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 - Planning, Design, and Maintenance
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A Systems Approach to Assessing ParksContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
Recording of NRPA Live Stream Event! This session highlights the benefits of collaborating with other government agencies and community-based groups to conduct a meaningful parks system assessment. Speakers will present sample indicators and metrics, provide guidance for multidisciplinary groups to collect and analyze the data, and share possible strategies for creating a Complete Parks system.
The Vision and the Visual: Creative/Artist Partnerships in Parks and RecreationContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
Learn from three Parks and Recreation professionals in how including artists in the process of creating programs or facility planning can lead to new and unexpected successes.
2019 STEAM / Design Thinking BundleContains 3 Product(s)
Look no further to learn ways to add variety into your programming! These NRPA 2019 Annual Conference topics discuss how to incorporate technology, STEAM, partnerships and climate change into your programs.
NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: MaintenanceContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for maintenance as it relates to aquatic management. Learners will be introduced to the essential topics for AFO Renewal (Group B)
NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: PlanningContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
As a part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, Planning helps you to define your community needs and expected benefits, assess proposed sites to ensure proper placement, outline a site plan and create a budget plan for design and ongoing maintenance costs for splash pad features.
NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: DesignContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
As part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Design course will help you to demonstrate knowledge of current safety standards, select appropriate elements based on site plans, and identify other site considerations for splash pad features.
NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: OperationsContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
As part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Operations course will help you identify liabilities, create a risk management plan, implement management and safety practices and identify potential programming and rental opportunities for splash pad features.
NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: MaintenanceContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
As part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Maintenance course will help you to form knowledge of maintenance techniques and identify and implement appropriate repairs for splash pad features.
NRPA Splash Pad CertificateContains 4 Product(s)
NRPA’s Splash Pad Certificate Program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to create and implement a water play recreation area for your agency and community. By completing this online certificate program, you will gain the expertise necessary to plan, design, operate and maintain a splash pad facility.
Shaping Space for Civic Life: The pivotal role of parksContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
This session will introduce the Assembly initiative and its evidence-based approach to shaping community design, with an emphasis on parks and open space. Panelists will reflect on historic and emerging research that points to the connection between the built environment and civic participation, and share a range of project examples that seek to enhance civic life through design interventions.
Conducting a Successful Grant Search to Fund Your ProjectContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
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), Includes Credits
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!
Partnering with Land TrustsContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
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.
Advocacy by design: Innovations in parks and public places for building diverse constituenciesContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
Experts from five cities working on the ground will share how the Re-imagining 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.
More Design Glitches & Building BlundersContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
Drawing from the experience of over 220 projects built over the last 30 years, this session uncovers even more of the top lessons learned shared by community leaders, operators, contractors and designers.
Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play DestinationsContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/28/2017
Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires us to play and interact together, while offering a variety of choices for how users enjoy and engage. Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water play, and empower communities to effectively champion water play initiatives. Discover design strategies that thoughtfully address child development and key considerations in the planning, design and maintenance phases of your project to create a beloved community destination.
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
City of New Orleans: Strategic Urban Water Management and Recreation OpportunitiesContains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/27/2017
This session will catalyze interest in the development of strategic water-management interventions at recreation sites and their comprehensive maintenance. The presentation will review the New Orleans approach to urban-water management and highlight the many opportunities to uplift healthy activities and recreation through the program. We will also explore ways in which different public, private and community entities can participate in the collective operations and maintenance of the projects.
How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your CommunityContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits 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.
Athletic Field MaintenanceContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
Learn the proper techniques and best practices needed to keep your agency’s athletic fields safe, usable, and attractive. This course is an excellent resource for maintenance staff, landscapers, and facility managers.