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 - Planning, Design, and Maintenance
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2019 NRPA Live Complete Conference PackageContains 28 Product(s)
The 2019 NRPA Live complete package (1.8 CEUs) includes all three days of live streaming with a total of nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. This package also includes access to recordings of an additional nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. These recorded sessions will be available following the live streamed event.
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 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.
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.
The Future of Parks: A Recipe for SuccessContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
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), Includes Credits
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.
Zika: Get the buzz on protecting yourself and your communities.Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
In February 2016, the WHO declared the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). That same month, the CDC elevated its response efforts to a Level 1 activation – the highest response level it has. As an international public health emergency, Zika has the potential to dramatically affect park agencies.
Safe Route to Parks: Growing the Walking MovementContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
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.