Conference Overview

The APRA Annual Conference is the only annual meeting of the parks and recreation community in the state of Arizona, is held annually and brings together parks, recreation, conservation, and open space professionals, students and those with business interests. The conference is the premier opportunity in the state for this passionate community to come together to communicate and experience an inspirational and education conference.

The conference includes a wide variety of educational sessions covering a broad range of issues on a local, state and national level. We will host prominent speakers, state-of-the-art related exhibit hall, informative and interactive workshops, tours, socials, golf tournament and much more.


Attendees consist of parks, recreation and open space professionals, volunteers, board and commission members, government officials, managers, administrators, trails and park users, company/industry representative, athletic directors, and anyone interested in our profession. Our conference draws 500+ attendees, 70+ booths in the exhibit hall, and nearly 70 volunteers.

Speaker Information

Conference sessions are meant to provide information for industry professionals, not to make a sales pitch for services or products. Attendees will be dissatisfied if they sense a presenter is providing promotional material for his or her own benefit.

Once a proposal is accepted, APRA asks the lead speaker of the session for a copy of the session PowerPoint presentations and other handouts before the conference, to include in the Online Library for pre-conference access by attendees to reduce the number of printed handouts on-site.

Conference attendees are often seeking CEU’s for certification purposes. APRA encourages all sessions to qualify for CEU’s. Continuing Education Units qualified speakers will be asked to provide their credentials, experience speaking on the subject, an outline of the presentation and method of ascertaining that attendees met the session learning outcomes. To comply with CEU standards, all speakers are required to submit these details with their SESSION PROPOSAL FORM


Speakers are required to submit the form complete with all information requested before proposal will be accepted.

Speakers are required to bring their own laptop for presentations.

Please read our PROPOSAL TIPS page

Speaker Registration

Conference education session speakers will receive a complimentary one day education registration package for the day of speaking (up to 2 days). The complimentary one day education registration package includes access to the following:   (If approved you will receive a registration code from the Education Chair)

  • All of the education sessions for the day(s) of registration
  • General Session (if same day)
  •  Admission to the Exhibit Hall

The complimentary one day education registration package does not include the following:

  • Any conference social(s)
  • Off-Site Tours 
  • Workshops
  • Golf Tournament
  • Awards Banquet
  • Food Tickets

    Honorarium / Travel Reimbursement Policies

    APRA has a small budget to pay for speaker honorariums and speaker travel reimbursement. If the speaker requires an honorarium and/or travel reimbursement to present this proposed session, please send the appropriate documentation on the proposal form to the Education Chair. The proposals requiring speaker honorariums and/or travel reimbursement will be reviewed separately from the other proposals and decisions will be made based on proposal quality, session needs and budget requirements.

    Hotel Accommodations

    Be sure to book using the pre-negotiated APRA room rate.  Click here for details and link to book on-line.


    Unauthorized Housing Agents

    Please be vigilant if approached by any company or service that implies or claims to be an official housing provider of the APRA Conference and Expo. We have been made aware of housing companies or travel agencies that may aggressively pursue you, or your company/agency, to book your guest rooms at significant discounts.  Reservations made through these "pirate" agencies or companies should be avoided as many of them are scams that will charge your card, but you will not have a reservation when you arrive.  If you are contacted by anyone who says they are working on behalf of APRA, please get their company information/phone number and notify us immediately at

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