We know that today's park and recreation professionals want to reach their professional goals through education that fits their lifestyles, whether through classroom training, conference education events or fully online. NRPA supports the membership by providing an array of online learning opportunities. Tailored educational courses are offered in the following areas:
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Current Courses - Advocacy
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"What's Past is Prologue": The Déjà Vu Health Case for Urban Parks in the US and the UKContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Parks are an integral part of city infrastructure. This session explains six strategies that are relevant to positioning parks for improving health and wellness while securing influential champions.
Lessons from the Legends:Shattering Stereotypes and Glass Ceilings AlikeContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This “Lessons from the Legends” session illustrates the contributions of many women in parks and recreation fields, through a discussion with Legends and a video montage of many contributions.
NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 1Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Three speed sessions streamed from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference: Parks and Recreation: The New Status Symbol; WE GOT ENGAGED! Tips for Communicating Effectively with your Part-Time Workforce; and If You Don't Feed the Supervisors, They Eat the Staff.
NRPA Live 2018 Speed Sessions Volume 2Contains 8 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This product includes 3 speed sessions recorded from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference: Fantastic Female Recreation Leaders and Where to Find Them; The Public's Health Agency: Parks and Recreation's Critical Role in Communities; and Unlock your Fundraising Future: 10 Rules for Attracting - and Sustaining - Donors to your Mission
Advocacy by design: Innovations in parks and public places for building diverse constituenciesContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Experts from five cities working on the ground will share how the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative is demonstrating that innovative, meaningful engagement can result in public places that serve us all—and that yield greater advocacy, stewardship, equity and even funding.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health(iness): All parks are NOT created equalContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Parks are such good medicine that doctors are now prescribing visits to them as treatment for a variety of ailments. But not all parks are the same, so how do we know how good the medicine is for a particular park? This session will show how the “medicinal value” of one park can be measured and compared to another.
The Art of Gaining Consensus & Getting Things DoneContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Learn how to proactively weave the fundamental steps for consensus-building into your projects in order to avoid many of these challenges in the first place, as well as how to respond to resistance and conflict when it inevitably happens.
A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
With parks' positive impact to property values as well as the events or tourism that occur in and around them, our parks are economic engines of our communities. We will learn how to calculate this impact, why it’s important, and how to use the new data to better market our parks and their value. Become better prepared to tell the narrative of the incredible impact of parks.
VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond ProgramContains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
Once community leaders identify the need for a new recreation center, how do they get voter support? This session reveals it’s not such a mystery, and there are indeed proven strategies behind successful public outreach programs. Through a series of recent case studies, this session outlines the key steps community leaders must take to gain support for a bond issue on a ballot measure in order to fund a new community recreation center.
The Be Attitudes of Influence and PersuasionContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, within minutes, the man took off his coat. The moral: you can’t force someone to do what they don’t want; instead, the art of influence and persuasion will get them to want what you want. This is the essence of true leadership.
NRPA 2017 Conference Advocacy BundleContains 4 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "advocacy." Included in this package are the following sessions: How to Handle a Parks & Recreation PR Communications Crisis, VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond Program, A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?, and Using Health Data to Power Results.
NRPA 2017 Conference Innovation BundleContains 4 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Innovation." Included in this package are the following sessions: Innovation. Speed Sessions from the NRPA 2017 Conference, Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out, The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion, and Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead.
Using Health Data to Power ResultsContains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/26/2017
In the mighty age of data, using health data can be a powerful tool to fuel your funding requests, report program results, and demonstrate how your facilities and programs play a vital role in the health of the community. In this session, you will be introduced to how and where to mine data sources to leverage support of your programs.
How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your CommunityContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/26/2017
This workshop will provide tangible strategies and implementation tools to leverage trails to create real-estate value and promote city building. We will also explore methodologies for design and placemaking that can create experiences and destinations, leverage public and private interests, align the trail to be a social-equity tool, and realize safe and accessible design with low environmental impact.
NRPA 2017 Conference Planning BundleContains 3 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 3 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Planning." Included in this package are the following sessions: Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations, City of New Orleans: Strategic Urban Water Management and Recreation Opportunities, and How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your Community
Connecting Youth with Nature: Environmental Awareness Through Leave No TraceContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
The fast-paced session will provide examples of how to engage youth while raising awareness about environmental stewardship. Participants will leave the session with a set of principles and strategies and examples of how to advocate for and encourage the development of front-country and an urban outdoor ethic.
The Future of Parks: A Recipe for SuccessContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
We will examine long-term trends and how a community can add value by making sure the park responds to those trends, focusing on the seven elements of a complete park system. This session will view the park system as a dynamic ecosystem - one that must evolve and requires care and feeding to ensure it is a vital and valued part of keeping a community healthy.
Stories and Statistics: Understanding Homelessness in Our Parks and CitiesContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This panel discussion explores the nationwide crisis of homelessness. Every city struggles with generating effective solutions to the problem of homelessness, and it's not easy. However, there have been successes, driven by policies, programs, and designs. Often, the stories around this topic are based on impressions, not statistics.
Counting What Counts: Using Data to Drive Real ChangeContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Ensure that your team is really measuring what matters, see the tools that make it easier and less expensive than you imagined, and learn how to avoid the pitfalls that come when you mix people and measurement.
Cultivating an Exceptional Relationship with those that Govern YouContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This session will show you how to cultivate a positive relationship with those that are ultimately responsible. Navigating the waters of political storms can be the difference between those that are successful and those that are not.
Building Strong Voter Support for Bond Ballot MeasuresContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Joliet Park District Director of Planning and Parks,Larry Burich, and George K. Baum & Company's Senior Vice President, Paul Hanley, will discuss a four-phase public outreach strategy that resulted in 70% voter approval of funding for a new recreation center in an underserved area of Joliet, a new indoor training facility and improvements to more than 20 parks district-wide.
Developing Environmental Literacy in PreschoolersContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
In this course, we will address the need for nature experiences for young children, describe early childhood environmental education and offer strategies to incorporate more nature into programs for young children.
Safe Route to Parks: Growing the Walking MovementContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
When people have the resources to safely walk to parks, every trip taken by foot is an opportunity to engage in physical activity. You will understand the obstacles limiting walkability to parks and learn about the essential elements of a safe route to a park.
Assessments and EvaluationsContains 4 Component(s), 0.20 credits offered
How do you determine whether a completed program produced desired outcomes? This course will describe ways to assess the effectiveness of community policy, systems, and environmental change.