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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 2:00 p.m. EST/EDT.


2020 Schedule

Medical Marijuana/CBD: An ADA Compliance Perspective *
January 9, 2020 
Strategic Plans To Build Resilient and Healthy Communities*
July 9, 2020 
How Are You Going to Kill Weeds in Parks Without Glyphosate?
February 13, 2020 
Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?
August 13, 2020 
Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves
March 12, 2020 
Supporting the Back to School Transition During COVID-19
September 10, 2020 
Hiring the Homeless: Boise Parks and Recreation’s Successful Work Program *
April 9, 2020 
How to Manage Playground Risk and Prevent Liability Claims*
October 8, 2020 2:00p.m. EDT 
The Economic Impact of Parks: What About Tomorrow?
May 14, 2020 
NRPA Research Update
November 12, 2020 2:00p.m. EST
The Future of Recreation
June 11, 2020 
Email, Ethics and Engagement *
December 10, 2020 2:00p.m. EST

These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • How to Manage Playground Risk and Prevent Liability Claims

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/08/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for a chronological and behind-the-scenes view of two playground liability claims.


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    During this 60-minute session, we will take a chronological look at two playground liability claims. Attendees will get a chance to see what takes place behind the scenes from the time of an incident occurs to when it is settled as well as the costs associated with each claim.

    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Recognize the importance of regular inspections and preventive maintenance.
    2. Understand the value of the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) training program.


    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.

    Gregory Hennecke, CPSI, CSRM

    Risk Management Representative, Hylant Administrative Services

    Drawing on more than 25 years in the industry, Greg provides operational risk management support, advice, and counsel to public municipalities, public schools and colleges and universities. He assists his clients in the identification and correction of potential risks and hazards that may result in injury, loss, property damage or lawsuits. He also facilitates regional and on-site training sessions and conducts presentations for conferences and individual clients.

    Greg is a Certified Safety Inspector Program instructor for the National Recreation and Parks Association, an instructor of ALICE – Violent Intruder Response Training, and a Certified School Risk Manager. He is also a firearms instructor thru the NRA and USCCA and volunteers in the FASTER Saves Lives program for school safety.

  • Supporting the Back to School Transition During COVID-19

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Back to school looks different this year, but park and recreation professionals and their out-of-school time partners can support families through lessons learned, ready-to-go tips and resources to ensure a healthy start to the school year.


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    Park and recreation professionals and their out-of-school time programming are uniquely suited to support the back to school transition, especially during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Join NRPA to dive into the resources, case studies, and ready-to-implement tips that focus on ensuring kids and families in your community have what they need to be successful and healthy during the upcoming school year.

    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Access and utilize existing resources to strengthen out-of-school time programming to support kids and families. 
    2. Implement tips to support social-emotional learning and health of kids during this transition period.
    3. Scale lessons learned from a peer agency to ensure kids have access to educational opportunities, regardless of distance learning challenges.


    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.

    Roslyn Johnson

    Director of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore County, Maryland

    Erin Hegarty

    Executive Associate, Afterschool Alliance

    Erin joined the Afterschool Alliance team in August 2018. As the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, she gives program and administrative support to the Executive Director. Erin graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2018 with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in History. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered with an afterschool tutoring and mentorship program in a local subsidized housing community.

    Daniel Hatcher

    Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

    Daniel W. Hatcher serves as Director of Community Partnerships for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. At the Alliance, Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Health, both from Western Kentucky University. Daniel regularly blogs on topics relevant to healthy afterschool at https://host.healthiergeneration.org/new__notable/.

    Maureen Neumann

    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. 

  • Great Expectations: Can Revenue Goals and Equity Co-Exist?

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    In this session, develop and understand approaches that can be implemented to produce recreation programs that meet cost-recovery goals and, at the same time, address equity by considering market conditions, consumer confidence and consumption patterns.

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    The roots of the recreation profession lie in the Playground Movement of the mid-1890s. We were a social service created to keep children safe, but today we are asked to be a service that recovers all or part of its costs, while still providing a level of social services — can these expectations co-exist? During this session, we will review how to identify and address community needs, tackle cost-recovery goals and meet the mandate for equity in services.  These two mandates can co-exist if a relevant service is provided based on planning, market segmentation, competition analysis and financial performance monitoring.

