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  • Webinar Series: Park Equity, Life Expectancy, and Power Building

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/10/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    NRPA co-sponsors this webinar series and you’ll hear from the UCLA professor who conducted the research and representatives of community-based organizations that will use its results to push for park equity. The project was based in Los Angeles County, but it provides insights for cities across the country.

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    New research about the relationship between parks and life expectancy reveals that increasing park acreage in areas that face park deficits and lack trees could lead to significant population-level increases in life expectancy. It also shows that targeted investments in park infrastructure would significantly benefit the health of Latino and Black community members.

    In this webinar series, you’ll hear from the UCLA professor who conducted the research and representatives of community-based organizations that will use its results to push for park equity. The project was based in Los Angeles County, but it provides insights for cities across the country.

    Webinar One: Park Equity and Life Expectancy Research Findings
    Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Pacific Tim
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    Learn about the life expectancy predictive model research process, methodology, findings, and possible replication. Register here.

    Speakers:

    1. Manal J. Aboelata, Deputy Executive Director, Prevention Institute
    2. Dr. Richard J. Jackson, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
    3. Dr. Michael Jerrett, Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
    4. Elva Yañez, Health Equity Director, Prevention Institute


    Webinar Two: Park Equity Policy and Advocacy
    Thursday, December 10, 2020, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Learn more about policy, advocacy, and power building for park equity. Register here.

    Speakers:

    This webinar will feature speakers from the LA County community-based organizations that served on the community advisory board for this project. 

    Webinar series sponsors:
    Prevention Institute, the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) and the UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions (C-Solutions), National Recreation and Park Association

    Learn more
    Advocacy Toolkit for Park Equity, Life Expectancy, and Power Building

    Cost: Free to all

    This content will be accessed through the Prevention Institute.  Registering through this site will add this to your member transcript and allow you to receive notifications leading up to the event through NRPA. 


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  • Public Relations: Communicating More with Less

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/10/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Throughout the pandemic many park and recreation professionals have had to communicate more information with less — less people, less time and less resources. Explore how the pandemic has impacted communications for the field and the tools and strategies park and recreation professionals are using to continue disseminating important information with less resources.


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    Fast and accurate communication has become even more important throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Park and recreation professionals have needed to disseminate important health information, changes to programs, closures in parks and so much more. On top of having more to communicate, many agencies have been affected by furloughs and layoffs, leaving agencies to communicate more with less. In this webinar, we will explore the ways in which park and recreation professionals have been affected by the pandemic, and the tools, resources and partnerships they are using to continue communicating information that is vital to their mission. 







    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.

    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.

  • 2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 12 Product(s) 1 new product(s) added recently

    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 2:00 p.m. EST/EDT.


    2020 Schedule

    Medical Marijuana/CBD: An ADA Compliance Perspective *
    January 9, 2020 
    Strategic Plans To Build Resilient and Healthy Communities*
    July 9, 2020 
    How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?
    February 13, 2020 
    Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?
    August 13, 2020 
    Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves
    March 12, 2020 
    Supporting the Back to School Transition During COVID-19
    September 10, 2020 
    Hiring the Homeless: Boise Parks and Recreation’s Successful Work Program *
    April 9, 2020 
    How to Manage Playground Risk and Prevent Liability Claims*
    October 8, 2020 2:00p.m. EDT 
    The Economic Impact of Parks: What About Tomorrow?
    May 14, 2020 
    Growing Partnerships: Local Agency-Foundation Relationships
    November 12, 2020 2:00p.m. EST
    The Future of Recreation
    June 11, 2020 
    Public Relations: Communicating More with Less*
    December 10, 2020 2:00p.m. EST

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Advancing Safe Routes to Parks in the Time of Coronavirus

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program share about their work and how they shifted their activities in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program share about their work and how they shifted their activities in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

    The coronavirus pandemic has simultaneously underscored the benefits of parks and greenspaces while shining light on the disparities in who has safe and easy access to those places. Learn how the 2020 participants worked closely with community members to not only advance shared goals for parks, but also help build the capacity, skills, and structures to ensure the work continues.

