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Mark your calendar for this amazing Florida event. We look forward to seeing you there January 24th!

Florida Recreation and Parks EventFlorida Recreation and Park Association, Inc. and The Central Region

“Recreation 360°, Education for All”

 WHEN:
Thursday, January 24, 2013

See Event details below or visit www.frpa.org

 WHERE: All Peoples Life Center
6105 E. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33617
(813) 744-5978

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements from FRPA President Elaine Smith
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Opening Speaker –Paul Shulte, Orlando Magic Wheels US Paralympian
Bronze Medal –Wheelchair Basketball
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Paralympic Sports 101

Melinda Wheatley, Senior Recreation Therapist, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation

This session will outline the basics of Paralympic Sports locally, nationally, and internationally. Information will be given on how to start a club, how the Tampa Bay Club is organized and how to become more involved with sports for people with physical disabilities. Equipment, classification, disabilities, and sports, will be discussed followed by an interactive activity.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will learn how existing US Paralympic Sport Clubs are organized and run.
2. Participants will get an overview of all Paralympic Sports on all levels including resources on classification, rules, and adapted equipment.
3. Participants will discuss how to include people with physical disabilities in their programs and how to encourage them to participant in recreational and competitive adapted sports.

Stellar Summer Techniques 101
Kisha Dennis-Perry, Recreation Program Supervisor, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation
Dona J. Smith, Recreation Program Supervisor, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation

In this session recreation leaders will be given the tools to execute a positive, rewarding and less stressful summer camp experience. Attendees will engage in interactive activities, and learn techniques to keep their participants and parents happy.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will describe at least three techniques to help with parent communication.
2. Participants will identify behavior issues, prevent potential problems and learn resolution tactics.
3. Participants will summarize the key components needed to have an effective summer camp.

Working Together to Combat Invasive Species Across Boundaries
Cynthia Grizzle, Environmental Scientist, Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc.

Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas(CISMAs) have cropped up all over the state to lessen the impact of invasive plants and animals on our natural areas. By learning about the tools available and using them locally, participants will understand the value of CISMA partnerships.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will understand how important it is to work across boundaries to prevent the spread of invasive species.
2. Participants will learn to use resources available from local CISMAs: FISP and CISMA website, EDRR, workshops, meetings.
3. Participants will practice identifying common invasive plants that threaten natural areas.

9:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

WET, WILD and WOODSY!

Karen Folsom, Site Administrator, Nature’s Classroom Environmental Studies

This hands-on session will preview three award winning programs, Project WET, WILD and LEARNING TREE, which are available to you to help get youth outdoors, build confidence, encourage problem-solving and decision-making, and develop stewardship of the environment – all while having fun! Come see what they are all about!

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will demonstrate their understanding of a given topic by successfully completing a task given.
2. Participants will communicate opinions and ideas with small and large groups.
3. Participants will demonstrate movement from awareness to knowledge gain to action of the topics discussed.

10:30 a.m. –10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. –11:40 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Sports for People with Disabilities

Melinda Wheatley, Senior Recreation Therapist, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation

This session will give you an overview of how to provide people with physical limitations various sports activities. The session will feature information and interactive examples of several different sports for individuals with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, amputations and visual impairments.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will learn how to implement at least 3 different sports for people with physical disabilities through basic rule knowledge, coaching tips and facility/equipment set up.
2. Participants will learn how adapted equipment can enhance the lives of people with disabilities through recreation and competitive sports.
3. Participants will be able to actively experience these sports by playing games and using the equipment.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My!
Marty Bradley, Recreation Program Supervisor, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation
Mary Clements Fowler, Recreation Program Supervisor, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation
Are you looking for something new? Does your program need a lift? Tired of the same old, same old? Come find out how to turn that “same old” into something new.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will learn how to develop a special event.
2. Participants will learn how to create games and craft projects from a one word theme.
3. Participants will leave with several ideas and ways to conduct a special event or project.

Preliminary Assessment of Introduced Tegus in Hillsborough County
Tessie Offner, University of Tampa

The Argentine black and white Tegu grows to be 4.5 feet long, eats both plants and animals. Preliminary data from a recent study of 18 captured Tegu’s will be discussed. Understanding current impacts and planning for the future are critical for addressing this invasive threat.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will learn to identify Argentine black and white Tegu.
2. Participants will discuss possible impacts of Tegu on public and private lands.
3. Participants will learn who to contact in the event of a Tegu sighting.

11:40 a.m. –11:50 a.m. Break
11:50 a.m. –12:50 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

It Starts In Parks-Tips, Tools and Tactics to implement the Refreshed Marketing Program!

Chris Caldwell, CPRP, Director, Winter Springs Parks and Recreation All brands must change and evolve. Marketing methods have changed since the It Starts In Parks program was introduced. With the influx of social media usage, messages must be clear and concise. FRPA has rolled out a refreshed ISIP program. Learn about its development and how you can hit the ground running with the tools and tips we offer in this session.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will become familiar with the new ISIP logos and messages
2. Participants will know what tools are available to them to implement the program.
3. Participants will understand the importance of branding in marketing.

Teen Summer Programs 2013

Bill Beekley, Recreation Program Specialist, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Alan M Transki, Recreation Program Specialist, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation

Join us to learn new ways of implementing summer programs for teens. We will share proven techniques, unique activities, and discuss incentive programs.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will identify successful strategies for recreational programs geared towards middle and high school age young people.
2. Participants will identify alternate discipline strategies that proved to be successful with the targeted age group.
3. Participants will discuss innovative methods of encouraging participation in activities during the eight week summer program.

Gopher Tortoises: Protected Species on your Property
Cynthia Grizzle, Environmental Scientist, Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc.
Gopher tortoises are a threatened species in Florida. Learn more about the species during this session and what to do if you have burrows on your property.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will recognize a gopher tortoise burrow and understand why the species is important.
2. Participants will learn which agency to contact for questions about gopher tortoise permitting.
3. Participants will be able to describe the most common methods of gopher tortoise capture for relocation purposes.

Connecting with Seniors
Rick Valdez, Area Program Supervisor, Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation This generation is booming and they should be a part of your core target audience. Learn how to develop a senior partnership program and the benefits of incorporating them into your mission. Discuss program ideas and your role as a coach. Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will learn how a senior partnership program benefits the community.
2. Participants will learn how to develop a partnership program and hear the benefits from a community leaders’ perspective.
3. Participants will learn program ideas and the coaches role with this age group.

12:50 p.m. –2:00 p.m. Lunch (Pulled Pork or Chicken, sides, and Tea)