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  • CAPRA Webinar Series: Prepare for NRPA Accreditation

    Contains 1 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.

  • Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/13/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this session, develop and understand approaches that can be implemented to produce recreation programs that meet cost-recovery goals and, at the same time, address equity by considering market conditions, consumer confidence and consumption patterns.

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    The roots of the recreation profession lie in the Playground Movement of the mid-1890s. We were a social service created to keep children safe, but today we are asked to be a service that recovers all or part of its costs, while still providing a level of social services — can these expectations co-exist? During this session, we will review how to identify and address community needs, tackle cost-recovery goals and meet the mandate for equity in services.  These two mandates can co-exist if a relevant service is provided based on planning, market segmentation, competition analysis and financial performance monitoring.

    Following this session, learners will be able to:
    1. Identify and address community needs in order to provide equity in services.
    2. Understand methods to meet cost-recovery goals while advancing community health and climate resiliency.


    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.

    Chris Nunes, PhD, CPRE

    Director of Parks and Recreation The Woodlands Township

    Chris Nunes, CPRE is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas.  In that position, he oversees a $36.3 million operational budget and is accountable for the management of 148 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, and 220 miles of pathways. He speaks around the country (over 300+ times) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning.

    Donna Kuethe, CPRP

    Recreation Director, Town of Moultonborough, NH

    Donna Kuethe, CPRP is the Recreation Director for the Town of Moultonborough, NH a rural, tourist driven community with a year round population of under 5,000 and a seasonal population of over 25,000. Donna has held this position for over 41 years (soon to be retired). She also serves as the Executive Director of GP RED, a 501c3 devoted to “helping professionals who help communities thrive”.  Moultonborough’s Tax Supported budget is $410,000 with a Revolving Fund budget of $122,000 and Capital Budget of over $300,000. Donna speaks regularly at state, regional and national conferences on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: emergency preparedness and response in parks and recreation, legislative advocacy, personal and professional resiliency, programming, aquatic risk management, professionalism and even how to teach camp songs. 

  • 2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 7 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
    Strategic Plans To Build Resilient and Healthy Communities*
    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 Equity Co-Exist?
    August 13, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves
    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 
    The Economic Impact of Parks: What About Tomorrow?
    May 14, 2020 2:00pm ET
    NRPA Research Update
    November 12, 2020 2:00pm ET
    The Future of Recreation
    June 11, 2020 2:00pm ET
    Email, Ethics and Engagement *
    December 10, 2020 2:00pm ET

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • CAPRA Webinar Series, Part I: What is CAPRA?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/30/2020

    Achieving CAPRA accreditation can help you become the best in the parks and recreation field. Learn how through this CAPRA introductory overview.

    During this overview of CAPRA, you will learn about the mission and purpose of the program as well as the many benefits accreditation can offer agencies and the communities they serve. Find out more about the role of the CAPRA Commission and the number of CAPRA accredited agencies nationwide. This webinar also highlights important resources that should be used throughout the CAPRA process. Make sure to participate in this webinar, since it is a prerequisite for Parts II - VII of the CAPRA webinar series.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the mission and benefits of CAPRA accreditation.

    2. Identify the team roles in the CAPRA accreditation process.

    ​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. 

    Laura T. Wetherald

    Bureau Chief, Recreation - Howard County, MD

    Laura is the Bureau Chief of Recreation at Howard County Recreation and Parks in Columbia, Maryland and she has been active in the profession for over 40 years. Laura began her career in Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion. Laura has been the President of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and continues to be active each year on the Executive Council or Special Projects expanding her knowledge. She has been very active with the National Recreation and Parks Association as a member of the CAPRA Commission, CAPRA Agency Visitor Team and most recently as a trainer for the CAPRA and Visitor Training course. She has also served on several national committees including the National Inclusion Recreation Institute, NRPA Congress Host, Congress Leisure Tours Chair and NRPA Congress Program Committees. She has spoken locally and over the United States focusing on Recreation and Parks Administrative topics from back to basic skills to advanced programming topics. She has been an active member of LERN and has presented at the national conference as well as written articles for the web and publications. She serves as an active member of the LERN Recreation Council.  She displays passion for the professional and enjoys her career every day!

