2021 Full Conference Bundle

Stream all 46 education sessions and 29 speed sessions from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee on September 21-23, 2021. 

This bundle is worth 4.6 CEU in total and is priced at a 20% discount for all registrants. This bundle also includes a free glimpse at the speed sessions by including the free 2021 Full Speed Session Bundle, which does not include CEU. Those interested in earning CEU for speed sessions can then register for the specific speed session bundle topics of their choice.


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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Do you remember the feeling you had as a child when the recess bell rang? The rush of excitement as you ran outside to play four-square, tetherball, red rover, and more? Being a grown-up can be hard, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun! Enter 'Adult Recess.' Grown-ups are looking for fun and unique ways to unplug form the bills, battles, bosses, and 40+ hour work weeks. We as recreational professionals can give them just that, along with a grown-up beverage in their hand! Join us we look at ways to engage adults in your communities through fun, interactive, and unique recreation events. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify ways to show the need and value of adult only programming to your leadership and community, as well as recognize challenges and detect solutions associated with hosting these types of programs. 
    2. Describe and discuss successful examples of adult programs currently taking place that can be easily implemented in communities of all sizes. 
    3. Discuss and identify successful and potential marketing and branding efforts for adult programs and events.

    Jennifer Hance, CPRP (she/hers)

    Community Engagement Coordinator

    Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department

    Jennifer Hance, CPRP, has been the Community Engagement Coordinator with Greensboro Parks and Recreation since 2019. She has worked with Greensboro Parks and Recreation since 2007 as Director of The Music Center with City Arts. She has a Master in Public Affairs and Bachelors in Music Education and Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jennifer is a member of the National and North Carolina Recreation and Parks Associations. 

    Elizabeth Jernigan, AICP (she/hers)


    Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department

    Elizabeth Jernigan, AICP, has been a planner with Greensboro Parks and Recreation since 2018.  She has 12+ years of experience in long-range and strategic planning efforts related to recreation, transportation, environmental, and food systems. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and English from Appalachian State University, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  Elizabeth is active in the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association and when she's not busy planning trails and greenways, she can be found hiking, swimming, camping, biking, and building forts in the backyard with her husband, two girls, and fur baby. 

    Kristen Herndon, CPRE (she/hers)

    Facilities and Aquatics Supervisor

    Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department

    Kristen Herndon, CPRE, is a 2021 Young Professional Fellowship recipient and a AAPRA Externship recipient. Kristen is a Facilities  Aquatics Coordinator for the City of Greensboro and holds a Masters in Community Recreation Administration. She enjoys advancing community progress through quality of life, infrastructure and economic development. She is an innovative problem solver who finds that her best accomplishments are a result of non-traditional methods. As a committed public servant with over 10 years of experience, she holds many leadership roles including Chair of Student Outreach for the NRPA Young Professional Network, Chair of Women in Recreation for NCRPA and the U.S. All-American Chair for womens lacrosse for North Carolina.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    COVID-19 has forced us to become both cautious and creative with how we offer leisure services. With the demand for recreation programming increasing and budgets decreasing, park and recreation agencies are tasked with the challenging job of doing more with less. In addition to dealing with the fiscal knife, the equity gap continues to grow wider as park and recreation professionals face the challenges of providing services for underserved populations. It is clear now more than ever that the need for equitable programming is essential to our communities. In this session, speakers will identify strategies to develop an effective recreation program plan that is budget friendly and considers equity when determining programming goals and objectives. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Evaluate practices that will effectively address barriers in the pursuit of equitable recreation programming. 
    2. Identify strategic to collect data that will assist in developing a recreation program plan that will position the agency for success. 
    3. Discuss budget techniques and cost-recovery strategies to effectively improve programming operations.

    Chris Bass, CPRP (he/him)

    Director of Parks and Recreation

    City of Douglasville | Georgia Parks and Recreation Department

    Chris Bass is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Douglasville, Ga. In this role, Chris oversees the agencies operating budget, facility operations, 18 hole golf course and all planning functions for the department. In addition to leading the Douglasville team to accreditation, Chris serves as the a CAPRA Commissioner as the NRPA representative. For the past four years, Chris has served on the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Park Ethnic Minority Society and various positions with the Georgia Recreation and Park Association. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    During this session, presenters will discuss federal resources that are out there to potentially help your department financially. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify federal funding resources available Understand how to find more information on federal resources and how to apply. 
    2. Gain confidence looking at federal resources as a source for financial support.

