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  • Time Out! Let’s Talk About Sports Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/15/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join ePACT as we uncover the impact your day-to-day processes have on the well-being of your participants, and share common challenges that can impact safety in the event of an emergency.

    imageAny recreation department managing sports programs understands the importance of making sure that participants are safe while they’re having fun. Whether you’re on the pitch, the ice, or the field, safety is always top of mind. As the end of the year approaches, recreation organizations everywhere prepare for, and host, Fall and Winter sports programming. Besides the obvious tasks, you and your staff are responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for participants of all ages. Join ePACT as we uncover the impact your day-to-day processes have on the well-being of your participants, and share common challenges that can impact safety in the event of an emergency. 

    Wagner Veneziano

    Account Executive, ePACT Network

    Wagner Veneziano, Account Executive, ePACT Network – Wagner is an Account Executive and a core member of the ePACT Sales Team since 2015. Wagner works closely with recreation organizations, like Parks & Recreation Departments, YMCAs, and camps, across the United States and Canada. He’s a keen sports enthusiast both on and off the field, with a love of soccer, football, and baseball, to name a few, and, combined with his sales and marketing background, he helps recreation organizations enhance safety for program participants throughout the year.

  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series

    Contains 5 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/12/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    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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    10-Minute Walk Planning and Technical Assistance for the Grant Opportunity

    October 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    October 10th marks one year of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, the movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. As we celebrate the over 220 mayors who have signed onto the campaign, NRPA is opening another round of technical assistance and planning grants. During this webinar we will provide a re-cap on success and lessons learned in the past year and discuss and answer questions about the second call for applications.  Applications open on September 21st, 2018 and NRPA will be awarding $40,000 to 10 cities each for a year-long grant. 

    Rachel Banner

    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

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  • 10-Minute Walk Planning and Technical Assistance Grant Opportunity

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/12/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA is opening another round of technical assistance and planning grants. During this webinar we will provide a re-cap on success and lessons learned in the past year and discuss and answer questions about the second call for applications.

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    October 10th marks one year of the 10-Minute Walk campaign, the movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. As we celebrate the over 220 mayors who have signed onto the campaign, NRPA is opening another round of technical assistance and planning grants. During this webinar we will provide a re-cap on success and lessons learned in the past year and discuss and answer questions about the second call for applications.  Applications open on September 21st, 2018 and NRPA will be awarding $40,000 to 10 cities each for a year-long grant. 

    *Note: Signing up for this webinar will place you within the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series Subscription

    Rachel Banner

    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

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  • 2018 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 10 Product(s) 2 new product(s) added recently

    Subscribe to the 2017 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 2018 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.

    2018 Schedule

    The Importance of Collecting Medical & Emergency Information for Your Customers* January 11, 2018 2:00pm ET Dynamic Partnerships: Creating a New Vision for Atlanta's Parks July 12, 2018 2:00pm ET
    What's on Tap for 2018: Legislative and Advocacy Preview February 8, 2018 2:00pm ETTackling the Opioid Crisis August 9, 2018 2:00pm ET
    Economic Impact Study and Agency-Level Analysis March 8, 2018 2:00pm ETInnovation Lab- Seattle, WA- Winning: The Art of Getting Voters to Open their Wallets for Parks* September 13, 2018 2:00pm ET
    Building Healthy Communities through Parks and Recreation* April 12, 2018 2:00pm ET NRPA Research's Key Findings in 2018* October 11, 2018 2:00pm ET 
    Innovative Trends in Dog Park Design and Management May 10, 2018 2:00pm ETPartnering with Land Trusts to Accomplish Open Space Goals November 8, 2018 2:00pm ET 
    Innovation Lab: Oklahoma City, OK - How Communities Can Attract Businesses: Parks Making the Case for Quality of Life* June 14, 2018 2:00pm ETMarketing, Communications, and PR December 13, 2018 2:00pm ET

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU 


  • NRPA Research's Key Findings in 2018

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 10/11/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will review the key findings of this year’s reports; including, those from Park Metrics, the Economic Impact of Local Parks and Americans’ Engagement with Parks. The presenters also will highlight some best practices on how to use these resources at your agency.