  • ePACT: Your COVID-19 Response

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/29/2020

    ePACT can help park and recreation departments with their COVID-19 response by eliminating paper, reducing contact and promoting physical distancing. ePACT helps organizations to collect and access crucial health data electronically, provides contactless Check In and Check Out features and offers robust communication tools.

    During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, park and recreation departments have had to make changes to processes, programming and facilities to protect their community members and staff. The “new normal” means ensuring all processes align with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local governments to keep everyone safe! Join us for this 60-minute webinar, in which we will explore how ePACT can help with your COVID-19 response and provide you with tools to diminish contact and promote physical distancing.

    At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:
    1.           Understand how to best protect community members and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2.           Utilize ePACT to promote physical distancing and diminish contact.

    Matt Webb

    Director of Partnerships and Business Development, ePACT

    Matt is the Director of Partnerships and Business Development at ePACT Network. Matt has been a part of the ePACT team for 6 years and works closely with Parks and Recreation Departments and Industry Partners to help guide the growth and expansion of ePACT.

    Lyssa Parisella

    Director of Customer Success, ePACT

    Lyssa, Director of Customer Success, has been with ePACT for over 6 years, building and managing a dedicated Customer Success and Support Team. Lyssa brings over 18 years of experience in customer service, communication and education, with over 8 in SAAS and the technology. Lyssa’s focus is ensuring every client has a successful journey with ePACT and that our product grows to meet the complex needs of our clients and users

  • Best Practices for Achieving Greener Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/22/2020

    In the last installment of the four-part Greener Parks for Health webinar series, NRPA will examine key opportunities for park and recreation leaders to advance green infrastructure in parks as a tool to improve community well-being and address climate impacts.

    In the last installment of the four-part Greener Parks for Health webinar series, NRPA will examine key opportunities for park and recreation leaders to advance green infrastructure in parks as a tool to improve community well-being and address climate impacts. You will hear from communities across the country about how they are investing in greener parks through policy and best practices. The following topics will be discussed by experts:
    • Tacoma Metro Parks will highlight intergovernmental partnerships;
    • Tucson Water will discuss their partnership with the City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Department to leverage funding; and
    • The City of Peoria will focus on their ongoing effort to leverage solutions for combined sewer overflows to drive reinvestment, social justice and improve overall community health and well-being.

    At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:
    1.           Understand best practices and policy mechanisms that have been used to expand green infrastructure in parks.
    2.           Identify key opportunities to advance similar best practices and policy in your community.

    Jenny Cox

    Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jenny Cox is a Conservation Program Manager at the NRPA overseeing the Parks and Green Infrastructure for Health initiative and the Great Urban Parks Campaign grant program. Jenny holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is passionate about the connection between parks, the environment and community health.

    Anthony Corso

    Chief Innovation Officer, City of Peoria

    Anthony Corso has spent his career as an architect, urban designer, consultant and educator working to make communities more livable and resilient. He is an advocate and practitioner of public interest design and continuously works to build collaborative partnerships in order to turn great ideas into action. Anthony currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Peoria where he directs the Innovation Team or i-team. The i-team’s role is to help city leaders, staff and community partners using a human-centered, data-driven design process to assess problems, generate responsive interventions, develop new partnerships, and deliver measurable results.

    Irene Ogata

    Landscape Architect, Tucson Water

    Irene is a professional Landscape Architect at Tucson Water. She manages the Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting pilot program and the Low Income Rainwater Harvesting program; collaborated with Pima County Regional Flood Control District to develop the LID/GSI Guidance Manual. Irene is also one of the original development members of the national Green infrastructure Leadership Network.

    Joe Brady

    Chief Strategy Officer, Tacoma Metro Park

    A Tacoma resident for 20 years, Joe Brady is proud to work on behalf of citizens in a dedicated effort to make our region the best it can be- for everyone.  As the Chief Strategy Officer for Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT), Joe is responsible for the agency’s government relations efforts at the local, state and federal levels, the development and maintenance of the District’s long term planning framework, it’s national accreditations, and special project management on behalf of the Executive Director and Board of Park Commissioners. Joe is a 1996 graduate of Colorado State University and holds B.S. degrees in Range and Forest Management.  

