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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/09/2023 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Inclusion has been the focus of many virtual learning events at NRPA, but how do we put this into practice? Join us for this clinic to explore the hands-on application of inclusion practices with guidance from NRPA staff. This event is held live and will not be available on-demand.

    You may know what inclusion is, but the “how to implement it” can be challenging. This clinic will allow members to explore ways to practice inclusion through a hands-on, interactive workshop facilitated by NRPA’s senior education manager of diversity, equity and inclusion. Members should come prepared to readily engage in dialogue and activities to boost their skills in promoting inclusion.

    This Clinic will introduce fundamental concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and is best suited for individuals who are just beginning their DEI journey.

    This event is held live and will not be available on-demand.

    Shalini Mirpuri (she/her)

    Senior Education Manager - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    National Recreation and Parks Association

    Shalini is the Senior Manager of Education - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for NRPA. She is a passionate Educator who is focused on melding her love for parks with her commitment to social equity. Shalini believes that innovative education and inviting dialogue can build a shared investment in ensuring access to parks for everyone. She has been working on issues of equity for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including higher ed, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She is particularly passionate about the intersection of gender-based violence and racial equality. Shalini holds a Masters in Education and an Education Specialist degree in Counseling from the University of Florida. 

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    We know that seasonal hiring is a year-round task! Join park and recreation professionals from across the country to discuss their strategies on recruiting seasonal staff for summer 2023.

    We know that seasonal hiring is a year-round task! Join park and recreation professionals from across the country to discuss their strategies on recruiting seasonal staff for summer 2023.  We want to hear from everyone, so please think about the following questions:

    • What are you doing this winter to have a full staff this summer?
    • What non pay incentives do you offer to recruit or retain your summer staff?

    Taylor Jeromos (she/her) (Moderator)

    Manager of Learning Production

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Taylor Jeromos serves on NRPA's Professional Development team as the Manager of Learning Production. Her career has focused on creating accessible programming, centering diverse narratives, and facilitating informal learning opportunities for people of all ages. She’s been a part of the education teams at a number of cultural organizations, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  

    Taylor earned a Master’s in Museum Studies and Public History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a Bachelor’s in Medieval and Gender History from Earlham College.

    Hayley Herzing (she/her) (Moderator)

    Senior Manager of Membership

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Hayley Herzing is currently the Senior Manager of Membership for the National Recreation and Park Association. She has worked for NRPA for eight years and previously worked at the National Community Pharmacists Association. Hayley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and dog.

    Michael Biedenstein, CPRP, AFO (he/him) (Moderator)

    Volunteer and Awards Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Michael is responsible for NRPA's national awards program including this Hall of Fame, the Parks and Recreation 30 Under 30, Spotlight Awards, Innovation Awards, and Scholarship & Fellowships. Michael previously worked 18 years in the field of parks and recreation in St. Louis, MO. Michael has presented 17 times over 11 years including a highly rated session at the 2021 NRPA Conference.

  • Contains 7 Product(s)

    The 2022 Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes: ​- CPRP Preparation Courses: Operations​ Finance​ Human Resources​ Programming​ Communications​ - CPRP Practice Examination​

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    The 2022 edition of the CPRP Basic Learning Pack includes:

    • Operations Course
    • Finance Course
    • Human Resources Course
    • Programming Course
    • Communications Course
    • CPRP Practice Examination


    • The CPRP Online Prep Courses are designed as an intensive review program for professionals seeking the CPRP certification. The CPRP Learning Pack includes the Programming Module, Human Resource Module, Finance Module, Operations Module, Communication module, and the CPRP Practice Exam. Access is granted to the consumer only as a limited license and grants that user a non-transferable personal license to access and use the online learning center for the CPRP prep course and its content for personal, non-commercial use only.
  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/01/2018

    This archived webinar demonstrates how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam.

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    Whether you want to make a bigger impact on your community, keep your expertise fresh, or improve your professional status, becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) will open the door to more and better opportunities. This archived webinar demonstrates how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam. 

    Molly Sullivan

    Certification Manager,

    National Recreation and Park Association

    As certification manager at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Molly Sullivan manages all aspects of the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and the Certified Park and Recreation Executive Certification (CPRE) programs. Prior to coming to NRPA, Sullivan volunteered for and worked at various historical and agricultural parks in Northern Virginia, where she developed an interest in gardening that she continues to nurture today.

