NASPD 2021 Conference

Laurel Hill State Park, PA

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Dear Exhibitors and Sponsors,

What a difference a year makes! COVID-19 made an impact in 2020. Many of you registered for the September 2020 conference in Pennsylvania that was cancelled. Special appreciation is extended to those who joined us for the December virtual conference. From all reports, the virtual conference was well received. We look forward to resuming our in-person conference in September 2021 and are pleased that Pennsylvania will host us in 2021.

Recently, annual attendance to America’s State Parks is at record levels with more than 800 million visitors to nearly 6800 areas. Though the pandemic closed some parks during portions of 2020, parks experienced attendance increases which confirmed they are even more appreciated and essential than ever.

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Dear Exhibitors and Sponsors,

After rescheduling our host state responsibilities for an on-site in-person conference in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania State Parks team is now back in full planning and preparation mode for the 2021 National Association of State Parks Directors Conference. The past eight months of personal

and professional challenges and triumphs in our lives certainly has no parallel and equivalency. To reconvene state parks leadership and industry professions in the beautiful landscape of the Laurel Highlands is our worthy and important goal.

The conference venue of Seven Springs Mountain Resort is embedded in the heart of this important, specially designated Conservation Landscape, one of eight in the commonwealth. Spanning five counties, this region of Pennsylvania is rich with important public lands that will serve as an inspiring setting for the 2021 conference. With eight state parks, one state forest, units of the National Park Service, and protected conservancy properties, this location is an ideal destination for healthful outdoor recreation, connecting people to their natural and cultural heritage, and for providing an immersive conservation experience.

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