The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)’s Congress and Exposition is where great ideas in parks and recreation start. At the 2013 Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX, Oct. 8-10, thousands will come together to strengthen, innovate and advance the field.

Congress is one of the nation’s premier gatherings for the parks and recreation field, providing world-class networking combined with cutting-edge education and research sessions, inspirational speakers and experts, and the largest trade exposition in the field.

NRPA’s President and CEO offers this about Congress:

“When 5,000 park and recreation professionals get together, everyone benefits,” says NRPA’s President and CEO Barbara Tulipane. “NRPA’s Congress and Exposition allows our members from across the country the opportunity to learn from experts, hear about the latest trends, and share great ideas. When this happens, we get stronger and when we get stronger we forge our place and value in the community. I encourage anyone interested in advancing and elevating parks and recreation to join us in Houston this year.”

The Top 5 reasons to attend NRPA’s Congress and Expo this year:

1. More than 200 educational opportunities
2. Nearly 400 exhibitors on the trade show floor
3. Eleven park and recreation education tracks
4. World-class networking events
5. New this Year: 40 20-minute Speed Sessions designed to energize and inspire