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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/14/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA membership hours take place the second Thursday of each month at 1pm ET. Join the membership team for a brief overview of NRPA membership at the top of the hour followed by the opportunity to ask questions about your benefits, getting involved with NRPA and much more. We invite everyone to join!

    Join the membership team for a brief overview of NRPA membership at the top of the hour followed by the opportunity to ask questions about your benefits, getting involved with NRPA and much more. NRPA membership hours will take place the second Thursday of each month at 1pm ET. We invite all everyone to join!

    March 14 - 1:00 PM EDT

    April 11 - 1:00 PM EDT

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/22/2024 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join us for NRPA’s upcoming networking event, "Maintenance Mastery - Crafting Goals for Staff Success!” This opportunity offers a unique chance to gain insights from practitioners in the field who have successfully built, developed and transformed maintenance teams. Connect with like-minded peers, share experiences and expand your professional network. Save the date and join us on February 22, 2024, at 2 p.m. EST!

    Join us for NRPA’s upcoming networking event, "Maintenance Mastery - Crafting Goals for Staff Success!” This opportunity offers a unique chance to gain insights from practitioners in the field who have successfully built, developed and transformed maintenance teams. Connect with like-minded peers, share experiences and expand your professional network. Save the date and join us on February 22, 2024, at 2 p.m. EST!

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming March 2024! This session on park and recreation system planning will provide an overview, methods, and best/next practices for park and recreation planning. This includes long-range system (master) planning, strategic planning, visioning and comprehensive planning for parks, recreation facilities, trails, open space/natural areas, recreation programs and services, public art, etc. The goal is to help agencies shift from rote plans that are the same for every community to customized, community-based and outcome-driven park and recreation planning.

    This comprehensive discussion delves into vital aspects to empower park agencies in steering effective planning initiatives. Beginning with the essential question of why planning is crucial, the exploration covers key factors such as Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accreditation, grant eligibility and funding prioritization, while providing an insightful overview of various plan types and emphasizing the significance of inclusive and equity-based planning. This online learning event further delves into engagement techniques geared towards delivering community-supported outcomes, followed by a focus on the technical analysis involved in a needs assessment. Subsequently, this discussion explores recommendations and policy development, delving into the intricacies of Capital Improvement Plans (CIP) and action planning. Additionally, it addresses crucial facets like implementation strategies and offers practical insights on how to initiate the planning process, including Requests for Proposal (RFPs), consultant hiring, in-house planning, scheduling and more. This comprehensive guide equips park agencies with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate and succeed in their planning endeavors. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn best practices for conducting an outcome-driven long-range planning process. 

    2. Describe 3-5 tools and techniques that will ensure your park agency is successful in increasing community, political, and funding support for implementation. 

    3. Identify ways to champion resiliency, economic vitality, equity, access, and community connections through planning and urban design. 

    This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

    Cindy Mendoza

    Principal | Director of Parks + Recreation Planning

    MIG, Inc.

    Cindy Mendoza, CPRP, is a Principal and the Director of Parks + Recreation for MIG, Inc. For 25+ years, Cindy has worked with more than 100 cities, counties, and park districts to develop award-winning park system plans that support recreation access, equity, health, and community livability. With an M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon and a background in youth development and sports, Cindy leads MIG's Parks and Recreation Studio and is a member of MIG's Equity Council and CPRS’s JEDI Counsel. Nationally, she provides training and presentations in community engagement, recreation trends, and equity-based park policies. She is a former SCORP University instructor and has authored several articles, book chapters, and reports on parks and recreation, including the California Action Plan: Guiding the Park & Recreation Profession, and “Collaborative Planning and Public Participation” in Outdoor Recreation Planning (Sagamore Publishing).

    Tiffany White-LaPierre

    Senior Planner

    MIG, Inc.

    Tiffany White-LaPierre is a regional and national leader in the park and recreation profession with over two decades in the industry. Participating in Chicago Park District programs as a child may have been a clue to future pursuits, but the impact Tiffany can have on community enrichment through parks and recreation is no mystery. Her hands-on experience offers insight into the daily challenges of public agencies charged with managing and maintaining facilities and programs for all ages and abilities with limited resources. Tiffany is inspired by her colleagues who act as a network of advisors and supporters that exchange ideas and best practices for everyone’s benefit. As a senior planner, she is like a “school counselor” who assesses interests and aptitudes, researches opportunities and potential action steps, and recommends appropriate avenues forward. Tiffany can readily connect and collaborate across disciplines and easily engage with clients and the public. Her analytical, problem-solving, and documentation skills have been honed through her doctoral studies. In continued service to her profession, she serves on boards and committees at the national and state level.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Released February 2024! Join subject matter experts as they share the 5 Ws (Who, What, When, Where and Why) of telling your organization’s story in an engaging and cohesive way — all while keeping crisis management in mind.

