Educational Tracks:
Park and Facility Maintenance (PFM)
Personnel and Career Development (PCD)
Natural and Cultural Interpretation (NCI)
Natural Resource Management (NRM)


2019 Schedule

Monday February 25

Time Event Title Presenter Location
11:00 a.m. Registration Opens     Main Hallway
1:00 p.m. Workshop 1 Park Safety- What’s the Best Model for You? (PFM, PCD) Hugo McPhee Lake James Room
  Workshop 2 Protecting Yourself from Opioid Waste Exposures and Associated Infectious Diseases (PFM) Brandon Howell Crooked Lake Room
  Workshop 3 Engineering 101 (PFM) Michael Shrake/Greg Petry Snow Lake Room
  Workshop 4 Forest Bathing-Connecting with Nature Through Sensory Immersion (NCI) Christy Thompson Outdoors-Meet in Lobby
3:30 General Session A Investing in Your Agency- Where,
Who, and How
Gina Depper/Matt Wolf/Sarah Murray Lake James Room
7:00 Social Event Bonfire   CCC Shelter


Tuesday February 26

Time Event Title Presenter Location
8:30  General Session B Creating Conservation Commonwealth: Past and Future William Weeks Lake James Room
10:15 Session 1 Using Social Media as an Interpretive Tool (NCI) Kaitlyn Sproles/Ginger Murphy Snow Lake Room
  Session 2 Telling Your Story Through Operations & Maintenance Planning (PFM) Phillip Parnin/Travis Tranbarger Crooked Lake Room
  Session 3 Animal Disease Management (NRM) Nancy Boedeker Jimmerson Lake Room
  Session 4 De-escalation Situation Basics (PCD) Hugo McPhee Lake James Room
11:15 Lunch     Dining Room
1:00 p.m. Roundtable 1 Working with Native American Communities (NCI)   Crooked Lake Room
  Roundtable 2 Creative Fundraising (PCD) Lori Berkes-Nelson Lake James Room
  Park Tour   Nicky Ball Meet in Main Lobby
  Networking Opportunity Coffee with the GLPTI Board   Lonidaw Lounge
2:45 Session 5 Recruitment and Retention of Seasonal Staff (PCD) Ryan Davis Lake James Room
  Session 6 Meth Awareness in Parks (PFM) Michael Toles Snow Lake Room
  Session 7 Understanding Midwestern Ecosystems (NRM) Tom Swinford Jimmerson Lake Room
  Session 8 Operating Nature Day Camps and Programs (NCI) David Grissom Crooked Lake Room
4:00 Session 9 Volunteers –An Organization’s Greatest Natural Resource (PCD) Mary Lou Randolph/Gary Schussler Lake James Room
  Session 10 Adaptive Re-use (PFM) Patrick McKay Snow Lake Room
  Session 11 Nature Play in Nature Places: Planning and Building a Nature Play Area at Your Park (NCI) Katie McGlashen Crooked Lake Room
  Session 12 Invasive Species- Current and on the Horizon (NRM) Megan Abraham/Vince Burkle Jimmerson Lake Room
6:00 Awards Dinner and Presentation     Lake James Room


Wednesday February 27

Time Event Title Presenter Location
7:30 a.m. Bird Hike   Nicky Ball Meet in Main Lobby
8:30 General Session C Marketing to and Serving Diverse Populations Juan Carlos Acevedo Lake James Room
10:15 Session 13 Working Injury Free-Implementing the Core Six Safety Principles (PFM) Bill Hooker Jimmerson Lake Room
  Session 14 Inclusive Playgrounds Made Simple (PFM, NCI) Ian Proud Lake James Room
  Session 15 Native Trees and Plants in
the Great Lakes Region (NRM)
Phil Graf/Jesse Felix Crooked Lake Room
  Session 16 The Languages of Staff Appreciation (PCD) Ryan Davis/Addie Weaver Snow Lake Lake Room
11:15 Lunch     Dining Room
1:00 p.m. Workshop 5 Zoning as a Park Planning Tool (NRM) Debbie Jensen Crooked Lake Room
  Workshop 6 Protect Yourself! Job Task and Equipment Safety Through Practice and Participation (PFM) Bill Hooker Jimmerson Lake Room
  Workshop 7 Connecting with Parks on STEM (NCI) Patricia McNerney Snow Lake Room
  Workshop 8 Leading From the Middle (PCD) Jackie O’Connell Lake James Room
2:45 Speed Session 1 Stretching to Avoid Workplace Injuries (PCD) Traci Morick Crooked Lake Room
  Speed Session 2 Snake Fungal Disease Management (NRM) Angie Manual Crooked Lake Room
  Speed Session 3 Stretching to Avoid Workplace Injuries (PCD) Traci Morick Crooked Lake Room
  Roundtable 3 Fireside Chat for New Professionals (PCD) Adam Grossman/Skye MacKenzie/Nina Onofrietti Lonidaw Lounge
  Roundtable 4

Contracting vs. In-house Work (PFM)

Arnie Biondo/Bill Tschirhardt Lake James Room
  Networking Opportunity      
4:00 Session 17 Bike Park Maintenance and Upkeep Practices (PFM) Rich Moore Crooked Lake Room
  Session 18 The Art of Building Sustainable Partnerships (PCD) Arnie Biondo Lake James Room
  Session 19 Pricing for Programs and Facilities (PCD) Bill Tschirhardt Snow Lake Room
  Session 20 Green Infrastructure: Stormwater Management at Chickasaw Park (NRM) Bennett Knox/Jason Canuel Jimmerson Lake Room
6:00 Game Night Social, Dinner, and Trivia Contest     Lake James Room



Thursday February 28

Time Event Title Presenter Location
8:30 a.m. Session 21 Equipment in Natural Resource Management (NRM, PFM) Justin Emmons/John Miller/Shane Morse Lake James Room
  Session 22 Surveys and Focus Groups (PCD) Gina Depper/Layne Elliott Snow Lake Room
  Session 23 You Don’t Have to be an Artist to Offer Art Programs: Arts and
Interpretation (NCI)
Angie Manual Crooked Lake Room
9:30 Brunch Buffet     Lake James Room
10:15 General Session D The State Parks Movement in America Jerry Reisinger Lake James Room
11:15 Institute Closing     Lake James Room