NRPA 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 advocate our schools will give you the education and networking opportunities you need to be successful.

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Directors School

August 14-September 1, 2020
*The 2020 Directors School will be delivered online*
This school is designed to prepare new and aspiring directors of parks and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively. Learn more.


Supervisors' Management School 

November 1-5, 2020
Wheeling, WV
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. Learn more.

Event Management School

January 17-22, 2021
Wheeling, WV
This training program is designed for event management staff at all levels; whether new to events or event staff with years of experience. Learn more.

Park and Recreation Maintenance Management School

January 24-29, 2021
Wheeling, WV
This comprehensive instructional program is designed for park, recreation and conservation personnel who manage park and recreation maintenance programs. Learn more.

Sustainability Institute

February 7-12, 2021
Wheeling, WV
This program is designed for park, recreation and conservation personnel who are responsible for improving organizational sustainabilityLearn more.

Revenue Development and Management School

March 14-19, 2021
Wheeling, WV
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. Learn more.

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