2020 Risk Management School

Join us for a day of networking, quality education, and professional development.

February 3 - 4, 2020 | Renton Community Center

The core objective of the Risk Management School (RMS) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help professionals mitigate the risks inherent in the park and recreation field.

Attendees of RMS can expect to gain practical risk management skills, a deeper understanding of current trends and best practices, opportunities to network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for agencies and organizations. RMS is presented every two years by the Washington Recreation & Park Association, the RMS Steering Committee, and affiliated partners.

Become a Speaker | Keynote Announcement Registration | Location | Hotel Information | Schedule


Become a Speaker

Are you interested in becoming a speaker for the 2020 Risk Management School? Submit your presentation proposal via our online form. Our committee will review the submissions and make final selections in late summer. 

We are looking for presentations that focus on:

  • Emergency & Crisis Response
  • Staff Training
  • Legal & Insurance
  • Program Administration
  • Events
Submit your proposal today!

Submissions have been extended to Sunday, October 20, 2019.

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Keynote Speaker Announcement: Jeff Baierlein

Jeff Baierlein is an author, consultant, trainer, and speaker on outdoor program risk management, environmental education, and business leadership. Jeff directs the consultancy Viristar, providing safety, curriculum design, and strategy consulting and training to experiential education and other organizations worldwide. He is the author of Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure. Jeff is an outdoor safety expert witness, an adventure program reviewer with the Association for Experiential Education, and the former Executive Director of both the Boojum Institute and Outward Bound Baltimore Chesapeake Bay. He has served on numerous Boards and given presentations in 15 countries, where his work has been translated into Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese. Jeff has degrees in Environmental Education, Human Development, and Business Management, and lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Registration Information

Registration Rates
  Early Bird (Until 12/16/2019) Regular (After 12/16/2019)
Member $295.00 $315.00
Non-Member $339.00 $339.00
(Must be a current full-time student. If you are a student, please email the office to receive the $70 registration rate.)
$70.00 $70.00


All cancellations must be submitted via email to WRPA. Cancellations submitted on or before Monday, January 20, 2020, will receive a refund, less a $20 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Monday, January 20, 2020. Substitute attendees will be permitted, and requests for substitutions must be submitted via email. Substitution requests must be submitted by January 20, 2020.

WCIA will reimburse the cost of one registration per WCIA member. Reimbursement funding is available upon program completion. For more information, visit the WCIA website.

Who Should Attend?

This program is specifically designed for parks and recreation administrators, managers and supervisors. The curriculum also is appropriate for public works professionals, attorneys, school district personnel and risk managers, as well as port districts, public utility districts, YMCA and other non-profit organizations and related fields.

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Renton Community Center
1715 Maple Valley Hwy,
Renton, WA 98057

Driving Directions

Parking will be available onsite at the Renton Community Center.

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WRPA has a few hotel rooms on hold at the Red Lion Hotel Renton for the night of Sunday, February 2 and 3. 

You can book your hotel room online or by calling (425) 226-7700 and asking for the WRPA group rate. 

Group Code: WASHPARK

Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center Renton
1 S Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057

Standard Single: $89.00 plus 12.9% room tax
Double Queen: $89.00 plus 12.9% room tax

Book Your Room Today

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The detailed, 2020 Risk Management School schedule will be released in the summer of 2020.

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