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  • Community Awareness: Elevating Parks and Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/08/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    How can we turn the increased public appreciation of parks into focused public action that supports the park and recreation field? Join this webinar to learn how you can leverage the force of public support to maximize the critical role parks and recreation plays in your community.

    The secret is out: the park and recreation profession is essential to the well-being of communities everywhere. More and more, the public is realizing how park and recreation facilities tangibly reflect the quality of life in their communities. How can we turn this increased public appreciation of parks into focused public action in support of the park and recreation field? Now is the time to take part in this all-encompassing awareness campaign to achieve this goal. Participate in this webinar to learn how you can leverage the force of public support to maximize the critical role parks and recreation plays in your community.

    Join NRPA’s Elvis Cordova, vice president of public policy and advocacy, and Gina Cohen, vice president of communications/chief marketing officer, with special guests on July 8 at 2 p.m. EDT for a discussion on capturing and advancing public investment for parks and recreation.


    Topics will include:

    • How to leverage your department’s pandemic response in a post-pandemic world.
    • What advocacy strategies and tactics will advance the cause.
    • Why incorporating diversity and inclusion programs into your messaging will grow support and sustain your efforts.
    • How to use broadcast, print and social media to establish and promote the essential need of parks and recreation. 

     

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how to work with media to best deliver your message and expand your brand.
    2. Learn how to write an effective “Letter to the Editor.”
    3. Discuss how to maximize advocacy platforms that will work for your agency and how working with community partners and new coalitions will enhance your position. 


    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.

    Elvis Cordova (he/him)

    Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Recreation and Park Association

    Elvis Cordova is the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which is the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.  Mr. Cordova leads NRPA’s federal policymaking initiatives by providing strategic planning for enhancing community-based and capacity building programs, and stakeholder engagement to advance parks, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Mr. Cordova is a seasoned executive with over a decade of experience developing and implementing solutions for some of the most significant and high-profile challenges facing the U.S. public sector.  He has a unique combination of political, legal, economic, and international expertise.  He is a proven strategist and manager, adept at building coalitions and communicating effectively to diverse stakeholders.  He has built an intimate knowledge of the workings of the U.S. government and has developed strong relationships with a range of policymakers in key markets around the world. 

    In 2012, Mr. Cordova was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Cordova served in various leadership roles at USDA, including Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary.  He oversaw food labeling programs (including organic and biotechnology), international trade regulations, research & educational grant programs, nutrition programs, commodity procurement, plant & animal health regulations, process verification programs, conservation programs, and the expansion of local and regional food systems.  He served on the White Task Force for Puerto Rico, focusing on building public-private partnerships to aid in the economic recovery efforts for the island.  Mr. Cordova entered the federal government a Presidential Management Fellow at the Farm Credit Administration and at the U.S. Department of Energy where his work encompassed alternative energy, economic development, financial services, and congressional affairs. Outside of the federal government, he served as a consultant for the United Nations where he focused on trade development strategies for emerging markets in Southeast Asia.  He also served as Vice President of Public Relations at Tzolkin Media Inc., and Director for Latin American programs at the Self Reliance Foundation.  Mr. Cordova began his career as a financial analyst at the Harvard Management Company.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.  He is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship and holds various professional certificates from Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (France), and Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Brazil). 
     
    In his personal time, Mr. Cordova works with various national leadership organizations to create and expand opportunities for diverse communities in the Washington, D.C. area.  He has previously served on the Executive Board of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (now known as Prospanica).  He has served as a senior advisor for the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program.  He is a graduate of Leadership Alexandria, which is an executive-level training program in the national capital area, as well as a graduate of the Political Leaders Program from the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia.  He is an alumnus of Project Interchange, which is an international leadership program of the American Jewish Committee and an alumnus of the Hispanic Leaders Program, a professional development program organized by the Foreign Ministry of Spain. Mr. Cordova presently lives with his family in Alexandria, VA and has previously lived in Latin America and Europe.  His language capabilities include Spanish, Portuguese, and French. 

