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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.

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

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/06/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    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.

  • 10-Minute Walk Learning Series

    Contains 14 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 10/17/2019 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.

    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.   

  • 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 23 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.

    The sessions included in this bundle are:

    Tuesday Live:

    Wednesday Live:

    Thursday Live:

    Bonus Recorded Content (accessible after the conference):

    • Responding to Disaster; The Role of Parks and Recreation
    • How to use Public Parks to Improve Climate, Health, and Equity Outcomes
    • The Vision and the Visual: Creative/Artist Partnerships in Parks and Recreation
    • What’s in Your Water? Avoiding Water Quality Incidents
    • Suicide Talk; a Conversation to Create Awareness
    • Parks and Recreation Supporting Mental Health Challenges
    • Big Data in Customer Service and Why it Matters
    • How to Start, Build, and Grow your Local Park Foundation
  • 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 (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.

  • 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 (Group B 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.

    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, CPRE

    Monon Community Center Director, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRE, is the Assistant Director for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. Kurtis oversees a $13 million annual operating budget and ensures that that the department operates at a high-level of cost-recovery. At its peak time during the year, Kurtis leads upward to 600 staff providing high level service and sales to members, guests, and the community.

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    Michael Klitzing, CPRE

    Director, 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.