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National Recreation Park Association

Welcome to the National Recreation and Park Association - ANAHEIM Congress and Exposition website, hosted by the NRPA Local Host Committee.

Here you will find information regarding volunteer opportunities, events and activities that the Local Host Committee has planned for attendees of the NRPA Congress and Exposition. This site will be continually updated with news and information, so make sure to bookmark it and keep checking back until the expo kicks off in ANAHEIM, OCTOBER 16-18!

NRPA Congress Volunteer Registration will begin in early June!

2011 Congress Volunteers will be offered the first chance to register for the 2012 Congress volunteer openings.
New in 2012 NRPA Congress Volunteers must be NRPA members to register for discounted registration. Learn more about becoming a NRPA member.

PLEASE NOTE:  Volunteer hours worked for the Local Host Committees (LHC) projects and activities listed on this site do not count toward complimentary Congress registration but may be eligible for the free Expo Pass distributed at the LHCs discretion.  However any NRPA member, local or national, can register for volunteer slots that do count toward complimentary Congress registration through NRPAs registration website.  Six to eight weeks prior to Congress, any unfilled NRPA volunteer slots which do count toward complimentary Congress registration will be offered to non-member volunteers to sign up for.

NRPA Volunteer Registration Benefits

17 hours

Complimentary Full Package

12 - 16 hours

Complimentary Educational Package

6-11 hours

33% Discount on Registration Package

1 - 5 hours

Expo Hall Only pass

All offsite and local host activities

Expo Hall Only pass


Local Host Committee

Welcome to the 46th Annual NRPA Congress and Exhibition! On behalf of the NRPA Anaheim local Host Committee, I hope you enjoy your stay here with us in Anaheim. Take a moment to navigate through this site and look over the volunteer opportunities available. From assisting with the annual Golf Tournament to lending a helpful hand to attendees, I am sure you will see the many ways we can work together to create an amazing Congress experience.

We hope to see you in October!



Terry D. Lowe
Local Host Committee Chair

Julie Parker
Larry Pasco
Lynn Smith
Michael Lautenbach
Pamela Galera
Joe Perez
Janis Heckel
Sjany Larson-Cash
Anaheim Sporn
Stacy Michalak
Brian Chwan
Wendy Solorio
Jan Branich
Samantha Moss
Kimberly Kelemen


How to Volunteer

NRPA and the host city for Congress utilize volunteers to help the event run smoothly. With so many different areas of need, several hundred volunteers are used to accomplish a successful show. Both Members and Non-Members can volunteer. Some of the activities can be registered for through NRPA’s website, and others are made available through the Local Host Committee (LHC). Below are great opportunities for you to volunteer!

If you have any questions or need more information please contact:
Anaheim Sporn, Community Services Superintendent
(714) 765-5235

LHC Volunteer Opportunities:

Online Volunteer Sign Up


Off-Site Institutes


  • Assist with the check in process at the Anaheim Convention Center prior to bus departures
  • Serve as greeters and welcome guests
  • Assist individuals by answering questions regarding the OSI
  • Distribute literature
  • Conduct on-site sale of tours if seats allow
  • Administer Continuing Education Unit (CEU) paperwork and evaluation forms
  • Should be knowledgeable of the route, and able to identify various points of interest along the way
  • Assist with lunch and clean up

A Brief orientation session will be conducted at the beginning of each shift, so it is important that all volunteers arrive on time.

Please note: Volunteers who work the OSI’s do not receive credit toward complimentary registration for the Congress sessions.

Sunday, October 14, 2012
National Natural Landmark Hike of the Irvine Ranch Open Space
7:00am – 2:15pm
0.6 CEU

Come experience a special tour/cardio hike of the Irvine Ranch Open Space, exploring Limestone Canyon while learning about the National Landmark Program.
*All Volunteers and participants must be able to hike multiple steep climbs and descents without stopping.

Clothing: casual, lightweight jacket, rain gear if needed, hiking boots.

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Geochaching: High Tech Treasure Hunt in your Parks!
7:30am -3:00pm
0.6 CEU

Did you ever imagine yourself as a treasure hunter? Geochaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game that will be played in the beautiful Santiago Oaks Park. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Come learn why this game went viral and is now played in every continent by adults, children and senior citizens

Clothing: casual, lightweight jacket, rain gear if needed, walking shoes or boots.

Monday, October 15, 2012
The National Association of County Park & Recreation Officials presents “Best of Show” Annual County/Regional Park Tour
7:00am – 6:15pm
0.9 CEU

This year’s theme is “The Power of Partnerships.” This tour will feature five stops to highlight facilities and programs that have been developed and operated through public and private (both for-profit and non-profit) partnerships. The tour will include visits to the Santa Ana River Trail, Irvine Regional Park, Augustine Ranch Staging Area, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, and the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.

Clothing: casual, lightweight jacket, rain gear if needed, walking shoes or boots.

Monday, October 15, 2012
Wild in the City
7:15am -12:30pm
0.4 CEU

Since 1970, the population in the Southern California region and Anaheim has nearly doubled. Citizens are packed together, drive in traffic and cope with an over programmed life. Finding natural spaces nearby may be a way to offset the urban lifestyle. This tour will demonstrate how to look for and find these potential natural spaces, ways of partnering with agencies and implementation of designs or restoring existing natural areas. Participants will visit the Anaheim Coves, Anaheim Wetlands and Deer Canyon.

