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  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series

    Contains 13 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/19/2019 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.

    Click here to view our webinar schedule

    Join 10-Minute Walk park professionals and advocates to discuss all things park access and quality! Each network call will be based on the last webinar in the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. Bring your questions, comments, and strategies, and engage in the conversation with other professionals committed to enhancing park access and quality in their cities. An agenda with discussion questions will be posted to the 10-Minute Walk group on NRPA Connect.

    Rachel Banner

    Director of Park Access 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.

    Sarah Bryant

    Director of Community Initiatives, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

    Sarah Bryant is the Director of Community Initiatives at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for the preservation and growth of a vibrant Camden, NJ. At CFP, Sarah transfers her passion for public spaces into action, focusing on strengthening Camden’s park system for the benefit of the city’s residents. She currently manages a $15 million portfolio of park development projects. Sarah has also managed neighborhood planning, roadway reconstruction, preservation, and green infrastructure projects at CFP as well as placemaking and environmental initiatives. Sarah holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University. She is AICP certified and joined CFP as a project manager in 2010.

    Jaime Zaplatosch

    Director of Green Schoolyards, Healthy Communities for the Children & Nature Network

    Jaime Zaplatosch is the Director of Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities for the Children & Nature Network. Jaime is leading the Children & Nature Network's goal to support city-wide, equity-based green schoolyard program development across the U.S. She supports cities to build school-district partnerships and creatively create green space to support thriving communities. Jaime has extensive knowledge in the field of urban greening with experience in strategy, partnership building, program development, fundraising, and conservation. She is the former Vice President of Community Engagement and Education at Openlands in Chicago, where launched its green schoolyard program, Space to Grow.

    Travis Younkin

    Executive Director of Upper Kirby District

    Frank Carson, MS

    Director of Recreation El Cajon, CA

    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.

    Benita Hussain

    Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Trust for Public Land

    Benita Hussain is the Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, for which she is leading the strategic direction and broader marketing efforts.  A former corporate lawyer, she has 15 years of experience in sustainability, urban policy, and communications.  As an advisor to Mike Bloomberg in his role as UN Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, she developed his policy agenda and the Global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest coalition of cities pledged to fight climate change.  Prior, she led late-Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Greenovate Boston campaign -- a community-based initiative designed to promote climate action and to raise Boston’s profile as a green leader – and launched Boston’s first residential composting program.  She joins TPL from the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she led a $10 million division devoted to climate change, food systems, and sustainable finance.  Benita holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and has written for Outside Magazine, SIERRA, and the Boston Globe, among others.

    Dr. Clement Lau, AICP

    Departmental Facilities Planner, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation

    Dr. Clement Lau, AICP, has 20 years of professional experience in urban and regional planning.  Currently, Dr. Lau is a Departmental Facilities Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, where he works on a variety of park planning projects.  He was the project manager on the Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, and the Community Parks and Recreation Plans.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

    Joe Lovell

    GIS Data Administrator, Denver Parks and Recreation

    Joe Lovell is the GIS Data Administrator for Denver Parks & Recreation.  Joe has a B.S Degree in Geographic Sciences from James Madison University and over 15 years experience developing spatial databases, performing analysis, and producing cartographic maps.  Joe began working in parks planning in 2008, launching the department’s comprehensive GIS system and advancing the use of data for capital improvement planning.  Joe has recently led projects focusing on the condition of park assets and access to recreation facilities in underserved communities.  As a frequent park user, Joe knows the value parks and open spaces bring to every community.

    TJ McCourt

    Planning Supervisor, City of Raleigh Parks Department

    TJ McCourt (AICP) manages strategic and long-range planning for the City of Raleigh Parks Department. He holds a JD in Environmental & Land-Use Law from the University of Florida as well as a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His professional work involves analyzing the City of Raleigh’s open space goals from a systems perspective, exploring how parks and recreation fit into a broader context of city planning, natural resources, social equity, and public health. 

    Matt Moffa

    Project Manager, The Trust for Public Land

    Matt Dixit Moffa is a Project Manager on The Trust for Public Land’s Research and Innovation Team.  Matt works with communities to create plans for parks, trails, and open space.  His work frequently involves convening local stakeholders, community engagement, and survey design.  He is fascinated by the intersection of technical analysis and community input that he encounters in his work. 

    Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Matt worked for planning firms in California and New Mexico conducting community engagement, GIS analysis, landscape design, and writing planning documents.  Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Between degrees, Matt spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, leading projects related to agroforestry, conservation farming, and HIV/AIDS education.

    Carlos Perez, PLA

    President, Perez Planning + Design LLC

    Carlos F. Perez, PLA is the president of Perez Planning + Design, LLC (PP+D), a research-based planning and design firm in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in Parks and Recreation System Planning + Design and Active-Transportation Planning + Design. Carlos has consulted with over 50 municipalities throughout the United States. He also speaks regularly at conferences sharing his experience. Carlos received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, and a Master’s of Science in Architecture with a Concentration in Urban Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    Bridget Stesney

    Senior Director, Content: Urban Land Institute

    Bridget Stesney recently joined ULI as Senior Director, Content and is leading ULI’s effort on the Ten-Minute Walk Campaign.   Bridget joins ULI after ten years working in the public sector for the District of Columbia for DC Public School and DC Parks + Recreation.  During her time in DC government, she led the development of the long-term planning and capital investment strategies for parks, recreation centers, and public schools.  Prior to that, Bridget worked for non-profits focused on smart growth and brownfields redevelopment.   