    Elvis Cordova (he/him)

    Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Elvis Cordova is the Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  He leads NRPAs federal policymaking initiatives by providing strategic planning for enhancing community-based advocacy and capacity building programs, and stakeholder engagement aimed at advancing overall health and well-being, equity, and climate readiness. Elvis is a seasoned executive with over a decade of experience developing and implementing innovative solutions for some of the most significant and high-profile challenges facing the U.S. public sector. He has a unique combination of political, legal, economic, and international expertise. He is a proven strategist and manager, adept at building coalitions and communicating effectively to diverse stakeholders. He has built an intimate knowledge of the workings of the U.S. government and has developed strong relationships with a range of policymakers. Elvis was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in various leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) including Chief of Staff, Deputy Under Secretary, and Acting Under Secretary. During his tenure at USDA, he oversaw the federal agencies that handled food labeling programs (including organic and biotechnology), international trade regulations, research  educational grant programs, nutrition programs, commodity procurement, plant and animal health regulations, process verification programs, land conservation programs, and the expansion of local and regional food systems. He also served on the White House Task Force for Puerto Rico, where he focused on strengthening public-private partnerships to aid in the economic recovery efforts for the island. He entered the federal government a Presidential Management Fellow and worked for the Farm Credit Administration and at the U.S. Department of Energy where his work encompassed alternative energy, congressional affairs, economic development, financial services, and international relations. 

    Outside of the federal government, Elvis served as a consultant for the United Nations where he focused on improving international trade development strategies for emerging markets. He also served as a management analyst for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. He began his career as a financial analyst at the Harvard Management Company. Elvis holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship and holds various professional certificates from Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), cole Nationale des Travaux Publics de ltat (France), and Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Brazil). In his personal time, Elvis works with various national leadership organizations to create and expand opportunities for diverse communities in the Washington, D.C. area. He has previously served on the Executive Board of the Washington D.C. Chapter of Prospanica (fka the National Society of Hispanic MBAs). He has served as a senior advisor for the Aspen Institutes International Career Advancement Program. He is a graduate of several executive-level training programs including Leadership Alexandria and the Political Leaders Program from the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia. He is an alumnus of Project Interchange, which is an international leadership program of the American Jewish Committee and an alumnus of the Hispanic Leaders Program, a professional development program organized by the Foreign Ministry of Spain.

    Kyle Simpson (he/him)

    Director of Government Affairs

    National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

    NRPAs Director of Government Affairs. Kyle has been with NRPA for nearly 4 years. Prior to that he spent over 10 years on Capitol Hill in a variety of roles.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Do you ever wonder if co-workers think you don't belong and question how you got your position? Do you believe you lack credibility? Do you look at potential jobs and feel like you aren't qualified even though, on paper, you clearly are? If so, you may have Imposter Syndrome — a natural thought process where you may have feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt or intellectual fraudulence. Studies have found that an estimated 70 percent of people have experienced these feelings at some point in their careers. Minorities and women are the most at risk —because the less you are surrounded by people who look or sound like you, the less confident you may feel - which may make you question your place and your abilities. This talk will help you recognize those feelings, invalidate them when they falsely occur, and re-frame your narrative. Your uniqueness is an asset to your agency, capitalize on that and lean in, so you can silence those negative thoughts and move forward in your career. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify what Imposter Syndrome is and when it starts creeping into your thoughts. 
    2. Discover how and why it is especially pervasive in minorities and women. 
    3. Understand how to turn the table on those thoughts and believe in your success.

