Upcoming events

    • February 28, 2023
    • 8:30 AM (CST)
    • March 02, 2023
    • 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Montgomery Bell State Park, 1020 Jackson Hill Rd, Burns, TN. West of Nashville
    Register

    Registration is open

    The conference will be loaded with great training courses, guest speakers and tours of historic parks and landmarks. This will be a conference you will not want to miss so start planning today.  The agenda is shown below.


    Hotel Lodging

    Montgomery Bell State Park Lodge

    Reservation Group Code 2181

    Room rate is $100.80 per night.  


    PLEA Annual Training Conference

    February 28 - March 2, 2023

    Lodge at Montgomery Bell State Park

    Agenda

    Virtual conference attendees will be emailed a link to sign-in for the virtual portion of the conference.

    Our Conference Agenda is:

    Monday, February 27

    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting – PLEA Executive Board and Board Members.

    4:00 PM -7:00 PM – Registration in the lobby of the Lodge at Montgomery Bell State Park.

    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM - Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Tuesday, February 28

    6:30 AM -7:45 AM – Breakfast on your own.

    7:00 AM -8:00AM – Registration and Meet & Greet – Outside of Classroom.

    8:15 AM – Opening Ceremonies. Welcome by PLEA President and Host Agency.
    Colors and pledge by the Tennessee State Parks Honor Guard.

    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – High Risk Recreation Panel Discussion. – Tennessee State Parks Managers Jacob Young, George Shinn, Damon Graham, Ray Cuthcer, Angelo Giansante and Josh Kuykendall.

    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Break

    10:30 AM – 11:15 AM – Hate Crimes and Protests- JR Tinch, Assistant Chief Ranger Tennessee State Parks.

    11:15 AM – 12:00pm – Sex Trafficking in State Parks – Jane Switzer, Ranger Tennessee State Parks.

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch (On your own)

    1:00 PM – 1:45 PM - Resource Based Law Enforcement – Sam King, Stewardship Ecologist Tennessee State Parks. 

    1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Break

    2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Field Training on the Natchez Trace Parkway – Josh Waggener, Park Ranger Tennessee State Parks.

    2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break and Door Prizes

    3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Wild Hog Management – Jacob Ingram, Park Manager Tennessee State Parks.

    3:45 PM - 4:00 PM –International Ranger Federation Update – Andy Wright, Park Manager Tennessee State Parks.

    5:00 PM – 9:00 PM - Optional on your own dinner and sightseeing in historic downtown Nashville. We will organize carpools or vans during the morning training sessions

    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Wednesday, March 1

    6:30 AM - 7:45 AM - Breakfast on your own.

    07:45 AM - 8:00 AM – Meet outside lobby for transportation.

    08:00 AM – Vans depart Lodge at Montgomery Bell Park. 

    8:30 AM – Arrive at Natchez Trace Bridge.

    • ·       Heavy Traffic Issues including speeders
    • ·       Suicide attempts on bridge
    • ·       Historic significance of Natchez Trace

    10:10 AM – Vans Depart.

    10:40 AM – Arrive at Radnor Lake State Natural Area.

    • ·       Park surrounded by affluent Nashville suburb.
    • ·       Large aviary.  Program on birds of prey.
    • ·       11:45 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch provided by “Friends of Radnor Lake.”

    12:40 PM – Vans Depart.

    1:05 PM – Arrive at the Parthenon.

    • ·       Metro Nashville Parks.  A re-creation of the Greek Parthenon sits in the park.

    2:00 PM – Vans Depart.

    2:10 PM - Arrive at Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park.

    • ·       Park is in downtown Nashville.
    • ·       Presentation on large scale event management.

    3:15 PM – Vans Depart.

    3:15 PM – 5:15 PM – Explore Nashville on your own, no transportation provided.

    4:00 PM – Arrive at Montgomery Bell State Park.

    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Awards Banquet. Dinner is provided. Fund raising raffle.

    8:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Thursday, March 2

    6:30 AM -7:45 AM -Breakfast on your own.

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Keynote Presenter Walt Dabney.  Walt will offer the following presentations:

    • 1.      History of Americas Public Lands.
    • 2.      The Park Idea
    • 3.      Building Local Constituencies.
    • 4.       Law Enforcement Attitude and Image
    • 5.      Managing the Law Enforcement Function
    • 6.      Leadership and Supervision
    • 7.      Visitor statistics

    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM –   Walt Dabney

    10:00 AM – 10:15 AM - Break

    10:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Walt Dabney

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch on your own.

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Walt Dabney

    2:30 PM – 2:45 PM - Break

    2:45 PM – 4:30 PM – Walt Dabney

    5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

    Friday, March 3   

    6:30 AM - 8:00 AM – Breakfast on your own   

    11:00 AM - Checkout

    Safe travels, hope to see everyone next year!

    Hotel Reservations – Call (888) 867-2757.  Use Group Code 2181.


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