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  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series

    Includes a Live Event on 02/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Subscribe for free today to this learning series dedicated to the 10-Minute Walk initiative. This subscription will automatically enroll you in upcoming webinars, micro-learning, shared resources, and discussions focused on this important NRPA project.

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    Parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of a community—and cities nationwide. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association, The Trust for Public Land, and the Urban Land Institute are leading a nationwide movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. Through a collective national voice, Mayoral endorsement, and local action, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign aims to increase park access, quality, and funding within a 10-minute walk of home.

    Subscribe for free today to this learning series dedicated to the 10-Minute Walk initiative. This subscription will automatically enroll you in upcoming webinars, micro-learning, shared resources, and discussions focused on this important NRPA project. 

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    City Commitments

    February 21, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

    Mayors across the country are signing-on to the 10-Minute Walk campaign (220 and counting!). To make the 10-Minute Walk goal a reality, cities are establishing their own goals and making commitments to ensure everyone has equitable access to a great park. Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on how your city can make a 10-Minute Walk commitment. Staff from NRPA and The Trust for Public Land will share a framework, walk through steps, and be available to answer your questions. 

    Rachel Banner

    Senior Program Manager at National Recreation and Park Association

    As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.

    With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.

    I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!

    Jared Mummert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.

    Harris Solomon

    Campaign Lead, The Trust for Public Land

    Harris Solomon serves as The Trust for Public Land’s campaign lead, overseeing campaign communications strategy, city outreach, and the development of new program areas, ensuring effective implementation and day-to-day operations for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. He previously served as the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Manager, and has held prior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.

    Joseph Claunch, Ph.D

    Director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

    Joseph Claunch is a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated with his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Kansas. Joseph’s research and programming interest have focused on what coaches, teachers and mentors can do to optimize the motivation of Native American youth. Joseph is currently the director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project and the head varsity football coach at Zuni High School in western New Mexico. Joseph recently led the development of a 3-acre community center and park in the heart of Zuni's main Pueblo village.

    Koboi Simpson

    Atheletics Administrator, Clayton County (Georgia) Parks and Recreation

    Koboi Simpson is the Athletics Administrator for the Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department, in Clayton County, Georgia, where he manages youth sports operations and supervises the county's college internship program. He serves on the NRPA Conference Programming Committee, and he is a frequent speaker at several state and national conferences, delivering presentations on best practices in youth sports. Koboi is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, serving on NRPA’s Equity Advisory Panel. Koboi is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator.

    Rosie Santos

    Parks and Recreation Manager, City of Covington, Kentucky

    Rosie Santos has 10 years of experience in environmental education and community programming. In her more recent position as the Parks and Recreation Manager for the city of Covington, Kentucky, she oversees recreation services, as well as park and trail planning and development. In collaboration with a citizen advisory group and other partners, she developed an innovative process for redeveloping neighborhood parks throughout the city. 

  • 2019 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2017 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

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    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2018 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.


    2019 Schedule

    The ADA is 27 Years Old in 2019... Are you Celebrating Yet?
    January 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Why and How you Should Conduct Evaluation Surveys
    July 11, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation
    February 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Parks and Recreation Hot Topics
    August 8, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Innovation Lab: Resilient Parks * 
    March 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Aquatics - Preparing for 2020 Summer Staff * 
    September 12, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Park Champions: Bring Capitol Hill to a Park Near You
    April 11, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Imagine Your Park Without Water - Protecting and Conserving Water Resources
    October 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Marketing and Public Relations Trends
    May 9, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Annual Review of Research Findings
    November 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    LGBTQ/Parks for Inclusion *
    June 13, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Playgrounds - From Planning to Opening Day and Beyond *
    December 12, 2019 2:00pm ET

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Insider Tips: Becoming a CPRP!

    Looking to advance in your career? This free webinar will show you how easy it is to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)!

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    Looking to advance in your career? This free webinar will show you how easy it is to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), explain the career benefits of continuing education and provide insider tips from the CPRP/CPRE Committee Chair on the benefits of this certification. You will also learn how to get the CPRP Prep Course for free ($250 value) by applying by February 28, 2019. You will leave this webinar feeling confident and ready to achieve the CPRP certification.

    Molly Sullivan

    Certification Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Molly Sullivan, is the Certification Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. In this role Molly provides assistance to professionals who are currently maintaining their professional certification, or seeking to obtain certification.  Molly received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from George Mason University. She has been working for and volunteering with historical and agricultural parks in Northern Virginia for most of her life. Molly currently volunteers as an adult leader for the Hoofers and Heifers 4-H Club, out of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia, furthering her passion for educating youth and the public about agricultural traditions.

    Jill Geller, CPRE

    Executive Director, Johnson County Park & Recreation District

    Jill Geller has been employed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) in Johnson County, Kansas for more than 30 years.  She currently serves as the agency’s Executive Director.

    Jill attended the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.  Prior to her role as Executive Director, Jill served in numerous capacities at JCPRD.  Always dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness, she previously led the agency’s wellness department, served as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge and was JCPRD’s Superintendent of Recreation.

    Jill served as the recreation branch chair, treasurer, and president of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) and, in 2017, was recognized as KRPA’s Distinguished Fellow.  She is a member of the Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and is active at the national level as the Chair of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certification Committee and as a member of the National Certification Board.  Jill is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive.

    As JCPRD’s Executive Director, Jill leads an agency serving a community of nearly 600,000.  JCPRD employs more than 200 full-time and 1,500 part-time employees, manages approximately 10,000 acres, welcomes more than 7.8 million visitors to its parks each year, and hosts more than 2.5 million recreation program participations.  In 2017, JCPRD was the recipient of the prestigious National Gold Medal Award.

    In her spare time, Jill loves long-distance walking, short-distance running J, visiting area parks and trails, and spending time with her husband and three sons.