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  • Federal Resources to Support Farmers Markets

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar will explore the resources available to park and recreation agencies to start and support farmers markets using federal and state resources.

    Parks and recreation sites are perfectly suited to host or serve as partners in community farmers markets. But often, it can seem daunting on how to launch and sustain markets. Join us as we dive into the resources available to park and recreation agencies to start and support farmers markets using federal and state resources. Kate Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald-Canepa Consulting and Matthew Benson of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will share best practices for making the most of resources available to support access to fresh, local agriculture through farmers markets.

    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.

    Maureen Acquino

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Acquino is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

    ​Kate Fitzgerald

    Fitzgerald-Canepa Consulting

    Kate Fitzgerald works on policy that links family farms with low-income consumers to achieve economic opportunity and better public health.  Based in Texas for 25 years, she now works in Washington, DC and concentrates on federal policy including SNAP produce incentive programs, connecting low-income shoppers with farmers’ markets, rural grocery store viability, and regional food supply chains.

    Matthew Benson

    Program Analyst, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service

    Matt Benson is a Program Analyst with USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. He has worked for FNS for a little more than six years. Currently, Matt primarily supports the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Prior to this, he supported USDA’s Farm to School Program. 

  • NRPA's Aquatic Management Professional Certificate

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    NRPA’s Aquatic Management Professional Certificate provides you with the knowledge and skills for effective aquatic facility management. This online certificate program will strengthen your management skills and increase your understanding of aquatic facility operations. Credit: 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of six program courses. (Eligible for Group B of an AFO renewal).

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    NRPA’s Aquatic Management Professional Certificate provides you with the knowledge and skills for effective aquatic facility management. This online certificate program will strengthen your management skills and increase your understanding of aquatic facility operations.

    To receive your Aquatic Management Professional Certificate and 1.2 CEUs, you must complete each of the six courses. You are able to purchase the full certificate package or each course individually.

    Who Should Enroll?
    New and developing aquatic professionals, departmental leadership positions interested in expanding their aquatic facility management knowledge.

    Program Details
    The program includes six online courses which are the key concepts in operating and managing an aquatic facility. 


    NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Budget and Finance

    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for budgeting and finances as they relate to aquatic management. Learners will be presented the with principals and resources to describe the budget process and an organizational objectives. This course provides insight for calculation expenses, setting price points, estimating revenues, achieving targets, determining return on investment, and areas of alternative funding. Credit: 0.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Marketing

    This course provides the fundamentals of Marketing for the Aquatic Management Professional. Learners will be able to recognize the components of a marketing plan, how to apply marketing strategies to aquatic programming and to identify their marketing segments and how to best reach them. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Maintenance

    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for maintenance as it relates to aquatic management. Learners will be presented with how to apply a Planned Maintenance System to conduct daily and preventative maintenance for facility management. Advanced maintenance planning methods and resources are shared along with hearing how current events shape the future of maintenance management. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Risk Management

    This course provides the fundamentals of aquatic risk management including risk reduction to enhance aquatic safety. Learners will understand the importance in developing policies and procedures for safety and risk mitigation as they relate to aquatic management. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Programming and Event Planning

    This course provides the fundamentals of Program & Event planning for the Aquatic Management Professional. Learners will understand the integral role of programming and events for the success of aquatic facilities. Essential topics include creative ways to enhance programming and collaborations. Credit: 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Human Resource Management

    This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management. Learners will be able to identify the core components of the recruitment process and communicate effectively with employees. Essential topics include the implementation and delivery of performance evaluations and engaging your multi-generational teams. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    Credit: 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of six program courses. (Eligible for Group B of an AFO renewal).


    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.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Maintenance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for maintenance as it relates to aquatic management. Learners will be introduced to the essential topics for AFO Renewal (Group B)

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    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for maintenance as it relates to aquatic management. Learners will be presented with how to apply a Planned Maintenance System to conduct daily and preventative maintenance for facility management. Advanced maintenance planning methods and resources are shared along with hearing how current events shape the future of maintenance management. 

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    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.


  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Risk Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for risk management as it relates to aquatic management. Essential topics discussed include risk mitigation to protect aquatic staff, patrons and the aquatic facility as a whole. 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.​

     

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    This course provides the fundamentals of aquatic risk management including risk reduction to enhance aquatic safety. Learners will understand the importance in developing policies and procedures for safety and risk mitigation as they relate to aquatic management.