    SPEAKERS:

    Natasha Riveron, Healthy Parks and Places Manager, Safe Routes Partnership

    Alina Lopez, Community Engagement Coordinator, Spark CDI

    Edgar Garibay, Community Relations Manager, Tuolumne River Trust

    Evren Sönmez, Program Manager, Living Streets Alliance

    This content will be accessed through the Safe Routes Partnership site. Registering through NRPA's site will add this to your member transcript and allow you to receive notifications leading up to the event through NRPA. You will be asked to register twice or you can register directly on the partner's site here.
  • Growing Partnerships: Local Agency-Foundation Relationships

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Participate in a review and discussion of a recently commissioned, NRPA study that provides a better understanding of the relationship between local park and recreation agencies and nonprofit foundations. The discussion will focus on what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships.


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    Although taxpayer support and generated revenue are the primary sources of support for most local park and recreation agencies, the typical agency does not receive sufficient funding to fully deliver on its mission. With the current global pandemic and economic downturn adding to the financial pressure, partnerships with nonprofit park foundations or “friends groups” may be more critical than ever. 

    This webinar will review the agency-foundation relationship in terms of what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships between agencies and foundations. The webinar will feature key findings from the recent research effort, led by Dr. Nick Pitas at the State University of New York-Brockport, that provides evidence-based best practices that maximize the benefits of these valuable and strategic relationships. This conversation will offer insights from park and recreation agency and foundation leaders.



    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the agency-foundation relationship in terms of what leads to effective and sustainable partnerships.
    2. Apply evidence-based best practices to maximize the benefits of agency-foundation relationships.





    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.

    Kathryn Ott Lovell

    Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

    Kathryn Ott Lovell was appointed commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation by Mayor Jim Kenney in January 2016. In this position, Kathryn oversees 700 full-time employees, more than 2,700 part-time and seasonal employees, over 10,200 acres of land, 500 buildings, 166 miles of trail, 250 playgrounds, and thousands of programs and events throughout Philadelphia's parks and recreation system.
     
    In 2017, Kathryn commissioned the first strategic plan for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The plan, Our Path to 2020, established a renewed vision for the department and set in motion a powerful trajectory toward an equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system that connects people to each other, to enriching experiences, and to the natural world. The plan emphasizes citizen-centric service; high quality, relevant, and accessible programs; and a commitment to well-maintained assets.

    Kathryn has presented widely on topics ranging from urban forestry, to climate change, to why parks are crucial to our future. Notable speaking and panel appearances include the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Conference, the City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener Conference, and the One Water Summit. In 2018, Kathryn served as the 2018 NRPA Robert W. Crawford Lecturer.

    Currently, Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors for the Please Touch Museum, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Parkway Council, Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Sports Congress. 

    Patrick Morgan

    First Deputy Commissioner, Strategy & Engagement | Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

    Patrick Morgan serves as the first deputy commissioner, strategy & engagement providing leadership for various units within the department, including Communications, Business Development & Concessions, Special Events, Leadership Development & Training, and Performance Management. Morgan helps provide strategic direction and capacity to ensure that PPR is a high-performing, efficient, and responsive leader and partner both internally and externally to help advance its goals as well as those of the Kenney Administration.

    Previously, Morgan was the Philadelphia-based program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He led Knight’s investment strategy in Philadelphia, working with local leaders to support a more informed, connected, and vibrant city. He managed a portfolio of community-focused grants totaling over $26 million. Through this work Knight invested in revitalizing and connecting public spaces to help foster more informed and engaged communities.

