The 2021 NRPA Annual Conference will be our first-ever hybrid experience. September 21–23, park and recreation professionals, champions and industry suppliers will have the opportunity to attend the in-person event in Nashville, Tennessee, or the virtual event on our online conference platform.

The safety of conference participants is of the utmost importance to NRPA. We will follow all federal, state and local guidelines for in-person gatherings. Read the full statement for more information and learn more about this year’s education experience below.


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 unique sessions delivered only in Nashville, including sessions from all twelve education tracks. Those who register for the in-person, full package conference will also receive the all-access pass to the virtual conference to view additional sessions and content during the on-demand period.

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. To ensure fair access to conference registrations, we will offer a phased registration timeline.

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Online Platform: Education Experience

Virtual conference attendees can view sessions from all twelve education tracks online. 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.


Education Sessions

NRPA Annual Conference provides more than 60 education 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).


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



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


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

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.