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2019 NDRPA State Conference

September 10, 2019 - September 12, 2019

NDRPA State Conference Sponsors

The NDRPA State Conference is Sept. 10-12, hosted by Valley City Parks and Recreation.


Register today! The deadline is Aug. 30.

Small Park Board Scholarships

Five registration scholarships are available to park board commissioners/staff from park districts that do not have full-time, year-round staff. Apply today!


  • GrandStay Hotel & Suites, 701-490-3500 (NDRPA Room Block)
  • EconoLodge, 701-845-5333

Keynote Speakers

Matt Jones is the welcoming keynote speaker and will be presenting “Recreation and Parks is a Marathon.” Jones is a world-class professional keynote speaker and author. He has conquered cancer three times, survived a bone marrow transplant, relearned how to walk and completed eight marathons on eight continents, including Antarctica. He is also the author of the book, “Life’s a Marathon-3 Choices to Overcoming Adversity and Achieving Greater Victory in Business, Life, and Leadership.” Jones strives to be a thought leader who offers solutions to the problems individuals and organizations face. His mission is to help flame the fire within to develop a “Marathon Mentality” in order to reach your full potential by overcoming challenges, improving daily and striving to attain greater goal attainment as well as life fulfillment.

John BallJohn Ball will close the conference with his keynote presentation “Tree Humor.” Ball supports the citizens of South Dakota in his role as a professor of forestry, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist and South Dakota Department of Agriculture Forest Health Specialist at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings. Ball previously managed tree care and design-build companies in the East and Midwest.

Silent Auction Items Requested

Each park district is encouraged to bring at least one silent auction item valued at $50 or more to raise funds for NDRPA’s scholarships.


The following sponsorship are available:
• Wednesday AM Break

For sponsorship details download the 2019 conference sponsor benefits. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact the NDRPA office at 701-355-4458. Sponsorships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.


Exhibit hall space is SOLD OUT. If you are interested in exhibiting, please email Shannon to be placed on a waitlist.

Location:  Eagles Club, 345 12th Ave. NE, Valley City, ND 58072
Set-Up:  Tues., Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Schedule:  Wed., Sept. 11, 7 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Tear-Down:  Wed., Sept. 11, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Annual Business Meeting

NDRPA’s annual business meeting will be held Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Valley City Eagles Club. Download the meeting packet.


September 10, 2019
September 12, 2019