Conferences and Schools

NRPA conferences and schools are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. NRPA educational events offer the most relevant and diverse professional development programs that cover all aspects of parks and recreation. Whether you are just starting your career, are a seasoned veteran, or are an engaged citizen leader our conferences and schools will give you the education and networking opportunities you need to be successful.

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NRPA Annual Conference

The NRPA Annual Conference brings together thousands of parks and recreation professionals for three days of learning, sharing and networking. This event is also a great time to earn CEUs.

NRPA Innovation Labs

The Innovation Labs are a new approach to bringing together some of the sharpest minds both in and outside the field of parks and recreation to explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs, and better serve the public.


Directors School

This school is designed to prepare new and aspiring directors of parks and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.

Event Management School

This training program is designed for event management staff at all levels; whether new to events or event staff with years of experience.

Park and Recreation Maintenance Management

This comprehensive instructional program is designed for park, recreation and conservation personnel who manage park and recreation maintenance programs.

Revenue Development and Management School

This program is targeted toward agencies that must rely wholly or in part on generating revenues. It is focused on proven revenue management and development techniques.

Supervisors' Management School 

This program provides participants with the necessary tools to improve their ability to impact the day-to-day activities of their organization. It focuses on building a strong understanding of management principles as well as how to influence co-workers and colleagues.