    Jai Cole (she/hers)

    Chief, Park Planning and Stewardship Division

    Fairfax County Park Authority

    Jai Cole has 22 years of experience in Park and Recreation and is currently the Chief of the Park Planning and Stewardship Division M-NCPPC, Montgomery County Department of Parks. Cole supervises the Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Trail Planning and Implementation, and Park Planning Sections for the 38,000 acre 6 time NRPA Gold Medal Award winning park system.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Over the past decade, there has been increasing attention given to the health of the LGBTQIA+ population, as well as to strategies that support healthy aging among adults. However, the intersection of age and LGBTQIA+ identity is often overlooked. This session will focus on the unique needs among LGBTQIA+ older adults and present strategies that park and recreation professionals should consider when developing, implementing and evaluating programs to support healthy aging among their communities. To begin, this session will provide a description of the current landscape for health among LGBTQIA+ older adults by introducing key concepts and defining constructs unique to this population. Next, presenters will provide examples of strategies that have been successful in community-based settings to engage diverse populations and improve health outcomes. Finally, this session will offer park and recreation professionals tools and resources to enhance older adult programming. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Articulate key constructs and concepts associated with health among LGBTQIA+ older adults. 
    2. Describe characteristics of inclusive programming for older adults. 
    3. Identify common barriers to engagement in park and recreation programs among LGBTQIA+ older adults.

    Tiff Cunin (they/them)

    Senior Program Manager, Health and Wellness Team

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Tiff Cunin (they/them) joined the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in October 2020 as a Senior Program Manager on the Health and Wellness Team. Alongside their teammates, Tiff manages the healthy aging portfolio of work at NRPA. As a public health professional, they are passionate about innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to advancing population health. Tiff is committed to social justice and equitable health outcomes, and has dedicated their life to serving historically disenfranchised populations.  Tiff is also a PhD student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW SMHS). Their research is focused on translating knowledge for the effective implementation of community-based public health programs that support healthy aging among transgender and gender non-binary older adults. Tiff is currently a member of a study team at GW SMHS where they are testing the effectiveness of an evidence-based program to support positive health outcomes and enhanced quality of life among caregivers for people with Alzheimer's and related dementias. Additionally, Tiff teaches in the Master of Public Health program at their alma mater, the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. Tiff is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to backpack, surf, snowboard, hike, camp and more. Tiff has lived all over the world, but currently calls Silver Spring, MD home where they live with their partner and 2 cat children, Hobie and Sprinkles. Tiff also believes that life is far too short for formal headshots!

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    How would you feel if the speakers for this session didn't show up?  Remember when your employee overslept and never opened the Community Center?  How about when you went to a committee meeting and you were the only one who did the work that was assigned at the last meeting?   We've all been there, on one side or the other.  It's frustrating when people aren't accountable, but realizing that you haven't been accountable can be equally miserable.

    Accountability or lack of accountability can make or break a professional, a team or an agency. Learn the qualities of accountable people and how their accountability impacts their professional reputation and the success of their agency.  Identify five accountability profiles and discuss how each profile can impact success. What type of colleague or volunteer are you?  Take the Accountability quiz to see how you score! You will discover ways to transform yourself, your team and your agency to become more accountability-driven and successful!

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify the five accountability profiles and determine where they and the members of their team fit, utilizing the information for the good of the agency.
    2. Incorporate three accountability standards into agency operations by identifying the characteristics of highly accountability people, teams and agencies.
    3. Create two interview questions to add to your agency's interview repertoire to assess candidate accountability standards.

    Jan Hincapie (she/hers)

