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  • The Vision and the Visual: Creative/Artist Partnerships in Parks and Recreation

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn from three Parks and Recreation professionals in how including artists in the process of creating programs or facility planning can lead to new and unexpected successes.

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    Learn from three Parks and Recreation professionals in how including artists in the process of creating programs or facility planning can lead to new and unexpected successes. Case studies will include collaborations between artists and recreational agencies, artist inclusion in capital improvement projects, and leveraging a creative process to encourage community engagement.
    Presenters will also discuss how to recruit artists, define project expectations beneficial to both parties, and how to maximize the potential for fruitful collaborations. In addition, we will examine the following questions: what does a successful integrated art program look like in our sector? How do you define project goals when you include an artist? How can an artist's voice influence the project development process?



    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.

    Liesel Fenner, ASLA

    Public Art Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council

    Coming soon!

    Rosa Chang

    Artist & Senior Adviser for the Natural Dye Initiative, Maryland State Arts Council

    Coming Soon!

    Andy Dailey

    Cultural Arts Program Supervisor, City of Kettering

    Andrew Dailey plans and oversees over 400 programs for Rosewood Arts Centre each year. His initiatives, including community events for children and the arts, attract several thousand participants each year. His recent accolades include Distinguished Alumni Award from Wright State University, Special Way Award from the City of Kettering, and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

  • What’s in Your Water? Avoiding Water Quality Incidents

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Brush up on the latest changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code and discover the latest chemical-handling practices and disinfection technologies to prevent incidents at your park. This high level course will review some of the incidents that have occurred and how to avoid them.

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    Learn what shouldn’t lurk in your lagoon. Water-related pathogen outbreaks or chemical exposure incidents and their causes can be treated. Brush up on the latest changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code and discover the latest chemical-handling practices and disinfection technologies to prevent incidents at your park. We all want to go home safely, whether it is from our jobs, or from a fun day playing with the kids at the park. Unfortunately, injuries to employees and patrons have occurred from exposure to pathogens and chemicals at water parks and other aquatic facilities. 

    This high level course will review some of the incidents that have occurred and how to avoid them. Chemical incident and pathogen outbreak statistics will be presented. We will also discuss the latest in codes such as the Model Aquatic Health Code that are written to protect our employees and patrons.
    Attn: AFO Certified Professionals - this session eligible for Group "A" CEU Credit renewal.



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU; 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.

    Ellen Meyer, PhD

    Manager of Product Safety and Government Affairs, Innovative Water Care, LLC

    Ellen is Product Safety and Government Affairs Manager with Innovative Water Care, LLC. She has a PhD in chemistry and has been working in water treatment for over 25 years. Ellen is a former chair of the Recreational Water Quality Committee of APSP. She has served on the Technical Review and cyanuric acid ad hoc committees for the Model Aquatic Health Code and the NSF task group for pool chemical evaluation.

  • Suicide Talk; a Conversation to Create Awareness

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join the conversation to increase connections and reduce the risk of suicide. Everyone can be a part of the conversation and help to create strong and healthier communities.

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    Suicide is a community, health issue. Current statistic show that veterans, white men 65 and older, LGBTQ and teens as some of the highest risk groups. However, research also tells us that depression, one of the leading contributors to suicidal ideation, can be reduced with physical activity. Additionally, the ability to make connections with other people also reduces risk. 

    Although suicide can be a very scary and difficult topic for many people to discuss, only an open and honest conversation about the issue of suicide helps remove the stigma and taboo. Every single person can participate in this type of conversation which helps to create a strong, positive community that encourages ‘help-seeking’ behavior for people that might be at-risk.



    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.

    Lori A. Hoffner

    Speaker ~ Trainer ~ Consultant, Supporting CommUnity, Inc.

    Since 1997, Lori A. Hoffner has worked with multiple community organizations, agencies and programs, providing information, training and consultation.  Her work of positive relationship building supports both internal and external customer relations which ultimately impacts the financial bottom line of any organization.   

    For eight years, Lori served as an elected official as a member of the Board of Directors of a local park and recreation district in Colorado.  During the time that she served in that capacity, she helped to shape decisions and policies relevant to the organization that enhanced relationships between the staff, Board of Directors and community at large. Serving as the Citizen Representative for the Parks and Recreation Mid-West Council, Lori has participated on the NRPA national forum and has encouraged national, state and local leaders to recognize the value and importance of parks and recreation in the communities they serve.  
    By providing educational workshops that provide philosophies and examples of support, cooperative relationships and recognition, Lori is matching the needs of organizations with information and researched practices that motivates individuals to implementing ideas immediately. Lori has a great deal of fun with her audiences, engaging them in thought provoking exercises and encouraging intentional, positive practices every day.

    Additionally, Lori provides training to adults and youth surrounding the issue of suicide prevention and intervention and is a Consulting ASIST and SafeTALK trainer.  She has her B.A. in Psychology and is a former member of the Jefferson County Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors.

  • Trend Seekers

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

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


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


    Learning Objective: 

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


    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)

     

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

    Dannielle Wilson

    Consultant, DW Recreation Consulting

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

  • 2019 NRPA Live Wednesday Package

    Contains 5 Product(s)

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

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

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  • Creating, Improving, Protecting, and Advocating through Sustainable Private/Public Partnerships

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces.

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    This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces. The presenters—top executives of the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the nonprofit Houston Parks Board (HPB) — will show how these collaborative efforts are achieving scaled impacts, improving public green spaces, ensuring they are equitably distributed and accessible, and helping define their important role in community resilience. 

    We work in close partnership to build a strong, resilient, and vibrant region by investing in long-term solutions to some of the most persistent challenges facing our communities. Initiatives like Bayou Greenways 2020, the HPB planning framework Beyond the Bayous, and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Complete Communities improvement initiative are substantial down payments on elevating the quality of life for people in our region.