  • 2019 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 13 Product(s)

    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2019 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 2019 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 
    Best Practices for Customer Experience 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
    Recycling is NOT Dead - How Your Agency Can Recycle Smarter Today
    August 8, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Innovation Lab: The Day After Tomorrow: Marking Parks Climate Resilient *
    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


  • What is a Universal Playground and How Do I Get One?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/12/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Based on a case study from the Oak Brook Park District, learn the “ins and outs” of adding a Universal Playground to your agency.

    The Sandlot, A universal playground, was a $1 million project completed in 2018 at the Oak Brook Park District, in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Sandlot was designed specifically to serve all community members, regardless of age or ability. This one of a kind playground removes both physical and social barriers so all individuals can play side by side with their peers and family members. Executive Director, Laure Kosey, will walk through the project phases, lessons learned, and discuss the “ins and outs” of adding a Universal Playground to your agency.

    Laure Kosey

    Executive Director, Oak Brook Park District

    Laure L. Kosey, Ph.D., CPRE, is the Executive Director at the Oak Brook Park District. Her path towards parks and recreation started in Minnesota where she taught leisure studies and coached colligate level women’s soccer for 15 years. In 1996, she became the first head women’s soccer coach at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. In 2000, Laure took a career changing opportunity as the new Director of Parks & Recreation for the Village of Riverside. In 2010, Laure joined the Oak Brook Park District as Executive Director. Laure holds a B.A. in Financial Management and Marketing Management from the University of St. Thomas; a M.S. in Athletic Administration from St. Cloud State University, and received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University.

    Under her leadership, the Oak Brook Park District has been recognized for the National Gold Medal Award, Illinois Distinguished Agency Accreditation, and CAPRA Agency Accreditation.  Most recently, a $1 million universal playground, “The Sandlot” was created and a $17.9 million referendum was passed in order to purchase 34-acres of open space from the McDonald’s Corporation.  

  • How to Prevent Child Abuse at Your Facility: Lessons Learned

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/03/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join Darrell Walker and Kurt Knop as they share their experiences and what they learned after case of child abuse occurred at their aquatics facility. You will also take away risk management information to protect your patrons and yourselves.

    One thing is certain when it comes to risk management – there is no way to 100% prevent bad things from happening, no matter how careful you are. So how do you deal with the unimaginable when it actually happens? In this webinar, a presentation that has been revamped from a 2019 NRPA Conference session, Darrell Walker and Kurt Knop will tell their story and shed some light on how to keep your aquatics facility and guests safe. In the second of NRPA's Aquatics quarterly webinars, it's part case study, part demonstration, part teachable moment, and part Q&A session. The speakers will also provide references and advice to viewers.

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

    Darrell Walker

    Recreation Manager, City of Pasadena

    Mr. Walker has more than 20 years of experience being a CPR and First Aid Instructor. Presently, he works as Recreation Manager for the City of Pasadena and oversees 150 employees, which included the supervision of aquatics programming for more than 29 years. Previously he has been employed by the cities of Monrovia and San Bernardino supervising their aquatic programs as well. He known in the aquatics profession throughout Southern California because of his safety records of never having any major incidents at the pools sites he supervised.  He’s known as an excellent trainer and has trained more than 5000 individuals in CPR and First Aid over the past years and will served as the Chair of NRPA AFO Community this year and member of Rose Bowl Aquatic Center Board (RBAC).

  • NRPA Research: Making the Case

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This session will review the key findings of this year’s reports; including, the NRPA Agency Performance Review, Engagement with Parks report and the Farmers Market report. The presenters also will highlight three new NRPA research resources: the Green Infrastructure Framework, NRPA Park Check and the Customer Feedback Surveys guide.

    The NRPA Research Team focuses its energy on creating data resources and insights that help park and recreation professionals be more productive and give them the ability to “Make the Case” for greater and more steady funding. This session will review the key findings of 2019’s NRPA reports; including, the NRPA Agency Performance Review, Engagement with Parks report and the Farmers Market report. Further, the webinar will highlight three new NRPA Research resources: the Green Infrastructure Framework, NRPA Park Check and the Customer Feedback Surveys guide.

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

    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. Kevin also guides the development of innovative in-person and online educational offerings for professionals that advance parks and recreation in their communities. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

    Kevin has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

    Melissa May

    Senior Research Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Melissa came to the NRPA research team in 2015 with a background in environmental planning, GIS, and flood plain analysis. At NRPA, Melissa helps with producing surveys and reports, as well as, creating interactive graphics that accompany all studies and poll results, including the annual Field Report, NRPA Park Pulse, and the Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey.


