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  • Growing Partnerships: Local Agency-Foundation Relationships

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/12/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    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.

    Dr. Andrew Mowen

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

    Dr. Nick Pitas

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

    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.

  • 2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 11 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 
    Email, Ethics and Engagement *
    December 10, 2020 2:00p.m. EST

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • 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 Includes a Live Web Event on 10/22/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

  • 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. 

  • Why Farmers Markets are Essential for Community Cohesion

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Farmers markets are uniquely positioned to act as incubators of businesses, places for civic engagement, and drivers of increased regional economy, all while supporting access to fresh, healthy foods. Learn how positioning markets and parks and recreation together creates a powerful link to community well-being.


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    Farmers markets are uniquely positioned to act as incubators of businesses, places for civic engagement and drivers of increased regional economy, all while supporting access to fresh, healthy foods. This webinar will introduce you to the Farmers Market Coalition and the resources available to support park and recreation agencies in hosting or managing markets on their land. It will focus on how the theory of change enables farmers to serve as engines of inclusion and systemic change.



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

    1. Explain the ways in which markets can serve as inclusive entities. 
    2. Leverage markets as critical engagement points for strengthening regional economy. 
    3. Position parks and recreation as key partners in markets and as drivers of community well-being.




    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.


    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. 

    Darlene Wolnik

    Training and Technical Assistance Director, Farmers Market Coalition

  • CAPRA Webinar Series, #2: Agency Roles and Responsibilities

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the second webinar of the CAPRA series, learn about the five steps in the CAPRA accreditation process, as well as the roles and responsibilities of your agency and your mentor.

    During this overview of the five steps in the CAPRA accreditation process, you will learn about the role your mentor will play and the different aspects of your role as the accreditation manager. Find out why it’s important to get several members of your agency involved and how to structure your team(s). Make sure to participate in this webinar since it includes an overview of the key documents required as part of your self-assessment and is a prerequisite for Parts 3 - 7 of the CAPRA webinar series.

    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Structure an agency accreditation team.

    2. Identify key self-assessment documents.

    3. Optimize relationship with CAPRA mentor.


    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.

    Troy Houtman, CPRE

    Director of Park and Recreation | City of Wichita, P&R Department

    Troy Houtman is the City of Wichita Park & Recreation Director and started in November of 2014. Troy brings over 30 years of experience to the job with previous working locations at the City of San Antonio and the City of Austin.  His background includes working in many areas of Parks and Recreation to include aquatics, youth and adult sports, golf, park maintenance, CIP projects, and general recreation programming.  Specifically, the depth of his experience involves development of partnerships, contract development, park development, budget management and employee development.

    Troy has attended the National Recreation & Parks Association Directors School and holds a certificate as a Certified Public Manager from the state of Texas and Certified Parks and Recreation Executive from the National Recreation & Parks Association and is a member of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration. In 2016 his agency, Wichita Park & Recreation Department became one of 172 CAPRA accredited agencies.  Troy also serves on the CAPRA Commission since 2019.  
        
    Several mentors have had a huge impact on Troy’s management style and desire to become a Parks & Recreation Director. These influences have shaped his vision of public service and the passion for delivering quality service to the community.  It is his belief that local government is the most important tool for creating and providing a high quality of life for its citizens. The function of the Park and Recreation Department is to enhance these opportunities and further develop pride in the community. The Park and Recreation Department is the most important department for outreach and cooperation with Wichita residents in order to achieve their vision of what the community should be and what programs should be offered.  

    His goals include more exposure for the department, more partnerships, more interaction with the community, more programs offered, upgrades to parks and park amenities.  All of these contribute toward the departmental goal of enhancing the quality of life in Wichita.

    Education:
    Texas State University- Master’s Degree in Public Administration 
    Northern Colorado University- Bachelors of Science in Business Accounting 

    ​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. 

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

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    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.