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2015 CALPA Conference & Training Workshops Information

April 9-12, 2015

"Thinking Big: Realizing the Possibilities with California State Parks"


Anza Borrego Park

The hotel is Borrego Springs Resort & Spa

A block of rooms has been secured under the group name CALPA for arrival on April 9, 2015 for three nights.

The corresponding preferred room rates are:

King Deluxe                           $99*
ADA Queen Deluxe              $99*
Double Queen Deluxe         $119*
Luxury King Suite                 $144*
ADA Luxury Suite                 $144* 
*per room, per night, plus occupancy tax
All room types are based on availability at the time of booking. The room block release date is set for March 19, 2015. Reservations may be made by calling 760-767-5700 and referring to CALPA.

Travel Tips

Registrations | Scholarships

Registration | Early Bird Registration by March 27 | Final Deadline by April 6

Scholarship Deadline | March 20, 2015 | Use this link to apply.

Conference Sessions | Presenters



CALPA Board Meeting

Evening Opening Reception - Anza Borrego Visitor's Center

  • Keynote Speaker: Mark Jorgensen - Author
  • Star Gazing with Susan Theriault

Hospitality Suite - hosted by Carolyn Christian

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Breakfast Networking Groups

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Welcome Session - Carolyn Christian, CALPA
  • - Jon Christensen, UCLA
  • Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Report - Randy Widera and Traci Verardo-Torres, California State Parks Foundation
  • California State Parks Transformation Team Interactive Session - Dana Jones and Danita Rodriquez, California Department of Parks and Recreation

Afternoon Field Trips

Evening Vendor Expo and Reception

  • Keynote Speaker: Steve Szalay - Head of California State Parks Transformation Team

Hospitality Suite - hosted by Carolyn Christian


Breakfast Networking Groups

Thank you to Co-ops - Brian Cahill and Wayne Breece, California Department of Parks and Recreation Trip to Cuyamaca Rancho State Historic Park Morning Breakout Sessions - Interpretation, History of Cuyamaca, Fundraising and Capital Campaigns

Lunch Keynote: Outdoor Outreach Executive Director and Participants

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Annual CALPA Banquet with Auction and Raffle

Hospitality Suite - Hosted by Carolyn Christian

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015

Breakfast Networking Groups

Elephant in the Room: Facilitating Better Communication in Partnerships - Michele Jackman

Field Trips (on your own)

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Hotel Room Block Deadline - March 19
  • Scholarship Application Deadline - March 20
  • Early Bird Registration Fee Deadline - March 27
  • Conference Registration Deadline - April 6 Anza Borrego Park


Participants are asked to bring a raffle prize and consider donating a larger auction item. More details to come.

Auction/Raffle Form

Sponsor Opportunities

CALPA is looking for conference sponsors, which will help underwrite conference expenses and keep the cost reasonable for attendees. Sponsorships also help fund scholarships for those organizations 
who have limited resources. See Conference Sponsors below.

Conference Sponsorship Letter | Sponsorship Form

Sponsorship levels range from $200 to $5,000 and provide great benefits!
Sponsors should email their logos to for placement on the website.

Make your Sponsorship Donation:

Conference Hosts

Anza Borrego Foundation
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association (CRSPIA)
Friends of Ocotillo Wells

Conference Sponsors

Mountain Lion Level
Hawk Level
Roadrunner Level
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Friends of Palomar Mountain Park
Cactus Flower Level
Sunbelt Publications
Your True Nature

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