricks and secrets.

In-person: Monday, October 9, 2023 at 5 p.m. (local time) in room D166 

Virtual Session: Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at 2 p.m. EDT. Click here to register.


NRPA Member Area

The NRPA staff is looking forward to welcoming you at the NRPA Member Booth #430! Visit the booth to learn about NRPA member benefits, including Parks & Recreation magazine, certifications, CAPRA, NRPA Connect, research, advocacy, grant programs and more. Learn how to maximize your NRPA membership and have all your NRPA questions answered. We will also be distributing the NRPA member gift giveaway, so be sure to stop by booth #430!

Network Meetings

The NRPA Networks are a great opportunity to connect with fellow professionals! NRPA’s six networks include Aquatics, Armed Forces Recreation, DEI, Education, Leadership Development and Young Professionals, and they all meet in-person at the NRPA Annual Conference. Stop by a meeting to meet like-minded professionals, learn how to get involved and stay connected all year long!

  • Young Professionals Retreat – Monday, October 9, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Room D166
  • DEI Network Meeting – Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. | Room D170
  • Aquatics Network Meeting – Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. | Room C141
  • Leadership Development Network (LDN) Meeting – Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Room D170
  • Armed Forces Recreation Network (AFRN) Meeting – Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. | Room D175
  • Education Network – Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Room C154

Scholarship Fellowship Breakfast

Join us on Tuesday morning at the NRPA Annual Conference as we gather to congratulate the Fellowship and Scholarship winners. You are invited to help us welcome these amazing folks!

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. | Room C141.

LGBTQIA+ and Friends Meet and Greet

Join us for a meet and greet before heading over to the Opening Reception!

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Pegasus Bar