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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.

Current Courses

  • CPRP Basic Learning Pack

    Contains 7 Product(s)

    The Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes: ​- CPRP Preparation Courses: Operations​ Finance​ Human Resources​ Programming​ Communications​ - CPRP Practice Examination​

  • Innovation. Speed Sessions from the 2017 Annual Conference

    Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/27/2017

    ​This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation: Future-Proofing Your Organization, Innovation in 19.5 Minutes, and Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R's Future.

  • NRPA 2017 Conference Innovation Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Innovation." Included in this package are the following sessions: Innovation. Speed Sessions from the NRPA 2017 Conference, Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out, The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion, and Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead.

  • Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out

    Contains 7 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.

  • A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?

    Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    With parks' positive impact to property values as well as the events or tourism that occur in and around them, our parks are economic engines of our communities. We will learn how to calculate this impact, why it’s important, and how to use the new data to better market our parks and their value. Become better prepared to tell the narrative of the incredible impact of parks.​​

  • Creating Meaningful Arts Programs Designed to Engage the Community

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    ​Parks departments are uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of access to arts and cultural opportunities, which engage, create a sense of place and give voice to diverse communities. This session will explore how both hands-on and experiential programming can be a vibrant part of any parks department's offerings, when designed to meet the needs of your community.

  • Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Scrap your marketing plan and learn how growth hacking techniques from Silicon Valley start-ups, including data analysis, marketing automation, user-experience design and design iteration, can lead to more effective marketing, higher participation and increased revenues, all without breaking the budget.

  • Public-Private Park Partnerships to Achieve Healthy Equity

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered 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.

  • VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond Program

    Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Once community leaders identify the need for a new recreation center, how do they get voter support? This session reveals it’s not such a mystery, and there are indeed proven strategies behind successful public outreach programs. Through a series of recent case studies, this session outlines the key steps community leaders must take to gain support for a bond issue on a ballot measure in order to fund a new community recreation center.

  • The Ecological Age: Ushering a New Age for Parks in the Face of Climate Change

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Climate change has overwhelmingly been recognized as one of the most urgent threats to our communities and our environment. Parks play a unique role in providing respite, infrastructure, adaptation and mitigation strategies for urban communities. The focus on climate change and adaptation provides a unique opportunity for a new ecological era for parks with a focus on investment in restoration and protection of natural areas.

  • Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations

    Contains 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.

  • Innovative Strategies to Connect Communities to Nature

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered 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.

  • The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, within minutes, the man took off his coat. The moral: you can’t force someone to do what they don’t want; instead, the art of influence and persuasion will get them to want what you want. This is the essence of true leadership.

  • NRPA 2017 Conference Advocacy Bundle

    Contains 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 Programming Bundle

    Contains 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.