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  • Spray Play for All: Designing Inclusive Splash Parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording of NRPA Live Stream Event! Join us to examine the best practices for creating spray parks that are fun for people with and without disabilities, children, parents and grandparents alike.

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    Communities across the country are adding spray parks as one of the most highly requested and utilized recreation amenities. How can these be universally designed to be inclusive for people of all ages and abilities? This session will examine the best practices for creating spray parks that are fun for people with and without disabilities, children, parents and grandparents alike.



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 (Group A eligible)


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

    Bill Hachmeister, AFO

    Director of Business Development, Aquatix by Landscape Structures

    Bill Hachmeister is the Director of Business Development for Aquatix™ by Landscape Structures. Bill has been in the water park industry for 19 years working with national aquatic consultants, landscape architects, park & recreation departments and general architects designing spray parks, aquatic centers, water parks and resorts. He is AFO (Aquatic Facility Operator) Certified and is a voting member of the ASTM F-24 aquatic safety committee. Bill has presented various aquatic subjects the following national conferences: NRPA Aquatics Conference, World Water Park Conference, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

    John McConkey

    Market Research and Insights Manager, Landscape Structures, Inc

    As Market Research and Insights Manager, John tracks societal trends to create innovative playground design solutions. John develops and delivers IACET and LACES accredited continuing education programs throughout the U.S. Recent programs include inclusive playground design, fitness-focused playground design, reconnecting children with nature, and designing literacy-rich play environments.

    Rickie Yeager, AICP, EDFP

    Development Director, City of Parkersburg, WV

    Rickie Yeager, a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, currently serves as the Development Director for the City of Parkersburg. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing a variety of community and economic development programs and projects. This includes more than $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    Ingrid Kanics, OTR/L, FAOTA

    President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

    Ingrid is an Occupational Therapist and president of Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC. For over 10 years she has worked with numerous communities and children’s museums to expand their understanding of Universal Design and the importance of Sensory Play in every child’s development; helping them to create and run amazing places where all children can play together. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on the topics play, sensory integration and Universal Design. Conferences include the American Society of Landscape Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, Association of Children’s Museums, American Occupational Therapy Association, and National Association of the Education of the Young Child.

  • Living STEAM Laboratories, Mitigating/Adapting to Climate Change

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording NRPA Live Stream Event! Join us for an interactive discussion for Parks & Recreation professionals designed to jumpstart “Living Laboratory” programs within their agencies. These programs showcase the innovative ways parks and their partners can adapt to the world’s environmental issues and raise conservation awareness.

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    The natural resources of Parks & Recreation are an invaluable defense to climate change. This conference session is an interactive discussion for Parks & Recreation professionals designed to jumpstart “Living Laboratory” programs within their agencies. These programs showcase the innovative ways parks and their partners can adapt to the world’s environmental issues and raise conservation awareness. With parks as the venue, educators can engage students using hands-on, experiential, research-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curricula to foment a new wave of environmental leaders. The successful implementation of these programs will position parks as incubators for the environmental revolution needed to mitigate climate change.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU

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

    Dr. John Pipoly

    Project Coordinator, STEAM/Environmental Education, Volunteers and Grants, Broward County Parks and Recreation

    Dr. Pipoly received a Ph.D. in systemic biology from City University of New York. John has published nearly 150 original research papers among internationally peer-reviewed journals. His work is to enhance STEAM as well as environmental education for sustainable development, and to promote the use of Broward County Parks and nature centers as venues for innovative experiential learning.

    Attiyya Atkins

    Public Communication Specialist, Broward County Parks and Recreation

    Attiyya is a veteran digital marketer with a degree from the University of Florida. She is a valued thought leader in social media and digital media marketing, responsible for skyrocketing Broward County Parks & Recreation digital presence. Through people-first methods, Attiyya has been able to create marketing, digital, and engagement campaigns that create truly engaging experiences in parks.

  • 2019 Aquatics Bundle

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Aquatic topics in this bundle cover splash park design, the Model Aquatic Health Code and new programming tools and tricks.

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    Aquatics professionals will improve knowledge and skills with this information packed trio. These sessions were originally presented at the NRPA 2019 Annual Conference and provide the latest in design, risk management, and programming to meet the needs of aquatic professionals. 


    Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

    Innovative, Inexpensive, and Interactive Aquatic Programs: Improving and Developing Programs for Success!

    Spray Play for All: Designing Inclusive Splash Parks

    What’s in Your Water? Avoiding Water Quality Incidents



    Credit: 0.3 CEU  

    Group A eligible: What’s in Your Water? Avoiding Water Quality Incidents (0.1 CEU) and Spray Play for All: Designing Inclusive Splash Parks (0.1 CEU)

    Group B eligible: Innovative, Inexpensive, and Interactive Aquatic Programs: Improving and Developing Programs for Success! (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.

  • 2019 STEAM / Design Thinking Bundle

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Look no further to learn ways to add variety into your programming! These NRPA 2019 Annual Conference topics discuss how to incorporate technology, STEAM, partnerships and climate change into your programs.

    imageCurious about eSports and how it may connect with your agency programming?  Looking for ways to provide STEAM activities and highlight climate change?  Or maybe you are looking to create a partnership to increase art in your community?  You will find it all in this bundle from NRPA 2019 Annual Conference!


    Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

    eSports:Get in the Game

    Living STEAM Laboratories, Mitigating/Adapting to Climate Change

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

    Credit: 0.3 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.



  • A Systems Approach to Assessing Parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording of NRPA Live Stream Event! This session highlights the benefits of collaborating with other government agencies and community-based groups to conduct a meaningful parks system assessment. Speakers will present sample indicators and metrics, provide guidance for multidisciplinary groups to collect and analyze the data, and share possible strategies for creating a Complete Parks system.

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    What makes a park successful depends heavily on neighborhood context, and assessing a parks system is an important step in making equitable improvements and creating a Complete Parks system. This means making decisions based on data about people’s entire experience with parks—getting to a park, spending time there, safety and maintenance, proximity to quality schools, affordable housing, local businesses, and key services, and more. 

    The Complete Parks approach has immense potential to create an inclusive parks system and simultaneously address an array of planning, public health, and environmental issues. This session highlights the benefits of collaborating with other government agencies and community-based groups to conduct a meaningful parks system assessment. Speakers will present sample indicators and metrics, provide guidance for multidisciplinary groups to collect and analyze the data, and share possible strategies for creating a Complete Parks system.


    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.

    Gregory Miao

    Senior Staff Attorney, ChangeLab Solutions

    Gregory works on issues related to active living, healthy housing, water quality, and alcohol control. Drawing upon his experience as a former municipal attorney and planner, Gregory wrote the Complete Parks Model Resolution. Gregory graduated from St. Lawrence University and holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.

  • 2019 Big Data Bundle

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Join NRPA 2019 Annual Conference speakers to learn ways to apply data tools that will strengthen your messages and customer service success.

    imageLearn ways to apply data tools that will strengthen your messages and customer service success.  This BIg Data bundle includes sessions presented at the NRPA 2019 Annual Conference to design compelling communication for your staff, communities, and elected officials.


    Included in this bundle are the following sessions:

    A Systems Approach to Assessing Parks

    Big Data in Customer Service and Why it Matters

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


    Credit: 0.3 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.


  • eSports: Get in the Game

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording of 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.

  • Building Resilient Youth: Responding to Trauma, Substance Use and Mental Health Challenges in Out-of-School Time Programs

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recorded NRPA Live Stream Event! Join NRPA, the Afterschool Alliance and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in a workshop to explore how out-of-school time (OST) providers can better identify risk factors, apply a trauma-informed care lens to their work, and build social and emotional supports into their existing programs that improves health outcomes. 0.1 CEU

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    Local park and recreation agencies are one of the largest providers of out-of-school time (OST) programming across the country. With new public health threats and concerns emerging each day, including youth exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma, rising rates of depression and substance misuse, what is the role of the OST field in responding to these challenges? How can park and recreation agencies build additional protective factors into their programs that foster positive physical, social and mental health outcomes? 



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1



    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.


    Cassie Pais

    Development Manager, NRPA

    Cassie Pais is NRPA's Development Manager, with a focus on Health and Wellness and Social Equity. She helps facilitate NRPA's national and cross-sector partnerships and provides strategic direction in equipping NRPA to address emerging public health challenges and trends. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Humboldt State University and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from George Mason University.

    Daniel Hatcher

    National Out-of-School Time Advisor

    Daniel W. Hatcher serves as National Out-of-School Time Advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. At the Alliance, Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Health, both from Western Kentucky University. Daniel regularly blogs on topics relevant to healthy afterschool at https://host.healthiergeneration.org/new__notable/.

    Heather Hegarty

    Executive Assistant, Afterschool Alliance

    Erin Hegarty joined the Afterschool Alliance team in August 2018. She serves as Executive Associate, working closely with Executive Director Jodi Grant. She also works with the policy and research teams in the area of juvenile justice and afterschool. Erin currently serves as a liaison to the 50 Statewide Afterschool Network Professional Learning Community on Substance Misuse. Erin graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2018 with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in History. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered with an afterschool tutoring and mentorship program in a local subsidized housing community.

    Aaron Philip Dworkin

    CEO, National Summer Learning Association

    Aaron Philip Dworkin joined the National Summer Learning Association as Chief Executive Officer on June 3, 2019 having most recently served as President of the After-School All-Stars National Network – a non-profit organization providing free afterschool and summer programs to 90,000 low income students in more than 450 Title I schools in 20 major cities across the United States. Over the last 12 years, Aaron led the organization through tremendous growth, significantly increasing the number of students served, doubling the After-School All-Stars national footprint and annual revenue, while opening a national office in Washington, D.C. to expand its advocacy efforts. Aaron also oversaw the creation and implementation of the After-School All-Stars’ four signature national initiatives, each with their own summer learning program, designed to combat childhood obesity (Sports as a Hook), promote high school and college graduation (We Are Ready), prepare students for careers (CEO: Career Exploration Opportunities) and inspire youth leadership and community service (Life Service Action). Prior to After-School All-Stars, Aaron founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, an acclaimed summer youth leadership and mentoring program in New York City. He also helped support the creation of Up2Us Sports, a national coalition of sports based youth development programs. Aaron is a frequent presenter at national education conferences, a graduate of Tufts University, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and holds master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is a member of the 2019 Class of Leadership Greater Washington and serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Camp Association.

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

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording of 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.

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

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Recording from 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.

    Joe Turner

    Former Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department