2022 Monthly Virtual Learning Subscription

The 2022 Monthly Virtual Learning Subscription includes 12 pre-scheduled learning events (one per month) with free access to archived 2022 subscription events throughout the subscription year. The subscription includes 8 Virtual Talks and 4 Virtual Sandboxes (see schedule below). These events (previously known as Premier Webinars) occur on the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted. 

NRPA’s Virtual Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. NRPA’s Virtual Sandboxes create online networking experiences for participants to talk shop, compare notes and swap advice around hot topics in the field.

January 13, 2022 - Health and Wellness* Talk 
Using Arts and Culture to Support, Engage and Celebrate Diverse Youth

February 10, 2022 - Advocacy and Access* Talk 
Accessing New Federal Infrastructure Investments

March 8, 2022 - Maintenance and Operations Sandbox 
(Not available on demand)

April 14, 2022 - Conservation* Talk 
Exploring the Climate.Park.Change. Toolkit

May 12, 2022 - Maintenance and Operations* Talk 
Water Challenges and Future Irrigation Practices

June 9, 2022 - Advocacy and Access Sandbox 
(Not available on demand)

July 14, 2022 - Health and Wellness* Talk 

August 11, 2022 - Advocacy and Access* Talk 

September 8, 2022 - Conservation Sandbox 
(Not available on demand)

October 13, 2022 - Maintenance and Operations* Talk 

November 10, 2022 - Research* Talk 

December 8, 2022 - Health and Wellness Sandbox 
(Not available on demand)

*Indicates worth 0.1 CEU 

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/08/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 08/11/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/14/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Every day, in communities across the country, park and recreation professionals are making their communities better places to live, learn, work and play through their role as stewards of Community Wellness Hubs. Learn more about NRPA’s vision for Community Wellness Hubs, explore ways park and recreation can improve health across seven dimensions of well-being, and hear from peers about the impact of their Community Wellness Hubs.

    How has access to parks and recreation influenced your personal health and well-being? How has it impacted your communities? Join NRPA for an exploration of the many ways parks and recreation influences health. Attendees will be guided through NRPA’s new Community Wellness Hub toolkit and its overall vision including key concepts, definitions and examples of health equity and systems change approaches across NRPA’s seven dimensions of well-being. Several agencies that have developed Community Wellness Hubs will join to share their lessons learned, the impact this work made on their community, and how they are sustaining their work moving forward.

    Allison Colman (she/her)

    Director of Health

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is Director of Health at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). For over a decade, Ms. Colman has led the development and implementation of evidence-based public health initiatives and built cross-sector collaborations to advance innovative, community-driven, systems-change strategies that improve community health and well-being. Her work lies at the intersection of public health, social justice, and social change, with the goal of ensuring that all people have the opportunity to truly thrive.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/09/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Looking to learn strategies that can increase gender equity in youth sports? Join this event to participate in activ e, breakout-room discussions with your fellow park and recreation professionals to share best practices for increasing gender equity and overall participation in youth sports. Network with like-minded professionals to voice challenges and brainstorm solutions to ensure all youth have access to high-quality sport opportunities.

    Park and recreation professionals are invited to share and learn strategies for increasing gender equity in youth sports. Join this event to learn from your peers by participating in active, breakout-room discussions that explore challenges and brainstorm solutions to ensuring all youth have access to high-quality sports opportunities. Park and recreation agencies — one of the largest youth sports providers in the nation — have the power to help eliminate barriers to sports for all youth. With continued gender inequities in sports, park and recreation professionals can lead efforts to ensure girls who want to play sports have equitable access to the same opportunities for sport and play as their counterparts. This June, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Title IX, which paved the way for equity and inclusion in sports, this event offers a space for professionals to share and learn best practices for increasing participation in park and recreation youth sports for girls, LGBTQ+ youth, and other historically disenfranchised youth. 

    Learning Objectives

    • By the end of this sandbox, learners will identify at least one strategy or solution for increasing gender equity in youth sports that they would like to implement in their community. 
    • By the end of this sandbox, learners will identify actions they can take to begin implementing strategies and solutions. 