    Dr. Andrew Mowen

    Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management | The Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Mowen is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn State.  Formerly the Manager of Research and Evaluation at Cleveland Metroparks, his research focuses on park agency financing and assessing the value of parks and recreation to local officials and the communities they serve.  Dr. Mowen is currently working with a team of researchers and community organizations to assess the outcomes of urban park renovations and citizen engagement in Philadelphia.  He was the 2018 recipient of the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research and is a member of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

    Dr. Nick Pitas

    Assistant Professor of Recreation Management | State University of New York-Brockport

    Nick Pitas is an assistant professor of Parks and Recreation Management at the State University of New York-Brockport. Prior to joining the faculty at Brockport, he was a post-doctoral fellow and doctoral student in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State University. With a focus on local and regional parks and recreation, Nick’s work is concerned with the benefits of these services at the individual and community level, as well as methods for their financing and delivery. His research has been published in outlets such as Parks and Recreation Magazine, Journal of Park and Recreation Management, Journal of Leisure Research, Preventing Chronic Disease, and American Journal of Health Promotion. A former NCAA Division I wrestler, Nick now spends his days engaging in lower impact recreational activities such as falling out of hunting blinds, hiking, bird watching, and throwing the Frisbee for his Australian Shepherd. 

    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Research and Technology | National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of 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 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.

  • CAPRA Webinar Series: Prepare for NRPA Accreditation

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    Join this CAPRA webinar series to prepare for the CAPRA accreditation process or to serve on a visit team.

    What is CAPRA? What does it mean to become CAPRA Accredited? Participate in this webinar series — whether you are a professional, represent an agency or are a visitor (new and renewing) — to learn the answers to these questions and more. Information covered will help park and recreation professionals prepare to participate in the CAPRA process and visitors to serve on visit teams. The webinar series will cover a general overview of CAPRA and the accreditation process; the 10 sections of the CAPRA National Standards; guidelines for creating your self-assessment report and collecting your evidence of compliance; responsibilities of reviewers and visit team members; things to expect with your agency’s site or virtual visit; ways to get involved in CAPRA; and a list of resources to help you along the way.

  • CAPRA Series #4: Sections 4 and 5 of the CAPRA Standards

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 60-minute webinar to explore Sections 4 and 5 of the CAPRA Standards that cover human resources and financial management.

    Join us for this 60-minute webinar, in which our presenters will explore the CAPRA Standards provided in Sections 4.0 – Human Resources and 5.0 – Financial Management. The overview of each section will identify the number of standards included, outline which standards are fundamental and non-fundamental, provide examples of self-assessment and supply visit report responses. This is the second of three sessions that review the CAPRA Standards by section.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand Sections 4 and 5 of the CAPRA National Standards.
    2. Identify the fundamental standards in each of these sections.
    3. Determine the operational plans needed to meet these standards.




    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.

    Cory Styron

    Director Of Community Services | Los Alamos County, New Mexico

    ​Jennifer G. Schleining

    CAPRA Accreditation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jennifer G. Schleining, CAPRA Accreditation Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, oversees the strategic direction and day to day operations for the CAPRA Accreditation Program including management of the accreditation process for agencies and related educational programming.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Continuing Education Department. Prior to NRPA Jennifer served for 5 years as a Credentialing Services Specialist for the American Society of Appraisers.  Prior to that she held various fundraising and development positions for organizations including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give a Note Foundation, Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden and The Madeira School. 

  • How to Manage Playground Risk and Prevent Liability Claims

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join us for a chronological and behind-the-scenes view of two playground liability claims.


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    During this 60-minute session, we will take a chronological look at two playground liability claims. Attendees will get a chance to see what takes place behind the scenes from the time of an incident occurs to when it is settled as well as the costs associated with each claim.

    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Recognize the importance of regular inspections and preventive maintenance.
    2. Understand the value of the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) training program.


    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.

