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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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.
Creating, Improving, Protecting, and Advocating through Sustainable Private/Public PartnershipsContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
Recording from NRPA Live Stream Event! This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces.
2019 Climate Resiliency BundleContains 3 Product(s)
This bundle provides valuable steps and tools to increase your community's resilience. Hear from NRPA 2019 Annual Conference speakers how they have (and you can too!), demonstrated that their role in community resilience is critical.
How to use Public Parks to Improve Climate, Health, and Equity OutcomesContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
Join this NRPA Live recorded session as urban parks leaders from across the country will discuss how they are using parks, trails, and greenspaces to help cities address the challenges posed by a warming climate.
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.
Suicide Talk; a Conversation to Create AwarenessContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
Join the conversation to increase connections and reduce the risk of suicide. Everyone can be a part of the conversation and help to create strong and healthier communities.
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.
How to Start, Build, and Grow your Local Park FoundationContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
This session will explore the importance of LOCAL Park Foundations and / or LOCAL Friends of the Parks Groups across the United States, and explore the common components of successful local Park Foundations or Friends of the Park Groups.
2019 Alternative Revenue Streams BundleContains 3 Product(s)
Explore avenues to generate revenue in this NRPA 2019 Annual Conference bundle. Topics discussed include how to increase sponsorships, self-sufficiency plus the components of successful local Park Foundations.
"What's Past is Prologue": The Déjà Vu Health Case for Urban Parks in the US and the UKContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
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.
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.
Keepin' it REAL in Parks and RecreationContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits
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), Includes Credits
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 2Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits
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
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.
Public-Private Park Partnerships to Achieve Healthy EquityContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits 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.
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.
Innovative Strategies to Connect Communities to NatureContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits 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 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 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.
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
Making Creativity Part of Your DNAContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits 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!
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.
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.
Build a 21st Century Diverse Workforce and Inclusive Work Environment at Your Agency TodayContains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits 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.
Inclusive Outreach for Equitable Results: Using a Logic Model for the Get Moving InitiativeContains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/26/2017
This session is a fusion of equity and results-based accountability, with two key themes: (1) inclusive outreach strategies to effectively reach underserved communities, and (2) using performance measurement tools for equitable results. We will profile Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative, which used equity goals and a logic model as tools to guide and track inclusive outreach strategies for its community fitness-grant program.
Diversity and Cultural AwarenessContains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits
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.
Leadership Certificate PackageContains 4 Product(s)
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.