Events


  • Virtual Education: Everybody Plays: A Best Practice Guide to Multigenerational Design

    Jan 28, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Jill Moore, Landscape Structures Communities are feeling the pressure to ensure spaces are usable for a wide age range of users and our parks are our strategic asset to increase livability, engage and enrich all ages. By 2050- 2 billion people will be over the age of 60. Research indicates that Americans desire resources dedication to park sites that serve both youth and older adults in order to experience vitality, combat ageist beliefs and foster healthy age integration. Through proven best practice design elements, we can strategically use our parks and playgrounds to make our communities more livable and invest in our future selves. Learning Objectives: Identify the necessity of intergenerational spaces and their importance in all communities as our population ages. Identify the benefits of escaping ageist beliefs and promoting an active societal contribution using shared sites. Best practice elements to support multigenerational park design.

  • First Friday Chat & Chat

    Feb 5, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Virtual Education - Top 7 Secrets to Writing Performance Appraisals

    Feb 9, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
    Ronnie Glotzbach, President/Owner, Bach Training & Development Corp. Do you dread the thought of writing a performance appraisal? Do you start with a blank form and try to remember what happened the last 12 months? If you answered yes, it is time for a change. Performance evaluations don’t have to be a burden once you learn the secrets to justifying your ratings and managing challenging review meetings. Learning Objectives Share tools to document performance all year long. Describe best practices for writing reviews. Gain strategies to deal with difficult annual evaluation meetings. 0.1 CEUS

  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam (VIRTUAL)

    Feb 17 - 19, (ET)
    REGISTRATION for February's CPSI Course and Exam has CLOSED NRPA’s industry leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. Step One: CPSI Online Prep Course (12 hours) Step Two: Live Virtual Course; February 17-19, 2021 from 8am-noon Participant will ONLY attend one day Step Three: CPSI Exam (home/office/testing Center) **Participant will receive a different email on each of these steps from NRPA** Due to COVID-19 ,  NRPA is transitioning from in-person classes to online Virtual Classes, a 4 hour review led by a CPSI instructor and computer-based exams

  • Virtual Education - Great Customer Service is Not Enough

    Feb 17, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Bobbi Nance, President, Recreation Results  In a world where customized, on-demand, Instagrammable services are quickly becoming the norm, how are park and recreation organization supposed to compete? We’ll have you stepping into your customers' shoes in order to re-evaluate the way you think about your programs, facilities, and services and show you the moments that really matter to keep your customers coming back. Learning Objectives Describe the difference between customer service and customer experience and which one matters most. List the 4 key questions you need to constantly use to evaluate your services if you want to improve customer loyalty. Turn the examples shared into a mini action plan to implement at their own programs and facilities. 0.1 CEUS

  • Virtual Education - Drama Queens, Narcissists, Blamers...OH MY!

    Feb 24, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Jim Barnes, Assistant Village Manager, Village of Wellington Do you ever have to deal with giant egos, or blamers, or people who find drama in every little thing? Do you have to work with anyone who always sees the negative in any situation? Or someone who is hyper-sensitive and always gets their feelings hurt? Sadly, not every person in an organization is nice, pleasant, and easy-going. So you’ve got to know how to manage and understand difficult personalities. In this session, we’ll identify how to deal with giant egos, blamers, finger-pointers, drama queens and kings, as well as negative and overly sensitive people. Learning Objectives Learn how to contain negativity and even start to turn negative people positive by debunking the irrational thoughts that drive their negativity. Behind the drama queen and king is a desperate cry for attention, understand a specific script for reducing the drama while turning these kings and queens into more rational and responsible adults. The blame game is time-consuming and destructive, master a script to quickly stop the finger-pointing and make this person and positive contributor to the team. 0.1 CEUS

  • First Friday Chat & Chat

    Mar 5, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Virtual Education - Trends in Playspace Design

    Mar 10, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Jill Moore and John McConkey, Landscape Structures In this session, we will examine playground trends that create kid magnets; that facilitate multi-generational interaction, support physical activity or creative place-making environments that tell a community story and return economic impact to their communities. This session provides participants an understanding of the key components influencing the needs and desires of designers, planners and users in creating innovative play environments.  Participants will be able to utilize this knowledge to vision, plan and budget for implementing successful playground environments that best serve their communities well into the future.  Learning Objectives Identify emerging trends influencing playground design. Connect to societal issues and needs of kids and families. Design innovative play environments in line with trends. 0.1 CEUS

  • Virtual Education - The Change Curve: Accelerating Change and Increasing Its Success

    Mar 16, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Gabriel Castillo, CPRP, Founder/CEO of RecStar Consulting  As someone needing to make changes within your organization, the challenge is to help and support people through these individual transitions, which can sometimes be intensely traumatic, and involve loss of power and prestige and even employment. The easier you can make this journey for people, the sooner your organization will benefit and the more likely you are to be successful. Learning Objectives Learn about mistakes commonly seen while rolling out change. Identify phases of change each person or group could go through. Discuss the biggest barriers to creating lasting change.

