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.
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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.
Conducting a Successful Grant Search to Fund Your ProjectContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This overview will help take the mystery out of grant searches, highlighting several online tools, searches, and techniques you can use to help locate grants, plus share a few tips from funders on key metrics that can either elevate or kill your chances!
Grantmaking Success: A Conversation with FundersContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This panel of various funders will discuss application processes, evaluation criteria, the importance of measurable outcomes, and strategies to ensure project success throughout the project period. This session will help identify the keys to your fundraising success!
Keepin' it REAL in Parks and RecreationContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
In this session we will explore how to leverage the power of parks and recreation to advance racial equity. We will use the racial equity framework and tools to demonstrate how parks and recreation agencies can leverage and expand opportunities to achieve racial equity in the communities they serve.
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
Partnering with Land TrustsContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Learn how park and recreation agencies and land trusts are working together to protect land, engage their community, and ensure that local conservation goals reflect the needs and culture of a diverse public.
Intentional Mentoring - Learning and Connecting for Professional EvolutionContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Moving forward professionally requires evolving in your knowledge, skills, competencies, and connections. Having good mentors in your life helps support and target your growth. Learning how to best be a mentor later in life helps you give back and leave a strong legacy. This session covers what you need to know to do all of this.
From Orientation to Onboarding: Making the Most of the First 90 DaysContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
In today’s fast-paced world, getting new talent started in their job as quickly as possible is important for the health of your business. However, a new job can be overwhelming, and by creating a welcoming environment, building cultural buy-in, and sharing tribal knowledge, you not only improve the chances of new hire success but create loyalty and have a little fun!
How to Raise Prices without Making Users MadContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
The session will apply behavioral economic principles to the pricing of park and recreation services. The essential concepts of adaptation level theory, assimilation-contrast theory, reference price theory, and prospect theory which provide the framework for these principles will be explained.
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.
Marketing and Communication for Parks and Recreation CertificateContains 2 Product(s)
NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate was developed to develop basic skills for the park and recreation professional tasked with delivering messaging for their agency. The courses included in this certificate take you on a path toward developing your own strategic marketing and communications plan, applying material through an interactive worksheet that allows you to investigate case studies while also applying the concepts to your own context.
Marketing and Communications: Needs AssessmentContains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered
This course will provide you with an understanding of market research and analysis and the proper tools for conducting analysis in various contexts with an eye toward the common variables that affect marketing and communications.
Innovation. Speed Sessions from the 2017 Annual ConferenceContains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/27/2017
This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation: Future-Proofing Your Organization, Innovation in 19.5 Minutes, and Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R's Future.
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.
Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside OutContains 7 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.
Creating Meaningful Arts Programs Designed to Engage the CommunityContains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
Parks departments are uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of access to arts and cultural opportunities, which engage, create a sense of place and give voice to diverse communities. This session will explore how both hands-on and experiential programming can be a vibrant part of any parks department's offerings, when designed to meet the needs of your community.
Public-Private Park Partnerships to Achieve Healthy EquityContains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
Public-private park partnerships are critical to achieving health equity in your community. Hear from health equity experts and community coalitions who have successfully worked across sectors to achieve health equity. Learn how these programs and policies can be applied to the work you are doing at your local park and recreation agency.
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 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.
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 Programming BundleContains 4 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Programming." Included in this package are the following sessions: Get Your Play On! Speed Sessions from the 2017 conference, Making Creativity a Part of Your DNA, Creating Meaningful Arts Programs Designed to Engage the Community, and Designing and Implementing Evidence-Based, Family-Based Programming for Health.
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.
Making Creativity Part of Your DNAContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/27/2017
You’ve been asked to lead an upcoming event that's been taking place for 10 years. You're directed to make sure it is fresh and creative. Where do you begin? This session will leave you inspired with new strategies, approaches and examples that help ensure your work stands out from the pack. The techniques included can help in any situation from event planning, to making a presentation, to inspiring your team. We all have a creative streak – this session will help you uncover or grow yours!