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    2018 has been a productive year for the NRPA Research Team, with new reports and resources that help park and recreation professionals be more productive and give them the ability “Make the Case” for greater and more steady funding. This session will review the key findings of this year’s reports; including, those from Park Metrics, the Economic Impact of Local Parks and Americans’ Engagement with Parks. The presenters also will highlight some best practices on how to use these resources at your agency.

    Kevin Roth, PhD

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

    Kevin leads NRPA's collection and dissemination of data and insights for the park and recreation field. This includes setting NRPA's research agenda with 2 primary areas of focus: collection of performance benchmarks and development of key insights that make the case for increased funding support of park and recreation agencies through the lens of NRPA's three pillars: Conservation, Health and Wellness, and Social Equity.

    Kevin A. Roth joined NRPA in 2015 as Vice President of Research. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and insights for NRPA members and to support NRPA's strategic goals and tactics.

    Kevin has served in research functions in the nonprofit association space for two decades, including leading research at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and running survey research activities at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

    Melissa May

    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.


    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. 

  • Conducting a Successful Grant Search to Fund Your Project

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/27/2018 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This overview will help take the mystery out of grant searches, highlighting several online tools, searches, and techniques you can use to help locate grants, plus share a few tips from funders on key metrics that can either elevate or kill your chances!

    imageSometimes finding the right grant can be more challenging than writing the application. How do I align with a funder? How do I find funders that are interested in my type of recreation project? What are the tricks to getting my application to the top of the pile? How do I know whether to write a full application? This overview will help take the mystery out of grant searches, highlighting several online tools, searches, and techniques you can use to help locate grants, plus share a few tips from funders on key metrics that can either elevate or kill your chances!

    Anne-Marie Spencer

    Corporate Vice President of Marketing & Communications, PlayCore

    Anne-Marie leads the marketing and communications effort for PlayCore, including serving as a company spokesperson and overseeing advertising, media, and communications across play and recreation brands. She has notably published over 50 positioning articles in major national magazines and publications on research-based best practices in play and recreation. She has presented at seminars across the world on a variety of topics related to advocating for quality play and recreation spaces and programs.

  • NRPA Live 2018 Thursday Package

    Contains 5 Product(s)

    This package contains all of the Thursday sessions streamed live from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference including: - Speed Sessions: Parks and Recreation: The New Status Symbol; WE GOT Engaged! Tips for Communicating Effectively with your Part-Time Workforce; and If You Don't Feed the Supervisors, They Eat the Staff - Grantmaking Success: A Conversation with Funders - Keepin' it REAL in Parks and Recreation - Revealing the Secrets of Successful Career Development - Conducting a Successful Grant Search to Fund Your Project

    imageThis package contains all of the Thursday sessions streamed live from the 2018 NRPA  Annual Conference including:

    NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 1

    9/27/2018 @ 8:00 am (EST)

    • Parks and Recreation: The New Status Symbol
    • WE GOT Engaged! Tips for Communicating Effectively with your Part-Time Workforce
    • If You Don't Feed the Supervisors, They Eat the Staff

    Grantmaking Success: A Conversation with Funders

    9/27/2018 @ 9:45 am (EST)

    Whether it is capital funding for a new senior center, a mini-grant for a garden, or a simple request for donations of craft supplies, the challenges around fundraising are often the same. How to find the right funder? How to write a winning funding request with few resources? How to successfully measure outcomes? But the funders perspective isn’t that easy either. During this session, hear directly from funders on their funding preferences and strategies to select winning projects. This panel of various funders will discuss application processes, evaluation criteria, the importance of measurable outcomes, and strategies to ensure project success throughout the project period. This session will help identify the keys to your fundraising success!

    Keepin' it REAL in Parks and Recreation

    9/27/2018 @ 11:15 am (EST)

    In this session we will explore how to leverage the power of parks and recreation to advance racial equity. We will use the racial equity framework and tools to demonstrate how parks and recreation agencies can leverage and expand opportunities to achieve racial equity in the communities they serve. How to Operationalize REAL in Parks and Recreation – use of racial equity tool and data to drive results. 