    Released February 2024! In the ever-evolving landscape of event promotion and crisis management, effective communication serves as the linchpin that can elevate success or mitigate potential damage. This online learning event delves into the intricate art of promoting programs and events through diverse channels, including social media and print. It will also equip learners with the invaluable skill of crisis management. Rooted in expertise in communications and public relations, our speakers Jovanny Huerta and Johnathan Skinner, will empower your team to create impactful promotional campaigns and adeptly navigate unforeseen challenges.  

    After watching this talk, the audience will leave with tips on how to confront the monsters and quench the fire, knowledge on takeaways used to create and grow community programs such as transforming the Mariachi Fest into the Premier Mariachi Fest in the Inland Empire  and how to identify the common goals of partners to achieve success through cross-marketing. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Facing Social Media Monsters: These are the keyboard warriors that have limited knowledge of the topic yet still try to manipulate the narrative. This session will offer tips on how to confront the monsters and extinguish the fire. 

    2. Creating Magic! From Idea (Dream) to Reality: Through trial, error and triumph, speakers will offer takeaways used to create and grow community programs, such how the Mariachi Fest transformed into the Premier Mariachi Fest in the Inland Empire! 

    3. Leveraging Partnerships for a Common Goal: Identify the common goals of partners to achieve success through cross-marketing. 

    This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

    Johnathan Skinner

    Director of Community Services

    City of Lake Elsinore

    Johnathan O. Skinner is the Director of Community Services for the beautiful City of Lake Elsinore, in Lake Elsinore, California.  He holds Associates degrees in Liberal Arts and Recreation, as well as graduate degree from California State University at Northridge – Leisure Service Recreation Management.  Noted as an Alum “Outstanding Alumni Leisure Service Management”, he also received his Masters of Public Administration, also from California State University at Northridge.

    A lifelong learner and mentor, Johnathan has served the California Parks and Recreation Society in various capacities over the years including Vice President, President and Past President; the Nevada Recreation and Parks Society (NRPS) State Board positions including President.  Currently, he participates on the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA) Conference Session Selection Committee, and has spoken at the National Conference on motivation and celebration of staff from the bottom to the top.

    During his time in the field, Johnathan has experienced the good, bad and ugly of "telling the story" of his department and the municipalities he has worked for. His insights, though not unique to himself, in dealing with positive and "less than positive" experiences will be helpful for those who are new to communicating to various groups, and those seasoned recreators that have experienced similar situations and are able to view for a different perspective.

    Jovanny Huerta

    Public Information Officer/Special Events Manager

    City of Lake Elsinore

    Jovanny Rivera Huerta, an esteemed news reporter with a 20-year career, has left an indelible mark on Lake Elsinore. Renowned for his journalism and community service, Jovanny's accolades include 6 RTNA Golden Mic awards and 4 Television News Emmys. He has covered major events, from the 9/11 attacks to high-profile interviews with figures like President Barack Obama, Donald Trump and other dignitaries.

    In addition to his reporting prowess, Jovanny serves as Lake Elsinore's Special Events Manager and Public Information Officer, enhancing the city's public relations initiatives. As the Executive Producer of the Mariachi Fest, he celebrates the region's cultural heritage, making it a premier event. Jovanny's leadership extends to the Lake Elsinore Little League, where he is President, driving significant growth and fostering community spirit.
    Jovanny Rivera Huerta is not just a journalist; he is a dedicated community leader. His multifaceted contributions, including event management, public relations, and youth baseball development, showcase his commitment to excellence and service. Jovanny's impact on Lake Elsinore goes beyond reporting; it embodies a holistic dedication to community betterment.

    With Jovanny's multifaceted background, he brings experience of communication from the local level to major leaders of countries.  His experience both as a journalist and as a provider of recreation programs, brings a unique perspective that will be helpful to all levels of Parks, Recreation and Community Services department.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Released January 2024! Unlock the path to success in your park and recreation career! Release Your Niche: Pursuing Success in Your Park and Recreation Career will help professionals who are in a specialized field to broaden their experiences, knowledge and network to work at higher levels, overseeing multiple divisions/departments.

