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  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series: Public-Private Funding Opportunities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Where do you look for private funding? Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on ways to leverage private funding to support your work.

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    When public funding strategies are enough to fund your great park access and quality work you turn to private dollars. Do you have a park foundation? How do you navigate the grant process? Where do you look for private funding? Join us for a webinar and interactive panel discussion on ways to leverage private funding to support your work. We'll be joined by guest speakers representing a park foundation, economic development, and park-specific funding. Bring your questions and ideas for a robust discussion around best practices you can use in your city.

    This webinar is a part of the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. By signing up for this webinar, you will be enrolled in this subscription. To be removed, please notify onlinelearning@nrpa.org

    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.

  • Living STEAM Laboratories, Mitigating/Adapting to Climate Change

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/26/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! Join us for an interactive discussion for Parks & Recreation professionals designed to jumpstart “Living Laboratory” programs within their agencies. These programs showcase the innovative ways parks and their partners can adapt to the world’s environmental issues and raise conservation awareness.

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    The natural resources of Parks & Recreation are an invaluable defense to climate change. This conference session is an interactive discussion for Parks & Recreation professionals designed to jumpstart “Living Laboratory” programs within their agencies. These programs showcase the innovative ways parks and their partners can adapt to the world’s environmental issues and raise conservation awareness. With parks as the venue, educators can engage students using hands-on, experiential, research-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curricula to foment a new wave of environmental leaders. The successful implementation of these programs will position parks as incubators for the environmental revolution needed to mitigate climate change.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Dr. John Pipoly

    Project Coordinator, STEAM/Environmental Education, Volunteers and Grants, Broward County Parks and Recreation

    Dr. Pipoly received a Ph.D. in systemic biology from City University of New York. John has published nearly 150 original research papers among internationally peer-reviewed journals. His work is to enhance STEAM as well as environmental education for sustainable development, and to promote the use of Broward County Parks and nature centers as venues for innovative experiential learning.

    Attiyya Atkins

    Public Communication Specialist, Broward County Parks and Recreation

    Attiyya is a veteran digital marketer with a degree from the University of Florida. She is a valued thought leader in social media and digital media marketing, responsible for skyrocketing Broward County Parks & Recreation digital presence. Through people-first methods, Attiyya has been able to create marketing, digital, and engagement campaigns that create truly engaging experiences in parks.

  • 2019 NRPA Live Complete Conference Package

    Contains 28 Product(s)

    The 2019 NRPA Live complete package (1.8 CEUs) includes all three days of live streaming with a total of nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. This package also includes access to recordings of an additional nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. These recorded sessions will be available following the live streamed event.

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    The 2019 NRPA Live complete package (1.8 CEUs) includes all three days of live streaming with a total of nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. This package also includes access to recordings of an additional nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. These recorded sessions will be available following the live streamed event.

    View the sessions included in this event under the Content tab.

  • 2019 NRPA Live Thursday Package

    Contains 10 Product(s)

    This package contains all of the Thursday sessions streamed live from the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

    The NRPA Live 2019 Thursday package (.5 CEUs) includes the full day of live streaming with a total of 5 full education sessions. 

    View the session descriptions from the "Content" tab above.

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  • eSports: Get in the Game

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/26/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! Join this session to explore the hard data and take an honest look at the issues involved in bringing eSports to your community centers.

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    eSports is an explosive billion-dollar industry. Are you and your department ready for its impact on community recreation? This session will explore the hard data and take an honest look at the issues involved in bringing eSports to your community centers. From space planning in an existing facility, design of a new facility, to the legal implications, we will discuss all angles of the issues involved in incorporating eSports into your programming. The eSports wave is coming, and it’s time to get in the game!



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Craig Bouck, AIA, LEED AP

    CEO, Principal, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

    Craig is a frequent speaker and author in the recreation design industry. For the past two decades, he has worked with recreation professionals to design value-driven projects that solve problems, create opportunities and build community. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture has been involved in more than 200 community recreation projects across the country, providing feasibility studies, conceptual designs and award-winning architectural and interior design services.

    Mick Massey, RLA

    Texas Regional Director, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

    Mick’s 29 years of experience in municipal government is value added to any community project. His experience as a former Parks and Recreation Director drives his passion for professionals and agencies to “plan your work, and work your plan,” especially when it comes to recreation center planning. Mick’s enthusiasm for public projects is contagious and his knowledge of local government is extremely helpful. He is a registered landscape architect, park planner, and a master at building public consensus.

  • Spray Play for All: Designing Inclusive Splash Parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/26/2019 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! Join us to examine the best practices for creating spray parks that are fun for people with and without disabilities, children, parents and grandparents alike.

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    Communities across the country are adding spray parks as one of the most highly requested and utilized recreation amenities. How can these be universally designed to be inclusive for people of all ages and abilities? This session will examine the best practices for creating spray parks that are fun for people with and without disabilities, children, parents and grandparents alike.



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Bill Hachmeister, AFO

    Director of Business Development, Aquatix by Landscape Structures

    Bill Hachmeister is the Director of Business Development for Aquatix™ by Landscape Structures. Bill has been in the water park industry for 19 years working with national aquatic consultants, landscape architects, park & recreation departments and general architects designing spray parks, aquatic centers, water parks and resorts. He is AFO (Aquatic Facility Operator) Certified and is a voting member of the ASTM F-24 aquatic safety committee. Bill has presented various aquatic subjects the following national conferences: NRPA Aquatics Conference, World Water Park Conference, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

    John McConkey

    Market Research and Insights Manager, Landscape Structures, Inc

    As Market Research and Insights Manager, John tracks societal trends to create innovative playground design solutions. John develops and delivers IACET and LACES accredited continuing education programs throughout the U.S. Recent programs include inclusive playground design, fitness-focused playground design, reconnecting children with nature, and designing literacy-rich play environments.

