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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Register now for this upcoming sandbox event.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Register now for this upcoming talk worth 0.1 CEU.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/08/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/11/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/14/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Every day, in communities across the country, park and recreation professionals are making their communities better places to live, learn, work and play through their role as stewards of Community Wellness Hubs. Learn more about NRPA’s vision for Community Wellness Hubs, explore ways park and recreation can improve health across seven dimensions of well-being, and hear from peers about the impact of their Community Wellness Hubs.

    How has access to parks and recreation influenced your personal health and well-being? How has it impacted your communities? Join NRPA for an exploration of the many ways parks and recreation influences health. Attendees will be guided through NRPA’s new Community Wellness Hub toolkit and its overall vision including key concepts, definitions and examples of health equity and systems change approaches across NRPA’s seven dimensions of well-being. Several agencies that have developed Community Wellness Hubs will join to share their lessons learned, the impact this work made on their community, and how they are sustaining their work moving forward.

    Allison Colman (she/her)

    Director of Health

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is Director of Health at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). For over a decade, Ms. Colman has led the development and implementation of evidence-based public health initiatives and built cross-sector collaborations to advance innovative, community-driven, systems-change strategies that improve community health and well-being. Her work lies at the intersection of public health, social justice, and social change, with the goal of ensuring that all people have the opportunity to truly thrive.

    Ayanna Williams (she/her)

    Facility Manager

    City of Ozark- Ozark Leisure Services

    My name is Ayanna Williams, I am a 37 year old mother of 3. I have lived in Ozark, Alabama approximately 6 years. I have truly enjoyed being a part of the community, knowing people, and being able to be a part of all the great people who want to help and see the best for our community. I went to school at Troy University for Psychology with minor in Applied Behavioral Analysis and my goal is to go further for my Masters as a BCBA.

    Carol Zernial (she/her)

    Senior Vice President Social Responsibility and Foundation Executive Director

    WellMed Medical Management

    Carol Zernial, MA is a nationally recognized gerontologist who was named one of the nation’s Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue, the digital journalism arm of the PBS System. Carol has been involved in the field of aging for over 25 years. She holds a master's degree in social gerontology.

    Carol currently serves as Executive Director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation. She serves on the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council under President Biden and is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council on the Aging. She is the co-host of the podcast Caregiver SOS on Air. 

    In 2021, Carol was selected as one of the Top 50 Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders by the National Diversity and Leadership Conference. In 2020, she received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Recreation and Park Association Innovation Award for Health Equity. 

    Carol was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2015 under President Obama and 2005 under President George W. Bush.  She was named the Outstanding Professional in Aging in Texas 2008 for her work in evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion. 

    Shelly Strasser (she/her)

    Director of Recreation and Community Services

    West Allis-West Milwaukee School District

    Vhelly has been in the field of Recreation for over 25 years.  She is the Director for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department, where she has served in the role for the past 14 years. She leads a team of 14 full time staff and 300+ part time/seasonal employees in a community of approximately 64,000. Shelly is the current  President of the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association.  

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/30/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    To wrap up Pride month, join a conversation as we explore how public parks have served as both places of joy and spaces of resistance for the LGBTQ+ community.  

    The month of June, otherwise known as Pride month, recognizes the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have had on society locally, nationally and internationally. While current celebrations include parades, picnics, parties and concerts, Pride month started in honor of an act of resistance — the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, New York. Join us as we talk with leaders and changemakers about the connection between Parks and Pride, and how we can continue to support equality and opportunity for LGBTQ+ people through our field.

    Teaching Objectives:

    • Panelists will point to specific moments in history where parks were integral to moments of joy and resistance for the LGBTQ+ community.  
    • Panelists will connect the relationship between access to parks and the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community.  
    • Panelists will provide recommendations for how park and recreation professionals can continue to support and advance the rights of LGTBQ+ people beyond the month of June.

    Becky Herz (she/her)

    Recreation Coordinator

    Cosumnes Community Services Department, Elk Grove, CA

    Becky Herz has been involved in recreation management for over 24 years. Her article “Gender Spectrum Inclusion for Recreation Professionals” was featured in Park and Recreation Magazine in October 2018.  Becky has also been published in Aquatics International and on National Public Radio.  She has presented on inclusion at the California Park and Recreation Society Conference, the America Score’s Soccer Summit, and a variety of local and on-line trainings.  She was the keynote speaker at the 2019 CPRS Recreation Therapy Institute.  Becky currently serves as a Commissioner for Sacramento County Regional Parks, and works as a Recreation Coordinator for Cosumnes CSD in Elk Grove, CA.