    Speaker, Writer, and Retired Parks and Recreation Director


    Jan Hincapie is a 38-year veteran of the parks and recreation field, working in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin during her career. Jan retired from full-time work in 2015, as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Village of Lincolnwood, Illinois where she served for nine years. During her time as Director, the Village secured $10 million in federal funding, covering 80% of the cost of land acquisition of former railroad land and construction of two bike paths. The agency was also the first municipality in Illinois to go through the Distinguished Agency Accreditation program. Since retirement, Jan has done worked as a consultant and as a part-time employee in the areas of strategic planning, community focus group facilitation, and executive coaching.    In 2014 she served as Chairman of the Board for the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. This was the pinnacle of many years of volunteering for the Wisconsin and Illinois Park and Recreation Associations, National Recreation and Parks Association and numerous other local and regional organizations. Jan was instrumental in initiating the Chicagoland Chapter of Women in Leisure Services (WILS), a branch of the national organization for women working in parks and recreation. Jan received the 2012 and 2015 Illinois Park and Recreation Association Chairman's Award for exemplary service to the Association during her time on the Board. Jan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and served on their Alumni Board and Executive Committee until 2018. She has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops, including the National Recreation and Parks Congress, Athletic Business Conference, and state conferences in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, and Illinois. On the local level, Jan has donated time to My Best Friends Foundation, has served as Vice-Chair of the Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), is a founding member of the Northbrook Arts Commission, and has served as committee member and Chair of the School District Caucus Committee. Jan lives in Northbrook, Illinois with her husband, Moe, their two children; Faith and Eli and their dogs, Cutie and Haylee. In their spare time, she loves to walk, hike, snowshoe, and bike. In the summer months they boat, fish, and swim at their beloved cottage in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

    Carrie Fullerton (she/her)

    Executive Director

    Arlington Heights Park District

    Carrie Fullerton has over 25 years of experience and is the Executive Director of the Arlington Heights Park District. She is a member of the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration and speaks on a variety of topics at the local, state and national level.   She was also the 2010 Chairman of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Board of Directors.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Park and recreation professionals have championed outdoor inclusive play destinations for years; however, there has been a lack of valid research to help make a data-driven case. Do these outdoor environments really change the possibility of enhanced play experiences? Can the environmental design impact play behaviors between children of all abilities? Are their play behaviors similar or different? Discover evidence-based design best practices to create inclusive play destinations that support increased congruent play behaviors between children with and without disabilities to break down both physical and social barriers to participate in more meaningful ways! Research findings and data from observational behavior mapping within individual behavior settings offer new insight on the types, modes and complexity of play behaviors between children with and without disabilities. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Summarize evidence-based research findings of play behaviors observed for both children with and without disabilities in outdoor inclusive play settings. 
    2. List at least five design considerations that describe playground behavior settings and how they can support distinct behavior possibilities for children of all abilities. 
    3. Create an advocacy statement to raise awareness and support inclusive, equitable play opportunities in your community.

    Keith Christensen (he/him)


    Utah State University

    As a scholar in both the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University, Keith engages in meaningful scholarship which is both emancipatory and empowering for disadvantaged populations integration in community life. Keith's research is at the intersection of landscape architecture and disability studies.

    Jennie Sumrell (she/her)

    Community Outreach Director


    Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Exceptional Learning and a Masters degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008, and works within PlayCores Center for Outreach, Research and Education as the Community Outreach Director,   Jennie has presented at over 300 events on topics surrounding best practices in play and recreation and supporting advocacy efforts that meet the diverse needs of society. Deeply passionate about inclusive, multigenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as a teacher to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.   

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Last year, NRPA launched a new strategic plan that urged us to 'Build a Movement.' While it felt, at times, like everything stopped in 2020, we also found ourselves in the middle of a movement — the unprecedented transformation of the American lifestyle, with more time spent outdoors. Public spaces became flash points and hot spots for intense community advocacy for equity and change. People gained a new vigor and passion for parks and outdoor recreation. Many agencies stepped up and into community turmoil to support resilience in ways we never imagined. Park professionals adapted and thrived at the heart of this movement, supporting community vitality and essential services that go beyond health and wellness, equity, and conservation. What is this movement? What does it mean for our agencies and our entire profession? Join this conversation as we define the critical X-factor that could be the Fourth Pillar of our profession. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify new service areas where parks, programs and professional practices are evolving rapidly. 
    2. Articulate the outcomes that park and recreation professionals will strive to achieve in the next three to five years. 
    3. Discuss how a Fourth Pillar could galvanize our efforts and catalyze success.

    Cindy Mendoza (she/her)

    Director of Parks + Recreation

    MIG, Inc.

