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  • NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: Maintenance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.2 credits offered

    As part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Maintenance course will help you to form knowledge of maintenance techniques and identify and implement appropriate repairs for splash pad features.

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    Maintenance

    As a part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate,the Maintenance course will help you to form knowledge of maintenance techniques and identify and implement appropriate repairs for splash pad features.

    You must be currently AFO or CPO certified to enroll in this course. 

    The certificate includes four online courses, each focused on key areas of the implementation and operation of splash pad facilities. To receive your Splash Pad Certificate, you must complete each of the four courses. 

  • NRPA Splash Pad Certificate

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    NRPA’s Splash Pad Certificate Program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to create and implement a water play recreation area for your agency and community. By completing this online certificate program, you will gain the expertise necessary to plan, design, operate and maintain a splash pad facility.

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    NRPA’s Splash Pad Certificate Program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to create and implement a water play recreation area for your agency and community. By completing this online certificate program, you will gain the expertise necessary to plan, design, operate and maintain a splash pad facility.

    The program includes four online courses, each focused on key areas of the implementation and operation of splash pad facilities. To receive your Splash Pad Certificate and 1.2 CEUs, you must complete each of the four courses. Each course will be available individually, but you must be currently AFO or CPO certified to enroll for the Operations and Maintenance and Repair courses. 

    Eligibility

    To complete all courses in this certificate program you must hold a current AFO  or CPO Certification. You can take the Planning and Design course without these certifications but will not be able to take the Operations and Maintenance courses without providing proof of your certification.

    Who Should Enroll?

    Pool Operators, Maintenance Staff, Pool Managers, Park and Recreation Directors, Health Code Inspectors, Building Inspectors or anyone responsible for maintaining water play recreation areas.

    Courses

    Planning

    Define your community needs and expected benefits, assess proposed sites to ensure proper placement, outline a site plan and create a budget plan for design and ongoing maintenance costs. Learn More

    Design

    Demonstrate knowledge of current safety standards, select appropriate elements based on site plan and identify site considerations. Learn More

    Operations

    Identify liabilities, create a Risk Management plan, implement management and safety practices and identify potential programming and rental opportunities. (Prerequisite: AFO or CPO certification) Learn More

    Maintenance

    Demonstrate knowledge of maintenance techniques and identify and implement appropriate repairs. (Prerequisite: AFO or CPO certification) Learn More


  • Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us to learn from NRPA's Public Policy Team how congressional committees in the House relevant to park and rec priorities have now shifted in leadership and priorities and what pieces of legislation may be moving this year.

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    This Valentine's Day, let's not lose heart on what we can accomplish together in working with our elected officials!

    The 2018 mid-term elections resulted in the Democratic Party gaining control of the House of Representatives and the Republican Party maintaining their majority in the Senate. Join us to learn from NRPA's Public Policy Team how congressional committees in the House relevant to park and rec priorities have now shifted in leadership and priorities and what pieces of legislation may be moving this year. And, as always, how your advocacy is needed to support policy decisions being made in DC and ways to engage your elected officials back home!

    Kate Clabaugh

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kate Clabaugh joined NRPA in May 2017 and manages our advocacy work related to health and wellness policy priorities, including nutrition, healthcare, and education. Kate previously worked for the national anti-hunger organization, the Food Research and Action Center, working with Congress to protect and expand access to the federal nutrition programs. 

    Jayni Rassmussen

    Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jayni Rasmussen is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. She manages the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kyle Simpson joined NRPA in December 2017 and is heading up our public policy work on conservation, including infrastructure, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and resiliency. Kyle comes to NRPA after nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently having worked for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

  • New Grant Opportunity: Increasing Access to Healthy Food in Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join the NRPA Health and Wellness team to learn more about a new grant opportunity benefiting local parks and recreation!

