NRPA Education Free Learning Opportunities
NRPA Education offers professionals a variety of free learning opportunities to help fast track your career development.
Experience One Course from NRPA Certificate Offerings
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.
eSports: Get in the GameIncludes Credits
Recording of NRPA Live Stream Event! Join this session to explore the hard data and take an honest look at the issues involved in bringing eSports to your community centers.
Once Upon a Pie Chart: Using Data to Tell Your StoryIncludes Credits
Recording of NRPA Live Stream Event! Learn the fundamentals of both storytelling and data visualization so that you can create messages that are both informative and compelling to share with staff, elected officials, and the public.
Suicide Talk; a Conversation to Create AwarenessIncludes 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.
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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.
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.
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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Mentoring in Parks and Recreation InitiativeRecorded On: 04/28/2020
Learn how to build an effective and evidence-based mentorship program at your park and recreation agency with NRPA’s Mentoring Framework.
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.
Practical Insights into Childhood Adversity: How ACEs Impact the Youth We ServeRecorded On: 06/24/2019
Professionals in the field define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on youth and the community. Examples of how Out-of-School Time (OST) programs provide protective factors against ACEs are also discussed.
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