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2019 Premier Webinar Subscription

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Subscribe to the 2019 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2018 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials. NRPA's free Premier webinar series addresses timely and relevant topics within the park and recreation field. The webinars are free to our premier members. The Premier Webinar series occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. ET.


2019 Schedule

The ADA is 27 Years Old in 2019... Are you Celebrating Yet?
January 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
Why and How you Should Conduct Evaluation Surveys
July 11, 2019 2:00pm ET
Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation
February 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
Parks and Recreation Hot Topics
August 8, 2019 2:00pm ET
Innovation Lab: The Day After Tomorrow: Marking Parks Climate Resilient *
March 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
Aquatics - Preparing for 2020 Summer Staff * 
September 12, 2019 2:00pm ET
Park Champions: Bring Capitol Hill to a Park Near You
April 11, 2019 2:00pm ET 
Imagine Your Park Without Water - Protecting and Conserving Water Resources
October 10, 2019 2:00pm ET 
Marketing and Public Relations Trends
May 9, 2019 2:00pm ET
Annual Review of Research Findings
November 14, 2019 2:00pm ET
LGBTQ/Parks for Inclusion *
June 13, 2019 2:00pm ET
Playgrounds - From Planning to Opening Day and Beyond *
December 12, 2019 2:00pm ET

These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • The ADA is 27 Years Old in 2019… Are You Celebrating Yet?

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Recorded On: 01/10/2019

    In this ever-changing federal environment, parks and recreation staffs wonder how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has changed. This webinar will answer questions about accessibility that remain and how decisions are made regarding the trends in accessibility.

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    In this ever-changing federal environment, parks and recreation staffs wonder how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has changed. What is the perspective of the US Attorney General regarding the ADA? Are new regulations being issued? Has enforcement ground to a halt? What plans exist, if any, for addressing fitness machine access and single-rider golf cars? What is the status of rulemaking on trails, campsites, beaches, and picnic areas? Are website standards ever going to be issued? What enforcement trends apply to making recreation programs accessible? These and other topics will be reviewed in this webinar.

    John McGovern

    President, Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC

    McGovern has spoken about access and inclusion at training events in 43 states. He is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the application of the ADA to public parks and recreation. McGovern is the President of Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC (RAC), established in 2008. RAC is one of the companies under the umbrella of W-T Engineering, one of the premier engineering firms in Illinois. RAC advises local parks and recreation agencies, cities, counties, states, and private entities regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to existing buildings and sites, new buildings and sites, and inclusive recreation support.

  • Congressional Preview: What to Expect from this Congress for Parks and Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us to learn from NRPA's Public Policy Team how congressional committees in the House relevant to park and rec priorities have now shifted in leadership and priorities and what pieces of legislation may be moving this year.

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    This Valentine's Day, let's not lose heart on what we can accomplish together in working with our elected officials!

    The 2018 mid-term elections resulted in the Democratic Party gaining control of the House of Representatives and the Republican Party maintaining their majority in the Senate. Join us to learn from NRPA's Public Policy Team how congressional committees in the House relevant to park and rec priorities have now shifted in leadership and priorities and what pieces of legislation may be moving this year. And, as always, how your advocacy is needed to support policy decisions being made in DC and ways to engage your elected officials back home!

    Kate Clabaugh

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kate Clabaugh joined NRPA in May 2017 and manages our advocacy work related to health and wellness policy priorities, including nutrition, healthcare, and education. Kate previously worked for the national anti-hunger organization, the Food Research and Action Center, working with Congress to protect and expand access to the federal nutrition programs. 

    Jayni Rassmussen

    Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jayni Rasmussen is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. She manages the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kyle Simpson joined NRPA in December 2017 and is heading up our public policy work on conservation, including infrastructure, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and resiliency. Kyle comes to NRPA after nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently having worked for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

  • The Day After Tomorrow: Making Parks Climate Resilient

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered

    Join NRPA’s conservation leaders and nationally-recognized experts who are working tirelessly to help communities adapt to acute and chronic stresses to parks and public lands.

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    As predominant land owners within communities across the nation, park and recreation agencies are on the front lines of facing climate change. From rising sea levels to strong, more frequently-occurring weather events, agencies can and should be key players in developing resiliency strategies. 

    Join NRPA’s conservation leaders and nationally-recognized experts who are working tirelessly to help communities adapt to acute and chronic stresses to parks and public lands. Building on the recent Innovation Lab held in Miami last month, presenters will provide experiential knowledge and examples of how you can make your parks and facilities more resilient to meet the challenges that face us all.  


    Rich Dolesh (Moderator)

    Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Recreation and Park Association

    Richard J. Dolesh joined NRPA in 2002 and serves as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. He is responsible for development and implementation of national policy and initiatives related to conservation, stewardship and parks.

    Rich worked 30 years in parks, outdoor recreation, and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland before coming to NRPA. His recent work includes leading NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative, coordinating the Parks for Mitigation demonstration projects, and working with the National Wildlife Federation to connect 10 million kids to nature and the outdoors over the next three years. Rich represents NRPA on a number of coalitions and advisory groups including the Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition, the steering committee for Natural Play and Learning Area guidelines, and the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).

    Rich is a frequent contributor to NRPA's Parks and Recreation Magazine, and has written numerous articles on parks and natural resources in publications including The Washington Post and National Geographic Magazine.

