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The Great Lakes Park Training Institute will be held February 26-29 at Pokagon State Park in Northeast Indiana.

A virtual conference is also available.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for an additional fee.

*The Women’s Leadership Program has been postponed until 2025.

ยป View the Great Lakes Park Training Institute Schedule of Events (February 26โ€“29, 2024)

Schedule will be updated as educational sessions are confirmed.

Industry leaders provide educational sessions and hands-on workshops on timely and relevant topics along five tracks.

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Personnel and Career Development:

Leadership, communication, staff training, management, and evaluation

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Park and Facilities Maintenance:

Trends, best practices, and training for facilities and grounds maintenance

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Natural Resource Management:

Environmental stewardship, management, and sustainability of park and natural resources

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Natural and Cultural Interpretation:

Tools and techniques to connect guests, schools, and communities with natural and cultural resources

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Park Operations:

Best practices and innovations to advance the operation of your park or recreation facility

GLPTI sponsored by:

Lake James Sponsor: Midstates Recreation
Eppley Scholarship Sponsor: CTN
Great Lakes Sponsor: Upland Design