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:
If you wish to view and search a full listing of our online learning offerings, please check out the online learning catalog.
Current Courses - Conservation
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The Ecological Age: Ushering a New Age for Parks in the Face of Climate ChangeContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
Climate change has overwhelmingly been recognized as one of the most urgent threats to our communities and our environment. Parks play a unique role in providing respite, infrastructure, adaptation and mitigation strategies for urban communities. The focus on climate change and adaptation provides a unique opportunity for a new ecological era for parks with a focus on investment in restoration and protection of natural areas.
Innovative Strategies to Connect Communities to NatureContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
NRPA, in collaboration with National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network, will discuss innovative and replicable strategies parks can employ to create meaningful connections between the outdoors and communities. With a focus on equitable access, participants will have the opportunity to discuss barriers and discover field-tested tools and collaborative strategies that maximize benefits for whole communities.
NRPA 2017 Conference Social Equity BundleContains 4 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Social Equity." Included in this package are the following sessions: Build a 21st Century Diverse Workforce and Inclusive Work Environment at Your Agency Today, Inclusive Outreach for Equitable Results: Using a Logic Model for the Get Moving Initiative, Public-Private Park Partnerships to Achieve Healthy Equity, and Innovative Strategies to Connect Communities to Nature.
Wildlife Management in a Public Park Setting: Managing the Sometimes UnmanageableContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Wildlife vs. human interactions is a growing concern for liability and health officials. Participants will be exposed to the process toward developing a workable solution for mitigating wildlife issues within their parks.
Conservation Partnerships for Parks & RecreationContains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/26/2017
The conservation mission has become increasingly important as it promotes individual, social and environmental health within our communities. This session will describe how the greatest conservation successes occur in collaboration with nonprofit partners. We will review two case study and best practice examples.
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.
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.