Save the date: May 23 – 26 for the 31st Annual National Recreation Resource Planning Conference

The 31st Annual National Recreation Resource Planning Conference

“Innovations in Connecting Americans to Our Great Outdoors”

Breckenridge, Colorado – May 23-26, 2011, Beaver Run Conference Center

Outdoor recreation leaders from around the nation are invited to participate in this important conference and explore and share the latest innovations, efforts and successes in the area of connecting Americans to our great outdoors. The 31st Annual NARRP conference is one that you will not want to miss.

During the Conference we will learn from each other‘s successes and failures, allowing us to better perform our day-to-day jobs and craft the messages that support the conservation and recreation efforts we believe in. You’ve heard it many times before, but it bears repeating – what you take home with you is a direct result of your level of energy and involvement. We encourage you to share your stories widely with others who may be struggling with similar issues and with those in your sessions. Keep in mind that your most important take-home moment may happen over a break, while on a field workshop, or over a beer after formal sessions. This meeting is realistically an enormous think-tank at your disposal. We encourage you to use it.

Plenary Keynote Speakers

  • Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior (invited)
  • Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture (invited)
  • Dr. Ken Cordell, USDA Forest Service
  • Dr. Gary Green, University of Georgia
  • Dean Winstanley, Colorado State Parks
  • Rick Cables, USDA Forest Service

Special Plenary Sessions

  • The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Resource Project—25th Anniversary
  • Outdoor Recreation Participation and Trends in America
  • The State of America’s State Parks
  • The Implications of the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative
  • Implementing the AGO Recommendations

Themes of Concurrent Sessions

  • Collaborative Community Planning
  • Urban and County Open Space Planning
  • Financial Partners for Parks and Recreation
  • Scenic Byway Planning
  • Recreation Resource Planning in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Relicensing
  • Alternative Transportation Planning
  • Multigenerational Planning
  • Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Planning
  • Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Planning
  • Finding Sustainable Funding
  • Innovations in Technology

Field Workshops (additional fee applies)

  • Management of Dillon Reservoir
  • Breckenridge Heritage Tourism: Now and Then
  • Cucumber Gulch Preserve: Breckenridge’s Crown Jewel Open Space
  • Vail Pass Recreation Area & Summit County Recreational Path System
  • Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Training
  • Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway
  • Piecing it Together: Effective Tools to Create Meaningful Outdoor Experiences
  • Arkansas River Rafting: Cooperative Recreation Management

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Click here to open a 2011 Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors brochure.
Download the form if you want to be a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2011 Conference.

Conference Hosts

  • National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP)
  • Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
  • Outdoor Industry Association
  • Town of Breckenridge Open Space and Trails
  • Summit County Open Space and Trails

NARRP is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1983. It is the Nation’s leading professional association of outdoor recreation and related planners who strive to protect our natural and cultural resources while providing sustainable recreation access. It is dedicated to the proposition that the welfare of the Nation’s citizens and visitors, communities, environment, and economy will be enhanced through opportunities for the public to experience and enjoy the Nation’s lakes, rivers, forests, wilderness, open space, greenways, parks, marine preserves, wildlife refuges, historic sites, heritage areas, and other special outdoor places.

To learn more about the 2011 NARRP Conference and to register, visit:

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