    Taylor Jeromos (she/her)

    Hybrid Learning Specialist

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Taylor Jeromos serves on NRPA's Professional Development team as a Hybrid Learning Specialist. Her career has focused on creating accessible programming, centering diverse narratives, and facilitating informal learning opportunities for people of all ages. She’s been a part of the education teams at a number of cultural organizations, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  

    Taylor earned a Master’s in Museum Studies and Public History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a Bachelor’s in Medieval and Gender History from Earlham College.

    Shalini Mirpuri (she/her)

    Senior Education Manager - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    National Recreation and Parks Association

    Shalini is the Senior Manager of Education - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for NRPA. She is a passionate Educator who is focused on melding her love for parks with her commitment to social equity. Shalini believes that innovative education and inviting dialogue can build a shared investment in ensuring access to parks for everyone. She has been working on issues of equity for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including higher ed, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She is particularly passionate about the intersection of gender-based violence and racial equality. Shalini holds a Masters in Education and an Education Specialist degree in Counseling from the University of Florida. 

    Jared Mummert (he/him)

    Community and Environmental Resilience Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Community and Environmental Resilience Program Manager at NRPA and a recent graduate from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government with a Masters of Public Administration and Environmental Science and Public Policy. With nearly 5 years at NRPA, Jared has led work on community engagement, the history of equity in parks and recreation and creating equitable access to inclusive, resilient park spaces. 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 working to connect low-income families to national parks. Jared 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 integrates environmental justice into all of his work to ensure everyone has access to high-quality parks and greenspaces.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Park and recreation agencies are trusted spaces capable of hosting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) enrollment drives with the support of local health offices and community partners. Join this session to learn about advocacy opportunities that can position agencies as these trusted spaces, to reflect on the available food resources in your community and to learn from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the field about opportunities for increasing nutrition security within your community.

    Join this session to reflect on the available food resources in your community and to learn about opportunities for increasing nutrition security within your community from new National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) resources and promising practices in the field. NRPA is excited to share a new resource — Supporting SNAP and WIC Outreach: A Toolkit for Park and Recreation Professionals — that can help park and recreation agencies support the health of their communities through federal nutrition programs. The toolkit features new messaging guidance that professionals can use to advocate for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs and conduct outreach at park and recreation sites. A guest presenter from Little Rock, Arkansas, will share how a partnership between parks and recreation, libraries, and hunger action coalitions was effective in increasing SNAP and WIC enrollment in their community. After highlighting new resources and promising practices from the field, this webinar will invite learners to identify practices and advocacy actions that can be replicated within their communities.

    Teaching Objectives:

    • Learners will have familiarized themselves with the SNAP/WIC toolkit offering and identify opportunities for utilizing NRPA resources to increase food security in their communities. 
    • Learners will experience how SNAP/WIC outreach and engagement can be applied in park and recreation sites through best practices provided by Little Rock, Arkansas. 
    • Learners will have identified opportunities that their agency could advocate/organize in support of SNAP/WIC.  

    Liliana Ruiz Fischer (she/her) (Moderator)

    Health Program Specialist

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Liliana Ruiz Fischer is a health program specialist for the National Recreation and Parks Association; serving park and recreation agencies throughout the country with grant-funded programs to advance health equity through parks as community wellness hubs. 

    Dan McCarthy (he/him) (Moderator)

    Advocacy Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Dan McCarthy joined NRPA in February 2021 to lead grassroots advocacy campaigns and support members in their advocacy. Dan comes most recently from the anti-hunger community in Boston, where he organized coalitions to alleviate childhood hunger. He is a firm believer that our communities are stronger — and our government more effective — when people are interested, informed, and involved in the democratic process. 

    Jasmine Zandi (she/her) (Moderator)

    Be Mighty Coordinator

    Central Arkansas Library System

    Jasmine Zandi serves as Be Mighty Little Rock Project Coordinator for the Central Arkansas Library System. Be Mighty is a citywide campaign to connect kids, teens, and families to free meals, cooking and nutrition education, food security resources, and opportunities to eat, play and learn. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Do you need to communicate the economic value of parks (which is billions nationwide), but are unsure where to start? Join this event for a lively exploration of how to translate data into compelling narratives that you can take back to your communities. Learn how to translate data from the National Economic Impact Study and about the application of data from a recent New York City report.

