WRPA 2018 Annual Conference and Tradeshow

Student Details


Return to Conference Homepage

Attention Students!

This is your one-stop spot for all information you need to know about the 2018 Annual Conference! We want you to join us for three days of fun, education, networking, and the experience of a lifetime! Check out the student information flyer for more details.

Why You Should Come & What You Need to Know

What: The 2018 WRPA Annual Conference and Student Pre-Conference

When: Student Pre-conference activities will be held on Tuesday, May 1, with conference sessions starting the morning of Wednesday, May 2

Where: The conference will be held at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. The Student Pre-Conference activities will be held in the San Juan room at the venue.

Why: Socialize with current professionals in the field and students from other universities. Attending provides a great networking opportunity and conference sessions are a great way to learn the new trends hitting the recreation and park scene.

Schedule for Pre-Conference Activities: 

  • 3:30 pm - Welcome and Introduction (Meet the SCC crew)
  • 3:35 pm - Ice Breaker games
  • 3:45 pm - Pre Con cram session presentation
  • 4:05 pm - Volunteer Training
  • 4:30 pm - Mock interviews – speed rounds 
  • 5:00 pm - Closing reminders and dismiss for evening social

Student's FAQs

Q: How much does it cost and what do I get out of it?
A: Students can register for only $60.00! This includes the student pre-conference, attendance at BOTH days of the conference, lunch all three days, and a one-year membership to WRPA!

Register Today!

Q: That is so cheap! What is the catch?
A: In turn for subsidizing the student rate, all students will be asked to volunteer. This will include: helping at registration desks, collecting tickets to the awards banquet, being room hosts, and a few other random jobs. Nothing too difficult and it will not take away from you attending the conference.

Q: What is the Student Pre-Conference?
A: This is a day dedicated to you. Professionals from the Student Connection Committee are planning a day of fun and education. Activities will include volunteer training, professional development, leadership skills, mock interviews, resume reviews, mini job fair, plus fun and games! This day will tell you how to break into the field, allow you to network with current professionals and other students, and maybe even land a summer job/internship! Trust us, you will not want to miss this!

Q: What is the conference all about/why should I attend?
A: This is the largest gathering of parks and recreation professionals in the state. You will get to network, make connections, attend educational sessions, and have fun. Educational sessions cover a variety of topics including park planning, trending programs, risk management, leadership/professional development, and many other topics. Check out the information flyer for more details!

Q: Ok, I am in! Where do I register?
A: Register for the conference online today!

Q: I have a few other questions, who do I ask?
A: You can contact the SCC chair, Carissa Ware, at [email protected] or 509.625.6208 (w)



Expanding My Professional Network

“I am where I am today because of the experiences I’ve gained from WRPA. The WRPA Annual Conference presents a unique opportunity to expand my professional network, while also learning about the best practices that are being implemented throughout our profession”

Paul Simmons – Olympia Parks, Recreation & Arts Director


Read More Testimonials