    • Review key terms: implicit bias, individual, institutional and structural racism;
    • How do these terms show up in the planning and programming functions of parks and recreation;
    • Practical ways to operationalize racial equity tools; and
    • Share lessons learned and successes of existing parks and recreation agencies involved in racial equity.

    Revealing the Secrets of Successful Career Development

    9/27/2018 @1:30 pm (EST)

    One of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities.

    Conducting a Successful Grant Search to Fund Your Project

    9/27/2018 @ 3:00 pm (EST)

    Sometimes finding the right grant can be more challenging than writing the application. How do I align with a funder? How do I find funders that are interested in my type of recreation project? What are the tricks to getting my application to the top of the pile? How do I know whether to write a full application? This overview will help take the mystery out of grant searches, highlighting several online tools, searches, and techniques you can use to help locate grants, plus share a few tips from funders on key metrics that can either elevate or kill your chances!

  • NRPA Live 2018 Complete Conference Package

    Contains 10 Product(s)

    This is the complete package for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conferences streamed live from Indianapolis. This package includes all days with a total of 9 full education sessions and 3 speed sessions. This package also includes an extended conference experience by including an additional 9 full education sessions and 3 speed sessions recorded at conference added following the end of the live streamed event.

    imageThis is the complete package for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conferences streamed live from Indianapolis. This package includes all days with a total of 9 full education sessions and 3 speed sessions. This package also includes an extended conference experience by including an additional 9 full education sessions and 3 speed sessions recorded at conference added following the end of the live streamed event. Included in this event are the following sessions:

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Bonus Recorded Sessions Available After the Conference

  • Revealing the Secrets of Successful Career Development

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/27/2018 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    One of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities

    imageOne of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities.

    Chris Nunes

    Director of Parks and Recreation The Woodlands Township

    Chris Nunes is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, he oversees 90 full-time and 350 part-time staff members, a $18 million operational budget and is accountable for the management of 135 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, 200 miles of pathways and 200 miles of streetscape. While in The Woodlands, he has implemented cost recovery strategies, developed business/operational plans for major and minor facilities, and has increase programming 200% with no additional staff. He speaks around the country (over 200 sessions) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning. In addition, he serves or has served on the, Oglebay Revenue Management School, NRPA Council on Accreditation, CPRP/E Committee, CPRP Exam Committee, was the 2010 Chair of the Board of Regents of the Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School, founded the Gulf Coast Leadership Development Institute, 2013-2014 Chair of the NRPA Admin Network and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive. In 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators and in 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA. Prior to The Woodlands, he was the Director of Community Services for the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado, an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Recreation Management Program at Ashland University and Director of Parks and Recreation in Fort Kent, Maine. Chris holds a Bachelors Degree in Recreation Management and a Masters Degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Doctorate in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico.

    Dirk Richwine

    CAPRA Commissioner

    Jay Tryon

    Director of Parks & Recreation, Town of Indian Trail

    Jay Tryon is the Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Indian Trail.  This is a fairly new department that was started in 2014.  Since its creation Jay has lead his team to open over 100 acres of parks and currently is finishing the Towns first Strategic Masterplan.  While in Indian Trail he has built a department known for providing top notch programming and facilities and leading the way with innovative amenities in the region. Prior to this position he spent 7 ½ years with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Throughout his time with Mecklenburg County he held a few different roles including operations director of special event facilities and athletics supervisor coordinator. Jay is a member of NCRPA and NRPA and is the past chair of Young Professional Network. He is also a member of the CAPRA Commission. In 2015 he was awarded one of NRPAs Young Professional fellowships.  He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a major in Recreation & Leisure Studies and a concentration in Recreation Management.