    Kim Turner (she/her)

    Director of the Gender Equity Initiative

    Positive Coaching Alliance

    Kim Turner serves as the Director of the Gender Equity Initiative at Positive Coaching Alliance advancing sports-based gender equity for girls, coaches, schools, and community programs. Kim has a decade of experience as a nonprofit Title IX attorney including with Legal Aid at Work’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports project. She presents for diverse audiences on Title IX and related law, advocates for equity-spurring legislation, provides technical assistance and writes on gender equity youth sports issues. Before law school in New York, she worked in the U.S. Senate and for the National League of Cities in Washington D.C. Kim coaches youth sports, played Division 1 college volleyball for Brown University, and enjoys any and all pick-up games with family, friends, and colleagues in California’s Bay Area.

    Dan McCarthy (he/him)

    Advocacy Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Dan McCarthy joined NRPA in February 2021 to lead grassroots advocacy campaigns and support members in their advocacy. Dan comes most recently from the anti-hunger community in Boston, where he organized coalitions to alleviate childhood hunger. He is a firm believer that our communities are stronger — and our government more effective — when people are interested, informed, and involved in the democratic process. 

    Teresa Morrissey (she/her)

    Park Access Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Teresa Morrissey joined NRPA's Park Access Team as a Program Manager in October 2020 to support the creation and execution of NRPA's youth sports strategy. She oversees a portfolio of grants that are designed to empower park and recreation professionals to improve equitable access to youth sports in their communities, including managing distribution of funds and project coordination, providing training and technical assistance, and creation and dissemination of resources. Bringing 5 years’ experience in community partnerships to the team, Teresa is skilled at forging relationships at the community level that advance equity. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    With the increasing scarcity of water resources, water conservation is key to maintaining our natural resources and fiscally sustaining our organizations. Join Jim Laiche of The Toro Company as he explores important elements of water conservation through irrigation operations and design.

    In the face of climate change, park and recreation professionals can take steps to conserve one of our most important natural resources: water. Join The Toro Company’s Jim Laiche for a discussion on challenges of maintaining water resources in a cost effective and environmentally sustainable way. Participants will explore basic design elements, including maintenance of proper water pressure, water flow and maximum capacity sprinkler performance. Learn about specific, recommended water conservation products as well as examples of sites using new technology that minimize water use while maintaining healthy vegetation. 

    Jim Laiche (he/him)

    Water Conservation Business Manager

    The Toro Company

    Jim Laiche received his BS in Horticulture and Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.  He has worked professionally as a landscape architect and design-build contractor prior to working with The Toro Company.  Jim has been a Regional Sales Manager, Golf Sales Manager and is now the Water Conservation Business Manager with emphasis on central control equipment.  Jim has taught hundreds of irrigation workshops at various national universities including LSU, UGA, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, NC State, Penn State, UVA and Virginia Tech. He has worked with many large institutions on reducing their irrigation water use, including Disney, University of Notre Dame, Central Park, General Mills, Yum Brands the US Capitol, Marriott and Darden Restaurants. He has obtained his landscape architect license, certified designer with the Irrigation Association, and Texas irrigator license. Jim was recently recognized by the American Society of Irrigation Consultants with the Roy Williams Memorial Award for contributions to the irrigation industry.  

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Explore the use of the Climate.Park.Change. toolkit to advance community-driven solutions based on data and evidence-informed strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Nationally, Climate.Park.Change. taps into the unique opportunity that the park and recreation field has by leveraging its essential public green spaces in communities across North America to advance climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies at scale through localized, community-driven solutions.

    Research shows that 2020 was the hottest year on record, highlighting the impacts of climate change happening now. Park and recreation professionals, who serve nearly every community in the United States, are poised to advance climate mitigation and adaptation strategies to build environmental and community resiliency through the power of local parks and recreation. However, understanding the specific climate change challenges facing each community and developing associated strategies for addressing them can be daunting, as few aggregated resources on the subject exist. As part of its 2020 research grant program, Sasaki, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has created a toolkit for resilient parks: Climate.Park.Change. Designed as a web-based platform, Climate.Park.Change compiles data on how climate change affects park and recreation spaces and suggests physical design solutions that address climate impacts, as well as other community challenges.