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    Join the NRPA Health and Wellness team to learn more about a new grant opportunity benefiting local parks and recreation! For decades, parks and recreation have been one of the largest providers of healthy meals to children in low-income communities through the USDA child nutrition programs, working to address hunger, provide nutrition education, and keep youth safe and engaged during out-of-school times. Building off of this strong foundation and the existing strengths of local park and recreation agencies, NRPA will be providing 15 grants ($30,000-$35,000 each) to organizations focused on expanding the role and capacity of local parks and recreation to improve food access across diverse communities and generations by piloting and evaluating three innovation strategies:

    1. Farmers Markets: Starting or expanding farmers markets and/or community supported agriculture (CSA) programs at P&R sites to increase access to healthy, fresh, and local produce.
    2. Intergenerational Meal Programs and Adult Care Component (Older Americans Act Title III): Starting or expanding intergenerational meal programs through the USDA CACFP and HHS congregate nutrition programs that address the nutritional needs of vulnerable youth and seniors, and foster opportunities for nutrition education, mentorship and social engagement for youth and seniors. 
    3. Improving Transportation: Addressing transportation and infrastructure barriers in communities (rural, suburban or urban) by piloting models that leverage existing resources and assets, building partnerships, and utilizing volunteers or innovative systems to transport kids to sites.

     Webinar will cover grant goals, eligibility, requirements, and provide examples of projects NRPA is looking to support. For more information about NRPA grant opportunities and open applications visit: https://www.nrpa.org/grants

    Allison Colman

    Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is the Director of Health for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

    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. 

    Lesha Spencer-Brown

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Lesha Spencer-Brown is a Health and Wellness Program Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), working to improve the health and wellness of older adults through parks and recreation for the past year. She currently manages NRPA's Health Aging in Parks initiative that aims to increase physical activity opportunities for older adults, primarily through dissemination of evidence-based programs, community and social engagement opportunities and built environment enhancements that support active lifestyles among older adults. Lesha received her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Community and Family Health- Socio-Health Sciences from the University of South Florida, and has over 8 years of experience in the field of public health, specifically in health promotion, disease prevention and social determinants of health. 

  • Pollinator Protection and Outreach Strategies: Multiple Methods that Make a Difference

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us as we discuss the importance of pollinator protection and strategies that are being successfully employed across North America.

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    Join us as we discuss the importance of pollinator protection and strategies that are being successfully employed across North America. This webinar brings together a panel of experts representing both agencies and grassroots initiatives that approach pollinator protection in very different ways. In this webinar we hope that you share your own successes and come away with practical ideas and methods to get the word out regarding the importance of pollinators.

    Daniel Gibbins

    Deputy Director, Linn County Conservation

    Linn County Conservation – 1,000 Acre Initiative   Linn County Iowa is well on their way to conserve 1,000 acres for pollinators.  Their initiative uniquely combines public/private partnerships that will form a strong model for other Iowa communities to use as a resource and template to promote the rapid changes to our environment critical to the future of both pollinators and people

    Patricia Landry

    Parks Program Officer, Natural Environment & Horticulture, Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division, City of Toronto

    Patricia has been working with the City of Toronto for 32 years. For 13 years, she worked as the Foreperson at Riverdale Farm which involved overseeing the farm operations, and educational programs. She worked as a full-time gardener briefly before landing in her current role, running educational outreach programs, the City of Toronto garden contest, providing support to local community greening efforts in our parks and ravines.  She is the divisional rep for the West Nile Virus Committee, and is the city-wide inspector for naturalized gardens.   

    Patricia was the co-lead on the "Pollinator Protection Strategy" for the City of Toronto. Patricia has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, specialized in Wildlife Biology, with a minor in Zoology. She has 3 children, 28, 26 and 21 and in her spare time, enjoys coaching, training and competing in Ironman triathlons, across North America.

    Jonathan Johnson

    Sr. Environmental Coordinator, Urban Biologist, City of Dallas

    Brett Johnson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University, and an MS from Texas Tech University.  After spending almost 12 years with Texas Parks and Wildlife as an Urban Wildlife Biologist, he started with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department as the Sr. Environmental Coordinator/Urban Biologist.  In this capacity he oversees the natural resource management issues and raise the environmental profile of the department.  This includes feral hog trapping operations, prairie management, pollinator conservation, biological surveys, and outdoor/nature based outreach efforts.