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    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.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Marketing

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides the fundamentals of Marketing for the Aquatic Management Professional. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.​

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    This course provides the fundamentals of Marketing for the Aquatic Management Professional. Learners will be able to recognize the components of a marketing plan, how to apply marketing strategies to aquatic programming and to identify their marketing segments and how to best reach them.

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    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.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Human Resource Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management​. Learners will be able to ​​identify the core components of the recruitment process and communicate effectively with employees. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.

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    This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management. Learners will be able to identify the core components of the recruitment process and communicate effectively with employees. Essential topics include the implementation and delivery of performance evaluations and engaging your multi-generational teams.

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    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.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Programming and Event Planning

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides the fundamentals of Program & Event planning for the Aquatic Management Professional. Credit: 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.

       

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    This course provides the fundamentals of Program & Event planning for the Aquatic Management Professional. Learners will understand the integral role of programming and events for the success of aquatic facilities. Essential topics include creative ways enhance programming and collaborations. 

    Credit: 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    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.

  • How HIPAA Applies to Your Recreation Agency

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/21/2019

    When it comes to personal information, especially health data, maintaining privacy for the families in the communities you serve is of the utmost importance.

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    As a park and recreation department, you may only collect basic details like contact information and dates of birth at registration, but you might also collect additional details like medical history, so you can support participants in a crisis.  Whether you’re required to be HIPAA-compliant or not, being aware of the guidelines set out by HIPAA ensures your organization gives the proper attention to privacy and security so that participant data is always protected.

    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.

    Meggi Mah

    Account Executive, ePACT Sales Team

    Meggi is an Account Executive and a core member of the ePACT Sales Team. Meggi works closely with recreation organizations, like Parks & Recreation Departments and YMCAs, across the United States and Canada. Her passion for helping people along with her sales and customer service background ensures she helps recreation organizations enhance safety for program participants throughout the year.

  • Recycling is NOT Dead - How Your Agency Can Recycle Smarter Today

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/08/2019

    Join Richard J. Dolesh, NRPA's Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives, and a panel of experts from diverse fields to discuss what your agency can do to recycle in a way that is environmentally and cost effective. Learn how to overcome common challenges and find innovative ways to make recycling a sustainable practice in your community!

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    Recycling is NOT dead! However, it is facing serious challenges. This NRPA Premier Series webinar will tackle the tough challenges you will need to overcome to recycle in a way that is responsible, environmentally sound, and which saves money in the process. Learn how you can make your entire recycling program smarter by re-instituting multiple-stream recycling and re-use, setting net-zero goals, writing better contracts, creating an organics recycling program, and more.

    This webinar will provide examples on how your agency can recycle effectively, how you can reinforce public messaging to recycle in an environmentally responsible manner, and how you can do new things in your recycling efforts such as organics recycling and net-zero approaches.  Expert presenters will give you the techniques, methods, and successful examples to make your recycling work responsibly and economically.  Recycling is facing serious challenges in park and rec agencies and in your communities, but there are ways to overcome these problems. If recycling is important to your environmental ethics and sustainability goals, you will definitely want to participate in this webinar.

    Rich Dolesh

    Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association

    Richard J. Dolesh joined NRPA in 2002 and serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. He is responsible for development and implementation of national policy and initiatives related to conservation, stewardship and parks.

    Rich worked 30 years in parks, outdoor recreation, and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland before coming to NRPA. His recent work includes leading NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative, coordinating the Parks for Mitigation demonstration projects, and working with the National Wildlife Federation to connect 10 million kids to nature and the outdoors over the next three years. Rich represents NRPA on a number of coalitions and advisory groups including the Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition, the steering committee for Natural Play and Learning Area guidelines, and the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).

    Rich is a frequent contributor to NRPA's Parks and Recreation Magazine, and has written numerous articles on parks and natural resources in publications including The Washington Post and National Geographic Magazine.

    Brendan Daley

    Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Chicago Park District

    Brendan Daley has over 20 years’ experience working on sustainability and strategic policy initiatives in local government. Brendan currently manages the strategic direction of the Chicago Park District. He also manages sustainability initiatives across all 600 parks in the city. Before working at the Park District, Brendan worked at the Chicago Department of Environment, most recently at the Deputy Commissioner overseeing energy and air quality projects.

    Brendan holds a BA in Political Science from Roosevelt University, an LLB in Law from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a Certificate in Civic Leadership from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a LEED accredited professional with the US Green Building Council and a Certified Park and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association. Brendan wants to live in a world where teachers are paid more than CEOs, honey bees are abundant, and kids play outside as often as possible.

