Minneapolis Professional Developmental Symposium

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 9:00am - 1:30pm
Professional Development Minneapolis


Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. This interactive education symposium will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities in these modern times. 

Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovations, leadership case examples, and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content, hands-on learning activities, and park site visit will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities. 

Join us to share your vision, and discover evidence-based best practices that thoughtfully promote: physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in the communities where you live, work, and play.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation is essential to a healthier and happier society.
  • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
  • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.


Tuesday, March 5

9:00 - 9:15am

Arrival & Registration

9:15 - 9:30am

Welcome & Introductions

9:30 - 11:00am

Education Session: Inclusive Play Matters: Innovating Outdoor Play Environments for People of All Ages and Abilities

11:00 - 11:45am

Break & Networking Lunch

11:45 - 1:15pm

Education Session: Motivation to Move: Creating Multigenerational Park Destinations that Promote Health & Wellness

1:15 - 1:30pm

Closing & Surveys

Master Trainers


Jennie Sumrell  Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships & Professional Development

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Educational resources and continuing education certificates will be provided. CEUs for total of 3.0 Professional Development Hours .3 IACET / 3.0 AIA / 3.0 PDH LA CES