Events


  • First Friday Chat & Chew

    Nov 6, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table lunch conversation of current topics led by President Jennifer Cirillo Connect with Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep us connected throughout the year. Please feel free to invite your Assistant or Deputy Directors/Superintendents to participate as well.

  • Virtual Education - Failing Forward

    Nov 12, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Bobbi Nance, President, Recreation Results  Take an inspirational look at embracing mishaps, mistakes, and failures as a necessary precursor to success. Sharing stories from start-ups, other local governments, and her own insight on building and leading a nationally-recognized government innovation program, Bobbi will help remove the stigma of failure that inevitably comes with trying new things and teach you some key insights to help you manage the messy business of innovating so that you come out ahead, even when it may seem on the surface that you’ve fallen behind. Learning Objectives Discuss the reasons that professionals fear failure and how it stops us all from being as innovative as we have the potential to be. Give examples of methods to minimize risks associated with new projects and initiatives. Strategize ways to react and respond when things "go wrong". 0.1 CEUS

  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam (VIRTUAL)

    Nov 18 - 20, (ET)
    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT 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; November 18-20, 2020 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 - What's in Your Brain? Understanding Unconscious Bias

    Nov 20, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)
    Jim Barnes, Assistant Village Manager, Village of Wellington We live and work in a world that is full of unique and diverse individuals. From the obvious differences, like gender and language, to more subtle differences, like upbringing and culture, we are surrounded by inputs that create unconscious responses deep in our psyche. How we react to those responses determines how well we leverage the diversity around us. In this session we will uncover what unconscious bias really is, the science behind it and how to respond to those biases in a way that benefits our organizations and our communities. Learning Objectives Learn the definition of unconscious bias and the factors that create those biases. Discover the science behind unconscious bias and how it influences decisions in their daily lives. Learn how to identify their own unconscious biases and what they can do to respond to those biases in a way that promotes collaboration, support and positive culture in their organizations. 0.1 CEUS

  • First Friday Chat & Chew

    Dec 4, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table lunch conversation of current topics led by President Jennifer Cirillo Connect with Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep us connected throughout the year. Please feel free to invite your Assistant or Deputy Directors/Superintendents to participate as well.

  • Virtual Education - Empowered Health: Stronger Communities and Thriving Workplaces

    Dec 9, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (ET)
    Regina Novak Nationwide, we see the effects that substance abuse, addiction, and dependence have on families and workplaces When we are fully conscious and engaged in our total well-being, we can open the door to empowered decision making. This class will look at health consciousness through the lens of families, workplaces, and the broader community. Learning Objectives Define and understand health consciousness and how it relates to mental and emotional wellbeing and substance abuse. Identify ways to reduce risk in families, employees, and the community by utilizing health alternatives. Recognize how health consciousness can be applied to medical consumerism and how those conversations can empower and engage people in their care and wellbeing.  0.15 CEUS Sponsored by:

  • Virtual Education - Let's Talk About Privilege

    Dec 16, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Jim Barnes, Assistant Village Manager, Village of Wellington Equity necessitates ensuring all people have fair and just access to the benefits of high-quality, local parks and recreation. Parks and recreation serves as an important voice for social equity and inclusion.  We must put equity at the center of all we do. True to the very philosophy of public parks and recreation is the idea that all people — no matter the color of their skin, age, income level or ability — have access to and are welcomed into programs, facilities, places and spaces that make their lives and communities great.  How do we as parks and recreation professionals help our communities become more equitable and just? It's easy to say “don’t discriminate,” but how do we truly confront discrimination if we do not talk about its flip side, privilege. One side of discrimination is that someone is suffering from an unearned disadvantage. The flip side is privilege, when someone is benefitting from an unearned advantage. These are difficult conversations that can make people uncomfortable, uneasy, defensive, or elicit feelings of guilt. This session examines our role in such conversations and how we can guide such conversations in constructive ways. Get strategies for avoiding pitfalls and observe activities that can help people understand their own and others’ lived experiences. Learning Objectives Understand the role of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and class in daily life and the crisscrossing systems of discrimination or disadvantage. Develop strategies to effectively approach conversations about privilege and the feelings of defensiveness or guilt that come with understanding the role of privilege in our society. Discover activities that we can use in our organizations or communities to further the discussion of privilege. 0.1 CEUS

  • Virtual Education - Understanding Staff Engagement and Performance

    Jan 13, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Marc Solomon, Recreation Superintendent, Charlotte Co Community Services Dept. Have you ever wondered why some staff members, supervisors or work groups seem more engaged and more productive than others, even within the same organization? Have you ever asked yourself “what do they know that I don’t know”? This session will explore the answers to those questions! Learning Objectives Explore several leading theories on staff engagement and motivation. List the common obstacles to staff engagement and peak performance. Identify ways to increase staff engagement, morale and performance in your organization. 0.1 CEUS SPONSORED BY:  

  • Virtual Education - Identifying the Recreation Leaders' Role in Bullying Prevention

    Jan 20, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Dr. Samose Mays, Recreation Director, Bryan County Parks and Recreation This educational session is a hands-on presentation that looks to educate participants on bullying prevention, recognizing bullying, and keeping your programs bully-free from the start. This presentation looks to teach participants to be proactive in developing preventative bullying initiatives when their programs are in the developmental phase. Learning Objectives Develop proactive anti-bullying initiatives when programs are in the developmental stages. Recognize bullying that affects their programs and develop the proper strategies to enforce protection of their participants. Define the 4 levels of bullying and develop proactive measure in preventing, diagnosing, and eliminating them from their programs. 0.1 CEUS

  • Virtual Education - Top 7 Secrets to Writing Performance Proposals

    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)
    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, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (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

  • 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 - 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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