The 2021 NRPA Annual Conference provides more than 80 education sessions, 20 speed sessions and 20 NRPA Research Sessions through 12 education tracks specifically tailored to parks and recreation. Education sessions cover a variety of topics including equity and inclusion, leadership and personnel management, recreation and sports programming, revenue development, customer service and much more. Attendees also will have the opportunity to earn up to 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

2021 Education Session Highlights

Full Education Schedule Coming Soon

Education Tracks

  • Advocacy
  • Aquatics
  • Career Development
  • Conservation
  • Customer Service
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership and Personnel Management
  • Planning, Design and Maintenance
  • Programming
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Revenue Development

Session Formats

  • General Sessions
  • Coffee Talks
  • 1-Hour Education Sessions (available in person and virtually)
  • On-Demand Speed Sessions
  • NRPA Research Sessions


Nashville, Tennessee: Education Experience

During the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in Nashville, attendees will be divided into two groups: Learning Pod A and Learning Pod B. These groups will help facilitate physical distancing in lobbies, corridors and the exhibit hall as well as during breaks. Each Learning Pod will have established attendee arrival times and schedules:

  • Learning Pod A will attend sessions on level one and in the Davidson Ballroom.
  • Learning Pod B will attend sessions on level two and in the Grand Ballroom on level four.

In-person attendees will be able to take part in 63 unique sessions delivered only in Nashville, and will be able to access 24 pre-recorded sessions on the virtual platform, through all twelve education tracks. Those who register for the in-person, full package conference also receive the all-access pass to the virtual conference. All attendees will have continued access to the virtual platform to view any missed virtual sessions and earn CEUs through December 31.

Education seats for the in-person portion of the 2021 Annual Conference are limited! Currently, capacity for the Nashville event is limited to 3,000 education seats to ensure health and safety protocols are in place for all attendees.


Online Platform: Education Experience

Virtual conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend 45 sessions including 21 live sessions from all twelve education tracks. The virtual platform schedule will follow Learning Pod B’s education blocks and be able to view live-streamed sessions as well as pre-recorded education sessions and the on-demand content library. Speed sessions will only be available online, on-demand. All attendees will have continued access to the virtual platform to view any missed sessions and earn CEUs through December 31.



A maximum of 1.4 CEUs can be earned based on the number of sessions attended during 2021 NRPA Annual Conference. Attendees are required to attend entire sessions and complete session evaluations to obtain CEU credit. 



Education sessions for the NRPA Annual Conference are selected by the Conference Program Committee (CPC). The CPC is a dedicated group of professionals from around the country, representing all regions, specialties, and content areas that recruits, reviews, and selects education sessions for the annual conference.