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Members, new and seasoned, like to come back to past conferences to pick up interesting articles and information from guest speakers.

2015 | Anza-Borrego | April 9-12, 2015

“Understanding the Non-Profit Sector that Supports State Parks in California”
Traci Verardo-Torres, VP, Government Affairs, CSPF
Randy Widera, Owner, Blue Oak Consulting

“Engaging Today and Tomorrow's Generation of Park Users”

“Stamen - Caliparks - Parks Forward”


“ Review of Nonprofit Sector Stydy: Findings, Implications & Recommendations”
Randy Widera, Blue Oak Consulting

2014 | Guerneville | April 22-25, 2014

"Onward: 150 Pathways to Keeping California State Parks’ Legacy Alive "
April 22-25, 2014

West Sonoma County, Guerneville, California

Conference Sessions and Handouts

“The Economy of the Commons. How values drive value in our parks”
Randy Widera, RWWidera Consulting

“150th Anniversary of State Parks”
Ellen Clark, DPR Interpreter III

150th Events Around the State 
Mt Diablo 
Armstrong Redwods SNR and Austin Creek SRA

“Parks Forward Commission”
Ken Wiseman, Parks Forward Executive Director
Caryl Hart, Parks Forward Commissioner and Sonoma County Regional Parks Director 

“How to build, train, and run a Trail Maintenance Unit without frustration, panic, piles of $$$, and HAVE FUN!”
Dave and Michele Hernandez, CRSPIA and Cuyamaca Rancho SP Trails Maintenance Unit

“Latino Community Engagement”
Irma L. Cuervas, Sonoma County Regional Parks

Engaging and broadening audiences through the art and science of mobile storytelling”
Arthur Bart Williams & Denise Penrose


“From Member to Major Gift, Building a donor-centered fundraising program”
Randy Widera, RWWidera Consulting

“A Model for Saving Sonoma County State Parks”
Sonoma County Parks Alliance, Lauren Dixon, Director
Michele Luna, ED, Stewards
Tjiska Vanwyk, ED Valley of the Moon Natural History Assn.
Richard Dale, ED, Sonoma Ecology Center
John Rooney, Sugarloaf Manager
Mike Carr, Director UCCR
Philip Sales, President, Sonoma Petaluma State Historic Parks Association
Breck Parkman, State Park Archeologist
Andrea Mapes, State Park & Rec. Specialist

“Launching the 4x4x4 Capital Campaign for El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP”
Jarrell C. Jackman, Ph.D., Executive Director
Anne Petersen, Ph.D., Associate Director for Historical Resources,
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Session Brainstorm

“Creating a Sustainable Cultural Preservation Model”
Elizabeth Goldstein, CSPF
Anthony Veerkamp, NTHP
Michele Luna, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Andrea Mapes, State Parks
Tour Guides: Anthony Veerkamp, Breck Parkman, Laura Parent

Chronology Handout 
Pond Farm Newsletter - 8.2013
Link to Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

“Questing at Armstrong Redwoods”
David Berman, Programs Director for Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods 

“Supporting Volunteers in Parks”
Cheryl Ashton, DPR CAL
Debra Cable, Volunteer Coordinator for Hollister Hills SVRA

2013 | Sacramento | May 16-19, 2013

"Moving Forward from Angst to Awesome: 
Striving for Excellence in Partnership"

May 16-19, 2013

Sacramento, California

Thursday, May 16:
Welcome Reception and Train Ride - California Railroad Museum

Friday, May 17:
Conference Sessions
Evening Reception at Sutter's Fort - featuring Major General Anthony Jackson, Director - California Department of Parks and Recreation

Saturday, May 18:
Conference Sessions
Field Trips to Local Park Sites
Annual CALPA Banquet

Sunday, May 19:
Closing Sessions
Field Trips

2012 | San Diego | May 16-20, 2012

"Uncharted Waters:
Exploring the New Parks World for a Sustainable Future"

May 16-20, 2012

San Diego, California

Thursday, May 17
Crystal Cove
All Hands on Deck: Education and Interpretation for Tomorrow's Parks
Interpretation and Education through your Park Store
The Development, Financiing and Sustainability of Excellent Programs
A samping of Crystal Cove Alliance's "Out of the Box" SNAP(Science & Nature at the Park)

Funding the Voyage: Partnership Development - Out of the Box
Growing Role in Partnership Development 
Fund and Friend Raising Tools
Making a Deep Collaboration Work: A Capital Project Case Study

Torrey Pines
Dinner and Reception

Friday, May 18 & Saturday May 19
Old Town San Diego

Session Topics to Include
Enhancing Communication and Defining A Common Vision 
Preserving the Legacy of Historic and Sacred Sites
Increasig Responsibility and Compliance for Coops Large and Small

Ruth Coleman - Director, California State Parks
Ruskin Hartley - Executive Director, Save the Redwoods League 
Elizabeth Goldstein - President, California State Parks Foundation
Richard Louv, Author and Co-Founder of Children & Nature Network

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