    Gregory Hennecke, CPSI, CSRM

    Risk Management Representative, Hylant Administrative Services

    Drawing on more than 25 years in the industry, Greg provides operational risk management support, advice, and counsel to public municipalities, public schools and colleges and universities. He assists his clients in the identification and correction of potential risks and hazards that may result in injury, loss, property damage or lawsuits. He also facilitates regional and on-site training sessions and conducts presentations for conferences and individual clients.

    Greg is a Certified Safety Inspector Program instructor for the National Recreation and Parks Association, an instructor of ALICE – Violent Intruder Response Training, and a Certified School Risk Manager. He is also a firearms instructor thru the NRA and USCCA and volunteers in the FASTER Saves Lives program for school safety.

  • CAPRA Series, Part 3: CAPRA Standards: Sections 1-3 and 9

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Explore the fundamental standards covered in four sections of CAPRA. This installment of the seven-part series will outline the specific CAPRA Standards provided in Sections 1.0 – Agency Authority, Role, and Responsibility; 2.0 – Planning; 3.0 – Organization and Administration; and 9.0 – Risk Management. Register today to receive an overview of each section, learn examples of self-assessment responses, and see visit report responses.

    The first of three sessions that will review the CAPRA Standards by section. This webinar explores CAPRA Standards provided in Sections 1.0 – Agency Authority, Role, and Responsibility; 2.0 – Planning; 3.0 – Organization and Administration; and 9.0 – Risk Management. The overview of each section will identify the number of standards included, outline which standards are fundamental and non-fundamental, provide examples of self-assessment and supply visit report responses.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand Sections 1-3 and 9 of the CAPRA National Standards.
    2. Identify the fundamental standards in each of these sections.
    3. Determine the operational plans needed to meet these standards.




    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 Klitzing, CPRE

    Director, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

    Michael W. Klitzing, CPRE, the 2018 NRPA National Distinguished Professional, has been instrumental in expanding and enhancing parks and recreation in each of the communities he has served. A visionary leader, Michael transformed Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation into a national trailblazer in sustainability and inclusion. He brings the unique experience of an appointed and elected board member.

    ​Jennifer G. Schleining

    CAPRA Accreditation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jennifer G. Schleining, CAPRA Accreditation Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, oversees the strategic direction and day to day operations for the CAPRA Accreditation Program including management of the accreditation process for agencies and related educational programming.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Continuing Education Department. Prior to NRPA Jennifer served for 5 years as a Credentialing Services Specialist for the American Society of Appraisers.  Prior to that she held various fundraising and development positions for organizations including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give a Note Foundation, Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden and The Madeira School. 

  • Supporting the Back to School Transition During COVID-19

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Back to school looks different this year, but park and recreation professionals and their out-of-school time partners can support families through lessons learned, ready-to-go tips and resources to ensure a healthy start to the school year.


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    Park and recreation professionals and their out-of-school time programming are uniquely suited to support the back to school transition, especially during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Join NRPA to dive into the resources, case studies, and ready-to-implement tips that focus on ensuring kids and families in your community have what they need to be successful and healthy during the upcoming school year.

    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Access and utilize existing resources to strengthen out-of-school time programming to support kids and families. 
    2. Implement tips to support social-emotional learning and health of kids during this transition period.
    3. Scale lessons learned from a peer agency to ensure kids have access to educational opportunities, regardless of distance learning challenges.


    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.

    Roslyn Johnson

    Director of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore County, Maryland

    Erin Hegarty

    Executive Associate, Afterschool Alliance

    Erin joined the Afterschool Alliance team in August 2018. As the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, she gives program and administrative support to the Executive Director. Erin graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2018 with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in History. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered with an afterschool tutoring and mentorship program in a local subsidized housing community.

    Daniel Hatcher

    Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    Daniel W. Hatcher serves as Director of Community Partnerships for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. At the Alliance, Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Health, both from Western Kentucky University. Daniel regularly blogs on topics relevant to healthy afterschool at https://host.healthiergeneration.org/new__notable/.

    Maureen Neumann

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Neumann 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.