  • Greener Parks for Health Webinar Series

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    Learn about green infrastructure as a strategy for improving equity and community well-being.

    Across the nation, low-income and communities of color are disproportionately experiencing the damaging impacts of climate-related weather events such as flooding and extreme storm surges. With a history of under-investment and discriminatory policies, these marginalized communities are frequently located in areas with failing public infrastructure, which includes a lack of access to quality parks and green spaces. These conditions put undue strain on the physical well-being, mental health and environmental living conditions of residents, while also leaving them ill-equipped to prepare, mitigate and recover from extreme events. 

    The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is working to equip park and recreation professionals with the tools and knowledge to advocate for and plan green infrastructure projects in parks to address climate impacts, improve community well-being and advance equitable access to quality green spaces and parks. This webinar series will highlight findings from the Greener Parks for Health project, including evidence connecting green infrastructure to improved health as well as green infrastructure focused targeted messaging, policy and funding mechanisms, and case studies. 

  • Strategic Plans To Build Resilient and Healthy Communities

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn about NRPA’s strategic plan and the key opportunities it identifies for parks and recreation to build climate resiliency, advance community health and ensure access for all. Speakers will share case studies and examples of this work in action.

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    NRPA envisions a future where everyone recognizes the full power of parks and recreation and its role in building strong, healthy, resilient communities. Participate in this webinar to learn about NRPA’s vision and strategic plan; opportunities to invest in and champion the field; and steps that park and recreation professionals can take to build climate resiliency, advance community health and well-being, and ensure access for all. Speakers Joshua Medeiros and Monique Odom will share case studies and examples of how parks and recreation in their communities serves as a catalyst of positive change for social equity, climate readiness and overall well-being.

    Following this session, learners will be able to:
    1. Identify opportunities to increase climate resiliency, community health, and equitable park access.
    2. Understand methods applied to intersect social equity, climate-readiness and overall well-being for communities.


    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.

    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.   

    Rachel Banner

    Director of Park Access at National Recreation and Park Association

    Rachel Banner leads the 10-Minute Walk Campaign at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where she designs strategy and manages a team to deliver training, technical assistance, grants, research, evaluation and communications to ensure park professionals have the tools to improve communities through equitable access to quality parks. Rachel received her Master’s in Public Health from Tufts University and her BS in Exercise Science from Elon University, both focused on health equity, chronic disease prevention and the built environment.

    Monique Horton Odom, MPA, CMFO

    Director of Parks Metro Board of Parks and Recreation

    Monique Horton Odom is a native Nashvillian who has been with Metro Government since 2002, most of which have been with the Parks and Recreation Department. Since joining Parks in 2006 Monique’s responsibilities have primarily been focused on the department’s fiscal matters.

    Monique was named Parks Director in October 2017.  As Parks Director Monique heads one of the largest Parks Department in Tennessee  - overseeing  over 16,000 acres of parks property, which includes 178 parks, 99 miles of greenway, 7 municipal golf courses, 10 regional community centers, 17 neighborhood centers, 7 dog parks, 171 sports fields, 4 nature centers, and seven historical sites.  
    Prior to her employment at Parks she served as the program coordinator for the Metro Human Relations Commission where she supervised all fiscal and administrative functions and oversaw the Commission’s programming efforts.

    Monique holds a B.A. from Fisk University where her major was Political Science, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs (formerly known as the Institute of Government). 
    Monique is a certified Diversity Trainer, has been trained in Rule 31 Civil Mediation, and has experience in public utility regulation, non-profit program management, and corporate human resources.  She is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, and has successfully completed the National Recreation and Park Association’s two-year Directors School. Monique is a member of the 2019 class of Leadership Nashville, and serves on the boards of directors for the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO), the Nashville Zoo, University School of Nashville, the Nashville Sports Council, and Dancing Through the Curriculum. She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