    Gina Cohen (she/her)

    Vice President of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer

    National Recreation and Park Association

  • 2021 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 7 Product(s)

    Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

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    Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials. NRPA's free Premier webinar series addresses timely and relevant topics within the park and recreation field. The webinars are free to our premier members. The Premier Webinar series occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. EST/EDT.


    2021 Schedule

    Environmental Maintenance: Global Impact and Your Agency*
    January 14, 2021
    Building the Movement                                        
    July 8, 2021
    Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture
    February 11, 2021
    Urban & Rural Cities Hot Topic    
    August 12, 2021 
    Intentionality in Aquatics — Dodge, Dip, Duck and Dodge*
    March 11, 2021
    Health & Wellness
    September 9, 2021
    How to Advocate for Your Agency and Federal Relief Funding
    April 8, 2021 
    Equity & Inclusion*
    October 14, 2021
    Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces*
    May 13, 2021
    Research
    November 18, 2021
    Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses
    June 10, 2021
    Aquatics*
    December 9, 2021

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • The Sum of Us: A Conversation with Author Heather McGhee and Dr. Gail C. Christopher

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/01/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    (Encore Broadcast) Join Dr. Gail C. Christopher and daughter, author Heather McGhee for a stirring conversation on the impacts of systemic racism seen in the distribution of parks, equitable access to green space, and support for outdoor learning opportunities. Two of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offer a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.

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                                                 This content originally aired through the Children and Nature Network Program on June 10, 2021. Registering through NRPA will allow you to view this one-time encore broadcast at the time listed. 

    What might racial healing look like for the movement to connect children and nature? Join Dr. Gail C. Christopher and daughter, author Heather McGhee for a stirring conversation on the impacts of systemic racism seen in the distribution of parks, equitable access to green space, and support for outdoor learning opportunities. Two of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offer a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.


    Speakers:

    Heather McGhee

    A renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together reveal the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone. McGhee holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She is the Chair of the Board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, and serves on multiple other boards of trustees, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Demos.

    Dr. Gail C. Christopher

    Dr. Gail C. Christopher is an award-winning change agent widely recognized for designing holistic strategies for social change. She is the former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and past Executive Director of The Institute for Government Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America, an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. TRHT evolved from the decade long WKKF America Healing, racial equity and racial healing initiative. In 2017, Dr. Christopher launched the Maryland-based Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health, a Fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Children & Nature Network.

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    This Children and Nature Network program is supported by the National Recreation and Park Association, National Park Service RTCA, and PlayCore. With additional support from Blue Sky Funders Forum, Casey Family Programs, National League of Cities, REI, and Youth Outside.

    This program will not be recorded for public distribution or viewing on demand and is only available in real time. Pre-registration is required.

  • Pollinator Awareness and Sustainability in Your Community

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Learn how you can join and leverage NRPA’s Parks for Pollinator BioBlitz to engage your community in a virtual or in-person community science campaign that educates about the natural world around us.

    Learn how you can join and leverage NRPA’s Parks for Pollinator BioBlitz to engage your community in a virtual or in-person community science campaign that educates about the natural world around us. In this webinar, you will find out how you can capitalize on your community’s findings, in terms of the plants and pollinator species identified, to help you and your park’s team better understand and actively protect biodiversity and advance sustainability efforts. Hear park professionals explain how they hosted their BioBlitz campaign; educated their communities; and leveraged the experience to advance efforts to protect pollinators, native habitats and biodiversity in their communities.  

    Tamara Aquino, CPRP (she/her/hers)

    Lake Highlands North Recreation Center Supervisor

    City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department

    Tamara Aquino Cespedes currently serves the Dallas Park and Rec department as Supervisor III for Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. As a first-generation college student, she graduated with a Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and earned her CPRP certification back in 2019. Since starting her recreation profession back in City of College Station, her main focus in programming is creating equitable access for youth. She enjoys designing curriculum and training others to lead activities that give kids an opportunity to do things they haven't done before. Her favorite city-wide recreation programs to be involved in are Outdoor Adventures and Late Teen Night. She is grateful for her team, her family, and the Parks and Rec show.

