2020 NRPA Virtual Comprehensive Bundle

The 2020 NRPA Virtual education sessions provide an inspirational approach to professional development for Park and Recreation professionals.  Register for this comprehensive package of the 2020 education sessions and join the discussions on innovation, social equity, and the essential roles you serve to positively impact communities. 

This bundle is packaged to provide over 5.0 CEU upon completion by including the full education sessions plus, all Speed Sessions (0.68 CEU eligible) are included for no additional cost.  

Total eligible CEU upon completion: 5.18

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual Conference session to discover what makes a great day at work and learn more about the three "Cs" which can help to create ideal "Great day" conditions.

    At times during your career, perhaps while driving home (or before falling asleep) you likely have reflected back at the end of the workday and thought to yourself, "Now that was a GREAT day at work!" Ever wonder what made it such a great day? Has anyone ever studied this? Are there common factors to these GREAT days from which we can learn? The answer, of course, is YES and it involves the three "Cs". Just what are these magical "Cs" you ask? Discover them and how you can help to create ideal "GREAT day" conditions for your team.


    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the importance of choice, competence, and connection.
    2. Promote team competence and connection.
  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual Conference session to discover low-cost ways to get more people of all fitness levels walking in your park and recreation areas.

    Walking is the best medicine. Just about every media report about the benefits of exercise ends with a suggestion to start walking. Doctors are prescribing it. In 2015, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities to get more people active. Parks provide an excellent venue for walking, however, according to a 2018 RAND survey, parks tend to be underutilized for physical activity, especially for moderate to vigorous exercise and for adults and seniors. Walking is a welcoming way to engage these populations and others. It's accessible to all bodies from the fit to the unfit, young to old, healthy weight to obese alike. In addition to the health benefits that participants gain, walking and talking together build a sense of camaraderie. When this experience is rooted in the park landscape, that camaraderie grows into community. Discover low-cost ways to get more people of all fitness levels walking in your parks and recreation areas.



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

    1. Engage walkers.
    2. Access resources and programs to increase engagement.
  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual Conference session to learn more about The Gathering Place, a 100-acre inclusive park serving residents of all backgrounds park in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    The Gathering Place is a new 100-acre park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The $465-million park provides multiple features from a sport court, skate area, boating facilities, water features and large playground. The overall goal is to be an inclusive park no matter your racial, ethnic, economic or ability level. Tulsa was the site of the single-worst incident of racial violence in American history, with approximately 300 African American residents killed in a 1921 riot. The location of The Gathering Place is the middle of Tulsa's diverse neighborhoods. The intent is to provide a neutral location for residents of all backgrounds to intermingle and to get to know each other no matter their differences. The park was voted as the best new attraction in the United States by USA Today newspaper, but, more importantly, was recognized by Time Magazine and the top "100 Worlds Greatest Places" to experience in 2019.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand how the design and location of a park can be used as a place for people of all ages, economic levels, racial background, disability, etc. to enjoy and interact. 
    2. Understand how the use of Universal Design, can exceed accessibility standards and allow people with multiple or severe disabilities to enjoy an outdoor setting.

    Mark Trieglaff

    President, ACTServices, Inc.

    Mark Trieglaff has a Bachelor Degree in Outdoor and Therapeutic Recreation and a Masters Degree in Park and Recreation Administration with a Therapeutic Recreation emphasis. He has been in the disability field for over 30 years starting as a Recreation Therapist at Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association, Access Coordinator for People with Disabilities at Brookfield Zoo, Project Manager at LCM Architects that had a specialty in accessibility review and now President of Accessibility Consultation and Training Services, Inc. (ACTServices, Inc.) for the past 6 years. Mark is also a certified Wilderness Leader from the Wilderness Education Association started by Paul Petzoldt who also started the National Outdoor Leadership School.

    The overall program at Brookfield Zoo was to provide adaptive educational programs for zoo guests with disabilities, provide access of exhibits and facilities, and provide effective communication through various means. The Brookfield Zoo access program won the Accessible Museum of the Year Award from the American Association of Museums in a National competition and featured on a CD called Universal Design Exemplars by the Center for Universal Design in an International competition.

    At LCM, he involved in projects across the country. The projects included activities such as plan reviews, accessibility code interpretation, construction site reviews, transition plan development, reasonable accommodation recommendations, policy and procedure reviews, etc. He also participated in two Department of Justice lawsuits (College Square Mall in Cedar Falls, Iowa and the University of Chicago) and one Illinois States Attorney lawsuit (Walgreen Corporation).