    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.

    Beth White

    President and CEO, Houston Parks Board

    In 2012, President Obama appointed Beth White to the National Capital Planning Commission. She has served as director, Chicago region, for The Trust for Public Land and has led several successful projects involving public-private partnerships, planning, fundraising and the opening of new parks. She has a Master’s degree from Loyola University and Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

    Steve Wright

    Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

    Steve Wright was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and approved by Houston City Council on July 5, 2017. Prior to joining the City, he served as the Vice President of Business Development and Healthy Living for 31 branches of the YMCA in the Greater Houston area. Mr. Wright has worked in both the private and public sector of the health and fitness field for over 30 years.

  • eSports 101: Just What the Heck is eSports and Why / How Should My Agency Participate In It?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 10:10 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Streaming Event! Join this session will share insights into the world of eSports, its participation and revenue growth story, share case studies of agencies who are starting to dip their toes in it and ways in which agencies can consider entering the world of eSports themselves.

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    The fastest growing sport today might just be "eSports". It has morphed from a participant sport for people playing video games to now having millions of players and even more 'viewers' all over the world. In addition, brands are investing heavily in sponsoring it and teens and youth populations (the hardest audience for a park and recreation agency to target) are heavily engaged in it. 

    This session will share insights into the world of eSports, its participation and revenue growth story, share case studies of agencies who are starting to dip their toes in it and ways in which agencies can consider entering the world of eSports themselves.

    Learning Objective: 

    Learn about the growth of eSports and identify ways in which they can explore providing eSports as an offering in their agency.


    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)

     

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

    Neelay Bhatt

    Vice President, PROS Consulting, LLC

    Neelay’s career on five continents includes Disney, The Super Bowl, The Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games and a curating, coaching and presenting multiple TED workshops and TEDx talks. He has keynoted globally from USA to China, Europe and New Zealand. As the VP at PROS Consulting INC., he has led 125+ strategic / master planning, sports facility development projects globally.


  • Adapted Sport Training and Certification - Practical Tools and Resources

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Streaming Event! Join this educational session for sports and recreation professionals includes training tools, standards and resources available for advancing their inclusive and adaptive programming, as well as take a look at further needs.

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    Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is the national leader in community based adaptive sports and has over 130 chapters around the U.S delivering sport programs for people with disabilities. For more than 50 years, DSUSA has been instrumental in assisting National organizations such as American Canoe Association, US Masters Swimming, USA Archery, PSIA-AASI, US Cycling, US Skating, and more to develop adaptive certifications, training and guidelines for including athletes with disabilities. This educational session for sports and recreation professionals includes training tools, standards and resources available for advancing their inclusive and adaptive programming, as well as take a look at further needs.



    Learning Objective:

    Explain 3-5 different adaptive sports training programs currently available and where to find them



    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)


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

    Julia Ray

    Programs Director, Disabled Sports USA

    Julia has been working with Disabled Sports USA since 2003, getting thousands of individuals with disabilities, including youth and disabled Veterans active in adaptive sports. Julia oversees DSUSA programs, including partnerships with NGB's and other certifying agencies to advance adaptive sports. Recent partnerships and presentations in this area include USA Archery, US Skating, PGA of America and others.

    Julianne Mills

    Training and Education Manager, Disabled Sports USA

    Julianne serves as Program Manager for DSUSA’s Adapt2Achieve program. She first discovered adaptive sport as a high school student volunteering at a therapeutic riding program. After completing a B.S. in psychology, Julianne pursued a career in equine assisted activities as a PATH International Advanced Registered Instructor. She also has extensive experience in volunteer management and piloted a mentor program to provide supported volunteer opportunities for adults with disabilities.

  • Once Upon a Pie Chart: Using Data to Tell Your Story

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! Learn the fundamentals of both storytelling and data visualization so that you can create messages that are both informative and compelling to share with staff, elected officials, and the public.

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    Getting the word out about your services and needs is critically important in keeping your organization relevant as you fight for funding and attention. Backing your message with data has the potential increasing your impact, but telling your story in a way that gets people to understand, engage, and act requires more than simply adding a few charts and graphs to your reports and presentations. Learn the fundamentals of both storytelling and data visualization so that you can create messages that are both informative and compelling to share with staff, elected officials, and the public.

    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.

    Bobbi Nance

    President, Recreation Results

    Bobbi Nance is the founder of Recreation Results where she helps teams find value in their data, capitalize on trends, implement strategy, and push innovative thinking to increase their impact in the communities where they work. Bobbi's presented hundreds of workshops across North America all focused on breaking down complex topics and sharing practical approaches to putting them to use.

  • How to Start, Build, and Grow your Local Park Foundation

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will explore the importance of LOCAL Park Foundations and / or LOCAL Friends of the Parks Groups across the United States, and explore the common components of successful local Park Foundations or Friends of the Park Groups.

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    This session will explore the importance of LOCAL Park Foundations and / or LOCAL Friends of the Parks Groups across the United States, and explore the common components of successful local Park Foundations or Friends of the Park Groups. We will also discuss the important strategies that will help appeal to those in the room that are in the start- up phase of their foundations as well as help those who need to revitalize or strengthen already existing Local Park Foundations or Local Friends of the Parks organizations. The focus for all foundations will be to create more relevance within their communities, greater connectivity with their park department, agency , or district, and an understanding that successful park foundations are governed through strategy and involved citizens and volunteers who have respect for those strategies.



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU



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

    Donald Ortale

    Founding Executive Director, National Association of Park Foundations

    Donald Ortale, is a former Park and Rec. elected Commissioner and a 25 year veteran of the non-profit sector. He is currently the Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Park Foundations.