Research and Surveys

This previously recorded, one-hour webinar includes a discussion about research and surveys as they are relevant to the future success of state parks across the United States.





In this webinar, the presenters discuss specific case studies from Texas and Wyoming in order to demonstrate how recent research and survey efforts have enabled park systems to acquire and use data to understand public perceptions of their agencies and advance their respective missions.

Using the case studies to guide their discussion, the presenters and participants identify information gaps where further research could benefit individual state park systems or the broader system of US state parks.

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About the Presenter

Brent Leisure is the director of Texas State Parks. Brent started his career with the Texas Parks and Wildlife department as summer help in the early 1980s while completing his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management at Texas Tech. As the director of Texas State Parks, Brent is responsible for the overall operation of Texas’s 95 state parks, natural areas, and historic sites.

Domenic Bravo is the Administrator for Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails. Domenic received his bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University. He later earned his master’s degree in Park and Resource Management while working as a park ranger in Nevada. Domenic’s experience includes working as a law enforcement ranger, and as a result, he has extensive training in law enforcement, EMS, and rescue.

Webcast Format

This webcast was conducted through online conferencing software and captured for future viewing. This webcast includes a digital recording of the presentation.

Course Completion

To be awarded an electronic certificate of completion for attending or viewing this webcast, you must successfully complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts.

Be able to:

  • Use data effectively to accomplish goals.
  • Identify population growth and demographic shifts.
  • Recognize the economic impact.
  • Identify barriers to mission engagement.

Aired: 5 August 2016


Overall interesting subject matterReview by Bobby
The presenters were very good and knowledgeable, some audio and technical glitches that took away some of the positives. (Posted on 10/14/2018)

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