    Karla Kelley, MS, CPRE

    Regional Manager, DC Department of Parks and Recreation

    Karla Kelley is a distinguished leader with a successful 20 year history of working at the intersection of community needs and assets, programmatic and policy solutions. Karla is the interim Therapeutic Recreation Manager with DC Department of Parks and Recreation and has worked for the department for 2 years.  She is responsible for the  programmatic, administrative and fiscal oversight of a citywide therapeutic recreation program,  She is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive and holds a Masters degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. Karla's passion has culminated in more than 20 years of  professional work experience in the field of youth development, education and recreation management. Karla serves as a member of National Recreation and Parks Scholarship and Award Committee.  

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Released November 2022! NRPA’s Research and Evaluation team develops data and tools park and recreation leaders can use to optimize operations and make the case for greater and more sustainable funding. Join this talk to review insights from the latest NRPA research reports and evaluation activities. Hear from NRPA’s librarian who will demonstrate how park and recreation professionals can identify resources that will help them address the challenges they face. Available on demand in November!

    NRPA’s Research and Evaluation team creates tools and educational resources that help agencies measure their impact on their communities. Join this session to review the latest NRPA research resources including: NRPA Park Metrics, Agency Performance Review, Economic Impact of Parks Report and 2022 Engagement with Parks Report. NRPA’s librarian also will highlight other new and updated resources that make it easier for park and recreation professionals to find answers to their most pressing questions.   

    Learning Objectives: 

    1. Learn about NRPA’s research findings and insights that can help optimize agency operations and make the case for funding 
    2. Discover resources and tools that help agencies evaluate their delivery of service and promote greater community engagement 
    3. Learn more information about resources that NRPA is developing to further assist park and recreation professionals 

    Kevin Roth, PhD (he/him)

    Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Technology

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth serves as NRPA's Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Technology. Roth 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. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association. 

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

    Melissa May (she/her)

    Senior Research Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Melissa came to the NRPA Research team in 2015 with a background in environmental planning, GIS, and government contracting. At NRPA, Melissa helps with producing member surveys and reports, as well as, creating Tableau interactive graphics and ArcGIS StoryMaps. Additionally, Melissa leads work related to NRPA Park Metrics, Facility Market Reports and Park Pulse.


    Dianne Palladino, PhD (she/her)

    Director of Evaluation

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Dianne Palladino (she/her) is NRPA’s Director of Evaluation. Dianne oversees evaluation activities and strategy at NRPA, and she is dedicated to developing training and resources for park and recreation professionals that will assist with effective, low-cost evaluation efforts in the field. Dianne has over 17 years of research and/or evaluation experience and leadership and additional experience in several diverse fields. She holds undergraduate degrees from Clarkson University and Georgia Institute of Technology, and she earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Karen Carter (she/her)

    Librarian/Senior Manager of Information Services

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Karen Carter joined NRPA in April 2021, bringing with her extensive association and library experience and a passion for connecting people with the information they need to do their jobs effectively. Prior to joining the NRPA team, Karen held information services positions with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the International Monetary Fund, the American Psychological Association, and the National Agricultural Library.  Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. She is excited for the opportunity to learn from and serve the parks and recreation community. 

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Released November 2022! Join Autumn Saxton-Ross, VP of Education and Chief Equity Officer for NRPA, Laure Kosey, Director of Oak Brooke Park District and Jon Marquardt, Superintendent of Facilities for Skokie Park District as they discuss their approaches to inclusion in facilities, summer camper and staff policies, and recreation practices and programs in support of nonbinary and transgender inclusion.

    While nonbinary and trans people are increasingly visible in both popular culture and daily life, they still face discrimination, stigma and systemic inequities. Despite this, 91% of LGBTQIA+ adults report engaging in wellness activities and LGBTQIA+ youth are more likely to report positive outcomes when they feel supported at home, school and in their community.  Park and recreation professionals have long been on the frontlines of social and public health issues, with agencies regularly navigating how to respond to and best support individuals and communities with differing needs, while also handling pressure from the public and elected officials, policy changes, and other challenges that influence their approach to addressing the matter.  Join Autumn Saxton-Ross, VP of Education and Chief Equity Officer for NRPA, Laure Kosey, Director of Oak Brooke Park District and Jon Marquardt, Superintendent of Facilities for Skokie Park District as they discuss their approaches to inclusion in facilities, summer camper and staff policies, and recreation practices and programs in support of nonbinary and transgender inclusion.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will build an understanding of language and terms used when discussing the LGBTQIA+ community 
    2. Participants will learn how universal design provides an approach for both inclusionary facilities and language in more conservative communities
    3. Participants will engage with practices,  policies and programs used to support transgender staff and participants within recreational settings 

    ​Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD (she/her/hers)

    Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, developed a love of the outdoors first through her grandmother’s yard and then exploring city parks with her family in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  Now a resident of Washington DC and mom of two, she is the VP for Education & Chief Equity Officer at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). 

