Wednesday, February 09, 2011

2011 Special Park Districts Forum

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is hosting the 2011 Special Park Districts Forum an annual meeting of independant park organizations from all over North America. Registration for this conference is now available through this link:

A Look at the Forum Themes

With registration now available, we wanted to offer you some insight on what you can expect in regards to course content. Essentially, we’ve laid out the Forum in a series of different themes, each meant to try and emulate the major areas of interest of our attendees. Each theme has certain classes that fit, creating a more complete experience for the attendee. Please note that these themes and subsequent class selections are merely suggestions. Attendees can choose to follow any path they choose, including a random class schedule.

The themes for the 2011 Special Park Districts Forum include Nature/Environment, Organizational Issues, Park Management, History and Recreational Opportunities. Here’s a look at the class subjects being offered for each. During the online registration process, we ask that you choose the classes you’d like to take. This list is not binding, and may very well change between now and the actual event. By completing the agenda form, we’ll know what classes most interest you and be able to tailor our offerings accordingly.


► Connecting Children with Nature (Roving Naturalist Program & REI)

► Fertilizer/Pesticide Use Policy & Golf Course Certification

► LEED Certified Buildings

► Reducing the Carbon Footprint of your Agency

Organizational Issues

► Multi-Jurisdictional Opportunities and Challenges

► Trends in Public Sector Retirement Plans

► Public/Private Partnerships

► Repositioning Your Agency Towards Tourism

► Connecting your Budget to your Strategic Plan

► Park Agency Liability

► Cultural Partnerships

Park Management

► Watertrail Management

► Aquatic Theming

► Campground Management

► Tours of 5 Regional Parks


► Tour Manassas National Battlefield

► Tour Balls Bluff Battlefield

► Tour Mt. Vernon

► Tour Carlyle House

► Leadership Lessons from the Civil War

Recreational Opportunities

► Canoe the Marsh at Pohick Bay

► Temple Hall Corn MAiZE

► Guided Hike of Bull Run/Occoquan Trail

► Guided Hike of Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

► Tour Udvar Hazy- Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

► Golf Outing at Brambleton

If you have any questions, suggestions or remarks, please feel free to email one of our session coordinators Blythe Russian ( or Chris Pauley ( If you experience any issues with the registration site, please contact Brian Bauer at

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