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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  • 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.

  • Equity in Practice: Feedback from the Field

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/07/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    We want to hear from you! Join NRPA’s education staff and Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross to learn more about the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion resources and provide feedback on the engagement plan and learning opportunities that will be available for members.

  • How Parks Can Take Action in State Wildlife Plans

    Includes a Live Web Event on 10/26/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Park and recreation professionals plan, manage, program and maintain 11 million acres of public parks and green spaces across the country. With such a significant influence, these professionals are poised to advance community-driven climate solutions that can help conserve wildlife and protect vital habitat as well as build a healthy, more resilient and equitable future for generations to come.

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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
    Community Awareness: Elevating Parks and Recreation
    July 8, 2021   
    Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture
    February 11, 2021
    The ADA Is Back! Was It Really Ever Gone?
    August 12, 2021 
    Intentionality in Aquatics — Dodge, Dip, Duck and Dodge*
    March 11, 2021
    Advancing Community Wellness Hubs Through Partnerships
    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
    Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses
    June 10, 2021
    Aquatics*
    December 9, 2021

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Partnering to Deliver Successful Farmers Markets

    Partnerships are key in ensuring successful farmers markets in your community. Explore the benefits and different models of parks and recreation and community partners to deliver strong, vibrant farmers markets.

    Park and recreation agencies are uniquely suited to host farmers markets, but they can’t always do it alone. This webinar will explore the benefits of partnering to deliver programs and services, different models that may fit your community needs, and strategies to ensure your agency and partners are mission aligned. Hear from local park and recreation agencies that have successfully partnered to deliver strong community farmers markets as well as leaders from the field on best practices for partnering.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the benefits and models of partnerships to support farmers markets.
    2. Learn the ways in which park and recreation professionals can engage local partners to support farmers markets.


    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.

    Darlene Wolnik (she/her)

    Training and Technical Assistance Director

    Farmers Market Coalition

    Darlene Wolnik is the Training and Technical Assistance Director of Farmers Market Coalition. Since 2011, Darlene has consulted for dozens of projects on market design, operations, data collection, and analysis. She has authored numerous reports on market currency, food awareness, measurement and more. Before that, she served a decade as the Deputy Director of NGO Market Umbrella in New Orleans.

    ​Kate Fitzgerald (she/her)

    Principal

    Fitzgerald-Canepa Consulting

    Kate Fitzgerald works on policy that links family farms with low-income consumers to achieve economic opportunity and better public health.  Based in Texas for 25 years, she now works in Washington, DC and concentrates on federal policy including SNAP produce incentive programs, connecting low-income shoppers with farmers’ markets, rural grocery store viability, and regional food supply chains.

    Marby Barker (she/her)

    Grant Administrator

    Town of Vivian, Louisiana

    Dr. Marby Barker is the grant administrator for the town of Vivian, Louisiana. Her primary work revolves around improving the quality of life for the citizens of Vivian and the surrounding areas through increasing access to health and wellness programs, as well as connecting citizens to available resources. 

    Maureen Neumann (she/her) (Moderator)

    Senior 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. 

  • The ADA Is Back! Was It Really Ever Gone?

    Join this webinar to learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is enforced and identify enforcement trends to better get ahead of the curve and apply mandates to your home agency operations.

    During the last several years, Washington, D.C. went through a phase of deregulation and a de-emphasis on civil rights protections, with one notable exception: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This webinar reviews a June 2020 Settlement Agreement regarding playgrounds in an Iowa community, as well as a June 2021 Settlement Agreement regarding all the assets of a Texas city. We will not only highlight the remedial actions required, but also discuss how the disputes could have been avoided. Join this webinar to discuss the resources parks and recreation agencies need to keep compliant.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand how the ADA is enforced and be able to identify enforcement trends.
    2. Identify the remediation required in both Settlement Agreements discussed.
    3. Apply the Settlement Agreement mandates to local agency operations.


    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.

    John McGovern (he/him)

    Partner, Principal in Charge

    The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice

    John N. McGovern (he/him/his) leads the Accessibility Practice at The WT Group, LLC.  His firm is the NRPA preferred provider of accessibility consulting.  A long-time member of NRPA, he worked in parks and recreation while earning his law degree.  Continuing his parks and recreation career, he then represented NRPA on the three federal advisory committees that created the parks and recreation content of the federal 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.  Since forming the Accessibility Practice in 2008, his firm has helped more than 440 counties, cities, states, and park districts meet the sometimes unclear requirements of the ADA.

    Hayley Herzing (she/her) (Moderator)

    Senior Manager of Membership

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Hayley Herzing is currently the Senior Manager of Membership for the National Recreation and Park Association. She has worked for NRPA for six years and previously worked at the National Community Pharmacists Association. Hayley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and dog.