    She started her career as an elementary school Health and PE teacher in DC Public Schools and after receiving graduate degrees in Health Education and Sociology, has worked in various positions that placed her at the intersections of health, equity and the outdoors.  Most recently, as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Lead for NatureBridge, and prior to that she held positions as the Program Director for Place-based Initiatives at the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Program Specialist at DC Department of Health and (Health) Recreation Specialist at both Montgomery County and DC Departments of Recreation.

    Autumn is a connector- actively seeking out ways to build bridges between seemingly disparate people, opportunities and ideas.  And if you really want to see a sparkle in her eye, start a conversation on all things Marvel, Octavia Butler or Star Trek: The Next Generation.  

    Laure Kosey

    Executive Director

    Oak Brook Park District, IL

    Laure L. Kosey, Ph.D., CPRE, is the Executive Director at the Oak Brook Park District since 2010.  Her path towards parks and recreation started in Minnesota at the College of St. Benedict where she taught leisure studies and coached women’s soccer.  In 1996, she became the first head women’s soccer coach at DePaul University.  In 2000, a career changing opportunity was offered as the new Director of Parks & Recreation for the Village of Riverside.

    Jon Marquardt

    Superintendent of Facilities

    Skokie Park District, IL

    As the Skokie Park District's superintendent of facilities, Marquardt administers the district's revenue facilities and their staffs. He also is charged with developing innovative partnerships and outreach within the Skokie community. Marquardt also serves as the diversity committee head, which oversees DEI initiatives and diversity events throughout the district.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Released October 2022! Join us for the third session in a series focused on innovation to learn about groundbreaking work that is helping improve communities. Learn more about San Francisco’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response and a waterfront development that addressed key issues of economic, cultural and physical displacement.

    During this third session in a series focused on innovation, join as speakers from the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the A. Philip Randolph Institute San Francisco discuss key takeaways from two of their recent projects. Speakers will present an overview of the India Basin Equitable Development Plan (EDP) as a roadmap to maximize the benefits of the park project for the Bayview-Hunters Point community, and talk about the plan’s goal to address any unintended negative impacts development might have, including economic, cultural and physical displacement. In addition, learn about a new San Francisco case study Showing Up While Everything Is Shutting Down: A Story of Cooperation in San Francisco which details efforts to support children, youth and families through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

    Jacqueline Flin

    Executive Director

    A. Philip Randolph Institute San Francisco

    Jacqueline Flin was born in San Francisco, CA at the Presidio. She was raised with two brothers, by a active unionist father and an mother who immigrated from the Philippines and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. She received her B.S. degree in Cellular Biology from the University of California at Davis.  

    Flin began volunteering for the A. Philip Randolph Institute San Francisco as a youth leader participating in efforts to educate low-income communities about local elections and voting initiatives. She was then hired as a receptionist at the California Labor Federation, an organization dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of working people and their families for the betterment of California’s communities. After a brief career in the biological science field, in 2009, she returned to San Francisco in a leadership role as the Executive Director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute San Francisco.  

    In the time she served as Executive Director, she has expanded the organization’s capacity to offer public services that include: Workforce Development, Youth Career and Leadership Development, and Equity Development Strategies. She established public and private partnerships that support invest directly in the Bayview Hunters Point. She has a network of relationships with City and County departments, unions, local businesses, community based organizations, service providers, and residents. She is committed to building the community through organizing and leadership.  

    Phil Ginsburg (he/him)

    General Manager

    San Francisco Recreation and Park Department | City & County of San Francisco

    Phil Ginsburg is the general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. With more than 4,100 acres and over 220 parks under its jurisdiction, the Recreation and Park Department stewards some of the most spectacular public spaces in the world, including Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower and the Palace of Fine Arts. Under Phil’s leadership, San Francisco became the first City in the United States where 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park. Phil has led his organization through transformational improvements to the public realm and he has made equity and increasing access to public recreation and to nature, the department’s primary objective. Phil has built a financially sustainable model for San Francisco’s park system through ballot advocacy, the strategic use of public-private partnerships and philanthropy, creative revenue strategies, technology and administrative efficiencies. During his tenure, San Francisco has been consistently ranked one of the nation’s top five park systems. In 2019, Phil was appointed to the California State Parks and Recreation Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom.

