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Welcome Reception
Opening General Session & Attendee Lanyards

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Thank you CPRS Awards Sponsors



CPRS Conference & Expo

April 3-6, 2023
New Conference days, Monday-Thursday!!!

We are excited to see you at 2023 CONNECTIONS at the San Diego Convention Center!

Registration is now open!
After October 27, 2022
$515/CPRS Members; $695/non-member

After January 26, 2023
$575/CPRS Members; $745/non-member

Click here to download the Conference Brochure.


Host Hotels

Please note the distance from all the hotels to the San Diego Convention Center.

Host Hotel - Manchester Grand Hyatt - $269 per night + $25 resort fee
1 Market Place, San Diego
Click here to book the Hyatt
Located approximately 0.5 miles from SD Convention Center

Omni San Diego - $259 per night *SOLD OUT*
675 L Street, San Diego
Click here to book the Omni
Located approximately 0.2 miles from SD Convention Center

Hilton Gaslamp- $249 per night
401 K Street, San Diego
Click here to book The Hilton Gaslamp
Located approximately 0.2 miles from SD Convention Center

Hard Rock Gaslamp - $245 per night for studio/$250 per night for king + $10 resort fee
207 5th Avenue, San Diego
Click here to book the Hard Rock Gaslamp
Located approximately 0.2 miles from SD Convention Center

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown - $239 per night
601 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Click here to book The Embassy Suites
Located approximately 0.6 miles from SD Convention Center


Conference Schedule*


7:00am-12:00pm   CFPR Foundation Cup Golf Tournament
8:00am-2:00pm      Park Symposium
8:00am-6:15pm     Recreation Therapy Institute
8:30am-6:30pm     Parks Make Life Better! Tour
10:00am-5:00pm   NAYS Academy
12:00-5:00pm        Registration Area Open
1:00-5:00pm          Aging Section Intensive
1:00-4:00pm          Recreation Section Intensive
1:00-5:00pm          Aquatics Section Intensive


8:00am-5:30pm    Registration Area Open
8:00-8:45am         Conference Rookie Meet & Greet
9:00-10:30am       Opening General Session
10:45-11:45am     Education Sessions
12:00-5:00pm       Expo Hall Open
12:00-2:30pm       Lunch & Dedicated Expo Hall
2:45-4:00pm         Education Sessions
4:15-5:15pm         Education Sessions
6:00-9:00pm         Welcome Reception


7:00-8:00am             Wake Up Wellness
8:00am-5:30pm       Registration Area Open
9:00-10:30am           General Session
10:00am-3:00pm     Expo Hall Open
10:45-11:45am         Education Sessions
10:45am-12:00pm   Administrators Section and CFPR Brunch
12:30-2:30pm            Lunch & Dedicated Expo Hall
2:45-4:00pm              Education Sessions
4:15-5:15pm              Education Sessions
7:00pm-midnight      Pub Crawl


7:30-8:30am              Wake Up Wellness
8:30am-12:00pm      Registration Area Open
9:00-10:00am            Education Sessions
10:15-11:15am         Education Sessions
11:30am-12:30pm   Closing General Session

*Schedule is subject to change

General Sessions

General Sessions

Charles ClarkTuesday Opening General Session
Building Skyscraper Relationships
Charles Clark
9:00am - 10:30am

Help us kick off the conference with our highly anticipated Opening General Session! This fun and engaging opening session will include our state board installment and more exciting announcements.
Then hear from Charles Clark who has pivoted from becoming one of the fastest men in the world to building an international speaking business that teaches people how to use adversity to build greater strength, success and fulfillment. In this highly engaging and energetic keynote session, you will learn
how to unlock the power of relationships in your agencies and communities to drive results, improve the experiences you build and create a lasting legacy.
While the principles learned can be applied to both personal and professional relationships, you will leave this session ready to lead your team to greatness. Attendees will walk away feeling ready to set up powerful relationships, will gain a deepened understanding of the 4 levels of relationships that humans desire, and be left inspired to break down that biggest barrier in the way of creating legacy and momentum in your agency.