    Following this session, learners will be able to:
    1. Identify and address community needs in order to provide equity in services.
    2. Understand methods to meet cost-recovery goals while advancing community health and climate resiliency.


    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.

    Chris Nunes, PhD, CPRE

    Director of Parks and Recreation The Woodlands Township

    Chris Nunes, CPRE is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas.  In that position, he oversees a $36.3 million operational budget and is accountable for the management of 148 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, and 220 miles of pathways. He speaks around the country (over 300+ times) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning.

    Donna Kuethe, CPRP

    Recreation Director, Town of Moultonborough, NH

    Donna Kuethe, CPRP is the Recreation Director for the Town of Moultonborough, NH a rural, tourist driven community with a year round population of under 5,000 and a seasonal population of over 25,000. Donna has held this position for over 41 years (soon to be retired). She also serves as the Executive Director of GP RED, a 501c3 devoted to “helping professionals who help communities thrive”.  Moultonborough’s Tax Supported budget is $410,000 with a Revolving Fund budget of $122,000 and Capital Budget of over $300,000. Donna speaks regularly at state, regional and national conferences on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to: emergency preparedness and response in parks and recreation, legislative advocacy, personal and professional resiliency, programming, aquatic risk management, professionalism and even how to teach camp songs. 

  • The Future of Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/11/2020

    Learn about the emerging trends and new models in recreation (from Virtual to Drive-In), as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers include Neelay Bhatt, who will revisit one of the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference’s most popular topics in the context of NRPA’s “Path to Recovery” framework.

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    The future of recreation is being determined as we speak with new considerations for physical distancing, (current) limits on gatherings, safety and hygiene standards etc. Join us as a panel of park and recreation leaders share their ideas on emerging trends in recreation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how you can create innovative programming in your agencies as we touch upon trends including Virtual Recreation, ESports, Augmented Reality, Drive In Events and more. All this, while also focusing on  financial sustainability, partnerships and equity of access. Speakers include Neelay Bhatt, former NRPA Board Member and Principal at PROS Consulting, who will revisit one of the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference’s most popular topics in the context of NRPA’s “Path to Recovery” framework. 


    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.

  • The Economic Impact of Parks: What About Tomorrow?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/14/2020

    Now more than ever, it is critical to understand how the work of park and recreation professionals and their agencies drive business activity in every city, town and county in the U.S. This presentation will present the latest estimate of the economic impact of park and recreation spending.


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    Parks and recreation agencies drives economic activity in their communities. Now more than ever, it is critical to understand how the work of park and recreation professionals and their agencies drive business activity in every city, town and county in the U.S. This presentation will present the latest estimate of the economic impact of park and recreation spending. In addition, the researchers will provide an early analysis of the pandemic-driven recession’s impact on park and recreation budgets and how to use this information to make the case for budget stability during these uncertain times. 


    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.

  • Hiring the Homeless: City of Boise’s Successful Work Program

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/09/2020

    The Boise Parks and Recreation Department partners with local shelters to hire people in the community experiencing homelessness, providing a meaningful work opportunity that can be fruitful for all.


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    This webinar focuses on how park and recreation professionals can partner with local shelters to successfully identify, process, hire and supervise people in their community experiencing homelessness. In Boise, Idaho, the parks and recreation department hires individuals from the Interfaith Sanctuary shelter.  This groundbreaking work program, now entering its third year, has been very successful with numerous participants graduating into seasonal roles with the department. Former Interfaith Sanctuary guests have moved into their own apartments and purchased homes and vehicles as a result of the opportunity provided through the program. Doug Holloway, director of Boise Parks and Recreation, outlines how you can start a similar program while discussing some of the challenges and success stories that have made this program a model for other cities across the country.


    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.

    ​Doug Holloway

    Parks and Recreation Director, City of Boise

    Doug Holloway has been in the Parks and Recreation business for 22 years. A graduate of Boise State University, he has previously presented at NRPA Conferences in Minneapolis and Baltimore. Under Holloway's leadership, the department has added more than 1,000 acres of green parks and open space, and developed new facilities including world class skate and bike parks.

  • Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.