Virtual Events

NRPA Virtual Events Icon Stay current on the latest trends and best practices in the park and recreation field through NRPA virtual events. NRPA offers a broad range of programming to help members stay up-to-date on conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. Brought to you by NRPA and subject matter experts in the field, get high-quality education and training without leaving your home or office. 


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  • Integrating Trails into Park Planning

    Includes a Live Web Event on 05/13/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Attendees can expect to come away from this webinar with a toolbox of best practices and resources that get into the nitty-gritty of how to understand trails as park elements, plan for their sustainable integration into existing and future parks, and build trails and trail networks as powerful tools for connecting your parks to the public. Sponsored by SC Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and hosted in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.

  • Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/13/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join this webinar to gain an understanding of the ways climate-resilience and youth sports intersect — and how to balance these two seemingly competing priorities. Learn how to harness the power of athletic facilities and open play spaces to boost community sustainability efforts and connect residents to nature.

  • 2021 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

  • Conversations with Olmsted: His Vision for Reform

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/18/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Join the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Recreation and Park Association for a conversation that recenters the way we tell the story of Olmsted’s work and origins of landscape architecture.

  • How to Tell #OurParkAndRecStory: Storytelling Through Video

    Includes a Live Web Event on 05/25/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This July’s Park and Recreation Month theme is “Our Park and Recreation Story.” Kick things off by participating in this free learning opportunity to gain the skills needed to effectively interview community members, capture their stories and share them through compelling video. Join Filmmaker Casey Stein as he shares the basics of storytelling, tips for interviewing community members on camera, and best practices for capturing compelling video to amplify your park and recreation story.

  • The Gender Unicorn? Tell Me More!

    Includes a Live Web Event on 05/27/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Our communities consist of people with diverse sexual and gender identities. This webinar will provide a foundation for park and recreational professionals to learn more about people with these identities and will provide a springboard for conversation about strategies to ensure the voices and experiences of those with these identities are at the table and heard with regard to parks and recreation.

  • Pollinator Awareness and Sustainability in Your Community

    Includes a Live Web Event on 06/22/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how you can join and leverage NRPA’s Parks for Pollinator BioBlitz to engage your community in a virtual or in-person community science campaign that educates about the natural world around us.

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  • 2021 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

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    Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 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.


    2021 Schedule

    Environmental Maintenance: Global Impact and Your Agency*
    January 14, 2021
    Building the Movement                                        
    July 8, 2021
    Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture
    February 11, 2021
    Urban & Rural Cities Hot Topic    
    August 12, 2021 
    Intentionality in Aquatics — Dodge, Dip, Duck and Dodge*
    March 11, 2021
    Health & Wellness
    September 9, 2021
    How to Advocate for Your Agency and Federal Relief Funding
    April 8, 2021 
    Equity & Inclusion*
    October 14, 2021
    Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces*
    May 13, 2021
    Research
    November 18, 2021
    Emergency Response
    June 10, 2021
    Aquatics*
    December 9, 2021

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Staying Connected: Intergenerational Programs and COVID-19

    During this webinar, Generations United will share information on how intergenerational programs have created new opportunities and adapted activities to connect older and younger people throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond.

    Interest in intergenerational programming has been increasing in recent years. This appeal is fueled by a recognition that communities across the country have a growing resource in people who are living longer and healthier than ever before. Meanwhile, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has cast a spotlight on the devastation of social isolation for older adults and younger people alike. In this webinar, Generations United will share information on how intergenerational programs have created new opportunities and adapted activities in response to our current remote reality, as well as the valuable lessons learned during this process. Hear from innovative programs across the country — from community gardens to virtual visits — that have been creatively adapting to connect generations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so into the future.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the benefits of intergenerational programs and their role in addressing individual and community needs.
    2. Recognize effective strategies to create high-quality, remote and physically distant intergenerational programs; understand common challenges of remote intergenerational programs; and gain knowledge of successful ways to overcome them.
    3. Understand the tools and resources available to support the development and implementation of intergenerational programs.


    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.

    Pam Plimpton

    Intergenerational Coordinator

    San Diego County Department of Aging & Independence Services (San Diego, CA)

    Pam Plimpton has a Master of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University and has worked in older adult services for over 25 years, including with the Alzheimer’s Association and as a home health social worker.  Since 2007, she has worked for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, specifically in the department of Aging & Independence Services (AIS), the County's Area Agency on Aging.  Since 2014, she has served as the Intergenerational Coordinator at AIS.  In this role, she facilitates efforts to bring people of all ages together with the aim of enhancing the lives of those involved and addressing critical community challenges through intergenerational collaboration.