    As a sustainability and strategy implementer, Brendan has been a guest lecturer at Chicago universities, park conferences, writer for various publications, and an accomplished speaker on the environment. When Brendan is not reducing, reusing, composting, or recycling, you can find him making pie, gardening, golfing, or telling really bad dad jokes to his kids. 

    Neil Seldman

    President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

    Neil Seldman provides technical assistance to cities, community groups and businesses in the field of sustainable resource management. He has pioneered developments in processing, building deconstruction and small-scale manufacturing from recycled materials. Dr. Seldman has also chronicled the US recycling movement in the last 50 years in “History of the US Recycling Movement, Encyclopedia of Technology Energy and Environment” and “Wasting in the US 2000.” He has also documented worldwide recycling developments for the World Bank in “Recycling from municipal refuse: a state-of-the-art review and annotated bibliography.”

    He is a founding member of the National Recycling Coalition at the First National Recycling Congress and the Grass Roots Recycling Network. According to Robin Cannon, Concerned Citizens of South Los Angeles, Dr. Seldman is known as grassroots organizer who, “shows communities how to fight against and how to fight for the sustainable solution to solid waste and economic problems.” In recent years he has worked in Atlanta, Cleveland, Alachua County (Gainesville), FL, Reading, PA, Washington, DC, Bridgeport, CT, Austin, TX and Los Angeles. Dr. Seldman writes regularly for trade journals providing insight and criticism of poorly designed technologies and programs.

    Dr. Seldman was a manufacturer in New York City and a university lecturer in political science before co-founding the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

    Mike Ewall

    Founder and Director, Energy Justice Network

    Mike Ewall is the founder and director of Energy Justice Network, a national support network for grassroots community groups fighting dirty energy and waste industry facilities such as coal power plants, ethanol plants, natural gas facilities, landfills and incinerators of every sort. He has been actively involved in student and community environmental justice organizing since high school in 1990. He's taught hundreds of workshops at college campuses and activist conferences throughout the U.S. His grassroots support work has helped many communities achieve victories against power plants, landfills, incinerators, medical waste facilities and other polluting industries.

  • Addressing Substance Misuse and Associated Stigmas in Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Julien Scott, Bronx Operations Manager at NYC Parks, gives an overview of injection drug use in New York City and how the Bronx Park System has worked to address resulting issues. He also discusses the stigma of drug use as a barrier to utilizing services provided.

    New York City has been dramatically impacted by injection drug use – anywhere from 100 to 10,000 discarded syringes are found in parks daily. Julien Scott, Bronx Operations Manager, discusses how his park system has worked to address the various issues associated with discarded syringes. Along with the NYC Department of Health, NYC Parks convened a task force that meets monthly with over 75 individuals from 16 agencies, organizations and civic groups. This group focuses on assessing the drug-using population in parks, improving syringe disposal efforts, park-specific social service outreach, community engagement, internal staff development, and increased security. Part of the staff safety and development training includes framing drug use in parks as a public health crisis and discussing challenges like stigma and socio-economic implications of public drug use and criminalization, existing racial disparities among opioid overdose fatality rates, and how this exacerbates the opioid epidemic in the south Bronx.

    Session Length: 15 minutes 

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

    Lauren Kiefert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Lauren Kiefert is a Program Specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. Lauren joined NRPA in January 2019 and works on various substance abuse prevention and education-related grants and projects. Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to NRPA, having both educational and professional experience in the public health field. Prior to joining the association, she completed her Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, with a focus on health promotion and prevention efforts. Her thesis examined the current opioid epidemic and potential approaches to address the nation-wide issue. She also worked for a substance abuse prevention coalition that served a diverse youth population.  

    Julien Scott

    Bronx Operations Manager, NYC Parks

    Julien Scott currently serves as the Bronx Operations Manager at NYC Parks, where he started as an analyst in 2013. He oversees data collection and analysis at the borough level, and helps the agency to develop and implement solutions to operational challenges. It’s in this role that he witnessed firsthand the dramatic increase in the level of public drug use and discarded syringes in South Bronx parks over the last few years. He is now working closely with senior agency leadership, maintenance staff, and a broad coalition of outside partners to implement a comprehensive plan to address these issues.

    Prior to joining NYC Parks, with an undergraduate degree in graphic communications, Julien worked in magazine publishing in New York and Los Angeles, and as a journalist in Mexico City. Deciding to pursue a second career in public service, he completed graduate degrees in sustainable development and public policy. This focus afforded him the opportunity to join NYC government at an agency that is vital to creating a more resilient and livable city for all New Yorkers.