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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Conducting a Successful Grant Search to Fund Your ProjectContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/27/2018 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
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!
NRPA Live 2018 Thursday PackageContains 5 Product(s)
This package contains all of the Thursday sessions streamed live from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference including: - Speed Sessions: 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 - Grantmaking Success: A Conversation with Funders - Keepin' it REAL in Parks and Recreation - Revealing the Secrets of Successful Career Development - Conducting a Successful Grant Search to Fund Your Project
NRPA Live 2018 Complete Conference PackageContains 10 Product(s)
This is the complete package for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conferences streamed live from Indianapolis. This package includes all days with a total of 9 full education sessions and 3 speed sessions. This package also includes an extended conference experience by including an additional 9 full education sessions and 3 speed sessions recorded at conference added following the end of the live streamed event.
Grantmaking Success: A Conversation with FundersContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/27/2018 at 9:45 AM (EDT)
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!
NRPA Live 2018 Wednesday PackageContains 2 Product(s)
This package contains all of the Wednesday sessions streamed life from the NRPA 2018 Annual Conference including: - Shaping Space for Civic Life: The pivotal role of parks; and - Lessons from the Legends:Shattering Stereotypes and Glass Ceilings Alike
Shaping Space for Civic Life: The pivotal role of parksContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/26/2018 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
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.
NRPA Live 2018 Tuesday PackageContains 3 Product(s)
This package contains all of the Tuesday sessions streamed live from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference including: - Welcome to Recreation & Parks / NRPA's Three Pillars; - Keeping up with Capital Replacements; Crawl, Walk Run; and - "What's Past is Prologue": The Déjà Vu Health Case for Urban Parks in the US and the UK
Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play DestinationsContains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered 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), 0.10 credits offered 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), 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.
Athletic Field MaintenanceContains 3 Component(s), 0.20 credits offered
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), 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.
Zika: Get the buzz on protecting yourself and your communities.Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
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.
Play For All- Creating an Inclusive Destination ParkContains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered
This session will share with you how Round Rock bridged these two concepts and created the award winning Play for All Park. Attendees will hear about the Play for All Park from concept and design, implementation, fundraising and marketing strategies, programming and learning opportunities and the positive impact the park has made on the Round Rock community.
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.