NRPA Education Free Learning Opportunities
NRPA Education offers professionals a variety of free learning opportunities to help fast track your career development.
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Marketing and Communications: Needs AssessmentIncludes Credits
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.
NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Programming and Event PlanningIncludes Credits
This course provides the fundamentals of Program & Event planning for the Aquatic Management Professional. Credit: 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.
NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: PlanningIncludes 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.
Strategic ThinkingIncludes Credits
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.
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Equity in Essential ServicesIncludes Credits
Join us to hear how the ingenuity of park and recreation professionals supports the needs of the vulnerable by meeting them where they are and in turn, demonstrating to their communities how essential the field is.
Continuity Planning and Virtual In-Services for Aquatic FacilitiesIncludes Credits
As the 2020 swim season approaches, it’s clear this will be a summer like never before. In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to implement a virtual in-service program to train staff in time for pool openings, as well as how to manage budget, communication and customer service issues.
Continuity Planning and Emergency ManagementIncludes Credits
Join us as Paul Gilbert, Executive Director for NOVA Parks, Anthony-Paul (AP) Diaz, Executive Officer and Chief of Staff, and Jimmy Kim, Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Operations, Emergency Management and Aquatics Division for Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks discuss the importance of continuity plans as part of park and recreation agencies’ emergency response to unforeseen challenges such as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We will also discuss what official sources should be consulted to provide guidance on communications and best practices.
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How to Support Mental Health in Your CommunityRecorded On: 06/17/2020
Sharpen your skills for implementing programs that support mental health, engaging in youth development programs and demonstrating the essential role park and recreational professionals serve in supporting social-emotional health.
Summer Camp and Innovative Youth ProgrammingRecorded On: 05/19/2020
Join the American Camp Association, the National Summer Learning Association and NRPA in a discussion on planning summer camps and hear a national perspective on the safety, learning and social-emotional factors to consider plus resources to guide your planning.
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What Does Childhood Trauma Have to Do with Mentoring?Recorded On: 05/19/2020
Learn how adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress and trauma impact youth, as well as how mentoring programs and social connections build resiliency and foster positive health outcomes.
NRPA’s Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework – An online resource for measuring benefits in local parksIncludes Credits
Use NRPA’s new online toolkit to collect data on the benefits of green infrastructure in parks.
An Inside Look at the Signs of Substance Misuse
The “Hidden in Plain Sight” curriculum helps parents, caregivers and out-of-school time providers to recognize signs of substance misuse. This webinar will provide education and awareness surrounding drug “slang”, current trends, and signs and symptoms of possible drug use.
Addressing Substance Misuse and Associated Stigmas in Parks
Julien Scott, Bronx Operations Manager at NYC Parks, gives an overview of injection drug use in New York City and how the Bronx Park System has worked to address resulting issues. He also discusses the stigma of drug use as a barrier to utilizing services provided.