    Karl Schrass

    Director of Conservation, NRPA

    Karl Schrass, Director of Conservation, has over seven years' experience in the field of climate resilience. For the past five years he been leading nature-based climate resilience strategies in communities across the United States. He joined NRPA in 2019 and oversees NRPA’s extensive conservation portfolio including the both the Great Urban Parks Campaign and Greener Parks for Health, both of which are focused on scaling up the use of natural and nature-based features for community resilience. He also is responsible for expanding NRPA’s work in habitat conservation, environmental education and climate change mitigation. Prior to joining the National Recreation and Park Association, he was the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Manager at the National Wildlife where he led a variety of community resilience efforts, including transforming vacant lots to climate-resilient urban pollinator habitats in Philadelphia, working with the research community to explore how existing hardened coastlines can be transformed into green infrastructure using oyster-based retrofits, conducting state and federal policy analysis and recommendations to scale up the use of living shorelines along the Atlantic coast, convening regional experts to identify barriers and opportunities to expanding the use natural and nature-based features, and providing technical assistance to communities along the North Shore of Massachusetts. Karl holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Bonn (Germany) and BA in Geography from the University of Delaware.

    Dr. Joshua T. Medeiros, Ed.D., CPRP

    Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services, Bristol Parks and Recreation

    13 years of leadership experience including 3 director roles across several CT municipalities.

    Oversee 6 divisions: administration, parks, recreation, aquatics, youth & community services, Drug Free Communities.

    Board of Directors- National Recreation and Parks Association (2018-Present)

    Board of Directors- Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association (2013- Present)

    Past President- Connecticut Parks Association (2014-2019)

    Adjunct Professor- Southern Connecticut State University (2015- Present)

  • Creative and Equitable Policy and Funding for Greener Parks

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/01/2020

    The third webinar in the Greener Parks for Health series will navigate the current policy landscape around green infrastructure and highlight the opportunities for local governments to expand green infrastructure in parks as a way to benefit communities.

    We know green infrastructure can improve health, equitable development, and the environment. So what policies encourage or prevent communities from using green infrastructure to improve equity and quality of life? The third webinar of the Greener Parks for Health series will build off NRPA’s Greener Parks for Health Policy Action Framework, to showcase how policy and funding at the federal, state and local levels shape green infrastructure development in parks. This webinar will navigate the current policy landscape around green infrastructure and highlight city, state and federal policy innovations to expand green infrastructure in parks as a way to benefit communities. 

    At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

    1.           Identify federal and state policy and funding opportunities to advance green infrastructure in parks.
    2.           Execute local partnerships and actions to institutionalize green infrastructure in parks.

    Jenny Cox

    Conservation Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jenny Cox is a Conservation Program Manager at the NRPA overseeing the Parks and Green Infrastructure for Health initiative and the Great Urban Parks Campaign grant program. Jenny holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is passionate about the connection between parks, the environment and community health.

    Bobby Cochran

    Partner for Community Resilience, Willamette Partnership

    Bobby Cochran is the Partner for Community Resilience at Willamette Partnership, a conservation non-profit dedicated to solving complex environmental problems in ways that work for people. He loves innovating at the intersections of finance, policy, health equity, and environment. Bobby is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and received a Ph.D./M.A. in Urban Studies/Conflict Resolution from Portland State University.

    Caryn Ernst

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, City Park Alliance

    As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Caryn Ernst leads City Parks Alliance’s member capacity building programs, national research partnerships and all content development for the Greater & Greener conference.  Caryn led CPA’s national research partnership with the Urban Institute and Groundwork USA focused on equitable funding for parks and is leading the development of CPA’s Equitable Funding Hub.

    Caryn authored CPA’s report – “A Smart Investment for America’s Economy: The Land and Water Conservation Fund”, and led the development of CPA’s “Active Parks, Healthy Cities” report.

  • How to Talk Persuasively about Greener Parks

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/18/2020

    In the second webinar of the Greener Parks for Health webinar series, you’ll learn how to craft communications messages that make a strong case for increasing green infrastructure in parks, so every person has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

    In the second webinar of the Greener Parks for Health webinar series, you’ll learn how to craft communications messages that make a strong case for increasing green infrastructure in parks so every person has the opportunity to live a healthier life. Using the real-world evidence covered in the first webinar in the series, we will walk you through ways to use your audience’s personal beliefs and values to craft specific values-based messaging about green infrastructure and its benefits. Opportunities to tailor the messages for your community’s needs and desires will be highlighted. Attendees of this webinar will get a premium first access to NRPA’s Greener Parks for Health Communications Toolkit.