    Michael Kalvort

    Director, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

    Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, is an enthusiastic, collaborative, and enterprising leader in the parks and recreation profession. For the past 20 years he has improved the organizations he was worked for by delivering new parks and facilities, developing new revenue sources, reorganizing members into more efficient teams, and improving customer service delivery. Currently he is the Director for the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a CAPRA Accredited Agency and widely regarded as a top 15 agency in the nation. His responsibilities include strategic planning, policy development, programming and revenue generation, and developing sustainable initiatives for Virginia Beach, a City comprised of 447,000 residents, seven large recreation centers, and 265 parks. Michael leads a team of over 500 full time and 600 part time team members and oversees a budget of $59,000,000.

    Michael has been active in the National Recreation and Park Association since 1995. Currently he is the Chair Elect for the NRPA Administrator's Network. For six years he served on the NRPA's Revenue Development School Board of Regents. He also serves on the State Board for the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. He is proud to be one of the first 53 professionals who attained the CPRE Certification. In 2010, he was chosen as one of the top “40 Professionals under 40” in Southwest Florida by Gulf-Shore Business Magazine. Additionally, in 2005, he was a finalist for the NRPA's Young Professional Award.

    Michael has given numerous training, leadership, and personal development presentations and workshops including “I want to Make a Difference,” “The Leader in You,” and “10 Steps to Being More Marketable.” He has also presented to many non for profit agencies, community groups, and fellow professionals in Florida, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kansas.

  • Keepin' it REAL in Parks and Recreation

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/27/2018 at 11:15 AM (EDT)

    In this session we will explore how to leverage the power of parks and recreation to advance racial equity. We will use the racial equity framework and tools to demonstrate how parks and recreation agencies can leverage and expand opportunities to achieve racial equity in the communities they serve.

    imageIn this session we will explore how to leverage the power of parks and recreation to advance racial equity. We will use the racial equity framework and tools to demonstrate how parks and recreation agencies can leverage and expand opportunities to achieve racial equity in the communities they serve. How to Operationalize REAL in Parks and Recreation – use of racial equity tool and data to drive results. 

    • Review key terms: implicit bias, individual, institutional and structural racism;
    • How do these terms show up in the planning and programming functions of parks and recreation;
    • Practical ways to operationalize racial equity tools; and
    • Share lessons learned and successes of existing parks and recreation agencies involved in racial equity.

    Aliza Wasserman

    Senior Associate, Race, Equity, and Leadership, National League of Cities

    As Senior Associate for Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) at NLC since 2017, Aliza R. Wasserman leads a national learning community of elected leaders supporting their cities to advance racial equity and foster racial healing. Aliza has spent the past decade working at the intersections of public health, racial justice and federal, state and local policy, most recently, as the Policy & Advocacy Manager for Wholesome Wave. After receiving her MPH and MS in Food Policy from Tufts University in 2009, Aliza led policy efforts with the City of Boston’s health department, where she advocated for state legislation and budget priorities to address racial health inequities amongst residents of Boston, co-led racial justice and health equity trainings, implemented city-wide policy and systems changes to foster healthy environments and supported multi-year organizational change and community engagement processes to reduce inequities rooted in racism.

    Edith Michel

    Acting Chief, Special Projects, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince Georges County

    Marie-Edith Michel is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with 20+ years of practical local government experience culled from a broad scope of roles in the parks and recreation environment with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) a bi-county organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  M-NCPPC has a diverse client base of nearly 2 million people.  She has served the parks, planning and recreational arms of both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. Her skill set includes experiences in research and evaluation, budget development and monitoring of tax supported and special funds ($96 million), park planning, organizational development and diversity management as well as strategic planning, and parks and recreation program planning. She is also a diversity and inclusion trainer and a certified community engagement facilitator.  She views her role as an internal consultant to her department helping staff to transform themselves by focusing on organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.  She wears different hats serving as a trainer, facilitator, researcher, and advisor.  She is also a volunteer docent for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and has traveled to several continents as a representative for several non-profit organizations that promote international understanding, tolerance, and peace .  

    Leon Andrews, Jr.

    Director, Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL), National League of Cities

    Leon T. Andrews, Jr. was appointed as the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities and prior served as the senior fellow and program director at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning since 2006. Before joining the National League of Cities, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years including the United States Department of Justice, United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at The University of Michigan. Leon is married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews, for the last 14 years and they have three beautiful daughters – Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.