Thank you Opening Session Sponsor
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Steven DinkinWednesday General Session
Handling Challenging Conversations with a Polarized Public
Steven Dinkin, National Conflict Resolution Center
9:00 - 10:30am

It seems society is more divided than ever, and that tumult presents itself in our daily lives. As park and recreation professionals, there is often an expectation to “keep the peace”, even while dealing with difficult personalities. Sometimes, people who feel wronged are intent on venting their anger and directing it towards staff, whether or not staff had any control over the outcome.
This keynote, presented by the President of the National Conflict Resolution Center, will help you see beyond the complaint to the underlying need of the person, recognize the importance of solving problems with members of the public and show how to respectfully respond to the emotions of others to achieve better outcomes.

CPRS Awards Program Winners Announced!
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Michi FaracoThursday Closing Keynote
Living B@ldly
Michelle Faraco
11:30am - 12:30pm

This talk will leave you wanting to take action in becoming and showing up as your most authentic self, leaving you with actionable tools to put into practice in order to accept yourselves and show up in the world as your MOST authentic self.
Michelle Faraco’s inspiring and powerful personal story of how her entire life changed when she accepted herself will show you how showing up as your TRUE self is the answer to tap into your full potential.
In this vulnerable, fun, and energizing session, you’ll learn about how to challenge society’s standards, the importance of developing empathy and embracing diversity and how to shine through your own authenticity.

Thank you to our Closing Session Sponsor
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Intensives and Institutes

Conference Intensives and Institutes

These deep dive education programs require an extra fee outside of the general conference registration fee and all take place on Monday, April 3rd. Besides the Aging Services Intensive and Development & Operations Intensive, all intensives will be hosted at the San Diego Convention Center. 

Click the register button below to register for any of these intensives and institutes.

Register today!

Development & Operations Section: Park Symposium

Monday, April 3rd: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Click here for more information


RT Institute

Monday, April 3rd: 8:00am - 6:15pm

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NAYS Academy for Youth Sports Administrators

Monday, April 3rd, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Click here for more information



Recreation Section Intensive

Monday, April 3rd: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Aging Section Intensive: Aged to Perfection

Monday, April 3rd, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Aquatics Section Intensive: Survey the Scene

Monday, April 3rd: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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ED_Logo_160x176.pngEducators Section Intensive: Equity in Our Communities - Plans of Action

Monday, April 3rd: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

For a complete and up-to-date list of breakout sessions, click here.

Conference Extras

Conference Extras

Some special events require separate registration and fee. 
CPRS PAC Golf Tournament

CFPR Foundation Cup Golf Tournament
Monday, April 3
7:00am Shotgun Start

For more information, click here

Register today!

The Foundation Cup Golf Tournament is SOLD OUT! No additional space is available. Please join us in 2024 when we are in Palm Springs for the next Foundation Cup Golf Tournament.

Parks Make Life Better! TourParks Make Life Better! Tour
Monday, April 3
8:30am - 6:30pm
For more information, click here
Register today!

Rookie Meet & GreetConference Rookie Meet & Greet
Tuesday, April 4
8:00 - 8:45am
Is this your first time attending conference? Come join this
interactive session and learn how to make the most out of your
conference experience. Some topics that will be covered      include:
• What is CPRS?
• Networking 101
• Navigate the conference brochure and mobile App
• Conference Highlights: education sessions, tours, expo hall,   
 socials and more!

Sunset on San Diego Bay

Sunset by the Bay Welcome Reception
Tuesday, April 4
6:00 - 9:00pm

Free to all full and Tuesday Daily Registrants

For more information, click here

Sponsored by
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Administrators Section & CFPR Recognition Brunch
Wednesday, April 5
10:45am - 12:00pm
 Immediately following the General Session, join the Admin Section and the California Foundation for Parks and Recreation (CFPR) as they come together to host a brunch.  This special engagement will include a meet and greet with keynote speaker Steven Dinkin, President of the National Conflict Resolution Center, inspiring CFPR Awards and an Admin Section General Membership Meeting.

         Register today!

Yoga by the bayWake Up Wellness

Run thBay/Frank's Final 5K
Wednesday, April 5

7:00 - 8:00am
FREE! - meet at the steps behind the San Diego Convention Center
Start your day off right enjoying the San Diego sunshine! This
5K is perfect for all paces, run or walk while you take in the
San Diego City scape and bay views.