    Betty Blockinger (she/her/hers)

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Columbus Recreation & Parks Department

    Betty Blockinger is the Volunteer Services Manager with Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. She has 10+ years of volunteer and non-profit management experience. She oversees Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s volunteer program that include 15,000+  volunteers who annually plant trees, coach youth sports, mentor teens and much more.  She is passionate about placing volunteers in safe and exciting service projects throughout the city of Columbus.

    Rosalie Hendon (she/her/hers)

    Environmental Planner

    Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

    Rosalie Hendon is an environmental planner for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. She manages natural resource projects on city parkland—everything from forests to prairies. Hendon holds two master degrees from the Ohio State University in both public administration and natural resources. An advocate of data-driven approaches to conservation work, Hendon is frequently surveying species in Columbus parks to determine the effects of habitat restoration. She believes local government has a critical role to play in environmental policy.

    Brett Johnson (he/him/his)

    Senior Environmental Coordinator and Urban Biologist

    City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department

    Brett Johnson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, with 17 years experience in urban base natural resource management. After about 12 years with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as an Urban Wildlife Biologist, he moved into his current position as the Urban Biologist for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, where he has been for the last 5 years. With the city, he oversees the feral hog trapping program, conservation outreach, prairie management, the Bird City Texas efforts, and the overall pollinator conservation “program”. Outside of work, he is very involved in scouts as an Assistant Scoutmaster, risk management chair, and he sits on the local council’s conservation committee. His interest in conservation started in the Boy Scouts, where he earned his Eagle Scout. He has a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M and an MS from Texas Tech University.

    Michele White (she/her/hers)

    Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Michele White is a program manager for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), whose work is centered in how parks advance conservation, sustainability and resiliency for communities across the country.  She specifically manages the Parks for Pollinators campaign, focused on raising public awareness of the current pollinator crisis by encouraging local action and advancing pollinator health and sustainable habitat through the work of park and recreation professionals and their communities.  She has a B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM).  She is passionate about the connection of sustainably managed open space and their support of healthy ecosystems, especially pollinators.  

  • Transgender Inclusion in Sports: 101

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    **This webinar recording is available through June 30, 2020** Participate in this two-hour webinar to learn strategies to break down the barriers for including transgender athletes in sports programs. This webinar will deconstruct the myths around transgender athletes, share the basics of transgender policies in sports, and provide tools to communicate why inclusion of transgender people is important to make sure that sports remain safe and inclusive for all.

    Join NRPA as we host this two-hour webinar with Athlete Ally, an organization that works to create LGBTQI+ inclusive athletic environments and to mobilize athletes, teams and leagues to use their platform to champion equality. Hear from Chris Mosier, founder of Transathlete.com and the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Trials; Anne Lieberman, the director of policy and programs at Athlete Ally and three-time national Muay Thai champion fighter and coach; and Tiff Cunin, NRPA's senior program manager for health, for a webinar on transgender inclusion in sports.  Learn ways to break down the barriers that have systemically excluded an entire community of people from participating in sports.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Deconstruct myths around transgender athletes.
    2. Understand the basics of transgender policies in sports.
    3. Gain tools to communicate why transgender inclusion is important to make sure sports remain safe and inclusive for all.


    This educational webinar is part of NRPA’s offerings to teach park and recreation professionals about LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/non-binary, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, 2-spirit, etc.) identities. View the Gender Unicorn webinar and stay tuned for more diversity, equity and inclusion offerings!


    Registrants can register for OPTIONAL 0.2 CEU for this session. In order to gain credit, you must register for the webinar by clicking "Register" above. From there you will have the option to register separately for the CEU. You must register for both in order to attend and receive CEU. Registrants who simply wish to view the webinar do not need to register for and purchase the optional CEU.


    Please note: This archived webinar recording will be available through the end of June 2021.

