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  • 2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 1 Product(s)

    Subscribe to the 2020 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2020 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

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    Subscribe to the 2020 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2020 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 p.m. ET.


    2020 Schedule

    Medical Marijuana/CBD: An ADA Compliance Perspective *
    January 9, 2020 2:00pm ET
    NRPA’s Strategic Agenda for Conservation, Health & Park Access *
    July 9, 2020 2:00pm ET
    How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?
    February 13, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Social Equity Co-Exist?
    August 13, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Parks & Recreation Hot Topic - TBD
    March 12, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Parks & Recreation Hot Topic - TBD
    September 10, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Hiring the Homeless: Boise Parks and Recreation’s Successful Work Program *
    April 9, 2020 2:00pm ET 
    Risk Management Around Playgrounds *
    October 8, 2020 2:00pm ET 
    Economic Impact of Parks
    May 7, 2020 2:00pm ET
    NRPA Research Update
    November 12, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Parks & Recreation Hot Topic - TBD
    June 11, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Email, Ethics and Engagement *
    December 10, 2020 2:00pm ET

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • 2019 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 13 Product(s)

    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2019 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

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    Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2019 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 p.m. ET.


    2019 Schedule

    The ADA is 27 Years Old in 2019... Are you Celebrating Yet?
    January 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Best Practices for Customer Experience Surveys
    July 11, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation
    February 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Recycling is NOT Dead - How Your Agency Can Recycle Smarter Today
    August 8, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Innovation Lab: The Day After Tomorrow: Marking Parks Climate Resilient *
    March 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Aquatics - Preparing for 2020 Summer Staff * 
    September 12, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Park Champions: Bring Capitol Hill to a Park Near You
    April 11, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Imagine Your Park Without Water - Protecting and Conserving Water Resources
    October 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
    Marketing and Public Relations Trends
    May 9, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Annual Review of Research Findings
    November 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
    LGBTQ/Parks for Inclusion *
    June 13, 2019 2:00pm ET
    Playgrounds - From Planning to Opening Day and Beyond *
    December 12, 2019 2:00pm ET

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • What is a Universal Playground and How Do I Get One?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Based on a case study from the Oak Brook Park District, learn the “ins and outs” of adding a Universal Playground to your agency.

    The Sandlot, A universal playground, was a $1 million project completed in 2018 at the Oak Brook Park District, in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Sandlot was designed specifically to serve all community members, regardless of age or ability. This one of a kind playground removes both physical and social barriers so all individuals can play side by side with their peers and family members. Executive Director, Laure Kosey, will walk through the project phases, lessons learned, and discuss the “ins and outs” of adding a Universal Playground to your agency.

    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.

    Bob Johnson

    Deputy Director, Oak Brook Park District

  • How to Prevent Child Abuse at Your Facility: Lessons Learned

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join Darrell Walker and Kurt Knop as they share their experiences and what they learned after case of child abuse occurred at their aquatics facility. You will also take away risk management information to protect your patrons and yourselves.

    One thing is certain when it comes to risk management – there is no way to 100% prevent bad things from happening, no matter how careful you are. So how do you deal with the unimaginable when it actually happens? In this webinar, a presentation that has been revamped from a 2019 NRPA Conference session, Darrell Walker and Kurt Knop will tell their story and shed some light on how to keep your aquatics facility and guests safe. In the second of NRPA's Aquatics quarterly webinars, it's part case study, part demonstration, part teachable moment, and part Q&A session. The speakers will also provide references and advice to viewers.

    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.

    Kurt Knop

    President & Executive Director, Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

    Darrell Walker

    Recreation Manager, City of Pasadena

    Mr. Walker has more than 20 years of experience being a CPR and First Aid Instructor. Presently, he works as Recreation Manager for the City of Pasadena and oversees 150 employees, which included the supervision of aquatics programming for more than 29 years. Previously he has been employed by the cities of Monrovia and San Bernardino supervising their aquatic programs as well. He known in the aquatics profession throughout Southern California because of his safety records of never having any major incidents at the pools sites he supervised.  He’s known as an excellent trainer and has trained more than 5000 individuals in CPR and First Aid over the past years and will served as the Chair of NRPA AFO Community this year and member of Rose Bowl Aquatic Center Board (RBAC).

    Tim Unger

    Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

  • NRPA Research: Making the Case

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This session will review the key findings of this year’s reports; including, the NRPA Agency Performance Review, Engagement with Parks report and the Farmers Market report. The presenters also will highlight three new NRPA research resources: the Green Infrastructure Framework, NRPA Park Check and the Customer Feedback Surveys guide.

    The NRPA Research Team focuses its energy on creating data resources and insights that help park and recreation professionals be more productive and give them the ability to “Make the Case” for greater and more steady funding. This session will review the key findings of 2019’s NRPA reports; including, the NRPA Agency Performance Review, Engagement with Parks report and the Farmers Market report. Further, the webinar will highlight three new NRPA Research resources: the Green Infrastructure Framework, NRPA Park Check and the Customer Feedback Surveys guide.

    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.

