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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. 


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  • Transgender Inclusion in Sports: 101

    **This webinar recording is available through June 30, 2020** Participate in this two-hour webinar to learn strategies to break down the barriers for including transgender athletes in sports programs. This webinar will deconstruct the myths around transgender athletes, share the basics of transgender policies in sports, and provide tools to communicate why inclusion of transgender people is important to make sure that sports remain safe and inclusive for all.

  • The Sum of Us: A Conversation with Author Heather McGhee and Dr. Gail C. Christopher

    Includes a Live Web Event on 07/01/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    (Encore Broadcast) Join Dr. Gail C. Christopher and daughter, author Heather McGhee for a stirring conversation on the impacts of systemic racism seen in the distribution of parks, equitable access to green space, and support for outdoor learning opportunities. Two of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offer a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.

  • Community Awareness: Elevating Parks and Recreation

    Includes a Live Web Event on 07/08/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    How can we turn the increased public appreciation of parks into focused public action that supports the park and recreation field? Join this webinar to learn how you can leverage the force of public support to maximize the critical role parks and recreation plays in your community.

  • 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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  • 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
    Expect the Unexpected: FEMA’s Emergency Management Courses
    June 10, 2021
    Aquatics*
    December 9, 2021

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • Pollinator Awareness and Sustainability in Your Community

    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.

    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. In this webinar, you will find out how you can capitalize on your community’s findings, in terms of the plants and pollinator species identified, to help you and your park’s team better understand and actively protect biodiversity and advance sustainability efforts. Hear park professionals explain how they hosted their BioBlitz campaign; educated their communities; and leveraged the experience to advance efforts to protect pollinators, native habitats and biodiversity in their communities.  

    Tamara Aquino, CPRP (she/her/hers)

    Lake Highlands North Recreation Center Supervisor

    City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department

    Tamara Aquino Cespedes currently serves the Dallas Park and Rec department as Supervisor III for Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. As a first-generation college student, she graduated with a Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and earned her CPRP certification back in 2019. Since starting her recreation profession back in City of College Station, her main focus in programming is creating equitable access for youth. She enjoys designing curriculum and training others to lead activities that give kids an opportunity to do things they haven't done before. Her favorite city-wide recreation programs to be involved in are Outdoor Adventures and Late Teen Night. She is grateful for her team, her family, and the Parks and Rec show.

    Betty Blockinger (she/her/hers)

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Columbus Recreation & Parks Department

    Betty Blockinger is the Volunteer Services Manager with Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. She has 10+ years of volunteer and non-profit management experience. She oversees Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s volunteer program that include 15,000+  volunteers who annually plant trees, coach youth sports, mentor teens and much more.  She is passionate about placing volunteers in safe and exciting service projects throughout the city of Columbus.

    Rosalie Hendon (she/her/hers)

    Environmental Planner

    Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

    Rosalie Hendon is an environmental planner for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. She manages natural resource projects on city parkland—everything from forests to prairies. Hendon holds two master degrees from the Ohio State University in both public administration and natural resources. An advocate of data-driven approaches to conservation work, Hendon is frequently surveying species in Columbus parks to determine the effects of habitat restoration. She believes local government has a critical role to play in environmental policy.

    Brett Johnson (he/him/his)

    Senior Environmental Coordinator and Urban Biologist

    City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department

    Brett Johnson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, with 17 years experience in urban base natural resource management. After about 12 years with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as an Urban Wildlife Biologist, he moved into his current position as the Urban Biologist for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, where he has been for the last 5 years. With the city, he oversees the feral hog trapping program, conservation outreach, prairie management, the Bird City Texas efforts, and the overall pollinator conservation “program”. Outside of work, he is very involved in scouts as an Assistant Scoutmaster, risk management chair, and he sits on the local council’s conservation committee. His interest in conservation started in the Boy Scouts, where he earned his Eagle Scout. He has a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M and an MS from Texas Tech University.

    Michele White (she/her/hers)

    Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Michele White is a program manager for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), whose work is centered in how parks advance conservation, sustainability and resiliency for communities across the country.  She specifically manages the Parks for Pollinators campaign, focused on raising public awareness of the current pollinator crisis by encouraging local action and advancing pollinator health and sustainable habitat through the work of park and recreation professionals and their communities.  She has a B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM).  She is passionate about the connection of sustainably managed open space and their support of healthy ecosystems, especially pollinators.  

  • The History of Equity in Parks and Recreation

    Decisions made throughout the history of the United States have shaped the inequities in park access and quality we see today. Join this webinar to learn about the decisions that led to these inequities and how they shaped the parks movement as well as how this history impacts local efforts to address systemic inequities.

    One in three people in the United States lack access to a high-quality park within a half-mile of their home; for some, this was done intentionally. Decisions made throughout the history of the United States created the inequities  in park access and quality that we see today. From the consequences of the first Europeans settling on Indigenous lands to the intentional impacts by land-use professionals in the twentieth century to segregate cities, this webinar will explore U.S. history and the evolution of parks and recreation. Before park and recreation professionals can address these inequities, we must understand the history that created them. This webinar will provide a starting point for understanding this history on a national and local level.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how white supremacy and systemic racism impacted the parks movement.
    2. Understand how today’s inequities were created by decisions made throughout U.S. history.
    3. Learn how this history impacts local efforts to address systemic inequities.


    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.

    Brandi Peacher (she/her)

    Director of Project Management

    Lexington, KY Office of the Mayor

    Brandi Peacher is the Director of Project Management in the Office of the Mayor with the City of Lexington, KY.  Peacher obtained a master’s in architecture from the University of Kentucky. Her design, planning, and development career has included work on a variety of commercial, residential, and public projects in Chicago, Dubai, and Lexington. Today, Peacher oversees a group of public space projects under the Town Branch Commons umbrella.  This signature project will follow the historic path of Town Branch, Lexington’s original water source, link downtown parks, incorporate green infrastructure, and provide an enhanced multi-modal transportation network.  

    Michelle Kosieniak (she/her)

    Superintendent of Planning and Design

    Lexington, KY Parks and Recreation

    Michelle Kosieniak is the Superintendent of Planning and Design at Parks and Recreation in Lexington Kentucky. Upon completion of a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky, Kosieniak joined Parks and Recreation as a park designer. She has dedicated 25 years to community engagement while planning, designing and promoting stewardship at over 100 parks in Lexington. Kosieniak and her staff execute dozens of capital projects each year such as replacing the playground at Charles Young Park. One of Lexington’s oldest, this park has been a social center for a diverse, culturally rich, urban neighborhood since 1930. 

    Jared Mummert (he/him)

    Park Access Program Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Jared Mummert is a Park Access Program Manager at NRPA and has been with the organization for 3.5 years. At NRPA, Jared has led work on NRPA’s Community Engagement Resource Guide, Equity in Parks and Recreation story map and Resilient Park Access grant program. With a B.S. in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, Jared is dedicated to environmental justice issues and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Administration at George Mason University. 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 working to connect low-income families to national parks. Jared 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.