    Anne Lieberman (they/them)

    Director of Policy and Programs

    Athlete Ally

    Anne Lieberman (they/them) is a social justice strategist, sport policy wonk and lifelong athlete. Anne is the Director of Policy and Programs for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization working to dismantle the structures of oppression that isolate, exclude and endanger LGBTQI+ people in sport. Anne has over a decade of experience in advancing LGBTQI+ rights and gender equity globally, including leading grantmaking and advocacy efforts in South and Southeast Asia for American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and two years in Thailand on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting research on gender and sexuality in Muay Thai. Previously, Anne worked as a researcher for the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP) and was awarded a Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship. Anne holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Human Rights and a B.A. in African and African American Studies and Women's Studies from Fordham University. Anne is a three-time national champion Muay Thai Fighter and coach and heads USA Muay Thai’s Gender Equality Commission.

    Chris Mosier (he/him)

    Athlete, Coach, and Founder of TransAthlete.com

    Chris Mosier (he/him) is a trailblazing athlete, coach, and the founder of TransAthlete.com. In 2020, he made history by becoming the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Trials in the gender with which they identify. Prior to that, in 2015 he became the first openly trans man to make a Men's US National Team. Following the national championship race, he was instrumental in getting the International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes changed, and in June 2016 he became the first trans athlete to compete in a world championship race under the new rules. He has been called "the man who changed the Olympics" by the BBC and New York Magazine. Chris is a six-time member of Team USA, representing the United States in the sprint triathlon and the short course and long course duathlon, a two-time Men's National Champion, and a Men's All-American. Chris has made it his life’s work to create more inclusive environments in athletics for LGBTQI+ athletes, coaches, and fans, and he consults with teams, leagues, and organizations on policies and better practices with the mission of making sport a place where all people can feel like they belong. 

    Tiff Cunin (they/them) (Moderator)

    Senior Program Manager, Health and Wellness Team

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Tiff Cunin (they/them) is the Senior Program Manager on the Health and Wellness Team at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where they manage various portfolios of work including healthy aging in parks and youth mentoring. They have more than 10 years of experience in physical activity and public health and are passionate about bridging innovative interdisciplinary approaches with public health practice to optimize health and well-being for our most vulnerable populations through physical activity, recreation, and play.

    Tiff is also a PhD student in the Translational Health Sciences program at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science. Their research is focused on knowledge translation that supports the development and implementation of evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes among transgender and gender non-binary older adults.

    Additionally, they are an active member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s), LGBTQ+ Health Caucus, GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality), and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

    Tiff is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to backpack, surf, snowboard, hike, camp and more. Tiff has lived all over the world, but currently calls Silver Spring, MD home, where they live with their partner and two cat children, Hobie and Sprinkles. 

  • The History of Equity in Parks and Recreation

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Decisions made throughout the history of the United States have shaped the inequities in park access and quality we see today. Join this webinar to learn about the decisions that led to these inequities and how they shaped the parks movement as well as how this history impacts local efforts to address systemic inequities.

    One in three people in the United States lack access to a high-quality park within a half-mile of their home; for some, this was done intentionally. Decisions made throughout the history of the United States created the inequities  in park access and quality that we see today. From the consequences of the first Europeans settling on Indigenous lands to the intentional impacts by land-use professionals in the twentieth century to segregate cities, this webinar will explore U.S. history and the evolution of parks and recreation. Before park and recreation professionals can address these inequities, we must understand the history that created them. This webinar will provide a starting point for understanding this history on a national and local level.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how white supremacy and systemic racism impacted the parks movement.
    2. Understand how today’s inequities were created by decisions made throughout U.S. history.
    3. Learn how this history impacts local efforts to address systemic inequities.


    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.

    Brandi Peacher (she/her)

    Director of Project Management

    Lexington, KY Office of the Mayor

    Brandi Peacher is the Director of Project Management in the Office of the Mayor with the City of Lexington, KY.  Peacher obtained a master’s in architecture from the University of Kentucky. Her design, planning, and development career has included work on a variety of commercial, residential, and public projects in Chicago, Dubai, and Lexington. Today, Peacher oversees a group of public space projects under the Town Branch Commons umbrella.  This signature project will follow the historic path of Town Branch, Lexington’s original water source, link downtown parks, incorporate green infrastructure, and provide an enhanced multi-modal transportation network.  