    Released January 2024! Success is a concept defined differently for every person, yet something everyone aims to achieve to some degree. Regardless of how you define success, you cannot reach the noun without action. Success requires you to set and accomplish goals, take a leap of faith, and jump into new challenges that push you personally and professionally. The journey requires hard work, humility, risk and even failure. In this session, we explore the journey of three recreation professionals who despite starting their careers in very specialized areas decided to break away from their niche to achieve individualized levels of career success. 

    After watching this talk, the audience will leave with an understanding of the shared experiences two professionals used to reach their own, self-identified levels of success. Numerous examples and specific ideas are presented for how professionals can take charge of their own careers. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Gain knowledge in career progression and get tips to achieving success in your park and recreation career.

    2. Identify three different ways to take charge of your career by diversifying experience and taking risks. 

    3. Learn strategies on how to break out of your specialized area of focus and achieve broader career experience and success. 

    This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

    Errin Koon

    Recreation Manager

    Programs Town of Parker

    Errin was raised in Idaho where she was actively engaged in recreational activities, sparking her passion for Parks and Recreation. She has participated as a recreational player, official, student, intern and full-time professional. In 2007, Errin moved to Colorado to work for the Town of Parker starting as the Assistant Facility Coordinator at the brand new Parker Fieldhouse. Fifteen years later, she has worked in both facilities (3 years) and Sports programming (11 years) with the Town and is now the Program Manager for the Recreation Division. Errin manages the Sports, Fitness, Youth and Enrichments Divisions and oversees the Registration Coordinator. She is also involved in forming the Town’s first Youth Commission and serves as a CAPRA Lead Visitor for NRPA. Throughout her career she has been actively involved with professional organizations, including earning her CPRP, her CYSA, serving on a variety of committees through NRPA, CPRA and CARA and acting as the CARA Chair and CPRA Board Secretary/Treasurer. Errin was the recipient of the CPRA Young Professional of the Year, NRPA Young Professional Fellowship, CARA Professional of the Year and CPRA Presidential Awards.

    Hillary Roemersberger

    Director, Recreation Services

    Apex Park and Recreation

    Hillary Roemersberger has worked in Parks and Recreation for 16 years. She currently works as the Director of Recreation Services with Apex Park and Recreation District located in Arvada, CO. In her role she is responsible for the oversight of Fitness and Wellness, Licensed programs, and Aquatics as well as multiple recreation centers. Hillary holds a BS in Health and Exercise Science, a Masters in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, and is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Park and recreation professionals have the tools and resources to lead localized, anti-racist solutions that advance the multitude of benefits derived from equitable park access and climate-resilient park systems. The Park Access Network is an open community bringing together diverse professionals to facilitate conversations and best practices among peers to drive systemic changes that advance equitable and resilient park access.

    Parks and recreation create stronger, more resilient communities that can adapt to and better recover from environmental, social and economic challenges. However, significant racial and socioeconomic disparities affect access to parks, including the number of quality parks, proximity of parks and connection to safe, inclusive, culturally-relevant parks and programs. Moreover, Black, Indigenous and people of color and low-income communities receive fewer resources and support to prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of climate change.

    Park and recreation professionals have the tools and resources to lead localized, anti-racist solutions that advance the multitude of benefits derived from equitable park access and climate-resilient park systems. The Park Access Network is an open community bringing together diverse professionals to facilitate conversations and best practices among peers to drive systemic changes that advance equitable and resilient park access.

    Members are encouraged to use this network frequently, as well as invite colleagues to join in on the discussions. Special events, such as network calls, webinars and other events, will be developed over the next year – recommendations are welcome!

    Upcoming network meeting dates can be found below and are at 2:00PM EST:

    February 28, 2024

    April 24, 2024

    June 26, 2024

    August 28, 2024

    October 23, 2024

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming December 2024! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU. 

    This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming November 2024! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU. 

    This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming October 2024! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU. 

    This talk is available for 1 year from release date!

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming September 2024! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. Each month's virtual subscription Talk will be available for registration in advance, but the contents themselves will go live during the month of release. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU. 

    This talk is available for 1 year from release date!