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  • 10 Minute Walk Learning Series

    Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 01/23/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Subscribe for free today to this learning series dedicated to the 10-Minute Walk initiative. This subscription will automatically enroll you in upcoming webinars, micro-learning, shared resources, and discussions focused on this important NRPA project.

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    Parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of a community—and cities nationwide. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association, The Trust for Public Land, and the Urban Land Institute are leading a nationwide movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. Through a collective national voice, Mayoral endorsement, and local action, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign aims to increase park access, quality, and funding within a 10-minute walk of home.

    Subscribe for free today to this learning series dedicated to the 10-Minute Walk initiative. This subscription will automatically enroll you in upcoming webinars, micro-learning, shared resources, and discussions focused on this important NRPA project.

    Click here to view our webinar schedule

    Join 10-Minute Walk park professionals and advocates to discuss all things park access and quality! Each network call will be based on the last webinar in the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. Bring your questions, comments, and strategies, and engage in the conversation with other professionals committed to enhancing park access and quality in their cities. An agenda with discussion questions will be posted to the 10-Minute Walk group on NRPA Connect.

    Rachel Banner

    Director of Park Access at National Recreation and Park Association

    As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.

    With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.

    I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!

    Jared Mummert

    Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.

    Sarah Bryant

    Director of Community Initiatives, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

    Sarah Bryant is the Director of Community Initiatives at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for the preservation and growth of a vibrant Camden, NJ. At CFP, Sarah transfers her passion for public spaces into action, focusing on strengthening Camden’s park system for the benefit of the city’s residents. She currently manages a $15 million portfolio of park development projects. Sarah has also managed neighborhood planning, roadway reconstruction, preservation, and green infrastructure projects at CFP as well as placemaking and environmental initiatives. Sarah holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University. She is AICP certified and joined CFP as a project manager in 2010.

    Jaime Zaplatosch

    Director of Green Schoolyards, Healthy Communities for the Children & Nature Network

    Jaime Zaplatosch is the Director of Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities for the Children & Nature Network. Jaime is leading the Children & Nature Network's goal to support city-wide, equity-based green schoolyard program development across the U.S. She supports cities to build school-district partnerships and creatively create green space to support thriving communities. Jaime has extensive knowledge in the field of urban greening with experience in strategy, partnership building, program development, fundraising, and conservation. She is the former Vice President of Community Engagement and Education at Openlands in Chicago, where launched its green schoolyard program, Space to Grow.

    Travis Younkin

    Executive Director of Upper Kirby District

    Frank Carson, MS

    Director of Recreation El Cajon, CA

    Joseph Claunch, Ph.D

    Director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

    Joseph Claunch is a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated with his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Kansas. Joseph’s research and programming interest have focused on what coaches, teachers and mentors can do to optimize the motivation of Native American youth. Joseph is currently the director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project and the head varsity football coach at Zuni High School in western New Mexico. Joseph recently led the development of a 3-acre community center and park in the heart of Zuni's main Pueblo village.

    Benita Hussain

    Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Trust for Public Land

    Benita Hussain is the Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, for which she is leading the strategic direction and broader marketing efforts.  A former corporate lawyer, she has 15 years of experience in sustainability, urban policy, and communications.  As an advisor to Mike Bloomberg in his role as UN Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, she developed his policy agenda and the Global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest coalition of cities pledged to fight climate change.  Prior, she led late-Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Greenovate Boston campaign -- a community-based initiative designed to promote climate action and to raise Boston’s profile as a green leader – and launched Boston’s first residential composting program.  She joins TPL from the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she led a $10 million division devoted to climate change, food systems, and sustainable finance.  Benita holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and has written for Outside Magazine, SIERRA, and the Boston Globe, among others.

    Dr. Clement Lau, AICP

    Departmental Facilities Planner, Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation

    Dr. Clement Lau, AICP, has 20 years of professional experience in urban and regional planning.  Currently, Dr. Lau is a Departmental Facilities Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, where he works on a variety of park planning projects.  He was the project manager on the Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, and the Community Parks and Recreation Plans.  He holds a doctorate and master’s in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

    Joe Lovell

    GIS Data Administrator, Denver Parks and Recreation

    Joe Lovell is the GIS Data Administrator for Denver Parks & Recreation.  Joe has a B.S Degree in Geographic Sciences from James Madison University and over 15 years experience developing spatial databases, performing analysis, and producing cartographic maps.  Joe began working in parks planning in 2008, launching the department’s comprehensive GIS system and advancing the use of data for capital improvement planning.  Joe has recently led projects focusing on the condition of park assets and access to recreation facilities in underserved communities.  As a frequent park user, Joe knows the value parks and open spaces bring to every community.

    TJ McCourt

    Planning Supervisor, City of Raleigh Parks Department

    TJ McCourt (AICP) manages strategic and long-range planning for the City of Raleigh Parks Department. He holds a JD in Environmental & Land-Use Law from the University of Florida as well as a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His professional work involves analyzing the City of Raleigh’s open space goals from a systems perspective, exploring how parks and recreation fit into a broader context of city planning, natural resources, social equity, and public health. 

    Matt Moffa

    Project Manager, The Trust for Public Land

    Matt Dixit Moffa is a Project Manager on The Trust for Public Land’s Research and Innovation Team.  Matt works with communities to create plans for parks, trails, and open space.  His work frequently involves convening local stakeholders, community engagement, and survey design.  He is fascinated by the intersection of technical analysis and community input that he encounters in his work. 

    Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Matt worked for planning firms in California and New Mexico conducting community engagement, GIS analysis, landscape design, and writing planning documents.  Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Between degrees, Matt spent two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, leading projects related to agroforestry, conservation farming, and HIV/AIDS education.

    Carlos Perez, PLA

    President, Perez Planning + Design LLC

    Carlos F. Perez, PLA is the president of Perez Planning + Design, LLC (PP+D), a research-based planning and design firm in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in Parks and Recreation System Planning + Design and Active-Transportation Planning + Design. Carlos has consulted with over 50 municipalities throughout the United States. He also speaks regularly at conferences sharing his experience. Carlos received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, and a Master’s of Science in Architecture with a Concentration in Urban Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Rosie Santos

    Parks and Recreation Manager, City of Covington, Kentucky

    Rosie Santos has 10 years of experience in environmental education and community programming. In her more recent position as the Parks and Recreation Manager for the city of Covington, Kentucky, she oversees recreation services, as well as park and trail planning and development. In collaboration with a citizen advisory group and other partners, she developed an innovative process for redeveloping neighborhood parks throughout the city. 

    Koboi Simpson

    Atheletics Administrator, Clayton County (Georgia) Parks and Recreation

    Koboi Simpson is the Athletics Administrator for the Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department, in Clayton County, Georgia, where he manages youth sports operations and supervises the county's college internship program. He serves on the NRPA Conference Programming Committee, and he is a frequent speaker at several state and national conferences, delivering presentations on best practices in youth sports. Koboi is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, serving on NRPA’s Equity Advisory Panel. Koboi is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator.

    Harris Solomon

    Campaign Lead, The Trust for Public Land

    Harris Solomon serves as The Trust for Public Land’s campaign lead, overseeing campaign communications strategy, city outreach, and the development of new program areas, ensuring effective implementation and day-to-day operations for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. He previously served as the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Manager, and has held prior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.

    Bridget Stesney

    Senior Director, Content: Urban Land Institute

    Bridget Stesney recently joined ULI as Senior Director, Content and is leading ULI’s effort on the Ten-Minute Walk Campaign.   Bridget joins ULI after ten years working in the public sector for the District of Columbia for DC Public School and DC Parks + Recreation.  During her time in DC government, she led the development of the long-term planning and capital investment strategies for parks, recreation centers, and public schools.  Prior to that, Bridget worked for non-profits focused on smart growth and brownfields redevelopment.   

  • Taking the Mystery Out of the NRPA Awards Process

    Ever wonder what judges are looking for when you complete an award application? Here is your chance to hear from some NRPA Award Committee judges directly and ask them questions about the process for Innovation, Spotlight and Scholarship/Fellowship Awards.

    Each year NRPA highlights the truly outstanding work of park and recreation professionals and agencies. Applications for the NRPA 2020 Innovation, Spotlight and Scholarship/Fellowship Awards open on Monday, January 6, 2020. This webinar will help you create an engaging application as representatives from the National Awards Committee host and shed light on the process (note: this does NOT include Gold Medal awards). What can you do to make sure your application stands out from the rest? How does the scoring process work? And what are some pitfalls to avoid? Join us Thursday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST and give your agency/yourself a better chance at receiving national recognition in 2020!

    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.

    Suzanne Nathan

    Public Relations Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Bringing 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, Suzy has been with NRPA for two years and works on a variety of projects which includes managing the Innovation, Spotlight and Scholarship/Fellowship awards program.

    Nancy Desmond, CPRP

    Special Projects Administrator, Cleveland Metroparks

    Nancy has been with Cleveland Metroparks for 20 years and has held a variety of positions. She started with the Park District as a visitor center manager and gained broad experience through a few special assignments over the years.  In her current role, she does special projects for the Chief Operating Officer, oversees the park's non-profit partner relationships, serves on internal and external committees, coordinates several awards application processes and co-manages its CAPRA accreditation.  Nancy has been a CAPRA visitor for four years and recently signed on as a reviewer.

    Jason MacKenzie, CPRP

    Projects and Services Coordinator, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department

    Jason’s background includes twenty years of progress supervisor and management experience with the City of Tampa. In 2015, Jason joined the executive management team as the Projects and Services Coordinator, overseeing projects such as playground renovations, adaptive and inclusive recreation and ADA compliance projects, communications, marketing, public relations, grants, social media, and act as the agency lead for CAPRA Accreditation. 

    Cheryl Michelet

    Director of Communications, BREC

    Cheryl joined BREC as Director of Communications in 2012. She has 14-years of experience in public relations/marketing management/crisis communications preceded by nearly twenty years of broadcast television management. At BREC, she manages a team of 16 professionals and who are responsible for writing the applications that have garnered national recognition for the agency. Cheryl is the past President of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) and was named its Practitioner of the Year in 2018. 

    Dan Olson

    Director of Operations, Champaign Park District

    Dan has been involved with Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas protection for over 25 years in the state of Illinois and is currently the Director of Operations for the Champaign Park District.  Dan is the Chair of the NRPA Awards and Scholarships Committee and has served on the committee for three years.

  • 2020 Premier Webinar Subscription

    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.

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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