    Rickie Yeager, AICP, EDFP

    Development Director, City of Parkersburg, WV

    Rickie Yeager, a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, currently serves as the Development Director for the City of Parkersburg. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing a variety of community and economic development programs and projects. This includes more than $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Ingrid Kanics, OTR/L, FAOTA

    President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

    Ingrid is an Occupational Therapist and president of Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC. For over 10 years she has worked with numerous communities and children’s museums to expand their understanding of Universal Design and the importance of Sensory Play in every child’s development; helping them to create and run amazing places where all children can play together. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on the topics play, sensory integration and Universal Design. Conferences include the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, Association of Children’s Museums, American Occupational Therapy Association, and National Association of the Education of the Young Child.

  • Innovative, Inexpensive, and Interactive Aquatic Programs: Improving and Developing Programs for Success!

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/26/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! This session provides participants with a plethora of programming ideas that range from simple to complex in order to generate and maintain participants’ interest in their aquatic facility. Ideas are shared that meet the needs of aquatic operators from a wide variety of facilities.

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    Stuck in a rut? Looking for new program ideas for your aquatic facility? Want to update current programs to bring in new customers? Don’t have a lot of money to spend? Want to keep both your participants and staff excited and motivated? In this session, participants are provided with a plethora of programming ideas that range from simple to complex in order to generate and maintain participants’ interest in their aquatic facility. 

    Ideas are shared that meet the needs of aquatic operators from a wide variety of facilities. Session participants will be given the tools they need to introduce their patrons to novel programs that re-invigorate their interest in their local aquatic facility. Marketing techniques and tips for re-developing current programs are provided. Finally, techniques for developing staff excitement and buy-in of new programs are reviewed and discussed.




    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Dr. Keith Fulthorp

    Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach

    Keith has over 20 years of experience with in the recreation profession, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Cal. State Long Beach. His presentations focus practical applications of evidence based practice, specifically in team building and recreation management.

    Dr. Laurel Richmond

    Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach

    Dr. Richmond is a faculty member at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include access to leisure spaces.

  • In Pursuit of Resiliency: Positioning your Agency for Long-term Financial Success

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/26/2019 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! Join us to hear the strategies used to build a more resilient agency, in all areas from administration and programming to maintenance and environmental stewardship, will be shared.

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    Park and recreation agencies today are under ever increasing pressure to provide more services, but struggle to receive the tax support necessary to fund what is demanded of them. Departments that adopt, embrace, and leverage a more entrepreneurial stance will be best positioned to succeed over the long term, including during the next inevitable economic downturn, while providing exceptional programs and services to the public. 

    This session will highlight how one department transformed itself from being 80% tax funded to becoming over 80% self-sufficient in its operations, a feet it has accomplished since 2011. We will have an honest discussion on the pros and cons of being a high cost recovery agency, sharing some of the unexpected challenges faced. Strategies used to build a more resilient agency, in all areas from administration and programming to maintenance and environmental stewardship, will be shared.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRP

    Monon Community Center Director, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRP, is the Director of the Monon Community Center for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. Kurtis oversees a $5 million annual operating budget and ensures that the Center remains self-sufficient. According to PROS Consulting, LLC, a nationally recognized consulting firm, the Center’s financial performance ranks in the top 1% of public facilities. At its peak time during the year, Kurtis leads upward to 400 staff providing high level service and sales to members, guests, and the community. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Marketing from Goshen College in Indiana, Kurtis pursued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

    Michael Klitzing, CPRE

    Chief Operating Officer, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

    Michael W. Klitzing, CPRE, the 2018 NRPA National Distinguished Professional, has been instrumental in expanding and enhancing parks and recreation in each of the communities he has served. A visionary leader, Michael transformed Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation into a national trailblazer in sustainability and inclusion. He brings the unique experience of an appointed and elected board member.

  • Trend Seekers

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Streaming Event! Join us for a high-energy, information-filled, leave-you-with-your-mind-spinning session. First we’ll explore where to find and identify trends. Then we’ll dive into a rapid-fire listing of current trends, hot topics, and potential future trends in a variety of parks and recreation facets.


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    Trends. We all seek them. Just hearing that single word -trend- ignites a desire to know what the next best/bigger/better/bolder “thing” will be and sends people clamoring to get their hands on it first. How do you seek out new trends? If the crystal ball on the corner of your desk needs new batteries, this session is for you. Join us for a high-energy, information-filled, leave-you-with-your-mind-spinning session. First we’ll explore where to find and identify trends. Then we’ll dive into a rapid-fire listing of current trends, hot topics, and potential future trends in a variety of parks and recreation facets. Unleash your inner Trend Seeker in this thought-provoking session!


    Learning Objective: 

    Analyze the relevance of a trends listing to their agency’s current service menu.


    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)

     

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Dannielle Wilson

    Consultant, DW Recreation Consulting

    A practitioner and consultant in the recreation industry, Dannielle brings strong analytical skills and innovative strategic thinking to clients nationwide. She offers a fresh approach and real-world solutions, with a constant focus on revenue management, process improvement, and a philosophy of customer-centric decision making. Email Dannielle: Dannie@DWRecreationConsulting.com.

  • 2019 NRPA Live Wednesday Package

    Contains 5 Product(s)

    This package contains the Wednesday sessions streamed live from the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

    The 2019 NRPA Live Wednesday package (.2 CEUs) includes the full day of live streaming with a total of 2 full education sessions and 3 speed sessions. View the session descriptions from the "Content" tab above.

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