    Mark began Accessibility Consultation and Training Services, Inc. 2007 and has provided reviews of over 500 separate parks and facilities include the Chicago Park District, Park District of Oak Park and Elmhurst Park District to name a few.

    He is presently providing training for the Michigan Recreation and Park Association members around the state to assist them with the development of their Transition Plans. These trainings will provide participants with the background in the ADA and the requirements of a Transition Plan as well as practical fieldwork to provide them hands on experience in how to take accurate measurements for their reports.

    He has spoke extensively on Transition Plans and accessibility including presentations at the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, the Florida Recreation and Park Association, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the American Association of Museums, American Therapeutic Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. He recently presented at the International Conference on Universal Design in Lund Sweden. The topic was the inclusion of Universal Design in a small park and playground in Woodridge Illinois.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session to learn the outcomes, strategies, and field-wide impacts that the Rising Leaders Fellowship program has had on the environmental sector, its participants, and the continued equitable development of leadership opportunities for people of color.

    Over the past six years, the Rising Leaders Fellowship has provided professional development, a space for challenging the status quo, and continued retention efforts for talented professionals of color and their allies. After completing a formal evaluation in 2020, we are prepared to share the outcomes, strategies, and field-wide impacts that this program has had on the environmental sector, its participants, and the continued equitable development of leadership opportunities for people of color. Participants of this speed session will walk away with a deepened understanding of equitable and inclusive retention efforts, insights into creating professional development programming, and inspiration for the role that they can play in a more just and equitable environmental field.


    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the importance of equitable and inclusive professional development opportunities.
    2. Understand the role these opportunities play in the retention of talented professionals of color.
    3. Develop a deepened understanding of equitable and inclusive retention efforts.

    Rena Payan

    Youth OUtside

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual discussion with NRPA and a self-advocate with intellectual disabilities to learn about the importance of inclusivity and the impact that a newly developed inclusive health policy best practice guide can have on communities across the country.

    For centuries, individuals with intellectual disabilities have been one of the most marginalized and alienated populations in our society. Park and recreation agencies have the ability to not only provide inclusive health solutions that foster healthy activities with participation by both individuals with and without intellectual disabilities, helping to not only break down barriers to physical health but also address stigma and alienation and improve social and emotional health. Join NRPA and a self-advocate with an intellectual disability to discuss the importance of inclusivity, and the impact a newly developed inclusive health policy best practice guide can have on communities across the country.


    Following this session, learners will be able to: 

    1. Learn ways to promote inclusive health through park and recreation programs and policies.

    Kathleen Maggi

    Health Messenger

    Special Olympics

    Maureen Neumann (she/her)

    Senior Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Neumann is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session and develop a five-question "listening" system that will allow you to effectively check in with your staff and volunteers in 10 minutes or less. Use a series of questions to learn from part-time staff and volunteers about workplace wins, challenges, and suggestions for leadership.

    Can you say your workplace culture values actionable feedback, staff development, and personal connection if you don't have uninterrupted time to give your staff and volunteers the floor to share their work experiences? In 20 minutes, learn to develop a five-question "listening" system that will allow you to check-in with your part-time staff (one-on-one and in 10 minutes or less!) and hear in their own words about their workplace wins, current challenges, operational suggestions, peer contributions and suggestions for leadership (that's you!). Leave with a five-question template to take and tweak as well as master documents to set up your sessions, explain the impact to staff and volunteers, and organize and collect your data.



    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. How to create 1x1 feedback based check-in sessions with your part-time staff and volunteers.
    2. How to use a series of questions to gather feedback from their perspective. 
    3. Rework questions to fit your organization and the individual in front of you to elicit a valuable response.

    Kate Connell

    City of Iowa City

    Kate Connell is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free swimming lessons, safety education, and accessible pool events. Kate leads trainings and conversations on equitable aquatics, staff training, and humanness through leadership. Kate also is experienced in private recreation as a yoga teacher trainer and author of The Art of Teaching Private Yoga.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This 2020 NRPA Virtual speed session discusses the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) laws and best practices for service dogs in public facilities; along with, the differences among various service dogs.

    Learn the facts about service dogs from true service dog trainers. This speed session will discuss the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) laws and best practices for service dogs in your public facilities. It also will differentiate task-trained service dogs, therapy dogs, emotional support animals, and anything else that might come through your doors. New Horizons Service Dogs Inc. is a service dog training nonprofit that supplies task-trained service dogs to clients free of cost.