    Doug Wolter

    Horticulture Supervisor, St. Louis County Parks and Recreation

    Doug Wolter is the Horticulture Supervisor at St. Louis County Parks & Recreation. Doug has been with the county for nearly 40 years.  During his time with Parks, Doug has initiated several efforts to protect pollinators and created a network made up local garden centers and businesses all working together to inform the public. Doug also founded the Children’s Garden Club program that has now entered its 20th year. It is a monthly program to introduce children to gardening. Doug is passionate about educating people about the benefits and importance of gardening.

  • Insider Tips: Becoming a CPRP!

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Looking to advance in your career? This free webinar will show you how easy it is to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)!

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    Looking to advance in your career? This free webinar will show you how easy it is to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), explain the career benefits of continuing education and provide insider tips from the CPRP/CPRE Committee Chair on the benefits of this certification. You will also learn how to get the CPRP Prep Course for free ($250 value) by applying by February 28, 2019. You will leave this webinar feeling confident and ready to achieve the CPRP certification.

    Molly Sullivan

    Certification Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Molly Sullivan, is the Certification Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. In this role Molly provides assistance to professionals who are currently maintaining their professional certification, or seeking to obtain certification.  Molly received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from George Mason University. She has been working for and volunteering with historical and agricultural parks in Northern Virginia for most of her life. Molly currently volunteers as an adult leader for the Hoofers and Heifers 4-H Club, out of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia, furthering her passion for educating youth and the public about agricultural traditions.

    Jill Geller, CPRE

    Executive Director, Johnson County Park & Recreation District

    Jill Geller has been employed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) in Johnson County, Kansas for more than 30 years.  She currently serves as the agency’s Executive Director.

    Jill attended the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.  Prior to her role as Executive Director, Jill served in numerous capacities at JCPRD.  Always dedicated to the promotion of health and wellness, she previously led the agency’s wellness department, served as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge and was JCPRD’s Superintendent of Recreation.

    Jill served as the recreation branch chair, treasurer, and president of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) and, in 2017, was recognized as KRPA’s Distinguished Fellow.  She is a member of the Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and is active at the national level as the Chair of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certification Committee and as a member of the National Certification Board.  Jill is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive.

    As JCPRD’s Executive Director, Jill leads an agency serving a community of nearly 600,000.  JCPRD employs more than 200 full-time and 1,500 part-time employees, manages approximately 10,000 acres, welcomes more than 7.8 million visitors to its parks each year, and hosts more than 2.5 million recreation program participations.  In 2017, JCPRD was the recipient of the prestigious National Gold Medal Award.

    In her spare time, Jill loves long-distance walking, short-distance running J, visiting area parks and trails, and spending time with her husband and three sons.

  • The ADA is 27 Years Old in 2019… Are You Celebrating Yet?

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Recorded On: 01/10/2019

    In this ever-changing federal environment, parks and recreation staffs wonder how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has changed. This webinar will answer questions about accessibility that remain and how decisions are made regarding the trends in accessibility.

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    In this ever-changing federal environment, parks and recreation staffs wonder how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has changed. What is the perspective of the US Attorney General regarding the ADA? Are new regulations being issued? Has enforcement ground to a halt? What plans exist, if any, for addressing fitness machine access and single-rider golf cars? What is the status of rulemaking on trails, campsites, beaches, and picnic areas? Are website standards ever going to be issued? What enforcement trends apply to making recreation programs accessible? These and other topics will be reviewed in this webinar.

