February is just around the corner and with it, the 67th Great Lakes Park Training Institute (GLPTI).
Held every year at the Potawatomi Inn at Indiana’s Pokagon State Park, GLPTI is a weeklong conference dedicated to advancing knowledge related to parks and public lands agencies.
The 2013 Institute will feature a wide range of education sessions for attendees. Speakers include park directors, state park officials, university professors, facility managers, and National Park Service employees. To help attendees determine which sessions would be relevant to their career field, GLPTI is providing three education tracks:
- Administrative: This track is geared toward managers and employees with supervisory responsibilities. These sessions will focus on human resources and larger strategic issues that parks face.
- Facilities and Maintenance: These sessions will target maintenance and facilities employees and feature information on practical application, facility maintenance, and construction.
- Environmental Management: These sessions are applicable to employees who focus on park environmental issues. The topics will cover broad environmental issues and how to protect a park’s natural resources from threats.
In addition to its education sessions, GLPTI is renowned for its evening social events, which provide attendees with an excellent way to network and learn how other parks and recreation agencies operate. The events follow:
- Monday, February 25, will feature the traditional toboggan run and bonfire. On the toboggan run, a staple of Pokagon State Park, participants reach speeds of 35-40 miles per hour down an icy track. The run takes about 20-30 seconds, according to Pokagon State Park, and the fastest recorded time is 42 miles per hour. To learn more about the run, and even watch a video of the course, visit the Pokagon State Park website. After a chilly ride on the toboggan run, participants can attend the large bonfire to warm up and share stories with other conference participants.
- Tuesday, February 26, features the Awards Reception and Dinner. During this event, the GLPTI Board of Regents will present several awards, including the Lawson Award, which honors park professionals, and the Great Lakes Park, Facility, and Recreation Program Award, which honors excellence in park facilities and/or programs.
- Wednesday, February 27, features the Vendor Social. This themed event introduces participants to the latest products in the field while providing a wealth of entertainment and food. Each year the social features a different theme. For this year’s western theme, participants are encouraged to wear their best cowboy hats, boots, bolo ties, and spurs – and to visit the photo booth to capture their western gear! The booth even features extra apparel to make sure everybody gets into the theme.
With its education sessions and evening social events, GLPTI’s value is hard to beat! To download a registration brochure, click here. To register with a credit card, visit www.glpti.org.
Be sure to register before February 1 to receive $10 off your registration fee!
To learn more about the Great Lakes Park Training Institute, download the registration brochure and visit the GLPTI website at glpti.org. This website features information on 2013 sessions, awards nominations, registration, sponsorships, and the certificate program.