Baltimore a.k.a. “Charm City” is made up of 262 parks stretched across more than 4,600 acres and an additional 1,200 acres of urban wilderness — the second largest in the United States. Combine that with the rich American history, the diversity in their more than 225 neighborhoods, a booming art scene, the Inner Harbor and all of its attractions, and, of course, their world-famous blue crabs, and there is no wonder why it is the perfect location for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

Mark your calendars now for three days filled with lively networking activities, inspirational sessions, a look at the most innovative products in the field, and of course, a whole lot of fun!

2019 NRPA Annual Conference
September 24-26, 2019
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD  21201

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Welcome to Baltimore! — Episode 049

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Tune in on your way to Baltimore for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference to hear valuable insider tips on making the most of your time at conference, things that are new to the conference this year and the events that you won’t want to miss!

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We’re Going Live at the NRPA Annual Conference!

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The best moments from the NRPA Annual Conference are coming to your newsfeed!

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Learn How to Influence Public Policy at the 2019 NRPA Conference

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NRPA’s Public Policy Team is excited to share three opportunities for you to advocate on behalf of park and recreation policy priorities and influence your Members of Congress as part of the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Bring on the Charm!

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Discover Baltimore, or “Charm City,” a walkable, vibrant downtown community with unique attractions, vast history and a wide variety of delectable choices.

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Conservation Sessions at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference

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To help you plan for the upcoming NRPA Annual Conference, here are some of our “must see” conservation sessions that are sure to inspire ideas you can take back home with you.

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eSports at the Rec Center? — Episode 046

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eSports, or video game competitions, isn’t new, but it is a growing trend. So much so that eSports is starting to make a space for itself in the world of parks and recreation.

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Addressing Equitable Park Access One Session at a Time

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We've picked a few equitable park access sessions that you won't want to miss at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Health and Wellness Sessions at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference

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These health and wellness education sessions at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore will leave you eager to make advancements back home.

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Marketing Recipe for Success #Nailedit

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Whether you're part of a marketing team or marketing is simply one of the many hats that you wear, you'll be able to get the latest marketing strategies in the Marketing Certificate Program pre-conference workshop.

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Unique Learning Opportunities for Directors

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Collaborate with directors from across the country on issues such as design thinking, urban infrastructure, urban carbon credits, renewable energy, advocacy, capital investment strategies and more.

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Insider's Tips for Navigating the NRPA Annual Conference

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Some tips to help you get the most from your time in Baltimore.

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Some 'Not-to-Be-Missed' Special Events!

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This year’s NRPA Annual Conference includes more opportunities to learn from inspiring people, reconnect with colleagues and make new meaningful relationships with peers from across the country.

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Don't Miss the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference Closing Session!

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It promises to be an inspirational, high-energy finale!

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How Is a Park and Rec Agency Like a Swiss Army Knife?

August 2019 Conference Feature Park and Rec Agency Swiss Army Knife 410

Mental health, climate resiliency, opioid epidemic and homelessness - check out some of the educational opportunities focused on trending issues park departments are being called on to help solve.

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Parks Build Community 2019

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The renovated Catherine Street Park, this year’s Parks Build Community project, will provide community residents with outdoor opportunities to play and socialize.

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Self-Care at #NRPAConference: Five Practices

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It’s easy to get caught up in meetings, workshops and afterhours fun at a conference, not to mention trying to keep work running smoothly back home. Here are five self-care tips for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

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Reaching the Summit at the NRPA Annual Conference

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You know that feeling you get when you summit a mountain after a long hike? That's the feeling Lindsay Labas gets at the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Disability Rights Activist Haben Girma to Deliver Closing General Session Keynote

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Girma, the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, shares a bit about her passions and thoughts on an inclusive world.

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Education Highlights: The Magic of Modification

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Get a taste of what’s being offered on the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference Recreation and Sports Programming track.

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A ‘Deep Bench’ of Subject Matter Experts at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference

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Meet some of the nearly 550 subject matter experts who’ll be sharing their expertise at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Exhibit Hall Highlights

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Giveaways, challenges, learning playground sessions, scavenger hunt and more than 400 exhibitors await you in this year’s Exhibit Hall!

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Can’t physically make it to Baltimore? Join us virtually through NRPA Live...

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The Baltimore Pre-Conference Workshops

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Dive into this year’s educational opportunities in Baltimore, Maryland, by attending a pre-conference workshop on Monday, September 23.

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Get Out and Explore Baltimore and DC!

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During the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference, discover Baltimore’s rich history and culture through several Off-Site Institutes and Leisure Tours and Activities.

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Parks and Recreation's Secret Superpower

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Attend the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference to learn more about the idea of parks and recreation as a tonic for mental health challenges in related education sessions.

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The 2019 NRPA Annual Conference Preview

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Whether you are a repeat NRPA Annual Conference attendee or a newbie, you probably want to know a little more about the event before (or after) you register. Here is a preview to help you plan.

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Take Your Agency from ‘Zero to Sexy’

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Help your elected officials recognize the importance of investing in your efforts to improve community health, conserve natural resources and build a community where everyone is welcome.

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Use Your Power of Persuasion

2019 April NRPA Update Use Your Power of Persuasion 410

How to justify your trip to the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

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