    Michelle Kosieniak (she/her)

    Superintendent of Planning and Design

    Lexington, KY Parks and Recreation

    Michelle Kosieniak is the Superintendent of Planning and Design at Parks and Recreation in Lexington Kentucky. Upon completion of a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky, Kosieniak joined Parks and Recreation as a park designer. She has dedicated 25 years to community engagement while planning, designing and promoting stewardship at over 100 parks in Lexington. Kosieniak and her staff execute dozens of capital projects each year such as replacing the playground at Charles Young Park. One of Lexington’s oldest, this park has been a social center for a diverse, culturally rich, urban neighborhood since 1930. 

    Jared Mummert (he/him)

    Park Access Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Park Access Program Manager at NRPA and has been with the organization for 3.5 years. At NRPA, Jared has led work on NRPA’s Community Engagement Resource Guide, Equity in Parks and Recreation story map and Resilient Park Access grant program. With a B.S. in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, Jared is dedicated to environmental justice issues and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Administration at George Mason University. 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 is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.

  • Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) provides opportunities for free education. Join this webinar to learn more about EMI’s variety of training topics as well as how to connect to the free distance learning and in-person learning opportunities provided through EMI and how to access other FEMA resources.

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    The past year has demonstrated the necessity of strong emergency preparedness skills in unprecedented ways regardless of the type of challenge, whether man-made or natural. With the continued impacts of climate change and constant challenges facing our communities — it’s best to be prepared. This webinar will provide an opportunity for park and recreation professionals to become familiar with the free learning opportunities provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute (EMI). EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution that provides distance and classroom training to federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, public and private-sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training. Offerings cover issues around natural resource management as well as pre-planning, mitigation and response efforts that range in focus from community emergency management training to organizational management training and steps for applying to FEMA for funding. 


    Learning Objectives 
    Following this session, learners will be able to: 

    1. Become familiar with FEMA’s EMI distance and classroom training programs. 
    2. Learn how to connect with the free learning opportunities provided by EMI.


    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.

    Michael Sharon (he/him/his)

    Deputy Superintendent | Emergency Management Institute | National Preparedness Directorate

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Michael Sharon is the Deputy Superintendent at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD. EMI is part of FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate (NPD). He was previously the Federal Preparedness Coordinator and National Preparedness Division Director at FEMA Region III, the Operations Planning Branch Chief, and Regional Integration Branch Chief.  Mike is a career emergency manager who also held positions at the U.S Department of State, Maryland Department of the Environment, and Maryland Emergency Management Agency.  Mike directly supports FEMA’s disaster response efforts as Chief of the National Response Coordination Center’s Gold Team and also as a liaison to the U.S. Secret Service during special security events.

    Michele White (she/her/hers) (Moderator)

    Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Michele White is a program manager for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) whose work is centered in how parks advance conservation, sustainability, and resiliency for communities across the country.  She has a B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM).  She is passionate about the connection of sustainably managed open space and their support of healthy and resilient communities.  

  • (OPTIONAL) CEU Credit for Transgender Inclusion in Sports: 101

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Please purchase this product in order to gain the optional CEU credit for the webinar Transgender Inclusion in Sports: 101.

    Please purchase this product in order to gain the OPTIONAL 0.2 CEU credit for the webinar Transgender Inclusion in Sports: 101. In addition to this purchase, you must also register for the webinar here in order to view the live session/archived recording. 

    Registrants who simply wish to view the webinar do not need to register for the optional CEU. You may register for the webinar without CEU for free here.

  • The Gender Unicorn? Tell Me More!

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Our communities consist of people with diverse sexual and gender identities. This webinar will provide a foundation for park and recreational professionals to learn more about people with these identities and will provide a springboard for conversation about strategies to ensure the voices and experiences of those with these identities are at the table and heard with regard to parks and recreation.

