2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

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Subscribe to the 2020 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2020 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.


2020 Schedule

Medical Marijuana/CBD: An ADA Compliance Perspective *
January 9, 2020 2:00pm ET
NRPA’s Strategic Agenda for Conservation, Health & Park Access *
July 9, 2020 2:00pm ET
How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?
February 13, 2020 2:00pm ET
Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Social Equity Co-Exist?
August 13, 2020 2:00pm ET
Parks & Recreation Hot Topic - TBD
March 12, 2020 2:00pm ET
Parks & Recreation Hot Topic - TBD
September 10, 2020 2:00pm ET
Hiring the Homeless: Boise Parks and Recreation’s Successful Work Program *
April 9, 2020 2:00pm ET 
Risk Management Around Playgrounds *
October 8, 2020 2:00pm ET 
Economic Impact of Parks
May 7, 2020 2:00pm ET
NRPA Research Update
November 12, 2020 2:00pm ET
Parks & Recreation Hot Topic - TBD
June 11, 2020 2:00pm ET
Email, Ethics and Engagement *
December 10, 2020 2:00pm ET

These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Medical Marijuana/CBD: An ADA Compliance Perspective

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will teach you what you need to know regarding the use of medical marijuana and CBD oil, and how ADA laws may affect your agency.

    33 states and the District of Columbia permit the use of prescribed medical marijuana. CBD oil, also known as hemp oil, is a legal product so long as it has less than 0.3% THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Both products have a known history of pain relief. Do they rise to the level of a reasonable modification, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act? Are your staff ready to hold and administer these as a reasonable modification for registrants with a disability? This webinar will explore the use of these products from an ADA perspective, and discuss how some parks and recreation agencies are managing this new frontier.

    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.

    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.

  • How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    The most commonly used weed-killer in the world, glyphosate, which is found in the herbicide Roundup, is likely to soon be banned in your community and in your park system due to fears it is carcinogenic and can be long-lasting in the environment. A ban on its use will leave park agencies few alternatives to control aggressive and invasive weeds in park landscapes. Learn about alternatives that are safer and less toxic so you will be prepared if this herbicide is banned in your community.


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    The use of the most commonly used weed-killer in the world, glyphosate, which is found in the product Roundup, is likely to soon be banned in your community and in your park system. Although EPA declared the pesticide safe in 2019, the controversy over the safety of glyphosate rages, fueled by a growing body of evidence regarding the negative effects on human health and the environment. Cities and counties are already taking action to ban the use of glyphosate in public places, leaving park and rec agencies few alternatives to halt the spread of invasive species and control aggressive weeds in park landscapes. What will your agency do to control weeds in your parks when this herbicide is banned?  Learn about possible alternatives that are safer and less toxic and which the public will support even if your park landscape areas have a lot more weeds than you ever thought they would have before.


    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.

    Rich Dolesh

    Editor-at-large, National Recreation and Park Association

    Richard J. Dolesh worked 30 years in parks and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland prior to coming to NRPA where he has served as the Chief of Public Policy, Vice-President for Conservation, and most recently Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives.  He retired in January, 2020, and continues to write for P&R Magazine as an editor-at-large.

    Rich worked broadly to implement NRPA’s three strategic pillars—conservation, health and wellness, and social equity—and assisted in developing strategic partnerships to benefit the Association. His recent work includes exploring the role of parks in adapting to the impacts of climate change, engaging park systems in green infrastructure stormwater management and climate resiliency and assessing the impact of private funding for public parks.

    Rich is a frequent contributor to NRPA’s Parks and Recreation Magazine and has written for numerous other publications including The Washington Post and National Geographic Magazine. His articles for Parks and Recreation Magazine and blog posts for Open Space, the NRPA blog, are widely read.

    In September 2019, Rich received the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal awarded by the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration. The Pugsley Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks and conservation in the United States.

    Patti Bakker

    Interim Manager of the Natural Resources Unit for the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

    Patti has been working toward protection and restoration of habitats and species for more than 27 years. She has worked with local, state and federal agencies as well as large and small non-profit organizations, including seven years as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and seven years managing the Truckee River Restoration Program for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. She currently works for Seattle Parks and Recreation as Manager for the Green Seattle Partnership, Wildlife and IPM Programs.

    Grace Dietsch

    Biologist, Five Rivers MetroParks

    Grace Dietsch is a biologist with Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio. With a focus on wildlife and habitat management, she works closely with parks and conservation staff at MetroParks to maintain diversified and healthy ecosystems on over 16,000 acres of parklands. She is a prescribed fire manager, commercial pesticide applicator, toddler mom, and president of the Ohio Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

  • Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/12/2020 at 2:00 AM (EDT)

    This session will help you understand the considerations needed to ensure that the next park you build is a Great Park.


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    In 2017, NRPA unveiled “Because Everyone Deserves a Great Park” as the new organizational tagline. But how do you define a “great park”? A park considered great by one community could be considered mediocre by another. There can be many characteristics of a great park, including state-of-the-art equipment, access to nature, inclusive opportunities, or just a quiet place to think. During this webinar, three preeminent park designers will discuss how you can assess the parks in your community, as well as the design principles, cultural influences and emerging trends for designing the next great park.


    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.

    Mike Abbaté, FASLA, LEED AP

    Principal Landscape Architect, Abbaté Designs LLC.

    Mike Abbaté is a landscape architect with Abbaté Designs LLC.  He has over 30 years of experience in the planning, design, construction and management of parks, natural areas, and recreation facilities.  He has worked in both the private and public sectors and served as Director of Parks & Recreation in Portland, Oregon for 7 years.  In 2013, he was inducted into the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors for NRPA. Mike is the author of the book Gardening Eden (pub. by Random House) exploring the intersection of environmental stewardship and spiritual faith.  

    Gina Ford, FASLA

    Principal Landscape Architect, Agency Landscape + Planning

    Gina Ford, FASLA, is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice are a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture via thought leadership, teaching, writing and lecturing.  Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. 

    Joe Webb

    Director of Park Planning, AECOM Technical Services

    Joe Webb is a Professional Landscape Architect and serves as the Director of Park Planning for AECOM Technical Services He has over thirty years of experience in both the public and private sectors, with experience in numerous park planning and design projects. Joe has worked with multiple communities in the development of parks and open space master plans with an emphasis on the integration of open space with transportation and urban form. Joe is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on topics pertaining to parks and recreation planning and design.