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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. Also, explore our ongoing virtual event programs and browse our virtual event archives.
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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
    Urban & Rural Cities Hot Topic                                    
    July 8, 2021
    Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture
    February 11, 2021
    Building the Movement
    August 12, 2021 
    Intentionality in Aquatics — Dodge, Dip, Duck and Dodge*
    March 11, 2021
    Health & Wellness
    September 9, 2021
    Advocacy
    April 8, 2021 
    Equity & Inclusion*
    October 14, 2021
    Conservation*
    May 13, 2021
    Research
    November 18, 2021
    Emergency Response
    June 10, 2021
    Aquatics*
    December 9, 2021

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Health Equity in Parks and Recreation: Framework for Action

    This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the NRPA Health Equity framework and guidance for its application within park and recreation programs and services.

    Elevating Health Equity Through Parks and Recreation is a framework designed to guide local park and recreation professionals in intentionally planning for the advancement of health equity. Participants will learn how to apply an equity lens when planning, implementing and evaluating programs and services. In addition, this webinar offers an overview of the framework and guidance for its application within park and recreation programs and services.  



    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.

    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. 

  • CAPRA Webinar Series, #7: CAPRA Site Visit Team Members

    During this webinar, participants will learn about CAPRA’s volunteer opportunities, including required criteria; specifics for each role; tips to prepare for your assigned visit; and the process for completing your evaluation at the end of the visit season.

    This session will cover the criteria for becoming a visitor and the steps to apply; the specific duties and expectations for each volunteer role (Site Visit Team lead, Site Visit Team member, Commission Review Team); tips on preparing for your assigned visit; and the way to complete your end-of-visit-year evaluation form. Other topics will include what to expect during your assigned visit and how to work together as a team to put together the final executive summary report for the agency



    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the application process and criteria for becoming a CAPRA volunteer.
    2. Describe each volunteer’s specific role and expectations.
    3. Apply best practices in visit participation.




    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.

    Troy Houtman, CPRE

    Director of Park and Recreation | City of Wichita, P&R Department

    Troy Houtman is the City of Wichita Park & Recreation Director and started in November of 2014. Troy brings over 30 years of experience to the job with previous working locations at the City of San Antonio and the City of Austin.  His background includes working in many areas of Parks and Recreation to include aquatics, youth and adult sports, golf, park maintenance, CIP projects, and general recreation programming.  Specifically, the depth of his experience involves development of partnerships, contract development, park development, budget management and employee development.

    Troy has attended the National Recreation & Parks Association Directors School and holds a certificate as a Certified Public Manager from the state of Texas and Certified Parks and Recreation Executive from the National Recreation & Parks Association and is a member of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration. In 2016 his agency, Wichita Park & Recreation Department became one of 172 CAPRA accredited agencies.  Troy also serves on the CAPRA Commission since 2019.  
        
    Several mentors have had a huge impact on Troy’s management style and desire to become a Parks & Recreation Director. These influences have shaped his vision of public service and the passion for delivering quality service to the community.  It is his belief that local government is the most important tool for creating and providing a high quality of life for its citizens. The function of the Park and Recreation Department is to enhance these opportunities and further develop pride in the community. The Park and Recreation Department is the most important department for outreach and cooperation with Wichita residents in order to achieve their vision of what the community should be and what programs should be offered.  

    His goals include more exposure for the department, more partnerships, more interaction with the community, more programs offered, upgrades to parks and park amenities.  All of these contribute toward the departmental goal of enhancing the quality of life in Wichita.

    Education:
    Texas State University- Master’s Degree in Public Administration 
    Northern Colorado University- Bachelors of Science in Business Accounting 

    ​Jennifer G. Schleining

    CAPRA Accreditation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Jennifer G. Schleining, CAPRA Accreditation Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, oversees the strategic direction and day to day operations for the CAPRA Accreditation Program including management of the accreditation process for agencies and related educational programming.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Continuing Education Department. Prior to NRPA Jennifer served for 5 years as a Credentialing Services Specialist for the American Society of Appraisers.  Prior to that she held various fundraising and development positions for organizations including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give a Note Foundation, Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden and The Madeira School.