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  • Play For All- Creating an Inclusive Destination Park

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    This session will share with you how Round Rock bridged these two concepts and created the award winning Play for All Park. Attendees will hear about the Play for All Park from concept and design, implementation, fundraising and marketing strategies, programming and learning opportunities and the positive impact the park has made on the Round Rock community.

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    Every community has individuals with disabilities or various limitations. Every community has parks and playgrounds. Have you ever thought how effectively play and socialization can occur for an individual with disability or limitation in your current playground/park? Have you ever thought how an individual with disability or limitation could learn and grow within a playground/park structure? This session will share with you how Round Rock bridged these two concepts and created the award winning Play for All Park. Attendees will hear about the Play for All Park from concept and design, implementation, fundraising and marketing strategies, programming and learning opportunities and the positive impact the park has made on the Round Rock community.

    David Buzzell

    Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Round Rock - Parks and Recreation Department, Round Rock, TX

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    Rick Atkins

    Director of Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), City of Round Rock, Round Rock, TX

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  • Developing Environmental Literacy in Preschoolers

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    In this course, we will address the need for nature experiences for young children, describe early childhood environmental education and offer strategies to incorporate more nature into programs for young children.

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    Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by author Richard Louv, describes the lack of nature exposure for today's youth. Johnson County Park and Recreation District developed Natureplay Preschool to address environmental literacy for our community's youngest population. Serving nearly 40 preschoolers, Natureplay Preschool is on a mission to get children outdoors and in touch with nature. In this course, we will address the need for nature experiences for young children, describe early childhood environmental education and offer strategies to incorporate more nature into programs for young children.

    Rosanna Munoz

    Program Director, Johnson County Park and Recreation District, Shawnee, KS

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  • Innovation Labs: How Parks and Recreation can Save the World

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/14/2015

    In this webinar learn how NRPA Innovation Lab examined how Chicago Park Districts special events, signature spaces, and neighborhood parks and recreation assets created tax revenue, increased property values, and benefited people in all parts of the city.

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    The NRPA Innovation Labs are a new approach to bringing together some of the sharpest minds both in and outside the field of parks and recreation to explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs, and better serve the public. In this webinar learn how NRPA Innovation Lab will examine how Chicago Park Districts special events, signature spaces, and neighborhood parks and recreation assets create tax revenue, increases property values, and benefit people in all parts of the city.

    Kevin O'Hara

    Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin oversees NRPA's Federal Advocacy efforts and leads NRPA's engagement with urban directors and agencies. Previously, O'Hara was Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Landscape Architects where he oversaw advocacy efforts on urban parks, green infrastructure, children's access to nature and more. O'Hara also worked for a non-profit in the higher education finance sector where he led advocacy and college access initiatives. O'Hara earned a B.A. Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. O'Hara and his wife Meaghan are residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in the District of Columbia, where they overlook the lovely Kalorama Park. His free time pursuits include hiking, travel, and good food.

    Jack Kardys

    Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

    Jack Kardys is the Director of the nationally accredited and Gold Medal Award winning Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department (MDPROS), one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the country with 260 parks on 12,800 acres of land. Built on a foundation of organizational excellence and the pillars of Health, Placemaking and Conservation, MDPROS serves 2.5 million residents and 10 million visitors annually. Jack has served the Department for more than 34 years. With Jack's leadership, the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space System Master Plan has established the blueprint for improving the quality of life in Miami through a system of great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas connected by great greenways, blueways, trails and streets. Through collaboration with community partners, this Master Plan is a national model for enhancing Miami-Dade's health and economic prosperity.

    Maria Nardi

    Deputy Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

    Maria is deputy director of the Miami-Dade County Dept of Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Dept, which is on the front lines of dealing with the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events. Maria directs staff in managing parks and rec facilities and adapting to climate change and mitigating the effects of climate change. She has direct knowledge and experience that is invaluable in understanding how parks must face the future. Maria is an accomplished presenter and speaker with experience presenting at the national, regional, and state level.

    Maria I. Nardi has over 18 years experience in the private and public sector in the fields of urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, planning and preservation. In the private sector, she received the University of Miami Alumna of the Year Award for her holistic, comprehensive planning work as Chief of Planning and Research for Miami-Dade County, where she directed the vision for the Miami-Dade County Park and Open Space Master Plan; a vision for a more equitable, greener and healthier Miami-Dade County, and for her work as Chief of Urban Design for the City of Miami where she initiated Miami 21; a rewrite of the City's land development regulations from land use segregation to mixed use regulations to promote a walkable, pedestrian friendly community. Ms. Nardi's community based planning initiatives and collaborative work also received the International Progressive Architecture Award for Urban Design, for the “Redland: A Preservation and Tourism Plan”, a vision to preserve and rebuild the agricultural heritage of South Dade through Agri-tourism. Ms. Nardi received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Miami and her Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she received the Harvard American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for excellence in the study of Landscape Architecture.

  • The Science of Influence: How small became the new BIG

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/25/2015

    When it comes to influencing and persuading others, it is often the smallest changes in our approach that can yield the biggest differences.