    John McGovern

    President, Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC

    McGovern has spoken about access and inclusion at training events in 43 states. He is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the application of the ADA to public parks and recreation. McGovern is the President of Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC (RAC), established in 2008. RAC is one of the companies under the umbrella of W-T Engineering, one of the premier engineering firms in Illinois. RAC advises local parks and recreation agencies, cities, counties, states, and private entities regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to existing buildings and sites, new buildings and sites, and inclusive recreation support.

  • Marketing and Communications: Implementation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.4 credits offered

    Through this course you will form an understanding of the various development and distribution channels and an overview of creative strategy that are available to meet your marketing and agency needs.

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    Part of NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate, this implementation course takes a deeper dive into a part of the strategic marketing plan describing tactical directions for marketing. Through this course you will form an understanding of the various development and distribution channels and an overview of creative strategy that are available to meet your marketing and agency needs. You will be able to take away from this course a strategy and a toolkit for tactically delivering your message. 

  • Marketing and Communications: Evaluation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.2 credits offered

    Through this course you will form an understanding of methods for evaluating, reporting, and improving marketing and communication at your agency.

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     An extremely important step to the marketing and communications cycle is closing the loop by reporting on results based on planned objectives. By defining key performance indicators that appropriately measure marketing reach, you will be able to provide the necessary data to inform future marketing and agency practices. Part of NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate, this course will look at defining key performance indicators mapped to the 4Ps of marketing that align with defined predefined expectations. The course also describes and provides thought exercises on how to close the marketing cycle with proper evaluation and reporting. 

  • Branding Parks & Rec: How to Get Your Entire Staff to Be Brand Ambassadors

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/13/2018

    It can’t just be the marketing department’s job to make sure your parks department’s brand, identity and vision are portrayed consistently. Everyone on staff has to represent what you stand for in a consistent way.

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    It can’t just be the marketing department’s job to make sure your parks department’s brand, identity and vision are portrayed consistently. Everyone on staff has to represent what you stand for in a consistent way. Using Apex Park and Recreation District as a successful case study, we will explore why and how they updated their agency’s identity, brand messaging and website, and how they got the whole staff to buy-in. You will walk away from this webinar with the knowledge and confidence you need to get your entire department on the same page when it comes to verbally and visually representing your agency to your community, press and public officials.

    Matt Brubaker

    Marketing Director, National Recreation and Park Association

    Matt Brubaker has been with NRPA since 2013 and is currently the Director of Marketing. Matt is responsible for managing NRPA’s brand and visual identity, developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategic marketing campaigns, raising awareness for NRPA’s professional offerings and working in tandem with NRPA’s award-winning marketing, communications and magazine team. He manages the promotion of NRPA’s Annual Conference, membership recruitment, professional development, certification, research and other initiatives. Matt is also an avid outdoorsman, dog lover and a proud Hokie.

    Roxanne Sutton

    Director of Communications, National Recreation and Park Association

    Roxanne Sutton is the Director of Communications at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Her responsibilities include overseeing social media strategy and content development and promoting the award-winning work of our partnerships and business development team. She is also the host of NRPA’s podcast, Open Space Radio. In her role, Roxanne is fortunate to communicate and work directly with many NRPA members to promote new opportunities and showcase the great work local parks and recreation are doing in their communities. Prior to her role at NRPA, she worked at a PR firm in D.C. on a multitude of accounts ranging from energy clients to non-profits. She graduated with honors and recognition from George Mason University with her bachelors in Communication specializing in Public Relations. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta and recipient of the Excellence in Communication Award.

    Katie Groke Ellis

    Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach, Apex Park and Recreation District

    Katie Groke Ellis is currently the Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach at the Apex Park and Recreation District. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at SE2 and Director of Communications and Marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. She is the former National Program Manager at The White House Project and has a background in recruiting and training women to run for office, managing comprehensive communications campaigns and organizing the community to take action. A graduate of the University of Wyoming where she played on a soccer scholarship, Katie has worked with the NCAA, Choice USA, Springboard Enterprises and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Katie has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Katie also sits on the Board of Directors for the Arvada West High School Foundation, the Arvada Vitality Alliance and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.