    Lan Yang (she/her)

    Landscape Designer


    Lan Yang is a landscape designer with Sasaki. She is based in Boston but is involved in projects across the United States and internationally. Yang has been on the team building Climate.Park.Change. from the very beginning. She has a deep understanding of the possibilities with master’s degrees from University of Pennsylvania in landscape architecture and regional planning and a master’s degree in architecture.    

    Anna Cawrse (she/her)

    Associate Principal


    Anna is a landscape architect and Co-Director of Sasaki’s office in Denver. She has worked on and managed complex built projects and master plans across North America. From large regional parks along major waterways to small pocket parks within the urban fabric of cities, Anna brings an expertise on how to transition master planning of the public realm into realized space. At every design scale, she has committed her practice to bringing nature into cities based on context-sensitive solutions and looks for innovative ways to create these connections. Anna is dedicated to engaging the community in all of her
    projects and strives to create designs that reflect the current and future communities’ needs.

    Ayanna Williams, MSW (she/her)

    Director of Community and Environmental Resilience

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Ayanna Williams, MSW  Director of Community and Environmental Resilience Ayanna Williams comes to NRPA as a tested leader in place-based environmentally focused nonprofits. Most recently she was the Healthy Cities Director at The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, mobilizing public and private financial support, facilitating equity centered conversations, and sharing stories of impact with caring respect for all.  For more than a decade she served as the Director of Community Building with Park Pride.  Throughout her career she has cultivated a broad perspective and deep understanding of environmental resilience, building and maintaining relationships, while engaging in work that depends on diverse local partnerships and the support of national institutions. Ayanna possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, knowledge fueled passion, and commitment to community. Ayanna has also worked with the United Way of Central Indiana, the University of Michigan's Ginsberg Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, and Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan with a concentration in community organizing and social systems. Ayanna grew up in Michigan's Manistee National Forest where she developed an appreciation for green spaces, gardening, and community. 

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join NRPA’s public policy and advocacy team for this educational series, held quarterly, to learn about the federal resources potentially available to your agency. This talk focuses on the new infrastructure investments that the federal government is making and the ways you can access them.

    Recently, the bipartisan “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden. It is the largest investment in infrastructure made in nearly a century. Participate in this online learning event to become familiar with this investment and learn more information about accessing the funding. This talk expands on topics that the NRPA public policy and advocacy team covered in the blog, “Breaking Down the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.”


    1. Become familiar with the federal infrastructure package.  
    2. Allow attendees to think creatively about how they might qualify for and access infrastructure investments

    Christopher Douwes (he/him)

    Community Planner

    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

    Christopher Douwes is a Community Planner with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington DC. He has managed the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) since 1992, Transportation Enhancement activities since 2003, Transportation Alternatives since 2012, and has assisted with Bicycle and Pedestrian Activities since 1992. He manages contracts for research, technology development, technical assistance, and training for trail and bicycle and pedestrian-related activities. Christopher received his Masters of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990.

    Madeline Wade (she/her)

    Vice President

    Signal Group

    Madeline Wade is a widely respected leader in the sustainability, climate, and conservation community. She is a founder and co-chair of Signal Outdoors, which is the firm’s practice group dedicated to public lands, outdoor recreation, and conservation. Madeline advises corporations, nonprofits, industry trade associations, and thought leaders on climate change and sustainability regulations, policy, and global trends. She has worked with organizations to develop and position their internal sustainability goals and helped to design the policies to reach those goals. She routinely leads coalitions in the policy outdoor space that are focused on advancing natural climate solutions, seeking funding for conservation programs, and reforming laws to protect public lands and access to outdoor recreation.

    Ken McLeod (he/him)

    Policy Director

    The League of American Bicyclists

    Ken leads policy initiatives to improve bicyclist safety, manages the Bicycle Friendly State program and data.bikeleague.org, and provides technical assistance to people and groups working on state and local initiatives. His goals are to promote policies that take advantage of one of the best technologies ever invented - the bicycle, contribute to a thriving bicycle advocacy community, and help people see the future where a Bicycle Friendly America exists for everyone. Ken joined the League in 2012 after graduating from William & Mary Law School and he is a licensed attorney in the state of Virginia. He has a bachelor's degree from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. When he’s not at The League, you can find him serving as Chair of the Roanoke Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, doing projects around his 100-year-old house, and climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains on his bike.

    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.

    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.