2020 Advocacy Bundle

This bundle is a collection of 2020 Virtual sessions that include advocacy discussions related to grant funding and the expansion of ecological restoration. Upon completion, the sessions included in this bundle are eligible for 0.2 CEU.  The third session is included for no additional cost and eligible for 0.034 CEU.


Sessions included in this bundle:

  1. LWCF State Assistance Fund: Tapping into Its Great Potential for Your Community (0.1 CEU)
  2. How to Expand Ecological Restoration and Management in Your Park System (0.1 CEU)
  3. A Simplified Guide to Successful Grant Writing (0.034 CEU)



NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session to learn more about the 10 basic steps to successful grant writing.

    Whether you are seeking $100 or $100,000 from a grant funder, there are 10 basic steps that must be completed to receive a grant. This session will present the basic approach that all agencies should use to approach when writing a grant.

    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Develop a basic checklist of items to consider when applying for a grant.

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    A.D. Drew

    Turner County Parks & Recreation

    Mr. Drew has done extensive research revolving around health disparities and hunger both at Tuskegee University. Drew has a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics and was Director of Parks and Recreation for Tuskegee, AL from 2013 - 2018. Drew is now the Director in Turner County, GA. Drew has been instrumental in obtaining many grants involving nutrition education and fitness.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session for a deep dive on how to improve the quality of natural resources with a limited budget. In this session case studies from the Upper Midwest and Great Plains will be used to present an approach to planning.

    Park natural resource managers share a basic challenge: how to improve the quality of natural resources with limited budget and staff. Drawing on projects in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we will present an approach to systemwide natural resource planning that: (1) sets realistic goals using inventory and assessment data, (2) identifies the finances needed to elevate ecological health and resilience, (3) identifies the shortfall in current capacity, (4) schedules annual expenditures that are achievable with current and potential funding, and (5) achieves related CAPRA standards. With this foundation, staff have planned, prioritized, budgeted, and communicated to leaders and constituents the ecological restoration and ongoing maintenance for a decade or more across entire park systems. A county field biologist will share why fast-growing Johnson County, Kansas, embarked on this path, the process they used, and how the plan helped secure additional funds and led to rapid implementation.


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Explain the value and use of systemwide natural resource plans for park systems, including how such a plan can meet the CAPRA standard.
    2. Demonstrate the difference between park-specific natural resource restoration & management plans versus systemwide plans.
    3. Create a work plan for initiating a systemwide natural resource plan for their community.




    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Douglas Mensing

    Senior Ecologist

    Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

    Matthew Garrett

    Field Biologist

    Johnson County Park and Recreation District

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session and take an even deeper dive into the LWCF State Assistance Program.

    Stemming off the successful session at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference, take an even deeper dive in the LWCF State Assistance Program. Learn some of the following: 

    • Model projects from LWCF state assistance
    • How to determine the local need for LWCF projects
    • How to make the case for projects in your community 
    • How to comply with state and federal rules for LWCF State Assistance


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the LWCF State Assistance on a deeper level.
    2. Know how to implement projects in their communities. 

     

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Eric Feldbaum

    Community Recreation Specialist/CPRP

    New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

    Vice President, National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers (NASORLO). Leads NASORLO's education offerings. Oversees LWCF State Assistance in New Hampshire.

    Joel Lynch

    Chief of State and Local Assistance Programs - National Park Service

    National Park Service

    Joel Lynch has worked for the National Park Service for over 15 years and currently serves as Chief of State and Local Assistance Programs Division. In this role he administers the Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program, and others programs that support the creation and protection of close to home recreation opportunities in communities across the United States. Prior to his federal career, Joel taught and conducted research at Michigan State University. Joel holds a Ph.D. in recreation resource management.

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

    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.

    Elisabeth Fondriest

    Chief of the Recreation Grant Programs Branch, National Park Service

    National Park Service

    Elisabeth Fondriest is the Chief of the Recreation Grant Programs Branch and recently marked her 10-year anniversary of joining the National Park Service’s State and Local Assistance Division. Prior to NPS, she spent 12 years with NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (nka the Office of Coastal Zone Management) where she was a state program officer for the Coastal Zone Management Program and the manager of the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. When not at work, she can most frequently be found out on the Anacostia River (Washington, DC’s other river!), where she is a competitive sweep rower and sculler, as well as a rowing coach.