    Dr. Maria Su

    Executive Director

    San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF)

    Dr. Maria Su is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF). Maria was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to lead DCYF in 2009. DCYF grants out approximately $70M each year for services that support children and youth from birth to age 24 and their families. Prior to DCYF, Maria held senior management and executive positions at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District and at SF General Hospital-UCSF. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the San Francisco First 5 Children and Families Commission, is the Co-Chair of the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council. Maria is a member of the San Francisco Re-entry Council, the Workforce Investment Act Youth Council, and the San Francisco Childcare Planning and Advisory Council. Maria earned her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University-CSPP.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    New to conference? Then you don't want to miss this! Students, new professionals or distinguished professionals can all learn from a crash course of NRPA Conference including the different events, networking opportunities and where your best resources are located. Make the most of your time over your time at this year's NRPA Annual Conference with these tips, tricks and secrets.

    New to conference?  Then you don't want to miss this!  Students, new professionals or distinguished professionals can all learn from a crash course of NRPA Conference including the different events, networking opportunities and where your best resources are located.  Make the most of your time at this year's NRPA Annual Conference with these tips, tricks and secrets. A nearly identical version of this session will be offered in-person at the Phoenix Convention Center at 5:00pm (local time) on Monday, September 19.

    Section #1 Off To A Good Start: Attendees will be asked to write down 3 goals to accomplish at Conference.

    Section#2 The Basics: Quick run-downs of specific events or programs and how to maximize the attendee experience at each.

    Section#3 Tips & Tricks: Best practices to get the most out of conference as a whole -- regardless of where the attendee is at.

    Section#4 Connect: The biggest long-term benefit of NRPA and Conference is Networking!  Attendees will get advice on getting an introduction, having a fulfilling conversation and building the strongest connections.  Attendees will then put into practice this advice to meet 3 other professionals in the session.

    Section#5 Back to "Work": Best practices about what to do post-conference.


    Objectives:

    1. Identify the ways to maximize your time and impact at Conference through making schedules, picking the right sessions, and networking opportunities.
    2. Learn what to expect from Conference week -- both in education sessions and at the various networking events.
    3. Provide strategies for starting conversations and tips for amplifying your network while attending conference as well as solidifying connections long-term.

    Michael Biedenstein, CPRP, AFO (he/him)

    Volunteer and Awards Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Michael is responsible for NRPA's national awards program including this Hall of Fame, the Parks and Recreation 30 Under 30, Spotlight Awards, Innovation Awards, and Scholarship & Fellowships. Michael previously worked 18 years in the field of parks and recreation in St. Louis, MO. Michael has presented 17 times over 11 years including a highly rated session at the 2021 NRPA Conference.

    Hayley Herzing (she/her)

    Senior Manager of Membership

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Hayley Herzing is currently the Senior Manager of Membership for the National Recreation and Park Association. She has worked for NRPA for eight years and previously worked at the National Community Pharmacists Association. Hayley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and dog.

    Kevin Witte (he/him)

    Recreation Manager

    Auburn (WA) Parks, Arts, & Recreation

    Kevin is the current YPN Network Chair and is excited to meet everyone at conference in Phoenix! Kevin is from Seattle, WA and spends his free time enjoying the outdoors. He currently serves as the Recreation Manager for Auburn, WA. If you see Kevin at the conference, please do not be shy. You will find he is a super outgoing and friendly guy.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Released September 2022! NRPA speaks with Seattle Parks and Recreation about how they developed and integrated technology to help frontline staff lead their work with equity in mind. This on-demand recording will be available on September 6, 2023.

    This on-demand recording will be available on September 6, 2022.

    The Geographic Information System (GIS) Asset Management and Work Order (AMWO) Equity Project, led by Seattle Parks and Recreation, had an initial goal: help staff set equity-driven goals that could be used to prioritize routes, restructure existing routes, and plan out crew projects in historically marginalized communities. Through the development of a GIS mobile app, frontline staff could utilize the data and technology at their fingertips to achieve the equitable outcomes they were seeking. Join Jordan Ng and Jason Vining-Nakamura as they talk about the development and integration of their mobile app in addressing disparities in park maintenance.

    Teaching Objectives:

    1. Speakers will discuss the creation and development of the GIS AMWO project and how it came to be.
    2. Speakers will highlight the impact of their technology on reaching equitable outcomes, specifically when it comes to maintenance allocation.
    3. Speakers will provide a brief demonstration of their app and how it can influence help agencies better serve historically marginalized communities.


  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The goal of this course will to work through the development of a communications plan that aligns strategically through measurable outcomes aligned with assessed need and the mission, vision, and values of the agency and industry.

    Part of NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate, This course will discuss the nature of strategic planning when marketing in parks and recreation. The goal of this course will to work through the development of a communications plan that aligns strategically through measurable outcomes aligned with assessed need and the mission, vision, and values of the agency and industry. Case studies will be discussed throughout to demonstrate how these concepts have been applied successfully.