  • NRPA’s Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework – An online resource for measuring benefits in local parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Use NRPA’s new online toolkit to collect data on the benefits of green infrastructure in parks.

    This webinar will introduce NRPA’s new online toolkit for measuring the many benefits of green infrastructure in local parks.  From reductions in stormwater flooding, to enhanced physical and mental health benefits for residents, green infrastructure can hold many powerful benefits for communities, even when projects are done at a smaller scale.  Join NRPA’s Kevin Brady, Senior Evaluation Manager, and Wende David, Senior Conservation Manager, as they present this online resource, and show you how to apply it to your own agency’s projects.

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

    Kevin Brady

    Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin is in charge of measuring the quality and impact of NRPA’s programs aiming to strengthen conservation, community health, and social equity nationwide.

    With 10 years of experience evaluating nonprofit programs in the D.C. area, Kevin is a member of the American Evaluation Association, holds a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Syracuse University.  Prior to working at NRPA, Kevin led evaluation for the Partnership for Public Service. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and worked on the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in and around New Orleans. 

    Wende David

    Senior Conservation Program Manager, NRPA

    Wende David is the Senior Conservation Program Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) where she leads its Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) portfolio.  Wende works to improve environmental and social outcomes in communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure projects and partnerships within parks. 

    Wende holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan and is currently interested in leveraging solutions at the intersection of climate resilience, social equity, and health.  

    Since she started in March 2018, Wende has helped secure over $1M in program funding including a major federal grant that helped develop a new health program focus for NRPA. Wende provided strategic direction around the development of NRPA’s climate resilience initiatives and is helping to establish NRPA as a though-leader in this space through nation-wide convenings, professional networks and articles.  As an experienced non-profit leader with over 20 years of practice in the environmental field, Wende has successfully overseen community outreach programs and fundraising campaigns, helped set the strategic direction for a variety of community-based organizations, and served in a leadership capacity with a variety of volunteer groups. Wende holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan and is currently interested in leveraging solutions at the intersection of climate resilience, social equity, and health.

    Andrew White, PLA, ASLA

    Director of Park Visioning, Park Pride

    As a professional landscape architect, Andrew has over ten years of experience in both private and public landscape design and project management. Since joining Park Pride in 2016, Andrew has engaged with numerous community groups to create long-term vision plans for their neighborhood parks. He has also managed capital improvement projects ranging in scale from small pollinator gardens to entirely new parks. Recently, Andrew managed the design and construction of Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park on behalf of a large and diverse group of project stakeholders. He believes in the power of parks to help the environment, strengthen communities, and increase quality of life for people everywhere.

  • An Inside Look at the Signs of Substance Misuse

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The “Hidden in Plain Sight” curriculum helps parents, caregivers and out-of-school time providers to recognize signs of substance misuse. This webinar will provide education and awareness surrounding drug “slang”, current trends, and signs and symptoms of possible drug use.

    This webinar will provide education and awareness surrounding drug use, ways different drugs can be hidden, related signs and symptoms, and how to have a conversation about suspected usage. We will also discuss policies and procedures that can be implemented in the park and recreation setting. Information about the “Hidden in Plain Sight” training, a valuable resource to the field, will be shared with participants as well.


    Please review the "Webinar Questions" in the Handouts section before the webinar begins. You may want to print them as they will be referenced during the webinar.

    Shelly Strasser

    Director, West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department

    Shelly Strasser is the Director for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department located in the Milwaukee area in Wisconsin.  Their community has been affected by the Heroin and Opioid Crisis and has taken an active role in the community and with department staff, to implement strategies of support.  

  • 2019 Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar will provide information how to offer the opportunity to bring evidence-based physical activity programs to the older adults in your community. These programs have been proven to help improve the health and wellness and increase physical activity in the older adults.

    NRPA, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offering local park and recreation agencies across the country, Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs, to train staff as instructors to implement evidence-base physical activity programs that are designed to help people with a variety of chronic diseases to manage their conditions through physical activity engagement and health education. These programs are popular among older adults of all abilities. These programs can attract new audiences to your agency, provide opportunities for community partnerships, and improve the health and wellness of your community.

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

    Colleen Pittard

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Lesha Spencer-Brown

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Lesha Spencer-Brown is a Health and Wellness Program Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), working to improve the health and wellness of older adults through parks and recreation for the past year. She currently manages NRPA's Health Aging in Parks initiative that aims to increase physical activity opportunities for older adults, primarily through dissemination of evidence-based programs, community and social engagement opportunities and built environment enhancements that support active lifestyles among older adults. Lesha received her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community and Family Health- Socio-Health Sciences from the University of South Florida, and has over 8 years of experience in the field of public health, specifically in health promotion, disease prevention and social determinants of health. 

  • Spray Play for All: Designing Inclusive Splash Parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording of 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 (Group A eligible)


    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.

  • Living STEAM Laboratories, Mitigating/Adapting to Climate Change

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording 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.