Stay current on the latest trends and best practices in the park and recreation field through NRPA webinars. 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Mobilizing Your Volunteer Networks for Advocacy

Most parks and recreation agencies have a huge advocacy resource that is being seriously underutilized – volunteer networks! Your volunteers are already passionate about parks and recreation, and most are just waiting for an opportunity to share their stories and take action. Join the NRPA Public Policy team and a special guest speaker to learn how to mobilize your volunteer networks to advocate for parks and recreation.

Date: Tuesday, July 12th
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Registration: FREE

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Americans’ Passion for Local Parks: Important New Evidence

This presentation reviews a recent Penn State/NRPA study that finds that Americans cherish their local public park and recreation services, seeing them as valuable features of their communities, towns, and cities. In fact, Americans almost unanimously agree that their communities benefit from their local public parks, even if they themselves are not regular park users. This passion for local public parks has gone unabated during the past 25 years even as our nation and the ways we interact and entertain each other have dramatically evolved. The presentation reviews the study's key findings and discusses how to use the results to Make the Case for parks in your community.


  • Andrew J. Mowen is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State.  Dr. Mowen's research focuses on the impact of urban park revitalization projects on health and community cohesion as well as policy-makers' perceptions of local park services.
  • Austin Barrett is a PhD candidate in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at Penn State.  Mr. Barrett's research focuses on local park and recreation areas/policies.  
  • Kevin A. Roth joined NRPA in 2015 as Vice President of Research. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and insights for NRPA members and to support NRPA’s strategic goals and tactics.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To learn about the level of support Americans have for local parks
  • To understand the breadth of this support across virtually all demographic groupings and across the NRPA Pillars
  • To learn how to use the research study's findings to make the case for parks

A quiz will be administered to those seeking credit following the presentation.

Date: Thursday, July 14
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
CEUs: .1
Registration:      PREMIER Members FREE, non-premier $25, non-member $30

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