NDRPA Partner Webinars
FRPA Virtual Education Sessions
NDRPA is partnering again with Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) to bring convenient virtual education sessions January through March. Topics include becoming a person of influence, how to deal with difficult people, understanding gender identity and expression, and more. Each session costs $20 per NDRPA member. Sessions began in November, but several great sessions are scheduled in the new year, including Mastering the Interview: Tips and Tricks for Success, Project Management Essentials and How To Capitalize On Your Strengths To Fuel Success, Eat a Frog for Breakfast! Morning Fuel to Leap into YOUR Day!, and Activate Communities Through Intentional Playground and Outdoor Fitness Design. March and April sessions will be announced as soon as details are available. Download the full FRPA schedule for session and speaker details and register today.
NDRPA is excited to partner with Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) to offer NDRPA members the Skills Development Webinar Series. The series provides park and recreation professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. NDRPA members can get an early bird rate for all 11 webinars for $275 before Jan. 31. Cost is $300 after that date. Monthly webinars from February through December showcase nationally known speakers, industry leaders and topics like inclusion, better communications, cultural competence and integrated marketing, among other timely topics. Two registration options are available: Wednesdays or Thursdays.
2024 CPRP and CPRE Virtual Exam Preparation Programs
NDRPA is also partnering with Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) to offer NDRPA members the 2024 exam preparation programs for Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and Certified Park and Recreation (CPRE) certifications. Each program includes six classes and will train and prepare participants to successfully sit for the exams. Each class will focus on a different aspect of the test found in the study guides. There will be a Series A and Series B for each program. Program space is limited. The registration deadline for Series A is Thursday, Feb. 15 or 40 registrants. Series B registration will be posted when it is available. NDRPA members may register with a discount code to save $20 on course registration. Contact NDRPA for the discount code.
Cohort/Peer Mentor Program
NDRPA is launching a cohort/peer mentor program to connect park and recreation professionals across the state to share resources and knowledge. The program has a two-method approach:
NDRPA members are invited to host info-share workshops as part of the NDRPA Cohort/Peer Mentor Program. The info-share workshops are an opportunity for park and recreation professionals to share their expertise on a specific topic and encourage peer-to-peer learning. Thank you to Mandan Park District for hosting the first info-share workshop on ice maintenance in September and to those who participated! NDRPA is requesting feedback from members on potential future info-share workshop topics and seeking hosts. Please submit your feedback by Friday, Jan. 19.
Connect Through NDRPA Cohorts
NDRPA Cohorts are beginning to meet virtually into the first quarter of 2024. We have an additional cohort that has been added to the program – Young Professionals. If members are interested in connecting with their peers from across the state, please email the cohort lead directly to be added to the participation list. Below is the list of cohorts along with the lead contact emails.
- Afterschool/Summer Programs: Jessica Claiborn, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aquatics: Ryan Geerdes, email@example.com
- Campgrounds: Martha Willand, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Directors: George Hellyer, email@example.com
- Finance & Human Resources: Jeff Lancaster, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fitness Facilities: Caleb Burgard, email@example.com
- Forestry: Sean Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Foundations: Kelly Thomas, email@example.com
- Ice Arenas: Dave Frueh, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marketing & Special Events: Kelly Thomas, email@example.com
- Parks & Park Maintenance: Josh Mathern, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Recreation Programming: Amy Pederson, email@example.com
- Young Professionals: Joe Barsh, firstname.lastname@example.org
If your park district is interested in hosting a future info-share workshop or you’re interested in participating in a cohort, please contact NDRPA at 701-355-4458.
NRPA Learning Opportunities
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