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    When it comes to influencing and persuading others, it is often the smallest changes in our approach that can yield the biggest differences. This recorded webinar focuses on the 'rules of persuasion', how subtle changes in how we communicate can impact other's behavior, and how this can boost others' involvement in events, programs, and community initiatives. The university research and 'real world' applications are both compelling and overwhelming - subtle changes in how we communicate and market our programs and services can yield huge dividends, both to our customers and our bottom line.

    Jeff Price

    Business Manager, Everett Parks & Recreation

    Jeff Price has presented on these topics, and related business and leadership development topics, at more than 20 parks and recreation conferences including the keynote this year at California Recreation and Parks Conference, and around the U.S. and Canada. I have presented sessions at the annual conferences for Michigan Recreation & Parks Association, Washington, California (twice), British Columbia, Colorado, Texas (twice), Florida, as examples. I serve with the NRPA Pacific Northwest Region Leadership Network. I have an MBA and have served as an adjunct professor for a university. I have written and have had published 2 articles relating to the subject matter in 2012. One article I wrote for the 2012 WRPA magazine summer edition and another article for the national Parks & Recreation Magazine 2012 July issue (Innovation – The Youngest Master Planners. pg 49).

  • Safe Route to Parks: Growing the Walking Movement

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    When people have the resources to safely walk to parks, every trip taken by foot is an opportunity to engage in physical activity. You will understand the obstacles limiting walkability to parks and learn about the essential elements of a safe route to a park.

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    This archived webinar discusses the keys to ensuring accessibility to parks through creating safe routes to parks within communities. When people have the resources to safely walk to parks, every trip taken by foot is an opportunity to engage in physical activity. You will understand the obstacles limiting walkability to parks and learn about the essential elements of a safe route to a park. Experts share successful efforts currently underway that are improving walkability in communities and creating safer routes to parks.
  • CPRP Practice Exam

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    ​Prepare yourself to sit for the CPRP certification exam by taking the CPRP practice exam!

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    Prepare yourself to sit for the CPRP certification exam by taking the CPRP practice exam! The Practice exam questions are currently based on the previous CPRP exam content outline, but are still relevant and are comparable in style and design to the current CPRP certification exam. Once you first access the practice exam you have 60 days to complete it and unlimited opportunities to pass it. You will receive both the correct and incorrect answers to the questions you answer so that you will be informed as to what areas you may need to concentrate on when preparing for the CPRP exam.

  • COPART- Program Training: Update on the 2013 Standards

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/06/2013

    The webinar will focuses on preparation of the self-study and all program documentations addressing the COAPRT 2013 academic program standards and the logistics of hosting an accreditation visit.

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    The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) adopted new academic program standards on January 1, 2013. This webinar is designed specifically to train a minimum of one faculty representative of programs scheduled for accreditation/re-accreditation within the next two years. The webinar will focus on preparation of the self-study and all program documentations addressing the COAPRT 2013 academic program standards and the logistics of hosting an accreditation visit.

    All prospective visitors are required to attend a COAPRT training regardless of the date of their most recent training. Programs scheduled for accreditation/re-accreditation within the next two years are required to have a minimum of one faculty member complete COAPRT training.
  • COPART-Program Training: The 2013 Standards

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/06/2013

    This webinar focuses on the preparation of the self-study and program documentation addressing the COPART 2013 academic program standards and logistics of hosting an accreditation visit.

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    The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) adopted new academic program standards on January 1, 2013. This webinar is designed specifically to train a minimum of one faculty representative of programs scheduled for accreditation/re-accreditation within the next two years. The webinar will focus on preparation of the self-study and all program documentations addressing the COAPRT 2013 academic program standards and the logistics of hosting an accreditation visit. All prospective visitors are required to attend a COAPRT training regardless of the date of their most recent training. Programs scheduled for accreditation/re-accreditation within the next two years are required to have a minimum of one faculty member complete COAPRT training.
  • CPSI Practice Exam

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    For help with studying for your upcoming CPSI Exam, this practice exam is a proven aid to help you become more familiar with what to expect from the official exam.

    CPSI LogoThe CPSI Practice Exam is a proven aid in helping to master material covered on the CPSI certification exam and to help you become more familiar with the exam system and testing style. The CPSI Practice Exam should be used as a study tool to help ensure you have a clear understanding of what to expect from the CPSI exam, as well as the content that will be covered on the examination. Utilizing the CPSI Practice Exam significantly improves your chances for success of the actual CPSI Exam.
  • Assessments and Evaluations

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.20 credits offered

    How do you determine whether a completed program produced desired outcomes? This course will describe ways to assess the effectiveness of community policy, systems, and environmental change.

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    This two-hour course is designed for all learners and focuses on determining whether a completed program produced desired outcomes. Learners will cover basic outcome, assessment, and evaluation principals used to measure the effectiveness of community policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that impact health, wellness, and livability. Upon course completion, learners will be able to: Define terminology and concepts related to assessment, Identify assessment methods, Retrieve ready-made data sets, and Use other mastered skills to complete program assessments and identify ways to interpret results.