Clothing: casual, light weight jacket, rain gear if needed, walking shoes

Monday, October 16, 2012
Public Art In the Park
1:00pm – 4:15pm
0.2 CEU

Public Art is a powerful tool that energizes, teaches and interprets. However, there are several hurdles that designers and administrators need to overcome before implementing art in public places. This institute will highlight Colony Park that boasts an interactive art exhibit that interprets history and establishment of the Anaheim Colony while creating an urban park that serves as the front yard for the adjacent attached homes.

Clothing: casual, light weight jacket, rain gear if needed, walking shoes.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Historically Speaking – Managing Local Resources
7am – 1:15pm
0.5 CEU

Anaheim’s efforts to preserve the city’s historical resources date back to 1928. During this off-site institute tour three city-owned historic structures and a local history resource center, and learn how to develop community guidelines for preserving and maintaining your history. The tour will include visits to The Mother Colony and Woelke-Stoffel House at Founders Park, the Carnegie Library building, and the local history collection at the Anaheim Heritage Center.

Clothing: casual, lightweight jacket, rain gear if needed, walking shoes

Thursday, October 18, 2012
San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
7:15am – 12:30pm
0.4 CEU

This institute will feature a visit to 300 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands surrounded by urban environment. The San Joaquin Marsh serves as an outdoor living laboratory for students, teachers and the public and provides valuable habitat for more than 200 species of birds, plus other wildlife, such as bobcats, rabbits and coyotes.

Clothing: casual, lightweight jacket, rain gear if needed, walking shoes

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Journey Through Orange County History
12:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
0.4 CEU

Cultural and historical tourism has gained increased recognition recent years. Creating a visitor experience that encourages visitors to make a trip to your community increases attendance to historic resources and brings tourism dollars to your local businesses. Come take a trip through historic Orange County to see its transformation over the last 150 years. The site tour will feature visits to Heritage Hill Historic Park, Arden- Helena Modjeska Historic House and Garden (National Historic Landmark) and the oldest courthouse in Southern California, The Old Orange County Courthouse.

Clothing: casual, lightweight jacket, rain gear if needed, walking shoes


Golf Tournament

Monday, October 15, 2012
9:00 a.m. (18-Hole Tournament)
Anaheim Hills Golf Course
6501 East Nohl Ranch Road


  • Volunteers are needed to help with check-in at the golf course. Check-in tables will be set up at 7:00 a.m. with golfers arriving around 7:30 a.m.
  • Volunteers will mark off players on the check-in lists, help players find their assigned golf cart, help players find their way around the clubhouse area, etc.
  • Volunteers will receive breakfast at the golf course.

You always feel at home when you come to Anaheim. For an outstanding golfing experience, there's no better choice!

The tree-lined fairways of Anaheim Hills Golf Course are a local favorite and frequent escape for some of Orange County’s most dedicated and accomplished golfers. Located just minutes from Disneyland, we welcome visitors and locals alike to enjoy the incredible value of daily tee times and pristine course conditions – all nestled right in the heart of Orange County.

For nearly 40 years, Anaheim Hills Golf Course has offered a fun, accessible and challenging par-71 course with memorable drives and eclectic terrain. From the old growth Sycamore on the 10th to the dog-legged right on the 12th, we pride ourselves in offering a course as unique and special as our surroundings.

Take a break from the city as you enjoy the rolling native landscape, the gorgeous California Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, and the expanse of our expertly maintained facilities. Every aspect of our grounds has been designed to specifically complement the natural beauty of our location and our course.


Fun Run/Walk

Thursday, October 18, 2012,
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Disney® District

Start your day off right! Join us for the annual 5k Run/Walk, which will take place at Downtown Disney® District.


  • Volunteers will enjoy a view of various Downtown Disney® District restaurants, shops, and attractions.
  • All volunteers will receive a ticket for the opportunity drawing; snacks and an event goodie bag.
  • Clothing: casual, jacket and rain gear if needed, and walking shoes.
  • Schedule for the day:

6:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. Event set up.
6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Assist with check-in at Downtown Disneyland, bus greeter, welcome runners, and answer questions.
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Assist runners on the course.
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Help distribute awards, assist with the drinks and snacks.
Help pass out opportunity giveaways and clean up
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Assist participants to the buses


Leisure Tours


  • Provide volunteer service for at least 4 hours per activity/day
  • Provide registration and general information at the conference center about the leisure tour activities
  • Direct participants to/from the transportation services for the tours and how to return to the conference center
  • Accompany participants to the tour sites
  • Provide directions and information about various activities/venue at Newport Beach and/or the Anaheim Art/Pub Crawl

Anaheim Art and Pub Crawl 
Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Experience the great art, delicious food, and fine spirits of Anaheim at the Downtown Anaheim Promenade. Transportation will be provided to and from the Anaheim Marriot (Just outside the Anaheim Convention Center.) Activities include:





The accessibility team proactively seeks ways to maximize the ease of access and remove any barriers to inclusion, within reason, at Congress for all attendees.

  • Welcome attendees
  • Address accessibility issues
  • Provide information/services
  • Answer questions

The accessibility booth will be open during registration hours.


Hospitality and Information Booth

The hospitality team will ensure that attendees feel welcome and are provided information on local services, restaurants and attractions available.

  • Welcome attendees
  • Provide local information
  • Answer questions

The hospitality & information booth will be open during registration hours.



There are opportunities for assistance with on-site logistics, working in the Local Host Volunteer Room, door greeters and runners.

Information on days and hours coming soon!