    This educational webinar is designed to teach park and recreation professionals about LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/non-binary, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, 2-spirit, etc.) identities, and is the start of many DEI offerings to come! The webinar offers park and recreation professionals with an opportunity to learn about the history of LGBTQIA2S+ people in the United States and how their experiences have helped to shape today’s work for equity and inclusion in society. Join us for this engaging webinar in which our speakers will make the connections between identities and embodied experiences, and identify structures that shape our experience of gender, sexuality, class, race, ability, ethnicity, etc. In addition, participants will learn about the evolution of terminology, pivotal events and timelines, and contemporary topics related to ensuring fair, just and equitable inclusion of LGBTQIA2S+ people in the United States.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand basic LGBTQIA2S+ history. 
    2. Explain the basic social construction of sex, gender and sexuality.
    3. Describe intersectionality from an LGBTQIA2S+ perspective.


    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.

    ​Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD (she/her/hers)

    Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, developed a love of the outdoors first through her grandmother’s yard and then exploring city parks with her family in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  Now a resident of Washington DC and mom of two, she is the VP for Education & Chief Equity Officer at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). 

    She started her career as an elementary school Health and PE teacher in DC Public Schools and after receiving graduate degrees in Health Education and Sociology, has worked in various positions that placed her at the intersections of health, equity and the outdoors.  Most recently, as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Lead for NatureBridge, and prior to that she held positions as the Program Director for Place-based Initiatives at the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Program Specialist at DC Department of Health and (Health) Recreation Specialist at both Montgomery County and DC Departments of Recreation.

    Autumn is a connector- actively seeking out ways to build bridges between seemingly disparate people, opportunities and ideas.  And if you really want to see a sparkle in her eye, start a conversation on all things Marvel, Octavia Butler or Star Trek: The Next Generation.  

    Tiff Cunin (they/them)

    Senior Program Manager, Health and Wellness Team

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Tiff Cunin (they/them) is the Senior Program Manager on the Health and Wellness Team at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where they manage various portfolios of work including healthy aging in parks and youth mentoring. They have more than 10 years of experience in physical activity and public health and are passionate about bridging innovative interdisciplinary approaches with public health practice to optimize health and well-being for our most vulnerable populations through physical activity, recreation, and play.

    Tiff is also a PhD student in the Translational Health Sciences program at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science. Their research is focused on knowledge translation that supports the development and implementation of evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes among transgender and gender non-binary older adults.

    Additionally, they are an active member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s), LGBTQ+ Health Caucus, GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality), and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

    Tiff is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to backpack, surf, snowboard, hike, camp and more. Tiff has lived all over the world, but currently calls Silver Spring, MD home, where they live with their partner and two cat children, Hobie and Sprinkles. 

  • How to Tell #OurParkAndRecStory: Storytelling Through Video

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    This July’s Park and Recreation Month theme is “Our Park and Recreation Story.” Kick things off by participating in this free learning opportunity to gain the skills needed to effectively interview community members, capture their stories and share them through compelling video. Join Filmmaker Casey Stein as he shares the basics of storytelling, tips for interviewing community members on camera, and best practices for capturing compelling video to amplify your park and recreation story.

    This July’s Park and Recreation Month theme is “Our Park and Recreation Story.” To kick things off we’re offering this free learning opportunity that will give park and recreation professionals the skills needed to effectively interview community members, capture their stories and share them through compelling video. Join Casey Stein — a filmmaker who has directed projects for Nike, The New York Times, IBM, American Express, David Bowie and more — as he shares the basics of storytelling, tips for how to interview members of your community on camera, and best practices for capturing compelling video you can use to help amplify the stories that show the impact parks and recreation has in your community.

    By attending the live webinar event, you are eligible to win one of six GoPro prize packs to help film your own “Our Park and Recreation Story” video!



    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.

    Casey Stein (he/him/his)

    Filmmaker

    Casey Stein is a Washington, D.C., born, New York-educated and Brooklyn-based director. His films and interactive experiences have screened around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and Forum Des Images. You can check out his work here: https://www.caseystein.com/

    Cort Jones (he/him/his) (Moderator)

    Communications Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Cort Jones is the communications manager for the National Recreation and Park Association and co-host of Open Space Radio. He manages NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month campaign, a month-long celebration of the essential work of park and recreation professionals. He enjoys connecting with NRPA members and helping them share their stories in order to elevate their good work.