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Fostering Excellence, Park Leadership in the Golden State

October 23 -26 in Folsom and Sacramento, CA

The California League of Parks Associations invites park partners throughout California to join us for our CALPA Conference taking place October 23- 26 in Folsom and Sacramento, California.

This conference will be focused on providing professional development, training and more for the many partner organizations that work tirelessly to promote, support, enhance and maintain California's 280 state parks.

Sessions will be designed for nonprofit professionals, board members, volunteers, community leaders and California State Park staff.

Conference Sessions | Presenters


      October 23, afternoon Conference attendees are invited to join us for a CALPA Membership Meeting at the California State Railroad Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a train ride and opening reception at the Stanford Mansion sponsored by the California State Railroad Museum Foundation in Old Sacramento, California. October 23 travel tips.

      October 24 A day of informative trainings designed specifically for cooperating associations, park partners and California State Park Staff and access to our vendor showcase. Join us from 5PM to 6:30PM for a special networking session with our sponsors and vendors.

      October 25 Second full day of trainings. An evening banquet will feature awards ceremony, auction and plated dinner.

      October 26 An optional day of additional training for California State Park staff, and several field trip options for nonprofit professionals, volunteers and board members.

Your CALPA Conference Registration Includes:

  • Welcome Reception and Train Ride at the California State Railroad Museum (hosted by the California State Railroad Museum Foundation)
  • Access to all training sessions and keynotes.
  • Entry to exhibit hall and trade show
  • 1 ticket for plated banquet dinner
  • Optional free or low cost field trip options on Friday October 26.

Field Trips

Field trips are an optional part of the 2018 CALPA Conference and are a great opportunity to visit nearby State Parks around the conference site in Folsom. This year we have three different field trips you can choose from on Fridayafter the conference sessions have closed:

  • A walking tour of Lake Natoma
  • A walking tour and BBQ lunch at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
  • A walking tour of the State Museum Collections Center (two sessions)
  • A walking tour of the Folsom Powerhouse
  • A river experience at Coloma

In addition, we are offering a tour of the Headquarters offices of the Department of Parks and Recreation led by none other than Paige Rogowski.

Lake Natoma

Explore beautiful Lake Natoma with Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma (FOLFAN)! FOLFAN Co-Founders Crystal Tobias & Linda McDonald will lead this short walk along the ADA accessible Waterfront Trail. View beautiful Lake Natoma along the new ADA accessible Waterfront Trail. Stroll amid native oaks and non-native species, while discovering signs of Folsom's rich history and diverse plants and animals.

Marshall Gold Discovery

Join Gold Discovery Park Association for a short interpretive tour of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (MGDSHP) where a replica of the original sawmill and over twenty historic buildings including a mining exhibit, Chinese store exhibits, and schoolhouse exhibit are available to view. Afterwards, step back in culinary time with a Covered Wagon BBQ. Enjoy a hamburger where the rush for gold began in North America.

State Museum Collections Center (tour at 11AM and 1PM)

Behind-the-Scenes facility walking tour of the State Museum Collections Center (SMCC). SMCC is a working collections management facility and its open storage concept allows tour participants to go behind the scenes for a close-up look at the diversity of materials acquired by cultural specialists throughout the state and how these historic objects are stored and preserved. The SMCC serves as the repository for over 1 million historic objects and artifacts from parks throughout the state. At SMCC, State Park Curators, Archivists, and Collections Managers care for and manage California's largest collection of artifacts, archival documents, and photographs.

Department of Parks and Recreation Headquarters (tour on Tuesday, October 23 from 10:30AM to 11:30AM)

This tour will be a great way to learn more about the workings of the DPR from Paige Rogowski, our Partnership Guru in the Parks and Recreation department. Ask all of your questions, get introduced to your favorite headquarters staff who you might have only been interacting with through email.

Folsom Powerhouse (tour on Friday, October 26, 11AM to 1PM)

A walking tour of the Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Coloma River Experience (tour time on Friday, October 26 morning is TBD)

Each of the tours requires you to register and is limited to 25 participants (each participant must sign up individually).

Conference Venue and Hotel

Anza Borrego Park

The Lake Natoma Inn is located in historic Folsom, California. The hotel sits adjacent to Lake Natoma, part of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, and is just a short walk to Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park.

Getting There: Free parking is available on-site. The light rail line is adjacent to the hotel, offering easy access to and from Downtown Sacramento. The hotel also sits along the renowned American River Bike Trail, for those who may want to commute via bicycle. In addition, camping is available at nearby Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, if you would prefer to camp or RV.

All rooms have been booked under the discounted rate at Lake Natoma Inn, but please call the hotel directly to learn of other reservation options.


Conference Pricing

Sponsor Opportunities are available! For more information about sponsorships, contact Michele Luna, Vice-President of CALPA at

Exhibitor and Vendor Space is available, please contact to learn more about how to reach over 100 park professionals during our expo on Thursday, October 25, 2018.


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

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