    Cindy Mendoza's leadership and award-winning expertise in park and recreation planning is a catalyst for community livability across the nation. As MIGs Director of Parks and Recreation Planning, she had guided cities, districts, counties and non-profits in creating inclusive, action-oriented master plans and strategic plans for parks, recreation facilities, trails and open space. Cindy brings nearly 25 years of experience and expertise in community engagement, facilitation, needs assessments, and policy and standards development. She holds an M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon, where she completed her thesis on homelessness in parks. An authority on park and recreation trends and innovations, Cindy is an invited speaker at national/international conferences, a former SCORP University instructor, and published author of a textbook chapter and several articles on public involvement, parks and trails planning, diversity, inclusion, and park access.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    When designing and planning for a new recreation center, it's easy to get caught up in form over function or focus solely on the guest experience. What would be helpful is to change your viewpoint to consider all users of the space to design the most efficient center possible. Join us as we lift the design blinders by putting yourself in the often-forgotten shoes of a recreation center custodian. Presenters will go room by room, completing a custodian's check-list to get an empathetic look at how design can positively impact every user! 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify easy changes to design that can benefit all staff members with a focus on custodians. 
    2. Gain a new perspective on designing or redesigning their recreation center(s). 
    3. Understand the intricacies of planning/designing for a recreation center.

    Craig Bouck, AIA, LEED AP (he/his)

    Principal and Partner

    Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

    Craig is a Principal and Partner of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and a frequent speaker and author in the recreation design industry. For 27 years, he has worked with recreation professionals to design value-driven projects that solve problems, create opportunities and build community. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture has been involved in more than 300 community recreation projects across the country, providing feasibility studies, conceptual designs and award-winning architectural and interior design services.

    Jason Ringdahl (he/him)


    Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

    Jason is a Renaissance man - a quiet North Dakota cowboy. For the last 11 years, he has been working on recreation projects paying close attention to the day-to-day details involved with putting together a good set of drawings, collaborating with engineers and coordinating with contractors. Jason can also ride a horse, bag an elk and tell a lame joke.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session from NRPA's 2021 annual conference is worth 0.1 CEU.

    As park and recreation professionals, we strive to build programs that engage our visitors in meaningful learning and recreation while working diligently to close the park access gap by demanding equity and affordability for all. While a huge task for individual parks, the staff at Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Recreation and Parks sought to expand further, working since 2016 to build a suite of environmental education programs spanning its department and leveraging the unique assets of its parks, partnerships and local communities. These include the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association award-winning Bay Invaders 9th grade environmental science program empowering 1,500 students to remove 2,000 pounds of invasive plants from parks, its quarterly creative 'Ask A Ranger' web series, and the agency's new Nature Escape program that safely engages about 300 children in eight weeks of nature-based activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In this session, participants will learn our proven strategies for building cross-park programs that positively impact our parks and communities. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Apply strategies for leveraging local education and community partnerships toward building meaningful, engaging and inclusive cross-park environmental and outdoor programs. 
    2. Market and promote cross-park programs to a wide public and digital audience to drive diverse participant engagement. 
    3. Uncover funding mechanisms that close the park access gap, creating affordable park programs serving all adults and children.

    Liana Vitali (she/her)


    Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks - Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

    Liana has been a Naturalist for six years with Anne Arundel County Recreation  Parks the recipient of the Jan Hollman Environmental Educator Award. Prior, she designed environmental education curriculum for international wildlife conservation nonprofit Wildscreen. She is a regular speaker for the Smithsonian Associates Earth Optimism series and has presented at over two dozen conferences.

    Dave Burman (he/him)

    Park Ranger

    Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks - Quiet Waters Park

    Ranger Dave has been with Anne Arundel County Parks Department for 14 years. He specializes in research, programming and husbandry. He graduated from Catawba College Center for the Environment in 2004. He works with his colleagues and outside groups to bring a variety of programs to our county. He has 22 years of speaking experience at all levels of education from preschool to professors.

    Victor Jones (he/him)

    Park Ranger

    Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks

    Victor Jones has been a Park Ranger with Anne Arundel County, MD for four years. During the time of the Covid-19 pandemic Victor was asked to assist with creating and launching an online web series for the county to reach those unable to visit the parks in person. This project rekindled a past love of filmmaking and produced an ongoing county digital series called 'Ask a Ranger'.