    Lynn Haglin

    Vice President & KIDS PLUS Director

    The Northland Foundation (Duluth, MN)

    Lynn Haglin’s experience includes over 30 years in administration, community development, and education, with an extensive background in early care and education, youth development, and intergenerational programs.  In her current position, Lynn provides leadership for the Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Programs, including AGE to age: bringing generations together. She has designed and implemented model programs focused on increasing access to quality early care and education settings, strengthening early childhood and early elementary connections (PreK-Grade 3), creating youth leadership, philanthropic and service learning opportunities; and developing intergenerational community efforts. 

    Katherine Yungmee Kim

    Senior Communications Editor

    Koreatown Youth and Community Center (Los Angeles, CA)

    Katherine Yungmee Kim is the Senior Editor at the Koreatown Youth and Community Center, the nation’s oldest and largest Korean American non-profit organization. She runs the Koreatown Storytelling Program (www.genbygen.org), a multiethnic, multilingual intergenerational oral history and ethnography program that documents and archives underrepresented narratives from the community. She is a writer and journalist with a BA in English Literature from Vassar College and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

    Sheri Steinig, MSW

    Special Projects Director

    Generations United (Washington, DC)

    Sheri Steinig is the Special Projects Director at Generations United, where she serves on the leadership team and supports the ongoing efforts to expand the development of intergenerational practices. During her 20 years with Generations United, she has developed resources and provided training and technical assistance to practitioners around the country; launched numerous initiatives including the National Center on Shared Sites, the Programs of Distinction designation, the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards; and a variety of capacity-building projects. Sheri previously worked at Intergenerational Innovations in Seattle, Washington where she developed, implemented, and evaluated a variety of different school- and community-based intergenerational programs. Sheri received her Masters of Social Work degree from Boston College with concentrations in macro-practice and gerontology. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado. 

  • How to Advocate for Your Agency and Federal Relief Funding

    This webinar will introduce professionals to NRPA’s public policy and advocacy team, provide an outline of advocacy priorities, and identify how park and recreation professionals can take advantage of federal relief funding through the American Rescue Plan.

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    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made obvious what professionals have known for a long time: parks and recreation services are not just public amenities, but essential services that communities need. As the new Congress and the Biden administration start to address the critical issues facing our country, park and recreation professionals need effective advocacy practices to ensure that community services and needs are a part of the nation’s recovery. This webinar will introduce professionals to NRPA’s public policy and advocacy team, provide an outline of advocacy priorities, and identify how park and recreation professionals can take advantage of federal relief funding through the American Rescue Plan.


    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.

    Elvis Cordova

    Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Recreation and Park Association

    Elvis Cordova is the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which is the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.  Mr. Cordova leads NRPA’s federal policymaking initiatives by providing strategic planning for enhancing community-based and capacity building programs, and stakeholder engagement to advance parks, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Mr. Cordova is a seasoned executive with over a decade of experience developing and implementing 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 in key markets around the world. 

    In 2012, Mr. Cordova was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Cordova served in various leadership roles at USDA, including Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary.  He oversaw food labeling programs (including organic and biotechnology), international trade regulations, research & educational grant programs, nutrition programs, commodity procurement, plant & animal health regulations, process verification programs, conservation programs, and the expansion of local and regional food systems.  He served on the White Task Force for Puerto Rico, focusing on building public-private partnerships to aid in the economic recovery efforts for the island.  Mr. Cordova entered the federal government a Presidential Management Fellow at the Farm Credit Administration and at the U.S. Department of Energy where his work encompassed alternative energy, economic development, financial services, and congressional affairs. Outside of the federal government, he served as a consultant for the United Nations where he focused on trade development strategies for emerging markets in Southeast Asia.  He also served as Vice President of Public Relations at Tzolkin Media Inc., and Director for Latin American programs at the Self Reliance Foundation.  Mr. Cordova began his career as a financial analyst at the Harvard Management Company.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor’s 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), École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (France), and Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Brazil). 
     
    In his personal time, Mr. Cordova 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 the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (now known as Prospanica).  He has served as a senior advisor for the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program.  He is a graduate of Leadership Alexandria, which is an executive-level training program in the national capital area, as well as a graduate of 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. Mr. Cordova presently lives with his family in Alexandria, VA and has previously lived in Latin America and Europe.  His language capabilities include Spanish, Portuguese, and French. 

    Kyle Simpson

    Senior Government Affairs Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

    Kyle Simpson joined NRPA in December 2017 and is heading up our public policy work on conservation, including infrastructure, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and resiliency. Kyle comes to NRPA after nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, most recently having worked for Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

    Dan McCarthy

    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.