Registration is OPEN!

Parks and Grounds Spring Training is happening February 27 (Maintenance Day) and February 28 (Horticulture Day) at the Coast Hotel & Convention Centre in Langley. PLUS, 3 pre-conference sessions are happening on February 26, and a post-conference session is happening March 1.

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Why attend?

  • Stay on top of trends and hot issues
  • Learn about best practices, new technology and regulations
  • Make new connections, and strengthen connections with colleagues from all over the province
  • Earn CECs/CEUs
  • Learn about new products and vendors

Join us for one day, two days, or more for BC's only provincial professional development event for parks professionals in BC. Register early and you'll save on registration!

View the Program Guide for full details.

Important Registration Information

As you begin to register yourself, and/or others, please note that everyone registered must have an account on the BCRPA website before you begin the registration process. If you do not have an online account, you can create one now.

Note: the BCRPA website is mobile-friendly.


Consolidating Invoices:

If several individuals in your organization will be registering for the event themselves, but you want to pay one invoice, please ask the individuals to select "Cheque's in the Mail" at checkout. Administrators are then asked to email education@bcrpa.bc.ca with the names of those who have registered, so we may consolidate and send you one invoice.

Group Registrations:

For a faster, more efficient registration process, we recommend each individual register for the event themselves. If this is not possible, please follow the instructions below for group registration process.

  1. If you are registering on behalf of other staff, and they ALL have BCRPA website accounts, you can proceed with registration. During the registration process, you will have the option to add an additional person. Please be patient when you select this option as the system is loading information. Do NOT hit the back button or refresh the page.
  2. If you are registering on behalf of others, and some or all do not have their own BCRPA website account you can fill out this form (Excel; Word; PDF), email it to education@bcrpa.bc.ca and accounts will be set up for them. Account information will then be returned to you so you can complete their online registration.

Do not proceed with registration until you receive confirmation from BCRPA that accounts have been set-up.

Planning Tools for Registration of Large Groups

To assist you with multiple registrations, we have created a planning sheet (Excel; Word; PDF) on which you can record the session and day choices for each person. We hope this will help expedite your online registration process.

Other useful registration tools available to you are:

Program Highlights

We are excited to bring you local and international speakers who will address hot topics and emerging issues in the parks sector. Gil Penalosa - founder and chair of 8-80 Cities, Brian Minter - local Master Gardener, Ian Cunnings - emergency management specialist, and Troy Kimoto - CFIA survey biologist are just a few of the industry pros who will share their expertise with you.

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What to expect at Spring Training:

View the Program Guide.

Keynote Speakers

FEBRUARY 27 — MAINTENANCE DAY
FEBRUARY 28 — HORTICULTURE DAY

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Gil Penalosa |  Parks and other Public Spaces: Creating Vibrant & Healthy Cities for All

Founder and Chair of 8-80 Cities • named one of Planetizen's Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists in 2017 • Urban Expert on Mobility and Citizen Engagement at Gehl Architects (Denmark)

PLUS, join him at his pre-event workshop on Tues, February 26 on Park Management: A Tool for Creating Healthy and Vibrant Communities for All

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Linda Chalker-Scott  |  Horticulture CSI — Why Did My Plants Die?

Extension Urban Horticulturist and Associate Professor at Washington State University's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture • ISA Certified Arborist • Contributor and Science Editor for Master Gardener Magazine

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Linda Chalker-Scott  |  Landscape Maintenance Zombies How to Recognize and Dispatch

Extension Urban Horticulturist and Associate Professor at Washington State University's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture • ISA Certified Arborist • Contributor and Science Editor for Master Gardener Magazine

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Brian Minter  |  Dramatic New Connections Between People and Plants

Master Gardener • Entrepreneur • Author

Learn more about the Keynotes.

Pre- and Post-Event Workshops

Once again, we have pre- and post- workshops available as stand-alone learning opportunities, or as an extension of your Spring Training.

Savings are available for Early Birds, and Members. PLUS, you save even more if you register for both Park Management and Parks Liability Risks on Feb 26 (and get lunch!).


Tuesday, February 26 — Pre-Event Workshops

  • Park Management: A Tool for Creating Healthy and Vibrant Communities for All with Gil Penalosa  |  9 — 11:30 am 
  • Identifying and Addressing Parks Liability Risks with Samantha Boyce  |  12:30 — 3:30 pm
  • Playground Safety Awareness Course with Tim Richards  |  8:30 am — 4 pm

Friday, March 1 — Post-Event Workshop

  • Local Gardens Creating Global Goals with Tara Moreau, Egan Davis and Douglas Justice  |   9:30 am — 3:30 pm

Get the details.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor Sponsorship Prospectus Cover Small Showcase your company and products to over 350 parks and grounds professionals, and their network.
  • Early Bird savings are available for Exhibitors.
  • Standard and customizable Sponsorship packages are available to meet your company's needs.
Learn more. View the Prospectus, or visit the Sponsorship and Tradeshow webpage.

To learn more, please don't hesitate to contact Stephanie Androsoff, Partnerships and Events Coordinator by email, or call 604.629.0965 ext. 260.