  • Virtual Education - Innovative Behaviors: What are They and How to Promote Them

    Mar 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
    Ryan Murphy, MA, MPS, CPRE, Emergency Management Officer (Training Specialist), Sarasota County Emergency Management Parks and recreation professionals are frequently tasked to develop innovative solutions to big community challenges. How do we as leaders develop and promote innovative behaviors among our employees and peers? This session will define the progression of innovative behaviors and offer tips on how you can inspire innovation among your team. Learning Objectives Describe the three stages of innovative behaviors. Identify tools to encourage innovative behaviors. Summarize how to measure innovative behaviors among teams. 0.1 CEUS

  • First Friday Chat & Chat

    Apr 2, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Virtual Education - Digital Marketing That Rocks

    Apr 13, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Gabriel Castillo, CPRP, Founder/CEO of RecStar Consulting  Explore the current trends and techniques in digital marketing, social media, SEO, content and mobile trends. Learn how digital marketing can matter the most to you and your organization. Learning Objectives Identify trends in digital marketing. Recognize what changes have taken place in digital marketing. Identify examples of what new tech apps can help you do your job. Sponsored by:

  • Virtual Education - ART OF GAINING CONSENSUS AND GETTING THINGS DONE

    Apr 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Bobbi Nance, President, Recreation Results No matter whether it’s a new project, policy, park, or program you’re working on, getting people on board and working together is a key challenge that every professional must overcome in order to get things done. Learn how to proactively weave tactics that create consensus into your projects in order to avoid many of these challenges in the first place, as well as how to respond to resistance and conflict when it inevitably happens. Learning Objectives Identify the important roles of a group facilitator should take on, including when to be neutral and when and how to apply persuasion techniques to bring groups together. Discuss why humans don't always make decisions based on logic, and how that impacts your projects. Analyze the root cause for disagreement in a group and identify exercises and tactics to respond. 0.1 CEUS

  • First Friday Chat & Chat

    May 7, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam (VIRTUAL)

    May 19 - 21, (ET)
    NRPA’s industry leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. Step One: CPSI Online Prep Course (12 hours) Step Two: Live Virtual Course; May 19-21, 2021 from 8am-noon Participant will ONLY attend one day Step Three: CPSI Exam (home/office/testing Center) **Participant will receive a different email on each of these steps from NRPA** Due to COVID-19 ,  NRPA is transitioning from in-person classes to online Virtual Classes, a 4 hour review led by a CPSI instructor and computer-based exams

  • Virtual Education - The Power of Praise and Positivity

    May 27, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Gabriel Castillo, CPRP, Founder/CEO of RecStar Consulting  Are you a respected or a feared leader, it can be easy for your team to feel intimidated by you and want to go with your ideas? Want to be more positive and make sure you have time to invest in your team? When you’re ready to be more positive and give more praise to your team, there’s quite a few ways you can do so. These tactics give you a variety of good places to start whether you’re just starting to learn how to be more positive at work, or just want to tune up your approaches. In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. Dalai Lama Learning Objectives Learn ways to provide feedback that inspires, uplifts and motivates your employees. Identify the power of positivity. Discuss tactics for building your people. Sponsored by:

  • First Friday Chat & Chat

    Jun 4, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • First Friday Chat & Chat

    Jul 2, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • First Friday Chat & Chat

    Aug 6, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam (VIRTUAL)

    Aug 18 - 20, (ET)
    NRPA’s industry leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. Step One: CPSI Online Prep Course (12 hours) Step Two: Live Virtual Course; August 18-20, 2021 from 8am-noon Participant will ONLY attend one day Step Three: CPSI Exam (home/office/testing Center) **Participant will receive a different email on each of these steps from NRPA** Due to COVID-19 ,  NRPA is transitioning from in-person classes to online Virtual Classes, a 4 hour review led by a CPSI instructor and computer-based exams REGISTRATION WILL OPEN AFTER JULY 1st