Yoga on the Bay
Thursday, April 6
7:30 - 8:30am
Join us for Yoga on the Bay – a free workout and relaxation
session to begin your day. Align, stretch and strengthen your
body while connecting with nature and communing with other
parks and recreation professionals.

Playing CardsPoker Pub Crawl

Wednesday, April 5
7:00pm - Midnight
Nova 3D (starts and finishes),
The Poker Pub Crawl is back and were taking over the Gaslamp District in San Diego! Join us on Wednesday evening for the San Diego Conference Poker Pub Crawl.
Sponsored by Dave Bang Associates, Inc., this all-conference social will begin and end at Nova SD. Prizes will be awarded to the top three Poker hands... there's also a prize for the worst hand!! Your $10 entry fee automatically enters you into the opportunity drawings at the end of the night. There will be beverage and appetizer specials at seven different restaurants and bars!!!

Volunteer Interest Form

Volunteer Information

We are now taking interest forms for those who are looking to volunteer for the 2023 CONNECTIONS Conference & Expo. 

Please note that for any volunteer shift of a half day or more, you will get the equal amount back as a conference registration. Half Day volunteering equals a half day comped.
We have a number of different opportunities available, so please fill out the interest form here to share where and when you are most interested in volunteering. Thank you for your time and dedication to the conference! 

Research to Practice Symposium

Research to Practice Symposium

Submit an abstract for the Research to Practice Symposium, held April 4 and 5, 2023, in the expo hall of the annual CPRS Conference

The CPRS Research to Practice Symposium provides a forum to exchange and discuss new knowledge developed through research. The Research to Practice Symposium will be on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in the expo hall (posters displayed April 4 and April 5, presentations April 5). We welcome and encourage submissions from student researchers, in addition to faculty and other researchers. 

Presentation Format 

Researcher(s) have 5 minutes to provide an oral presentation of their research. After all research has been presented, at least one researcher must remain with their poster to discuss their research for the remainder of the research session (about one hour).  

Research Foci

There are two types of abstracts accepted, Professional Practice and Leisure Theory.  

  • The Professional Practice focus communicates research that emphasizes the application of findings to parks, recreation, and tourism professionals. Only empirical research projects will be considered. Professional Practice abstracts must contain the following elements: Introduction, Method, Results, and Conclusions.
  • The Leisure Theory focus emphasizes research related to conceptualizations and theories of leisure behavior, consumption, and the overall social implications of leisure. Both empirical research projects and conceptual/theoretical papers are considered. Leisure Theory abstracts must include the following elements: Introduction, Theoretical Review, Methods (if appropriate), Results (if applicable), and Discussion emphasizing implication for parks and recreation.


Abstract Submission  

All submissions will be blind peer-reviewed by a review committee facilitated by the symposium coordinator. For full consideration, abstracts should be submitted by 5 PM, January 23.   

Submit your abstract here.

Expo Hall - Attendee Information

The Expo

Expo Dates: April 4-5
Conference Dates: April 3-6, 2023

To plan your Expo Hall visit, click here.

Expo Hall - General Exhibitor Information & Purchase a Booth

The Expo

Expo Dates: April 4-5
Conference Dates: April 3-6, 2023

2023 CONNECTIONS will be going to San Diego for the first time in 27 years! The Conference & Expo is being held at the San Diego Convention Center

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego in 2023,  Booth rental information is below. Questions? Please call us at 916-665-2777 or email Jdoyle@cprs.org

Expo Show Prospectus - Coming Soon!

Expo is open April 4-5

The Expo Hall will start to fill up very soon. See links below to view Floor Plan, see Current Exhibitors & Sign up for Booth Space.  Expect this show to sell-out promptly, contact John Doyle for more details.

 Floor Plan Here

View Participating Exhibitors as of 12-22-2022 Here

Register for a Booth Online Here 
List of Agencies and Titles of Personnel Attending the 2020 & 2021 Conference

Liability Insurance is Required for this show - If you do not have liability insurance and  need to purchase it you my do so Here, and upload the certificate to your account. Or, you may use any company you so desire.

Booth Fees:  Purchased After August 15, 2022
Non-Member rate:  $2080 per 10' x 10' space
Company Member Rate: $1615 per 10' x 10'