    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology. Kevin 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. Kevin also guides the development of innovative in-person and online educational offerings for professionals that advance parks and recreation in their communities. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

    Kevin 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. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

    Melissa May

    Senior Research Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Melissa came to the NRPA research team in 2015 with a background in environmental planning, GIS, and flood plain analysis. At NRPA, Melissa helps with producing surveys and reports, as well as, creating interactive graphics that accompany all studies and poll results, including the annual Field Report, NRPA Park Pulse, and the Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey.


  • NRPA’s Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework – An online resource for measuring benefits in local parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Use NRPA’s new online toolkit to collect data on the benefits of green infrastructure in parks.

    This webinar will introduce NRPA’s new online toolkit for measuring the many benefits of green infrastructure in local parks.  From reductions in stormwater flooding, to enhanced physical and mental health benefits for residents, green infrastructure can hold many powerful benefits for communities, even when projects are done at a smaller scale.  Join NRPA’s Kevin Brady, Senior Evaluation Manager, and Wende David, Senior Conservation Manager, as they present this online resource, and show you how to apply it to your own agency’s projects.

    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.

    Kevin Brady

    Senior Evaluation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin is in charge of measuring the quality and impact of NRPA’s programs aiming to strengthen conservation, community health, and social equity nationwide.

    With 10 years of experience evaluating nonprofit programs in the D.C. area, Kevin is a member of the American Evaluation Association, holds a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Syracuse University.  Prior to working at NRPA, Kevin led evaluation for the Partnership for Public Service. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and worked on the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in and around New Orleans. 

    Wende David

    Senior Conservation Program Manager, NRPA

    Wende David is the Senior Conservation Program Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) where she leads its Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) portfolio.  Wende works to improve environmental and social outcomes in communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure projects and partnerships within parks. 

    Wende holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan and is currently interested in leveraging solutions at the intersection of climate resilience, social equity, and health.  

    Since she started in March 2018, Wende has helped secure over $1M in program funding including a major federal grant that helped develop a new health program focus for NRPA. Wende provided strategic direction around the development of NRPA’s climate resilience initiatives and is helping to establish NRPA as a though-leader in this space through nation-wide convenings, professional networks and articles.  As an experienced non-profit leader with over 20 years of practice in the environmental field, Wende has successfully overseen community outreach programs and fundraising campaigns, helped set the strategic direction for a variety of community-based organizations, and served in a leadership capacity with a variety of volunteer groups. Wende holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan and is currently interested in leveraging solutions at the intersection of climate resilience, social equity, and health.

    Andrew White, PLA, ASLA

    Director of Park Visioning, Park Pride

    As a professional landscape architect, Andrew has over ten years of experience in both private and public landscape design and project management. Since joining Park Pride in 2016, Andrew has engaged with numerous community groups to create long-term vision plans for their neighborhood parks. He has also managed capital improvement projects ranging in scale from small pollinator gardens to entirely new parks. Recently, Andrew managed the design and construction of Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park on behalf of a large and diverse group of project stakeholders. He believes in the power of parks to help the environment, strengthen communities, and increase quality of life for people everywhere.

  • An Inside Look at the Signs of Substance Misuse

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The “Hidden in Plain Sight” curriculum helps parents, caregivers and out-of-school time providers to recognize signs of substance misuse. This webinar will provide education and awareness surrounding drug “slang”, current trends, and signs and symptoms of possible drug use.

    This webinar will provide education and awareness surrounding drug use, ways different drugs can be hidden, related signs and symptoms, and how to have a conversation about suspected usage. We will also discuss policies and procedures that can be implemented in the park and recreation setting. Information about the “Hidden in Plain Sight” training, a valuable resource to the field, will be shared with participants as well.


    Please review the "Webinar Questions" in the Handouts section before the webinar begins. You may want to print them as they will be referenced during the webinar.

    Shelly Strasser

    Director, West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department

    Shelly Strasser is the Director for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department located in the Milwaukee area in Wisconsin.  Their community has been affected by the Heroin and Opioid Crisis and has taken an active role in the community and with department staff, to implement strategies of support.  

  • 2019 Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar will provide information how to offer the opportunity to bring evidence-based physical activity programs to the older adults in your community. These programs have been proven to help improve the health and wellness and increase physical activity in the older adults.

    NRPA, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offering local park and recreation agencies across the country, Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs, to train staff as instructors to implement evidence-base physical activity programs that are designed to help people with a variety of chronic diseases to manage their conditions through physical activity engagement and health education. These programs are popular among older adults of all abilities. These programs can attract new audiences to your agency, provide opportunities for community partnerships, and improve the health and wellness of your community.

    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.

    Colleen Pittard

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    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. 

  • Spray Play for All: Designing Inclusive Splash Parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

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

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



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 (Group A eligible)


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

    Bill Hachmeister, AFO

    Director of Business Development, Aquatix by Landscape Structures

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

    John McConkey

    Market Research and Insights Manager, Landscape Structures, Inc

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

    Rickie Yeager, AICP, EDFP

    Development Director, City of Parkersburg, WV

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

    Ingrid Kanics, OTR/L, FAOTA

    President, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

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

  • Living STEAM Laboratories, Mitigating/Adapting to Climate Change

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

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

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


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU

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

    Dr. John Pipoly

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

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

    Attiyya Atkins

    Public Communication Specialist, Broward County Parks and Recreation

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