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

    1. Identify ADA laws with Service Dogs.
    2. Understand how the ADA laws relate to organizations.

    Hannah Cooper

    Athletic Supervisor

    Sports Facilities Management, LLC

    Hannah Cooper is an Athletic Supervisor with the City of Port Orange Parks and Recreation. In her "spare" time she raises task trained service dogs through New Horizons Service Dogs Inc. in Orange City. She looks to educate and bring awareness to service dogs in the recreation industry and what ADA accessibility looks like for your organization.

    Wendy Hartman

    New Horizons Service Dogs Inc.

    Wendy Hartman is a retired teacher and now the Assistant Director for New Horizons Service Dogs Inc, located in Orange City. She has trained numerous dogs and presented on the topic countless times. Wendy has a wealth of knowledge on ADA laws and the relationship to public spaces.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual Conference speed session to learn about future trends in sports programming and resources available to recreation and facilities managers and supervisors.

    In this speed session, Sports Facilities Management will look at how to improve the programming and operations of sports and recreation facilities and discuss the future trends in sports/recreation programming post-COVID19. This session also will provide the managers and supervisors who operate a sports or recreation facility with resources, ideas, measurements, and considerations about the future of sports programming.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify several methods, systems, and resources to program a facility through scheduling and improved systems post-COVID19.

    Jason Clement

    Sports Facilities Management, LLC

    Under Jason's leadership, SFM has opened more successful sports venues than any organization in the country. He is an experienced advisor having provided planning, strategy, finance, and operational leadership to projects in throughout the US. Under his leadership SFM has become a globally recognized leader focusing on transforming the health and economic vitality of communities around the world.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual Conference session and learn how to successfully prevent drama and stigmatization around mental health in the workplace.

    As the topic of mental health continues to gain traction, navigating mental health trauma faced from frontline staff workplace through recognition and action is essential in all areas of recreation. Dialogue examples on how to navigate trauma from the workplace will be practiced to illustrate how to prevent unnecessary drama and stigmatization. Additional awareness also will be discussed on how to heal and celebrate the successes and triumphs within the workplace and cultivate a healthy and professional workplace (llamas!). This speed session will be a hybrid of providing case-specific studies and discussing how to provide in-person and virtual resources and support, especially in light of the current pandemic while continuing to provide safe programming for staff and patrons.


    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify and take action with confidence regarding trauma and mental health concerns in the workplace.

    Tiffanie Lai

    Senior Recreation Coordinator-Aquatics & Gardens

    City of Mountain View

    Serving in a variety of first response, field-training roles, including as an Emergency Basic Technician and lifeguard for 9 years, I currently serve as the Senior Coordinator of Aquatics and Community Gardens at the City of Mountain View, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in California. I have had the opportunity to serve with the City of Oakland in a variety of platforms, during my role as the Recreation Program Director of Aquatics and on the advisory task force for their Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT/CORE). I enjoy interweaving educational and job task instruction, with advocating the importance of mental health and accessibility in my role in recreation. I look forward to finishing my masters of science in psychology of mental health in 2020, which was originally spurred by my interest in working with young adults in education and recreation. In my spare time, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, tinkering with all things coffee, and attempting to train for a half-ironman triathlon. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tk...

    Jaimie Clout

    Aquatics Supervisor

    City of Bristol, CT

    20 years of experience, from a lifeguard and program manager to more than a decade in a Director role. In 2007, her facility received the “Nation's Best Indoor Family Aquatics Center”. Her staff was also credited for saving the life of a patron. With 19 years as an EMT and 2 decades in Parks & Recreation, her focus lies in leading with passion, and motivating the next generation.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how to design an agenda that meets objectives and engages participants.

    Have you lost the connection with your team or staff? Is everyone just staring at you in your meeting? Does the room feel like the air has been "zapped" out? Be prepared for laughter, definite takeaways and confidence in your next team or staff meeting! I will help you to connect in meetings by sharing 10 sure ways to get them talking!


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

    1. Design a productive agenda.
    2. Facilitate a meeting to achieve intended outcomes.

    Lisa Wube

    City of Irving Parks and Recreation

    I was a presenter in the past at NRPA and also at the Indiana Parks and Rec. Association Conference 2 years in a row. I am a former Ted Talk speaker in Evansville, IN (The Art of Meetings).