Welcome, Attendees

Collegiate Recreation: An International Treasure

Meet with your counterparts from across North America and beyond as you hone your skills with more than 3,000 collegiate recreation students, professionals, and exhibitors at the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

February 21-24, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD, attendees will have the opportunity to expand their networks and develop professionally by attending a wide variety of educational sessions, workshops, and social events, as well as the unparalleled opportunity to connect with leading vendors at the Campus Rec & Wellness Expo.

Join us as we explore the international treasure of collegiate recreation with Washington DC as our scenic backdrop

What attendees say…

The NIRSA Annual Conference helps me think differently about my daily work which brings new ideas into our department and challenges us to consider new strategies and programs. I love the opportunity to problem solve with the best in the industry. Thank you NIRSA!
Cindy Cowden, Associate Director of Facilities and Internal Operations, Binghamton University
The conference provided everything I was looking for in one convenient location — exhibitors for equipment we need as well as professional development, networking and socializing opportunities.
Debbie Marinoff Shupe, Manager of Recreation Services, McMaster University
The NIRSA Annual Conference is a great way to discover new programming ideas, reconnect with old friends, and showcase our profession to new students. Each year I attend the conference I am reinvigorated for the coming academic year. I am reminded of the end goal of campus recreation and always look forward to coming back to my campus to watch my students develop.
Nick Singer, Assistant Director of Intramural Activities, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
The NIRSA Annual Conference is always one of the highlights of the academic year. It provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with my NIRSA family, attend educational sessions, learn about the latest equipment and products, and enhance my professional development.
Stan Campbell, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of Campus Recreation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The value of the NIRSA conference is impossible to define because the transferable skills and professional environment provided to students and professional staff members alike are unmatched.
Beth Glazer, Assistant Manager, Student Activities Center, UCLA Recreation

Top Ten Things to do When Visiting Washington DC – NIRSA Edition

Brought to you by your 2017 Host Committee

  • Walk or jog around the National Mall. The National Mall is home to iconic US buildings, memorials, and museums. From the US Capital to the Lincoln Memorial to the many Smithsonian Museums, you will be immersed in US culture and history. While the Mall is always open, many of the museums close at 5pm.

  • While on the Mall, check out the newest Smithsonian Museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. All Smithsonian Museums are free to the public.

  • Getting tired of winter? The US Botanical Gardens and Conservatory feature flowers and plants from regions all over the world to help warm you up and get your ready for spring. The gardens are located on the National Mall right by the US Capital.

  • Take a selfie at the White House! If you want an inside tour, you’ll need to contact your congressional representative well in advance. But, anyone can swing by and take pictures outside the White House. We recommend the view from Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Around the corner from the White House, history and seafood buffs should swing by Old Ebbitt Grill, DC’s oldest saloon. Plan your visit around their Oyster Happy Hour when all oysters are 50% off.

  • Visit the Newseum! One of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum traces the history of electronic communication. Since this museum is not a Smithsonian, you do have to purchase tickets. Visit the Host Committee Table for discounted tickets.

  • Read a book at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Regular visitors may stop by Monday–Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm.

  • Animal lovers, make sure to stop by the National Zoo. The zoo is free and open 364 days a year. While there are over 1,500 animals in the zoo, many visitors plan their trips around Bei Bei, the zoo’s giant panda cub.

  • Get back to nature in Rock Creek Park, a national park nestled in Washington, DC. This is a great area for locals and visitors to escape the hustle of the city and enjoy a hike or bike ride.

  • Sports fans, if you stay through the weekend, stop by the Verizon Center to see the Washington Wizards take on the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. The Verizon Center is located in DC’s Chinatown.