2020 Risk Management School
February 3 - 4, 2020 | Renton Community Center

Keynote Announcement Registration | Location | Hotel Information | Schedule

Why should you attend Risk Management School?

Join us for two days of networking, quality education, and professional development. This program is specifically designed for parks and recreation administrators, managers and supervisors. The curriculum also is appropriate for public works professionals, attorneys, school district personnel and risk managers, as well as port districts, public utility districts, YMCA and other non-profit organizations and related fields.

Attendees of RMS can expect to gain practical risk management skills, a deeper understanding of current trends and best practices, opportunities to network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for agencies and organizations. RMS is presented every two years by the Washington Recreation & Park Association, the RMS Steering Committee, and affiliated partners. Learn more about this year's courses by reviewing the RMS Schedule.

View the RMS Schedule

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor

National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)

Thank you to our Speaker Sponsor


Washington Cities Insurance Authority (WCIA)

Registration Information

Registration Rates
  Early Bird (Until 12/16/2019) Regular (After 12/16/2019)
Member $295.00 $315.00
Non-Member $339.00 $339.00
Students * $70.00 $70.00

(*Students must be a current full-time student. If you are a student, please email the office to receive the $70 registration rate.) 

Register Today
All cancellations must be submitted via email to WRPA. Cancellations submitted on or before Monday, January 20, 2020, will receive a refund, less a $20 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Monday, January 20, 2020. Substitute attendees will be permitted, and requests for substitutions must be submitted via email. Substitution requests must be submitted by January 20, 2020.

Registration Reimbursement May Be Available

WCIA will reimburse the cost of one registration per WCIA member. Reimbursement funding is available upon program completion. For more information, visit the WCIA website.

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Keynote Speaker Announcement: Jeff Baierlein

Jeff Baierlein is an author, consultant, trainer, and speaker on outdoor program risk management, environmental education, and business leadership. Jeff directs the consultancy Viristar, providing safety, curriculum design, and strategy consulting and training to experiential education and other organizations worldwide. He is the author of Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure. Jeff is an outdoor safety expert witness, an adventure program reviewer with the Association for Experiential Education, and the former Executive Director of both the Boojum Institute and Outward Bound Baltimore Chesapeake Bay. He has served on numerous Boards and given presentations in 15 countries, where his work has been translated into Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese. Jeff has degrees in Environmental Education, Human Development, and Business Management, and lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Renton Community Center

1715 Maple Valley Hwy,
Renton, WA 98057

Driving Directions

Parking will be available onsite at the Renton Community Center.

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Hotel Intormation

WRPA has a few hotel rooms on hold at the Red Lion Hotel Renton for the night of Sunday, February 2 and 3. You can book your hotel room online or by calling (425) 226-7700 and asking for the WRPA group rate.  Group Code: WASHPARK

Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center Renton
1 S Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057

Room Rates:
Standard Single: $89.00 plus 12.9% room tax
Double Queen: $89.00 plus 12.9% room tax

Book Your Room Today

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Thank You to Our Current Annual Sponsors

Annual Platinum Sponsor

Thank you for allowing Northwest Playground to be WRPA’s Platinum sponsor.  We value our relationship with you and have taken pride in the small part that we play in your projects.  Whether it is a memorial bench to recognize a member of the community or a destination Inclusive park that allows all kids to play together, we have enjoyed helping to make your project a success.  Northwest Playground has always been known for quality products and exceptional service.  We have enjoyed being your partner these last 20 years and hope to be your partner for years to come.

Annual Gold Sponsors

2020 Sponsorship Opening 

 Annual Silver Sponsors


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SiteLines Park & Playground Products

Since 1991 SiteLines has been the first choice for playgrounds, park equipment, and products for public spaces in Washington, Alaska, and beyond. Our logistics experts and installers have shipped and installed playgrounds from Walla Walla to Barrow Alaska and as far away as Cameroon and Uzbekistan. No matter where you are on the planet we can get it to you!

Affinity Partner Sponsor

National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)

WRPA welcomes the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) as an official Affinity Background Screening Provider for Washington Parks and Recreation Association members! By your agency participating in the NCIS screening program, you give back to WRPA $1.00 per background check to help support education, training, and WRPA members.