Build a 21st Century Diverse Workforce and Inclusive Work Environment at Your Agency TodayContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/26/2017
Much like work/life balance, most parks and recreation agencies miss the mark with diversity and inclusion. This work session with facilitated discussion and best and leading practice sharing will leave participants energized and ready to begin a journey to building inclusive language and behaviors into their key daily functions. From tough discussion on diversity to program planning, we will tackle specific ways to move diversity and inclusion initiatives to full integration in your agency.
Diversity and Cultural AwarenessContains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered
Diversity and cultural awareness explores the importance of developing a diverse, equitable, and ethical workplace. To instill an innovative and progressive workplace, it is important that leaders consider how to instill diversity into the organizational culture.
CPRP Preparation: CommunicationsContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
The Communications Module provides instruction to professionals on many of the communications aspects of park and recreation including: Internal and external communications, and strategic planning for communications.
CPRP Preparation: Human ResourcesContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
The Human Resource Module provides instruction to professionals on many of the human resource aspects of parks and recreation including: recruiting, reviewing applications, interviewing, supervising, schedule development , and final recommendations
CPRP Preparation: FinanceContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
The Finance Module provides instruction to professionals on many of the financial aspects of parks and recreation including: purchasing, budgeting, alternative funding, cash handling practices, together with the collection of financial and operating data.
Operational LeadershipContains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered
Operational Leadership represents best practices in creating effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability in operations from recreation and parks to park and facility planning and administrative support
Human Capital ManagementContains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered
This course explores the characteristics of Human Capital Management. Most park and recreation agencies spend half of their budget or more on labor costs. As a result, it is imperative to receive a good return on investment in employees as they are an organization’s most important asset.
Leadership Certificate PackageContains 4 Product(s) 1 new product(s) added recently
The NRPA Leadership Certificate is designed to provide leaders practical and applicable methods for transforming themselves and their agency. This new certificate offers a robust online learning opportunity for maximum flexibility. The program navigates through the latest in leadership principles that will take you and your agency to the next level.
Strategic ThinkingContains 3 Component(s), 0.30 credits offered
Part of NRPA's Leadership Certificate, Strategic Thinking is a process that defines how you think about, assess, view, and create the future. Leaders have the responsibility to include strategic thinking for themselves, their employees and the organization as a whole by applying these strategies for the part of the organization that they are responsible for.
Special Events: The Do's, The Don’ts, The Maybe'sContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Everybody loves a parade...unless you have to clean up after it! Special events have a positive and negative impact on our community, but their positive attributes can be maximized while the negative attributes can be minimized.
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.
Integrating Long-Term Operations and Maintenance into your Design ProcessContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
Building or renovating a new facility only to discover you don't have the staff or capability to maintain the facility is never a good thing. Integrating long-term operations and maintenance into the early stages of the design process, combined with an understanding of staff capabilities prior to construction, helps ensure staff can properly operate and maintain the facility.
Budgeting and Finance for Aquatic ManagementContains 3 Component(s), 0.20 credits offered
This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for budgeting and finances as they relate to aquatic management. Candidates will be introduced the essential topics for AFO Renewal (Group B)
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.
2016 Customer Service and Employee Relations BundleContains 4 Product(s)
This bundle includes a track of sessions recorded from the 2016 NRPA conference related to customer service and employee relations. As described in these sessions, these two concepts go hand-in-hand.
Balancing the Business Model with the Social Service ModelContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This panel discussion will offer a rationale for balancing the business model with the social service model and share examples of cities finding success in achieving public support from those who utilize services…and even those who don't!
Is your BUT too Big?Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
A culture of excuses is not helping our current conditions. Challenging conventional thinking and pushing beyond comfort zones, this intensive and spirited session promises to be provocative and insightful.
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.
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.