NASPD 2023 Conference

Laurel Hill State Park, PA

NASPD 2023 Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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Monday (9/11/2023): NASPD Conference

  • 3:00p - 6:00p Optional Service Project: Van Sickle Bi-State Park
    • Trail work (installing benches and vegetation management)
    • Sponsored by Aramark
  • 5:00p - 8:00p Optional Evening Social: Monday Night Football @ Tahoe Blue Events Center
    • Sponsored by Aspira

Tuesday (9/12/2023): NASPD Conference

  • All Day: Field Trips
    • Fly Fishing, Walker River State Recreation Area, "The Elbow"
    • OHV Excursion, Castle Rock Trailhead (sponsored by Polaris)
    • Lake Tahoe Flume Trail Mountain Bike Ride
    • Auto Tour of the Spooner Backcountry
    • Guided Kayaking Tour at Sand Harbor State Park
    • Historic Thunderbird Tour
    • MS Dixie Lunch Cruise (sponsored by Aramark)
  • 10:00a - 12:00p Bronco Wild Fund, service project at Spooner Lake
  • 2:00p - 4:00p New Directors Meeting, Thunderbird Lodge
  • 4:00p - 8:00p Sand Harbor State Park / Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • 8:00p - 10:00p Optional Evening Social, Tahoe Blue Events Center
    • Sponsored by Aspira

Wednesday (9/13/2023): NASPD Conference

  • 6:00a - 7:30a Optional Morning Hike, Van Sickle Bi-State Park
  • Grand Opening & Welcome
    • Color Guard (Boy Scouts Troop, Fallon, NV)
    • National Anthem (Dana Midkiff, Nevada State Parks)
    • Welcome
      • Robert Mergell, Administrator, Nevada State Parks
      • Joe Lombardo (welcome video), Governor of Nevada
      • Lewis Ledford, Executive Director, NASPD
      • Lisa Sumption, President, NASPD & Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
    • Chuck Sams, National Parks Service
    • Shannon Estenoz, Assistance Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks (virtual)
    • Kristine Stratton, CEO, National Recreation and Parks Association (presentation)
    • Photo Contest, Malia French Floyd, Aspira
    • Dr. Myron Floyd, Dean of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University (presentation)
    • Patrick Renvoise, Author (presentation)
    • Ice Age Fossils, Timelooper (presentation)
    • Directors Business Meeting
    • Jody Mayberry, Disruptive Innovation
  • 4:30p - 8:00p Offsite: Explore Mormon Station & Dinner
    • Basque dinner
    • Roger Phelps, Hearts of Stihl Awards (presentation)
  • 8:00p - 10:00p Optional Evening Social: Karakoe Night
    • Sponsored by Aspira

Thursday (9/14/2023): NASPD Conference

  • 6:00a - 7:30a Optional Morning Hike, Van Sickle Bi-State Park
  • 8:00 General Session Begins
    • Park Talks (part 1)
    • Dr. Matthew Saponaro, Artificial Intelligence for Connected Health Systems (presentation)
    • Dr. Courtney Schultz, Accessibility and Inclusion in Nature (presentation)
    • Darin Uselman, COO of KOA, Campgrounds of the Future (presentation)
    • Dr. Yu-Fai Leung, Sustainable Visitor Management (presentation)
    • Bronco Wild Fund (presentation)
    • Park Talks (part 2)
    • Sarah Mullinix, National Partnerships & Events Coordinator, Game Time
    • Survivor Awards / Bear Trap
    • Directors Business Meeting
    • Daniel Student & JR Collier, Collaboration Across States (presentation) (minutes)
  • Banquet & Award Ceremony at Bally's Hotel
    • Slideshow
    • McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain
    • Awards
    • NASPD 2024 - Alabama (video)
  • 8:00p - 10:00p Optional Evening Social: Lawn Games
    • Sponsored by Aspira

Friday (9/15/2023): NASPD Conference

  • 9:00a - 1:00p Optional Field Trip: Explore Spooner Lake

Thank you for attending the 2023 NASPD Conference in Nevada.