    Park and recreation directors, marketing and communication folks, state association staff and other advocates are invited to join this discussion about communicating the economic value of parks (which is billions of dollars nationwide). Anyone responsible for delivering positive news about the economic impact of parks and recreation or who needs advocacy tool(s) for getting funding and buy-in from the government and other supporters should participate. During this session, park and recreation folks will learn how to stop selling themselves short, learn ways to talk about their work and hear ways to advocate for funding and other benefits. 

    Join this discussion on how to communicate the value of parks and recreation in a compelling way that moves needles. Learn how to use communication strategies to protect and grow budgets, how to couch numbers within larger narratives of fun and play, and how impact assessments fit within the narrative of the role of parks and recreation plays in local and regional economic development. Learn ways to describe the hard-number, economic outcomes of the National Economic Impact Study Report as well as the positive economic outcomes of government investment in parks and recreation.

    Teaching Objectives: 

    • Learners will gain a basic understanding of the ways in which parks economically benefit communities.
    • Learners will identify how to best communicate “the numbers” in compelling ways that help move the needle and couch content in the “fun” of parks and recreation.  
    • Learners will hear the real-world application of economic impact research data in New York City and other communities. 

    Jennifer Clinton (she/her)

    Senior Parks and Conservation Economist

    Trust for Public Land

    Jennifer Clinton is the Senior Parks and Conservation Economist with the Trust for Public Land. In her role, Jennifer manages a portfolio of economic research projects that are used to advocate for land conservation and parks across the United States. Her recent research in New York City focused on the ecosystem services, public health, recreation, and economic development benefits provided by parks in the City.  

    Previously, Jennifer was a Community Development Planner with the regional planning agency for Cape Cod, serving as the project manager for their economic development initiatives. She researched and visualized regional economic trends to share with stakeholders, and conducted surveys of hundreds of small business owners to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jennifer also researched the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on Cape Cod, helping develop decision support tools for local and state leadership.  

    Jennifer holds a M.S. in Agricultural & Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut. She is based in Falmouth, MA. 

    Terry Clower, PhD (he/him)

    Northern Virginia Chair, Professor of Public Policy, Center for Regional Analysis

    George Mason University

    Terry L. Clower is Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also director of GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis. The Center provides economic and public policy research services to sponsors in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining GMU, he was director for the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas. Dr. Clower also has almost ten years of private sector experience in transportation and logistics management. 

    Dr. Clower received a B.S. in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University in 1982, a M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of North Texas in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University of North Texas in 1997 specializing in information infrastructure issues and the use of information resources.

    Kevin Roth, PhD (he/him)

    Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth serves as NRPA's Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Technology. Roth leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association. 

    Roth has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    As community challenges and priorities evolve, park and recreation agencies must adapt to meet increasing responsibilities in order to stay relevant in their communities. Join as staff from the Bristol (Connecticut) Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department outline how they became integral to their community through programmatic and organizational responses to a changing world.

    Have you found yourself wondering how your agency can take practical steps toward being more creative and relevant to your local community? Join us for the second part in a series on how innovative thinking can be foundational to strong, relevant and community-oriented park and recreation agencies. Learn how the Bristol (Connecticut) Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department developed creative solutions to recreation, conservation and equity-focused initiatives. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Learners will develop strategies for implementing their own innovative programs, projects and initiatives to stay relevant in their communities.  
    • Learners will be able to implement solutions to breaking down access barriers.  
    • Learners will be able to create a framework for integrating diversity, equity and inclusion work into their department’s innovations.  

    Dr. Joshua T. Medeiros, Ed.D., CPRP (he/him)

    Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services

    Bristol Parks and Recreation

    Dr. Joshua T. Medeiros serves as the Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services for the City of Bristol, Connecticut and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Medeiros has an earned Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration. Medeiros serves on the National Recreation and Parks Association Board of Directors and he is also the past President of the Connecticut Parks Association. Medeiros is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) and is an award winner of both his state and national parks and recreation associations. 

    Sarah Larson, CPRP (she/her)

    Deputy Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth & Community Services

    Bristol Parks and Recreation

    Sarah Larson has the honor of serving the City of Bristol as the Deputy Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services, overseeing 730 acres of park land, three aquatics facilities, more than one hundred programs, and a $5.5 million operational budget. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Recreation Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.