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  • CAPRA Webinar Series: Prepare for NRPA Accreditation

    Join this CAPRA webinar series to prepare for the CAPRA accreditation process or to serve on a visit team.

    What is CAPRA? What does it mean to become CAPRA Accredited? Participate in this webinar series — whether you are a professional, represent an agency or are a visitor (new and renewing) — to learn the answers to these questions and more. Information covered will help park and recreation professionals prepare to participate in the CAPRA process and visitors to serve on visit teams. The webinar series will cover a general overview of CAPRA and the accreditation process; the 10 sections of the CAPRA National Standards; guidelines for creating your self-assessment report and collecting your evidence of compliance; responsibilities of reviewers and visit team members; things to expect with your agency’s site or virtual visit; ways to get involved in CAPRA; and a list of resources to help you along the way.

  • 2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Subscribe to the 2020 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2020 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.


    Subscribe to the 2020 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2020 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials. NRPA's free Premier webinar series addresses timely and relevant topics within the park and recreation field. The webinars are free to our premier members. The Premier Webinar series occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. ET.

    2020 Schedule

    Medical Marijuana/CBD: An ADA Compliance Perspective *
    January 9, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Strategic Plans To Build Resilient and Healthy Communities*
    July 9, 2020 2:00pm ET
    How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?
    February 13, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?
    August 13, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves
    March 12, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Parks & Recreation Hot Topic - TBD
    September 10, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Hiring the Homeless: Boise Parks and Recreation’s Successful Work Program *
    April 9, 2020 2:00pm ET 
    Risk Management Around Playgrounds *
    October 8, 2020 2:00pm ET 
    The Economic Impact of Parks: What About Tomorrow?
    May 14, 2020 2:00pm ET
    NRPA Research Update
    November 12, 2020 2:00pm ET
    The Future of Recreation
    June 11, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Email, Ethics and Engagement *
    December 10, 2020 2:00pm ET

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU

  • CAPRA Webinar Series, Part I: What is CAPRA?

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/30/2020

    Achieving CAPRA accreditation can help you become the best in the parks and recreation field. Learn how through this CAPRA introductory overview.

    During this overview of CAPRA, you will learn about the mission and purpose of the program as well as the many benefits accreditation can offer agencies and the communities they serve. Find out more about the role of the CAPRA Commission and the number of CAPRA accredited agencies nationwide. This webinar also highlights important resources that should be used throughout the CAPRA process. Make sure to participate in this webinar, since it is a prerequisite for Parts II - VII of the CAPRA webinar series.

    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the mission and benefits of CAPRA accreditation.

    2. Identify the team roles in the CAPRA accreditation process.

    ​Jennifer G. Schleining

    CAPRA Accreditation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jennifer G. Schleining, CAPRA Accreditation Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, oversees the strategic direction and day to day operations for the CAPRA Accreditation Program including management of the accreditation process for agencies and related educational programming.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Continuing Education Department. Prior to NRPA Jennifer served for 5 years as a Credentialing Services Specialist for the American Society of Appraisers.  Prior to that she held various fundraising and development positions for organizations including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give a Note Foundation, Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden and The Madeira School. 

    Laura T. Wetherald

    Bureau Chief, Recreation - Howard County, MD

    Laura is the Bureau Chief of Recreation at Howard County Recreation and Parks in Columbia, Maryland and she has been active in the profession for over 40 years. Laura began her career in Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion. Laura has been the President of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and continues to be active each year on the Executive Council or Special Projects expanding her knowledge. She has been very active with the National Recreation and Parks Association as a member of the CAPRA Commission, CAPRA Agency Visitor Team and most recently as a trainer for the CAPRA and Visitor Training course. She has also served on several national committees including the National Inclusion Recreation Institute, NRPA Congress Host, Congress Leisure Tours Chair and NRPA Congress Program Committees. She has spoken locally and over the United States focusing on Recreation and Parks Administrative topics from back to basic skills to advanced programming topics. She has been an active member of LERN and has presented at the national conference as well as written articles for the web and publications. She serves as an active member of the LERN Recreation Council.  She displays passion for the professional and enjoys her career every day!