    Jack Kardys (Moderator)

    Former Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

    Jack Kardys has recently retired as the Director of the nationally accredited and Gold Medal Award winning Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department (MDPROS), one of the largest and most diverse park systems in the country with 270 parks on 13,000 acres of land. Built on a foundation of organizational excellence and the pillars of Health, Placemaking and Conservation, MDPROS serves 2.7 million residents and 25 million visitors annually. Jack has served the profession for more than 38 years and earned dozens of awards that recognize his extraordinary leadership and achievements. Jack is currently the Chairman of the Board for N and the Past-President of the FRPA. With Jack’s guidance, the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space System Master Plan established the blueprint for improving the quality of life in Miami through a system of great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas connected by great greenways, blueways, trails and complete streets. Through collaboration with dozens of community partners, this Master Plan is a national model for enhancing Miami-Dade’s health, happiness and economic prosperity. Jack is currently an associate with PROS Consulting and the President of J Kardys Strategies, LLC, working with progressive park agencies developing and implementing innovative park and public realm strategies for building healthy and sustainable communities.

    Tom O'Hara

    Editor, The Invading Seas

    Tom O’Hara is the editor of a journalism collaboration called The Invading Sea. Three newspapers and WLRN Public Media are working together to educate South Floridians about the threat of rising seas. In recent years, he taught journalism at Florida Atlantic University. From 2010 to 2012, he was an editor with The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. Between 2008 and 2010, he taught journalism at Ohio State University. From 2000 to 2007, he was the managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Before that, he was the managing editor of The Palm Beach Post.  He also was a reporter for the Gainesville Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Daytona Beach News Journal and the Miami Herald. He graduated with honors from Rutgers University-Camden. He has a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Florida.

    Jason Hellendrung

    Vice President, Planning and Design, Tetra Tech

    Jason directs landscape architecture, planning, and urban design work on a wide range of urban infrastructure projects. Much of Jason’s work involves reshaping cities through public infrastructure improvements and how these investments can catalyze development — in particular, the redevelopment of urban waterfronts and the integration of transit into cities. His project responsibilities include management and coordination of multi-client stakeholder teams for planning, design, and implementation. 

    Maria Nardi

    Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

    Maria Nardi was appointed Director for Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) effective August 1, 2017. Ms. Nardi is responsible for one the most diverse and largest park systems in the country.  She oversees Planning and Development, Park Stewardship Operations and Administration of a system that includes over 270 park properties, over 13,000 acres of park land comprised of active and passive parks, as well as protected, environmentally sensitive properties, serving 2.7 million residents and approximately 1.4 million residents for the unincorporated area.  They include the Deering Estate at Cutler, Zoo Miami, managing over 26,000 acres of Natural Areas Conservation and Management (NAM), Golf Enterprise, 14 miles of Beaches, Agriculture Extension, Causeways, 260 miles of roadways, Disabilities Services, Marina Enterprise, and multiple Operating Regions.  

     Ms. Nardi is committed to public service and the enhancement of the community’s health, happiness and prosperity through the implementation of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department’s Planning and Design Excellence, Health and Fitness and Conservation Pillars. She has worked in the public sector 20 years where her vision for a sustainable and resilient community focuses on the premise that every great community has a great park system.

     Ms. Nardi oversees the implementation of the Parks and Public Space Masterplan to transform Miami Dade into a more economically, socially, and environmentally vibrant community through a system of parks, public spaces, natural and historic areas connected by greenways/blueways and complete streets designed as linear parks.  Her vision includes the role of parks and public spaces in shaping cities; the emerging evidence-based science of health and the built environment; and the creation of equitable, resilient communities through parks and public space.  

    Ms. Nardi is a sought-out speaker on issues related to the role of parks and public space in the development of cities. The Parks Masterplan and Recreation Program has been recognized by the White House and the National Park and Recreation Association as a national model for transforming communities. Among other accolades, she holds invited membership on the highly selective International Women’s Forum and is an appointed member of the Board of Directors of City Parks Alliance, the only independent, nationwide membership organization solely dedicated to urban parks. She has been recognized for her work with the International Progressive Architecture Urban Design Award, the University of Miami Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Architecture Profession, the Harvard Honor Award for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture, The Mayor’s Woman Pioneer Award, and the Miami AIA Leadership in Government Award.


  • Park Champions: Bring Capitol Hill to a Park Near You

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/11/2019

    Join the NRPA Public Policy team as we explore how you can make a difference for yourself, your agency and the field by stepping up as a Park Champion.

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    Advocacy is a critical skill for being an effective park and recreation professional, no matter where you’re at in your career. Whether you’re fighting for this year’s budget, arguing for your program’s existence or just working to get through the day, being proficient in advocacy techniques can be a vital lifeline in your career. Step up for the future of parks and recreation by becoming a Park Champion! This award-winning advocacy program will teach you the advocacy skills you need to know, beginning with developing relationships with key decision-makers. Park Champions across the country are building strong, lasting relationships with their elected officials by inviting them to park dedications, program kick-offs, special events, and more. The Park Champion show-and-tell advocacy model allows our members to create meaningful experiences for members of Congress that demonstrate the importance of investing in parks and recreation. Join the NRPA Public Policy team as we explore how you can make a difference for yourself, your agency and the field by stepping up as a Park Champion. 

    Jayni Rassmussen

    Advocacy & Outreach Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jayni Rasmussen is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. She manages the Public Policy's team's advocacy initiatives, including the Park Champion campaign. Prior to NRPA, Jayni worked at Ocean Conservancy, where she coordinated advocacy and outreach efforts both on Capitol Hill and on the ground to garner support for ocean health policy. Jayni is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science.

    Darren Lewis

    Director, Mount Airy Parks and Recreation