More than 200 education sessions cover a variety of topics including leadership and management, public relations, marketing, recreation programming, revenue/customer service and much more. These sessions offer an opportunity to learn from experts in parks and recreation, conservation, health, landscape architecture, city planning and much more.

Education Formats

The education sessions come in a variety of formats. Whether it be getting out of your chair and breaking a sweat, spending time outside of the convention center or interacting directly with speakers, you can choose what fits your learning style best.

  • NRPA General Session: Join thousands of your peers, NRPA leadership and a special keynote speaker for an attention grabbing session sure to leave you inspired.
  • Learning Playground: Come to the exhibit hall for these highly interactive education sessions that get you up and out of your seat.
  • Directors' Corner: Intended for executive level professionals, these unique sessions focus on cutting-edge issues and challenges facing agencies throughout the country.
  • Speed Sessions: Back by popular demand, NRPA is again offering a series of quick, lively and innovative 20-minute Speed Sessions designed to energize and inspire.
  • Certificate Programs: Earn a professional certificate in marketing, leadership or playground maintenance.
  • NRPA Research Sessions (NRS): Attend these information packed sessions for the latest on applied research relevant to the parks and recreation industry.
  • Pre-Conference Workshops: Come early for these workshops providing hands-on practical instruction and in-depth information.
  • Off-Site Institutes: Join the Local Host for inspirational tours of Baltimore and all it has to offer.

Education Tracks

The NRPA Annual Conference provides hundreds of education and learning opportunities through 12 education tracks specifically tailored to parks and recreation. Follow a track that best suits your needs, or participate across all tracks for a well-rounded experience.

  • Advocacy
  • Aquatics
  • Conservation
  • Employee/Volunteer Management
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership & Management
  • Planning, Design and Maintenance
  • Professional Development
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Recreation & Sports Programming
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Revenue/Customer Service

Earn CEU's to Maintain Your Certification

To help you maintain your certification or reach other professional development goals, attendees can earn at least 0.1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for attending most education sessions and have the potential to earn up to 1.8 CEUs total. To earn CEUs, attendees must attend the entire education session. You can now earn 0.1 CEU for attending three Speed Sessions. Some sessions are not eligible for CEUs and this will be indicated in the Conference App and the onsite pocket guide. 




Keynote Speaker - Cal Ripken, Jr.

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Baseball legend, Cal Ripken, Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Opening General Session at the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Education Session Highlights

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At the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference, there will be hundreds of inspirational education sessions presented by some of the top speakers inside and outside of the industry. Browse a list of some of the top sessions for each education track.

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Workshops, Off-Site Institutes and Training

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Get certified, learn about accreditation, explore Baltimore and more!

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