Below you will find a schedule of the 1-hour education session offerings for 2021 NRPA Annual Conference. Session titles and information are subject to change.

Tuesday, September 21
1:30-2:30 p.m. CDT
Pod A
Pod B
Virtual
Accountability:  The Cornerstone of Success Demystifying Land Dedication and Development Fees Methodology *Programming for the Future: Connecting the Dots Between Equity, Program Planning and Priority-Based Budgeting
Got Birds? Bird Conservation and Birding in City Parks We’re All Mad Men: Shifting to a Marketing-First Mindset  *Adult Recess- How to Actively Engage Xennials and Millennials 
Leadership Therapy — A Safe Place It Was Business as Usual, With a Few Tweaks  *Creating a Culture of Listening and Service Excellence in the Midst of a Pandemic 
Arts Programming Celebrating Diverse Cultures The Battle Over the Baton Rouge Zoo Providing Adaptive Aquatic Services to Your Community 
Thiwahe kičhičho skal upi kte (Families Come Together to Play) The 4 R’s of Seasonal Staffing: Recruit, Refine, Retain, Repeat  We Need an Intern! Creating a Quality Internship Program: Part 1 
Elevating Parks in the Policy Debate Over the Next Five Years *Programming for the Future: Connecting the Dots Between Equity, Program Planning and Priority-Based Budgeting  What Now? Transcending Old Park Management Traditions 
Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies: Using Food Service Guidelines in Park and Recreation Departments *Adult Recess — How to Actively Engage Xennials and Millennials   
‘Bond...Park Bond.’ *Creating a Culture of Listening and Service Excellence in the Midst of a Pandemic  
 Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes    
3:30-4:30 p.m. CDT
Pod A
Pod B
Virtual
Community Outreach and Engagement with an Equity Lens Certification - It’s the Professional Thing to Do!  *Lean In! Navigating and Eliminating Imposter Syndrome 
Iteration, Innovation, and Collaboration: Supporting Food Access Through Community Wellness Hubs Leadership Therapy — A Safe Place  *Show Me the Money! Federal Resources Available for Your Departmen
Events for Everyone! Ensuring Equity in Your Events Making the Measure: Participatory Research in Urban Forests & Gardens
 
*Supporting Healthy Aging Among LGBTQIA+ Adults 
Engaging Teens Through Unconventional Sports and Events Programming for Inclusive Public Space Bringing Anti-Racist Caucusing Practices to Your Agency 
Looking at Your Customers in a New Light Got Birds? Bird Conservation and Birding in City Parks  Climate.Park.Change: An Interactive Toolkit for Creating Resilient Parks 
Telling the Story of Parks for Influence, Advocacy and Equity Arts Programming Celebrating Diverse Cultures  Commissioners and Staff and Volunteers, Oh My! Building Your Team to Pass Park and Conservation Ballot Measures 
Training Lifeguards Like True First Responders *Lean In! Navigating and Eliminating Imposter Syndrome   
A Custodian's Tale *Show Me the Money! Federal Resources Available for Your Department   
Escape the Audit — Data Retention from an Escape Room Activity! *Supporting Healthy Aging Among LGBTQIA+ Adults   
Wednesday, September 22
1:30-2:30 p.m. CDT
Pod A
Pod B
Virtual
Making the Measure: Participatory Research in Urban Forests and Gardens    Accountability: The Cornerstone of Success  *The FitNOLA Method: Fitness Equity Through Parks and Recreation 
Shark Attack: Take a Bite Out of Your Community by Creating Your Own Summer Swim League    Thiwahe kičhičho skal upi kte (Families Come Together to Play)  *Searching for the Fourth Pillar 
Mental Health First Aid: An Overview Look of Today's Emerging Mental Health Concerns    Urban Nature and Intentionality: Elevating Eco-literacy, Urban Biodiversity and Equity *Inclusion Matters: Creating Conditions of Possibility in Outdoor Play Environments 
Return to Play: Post-COVID-19 Challenges Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies: Using Food Service Guidelines in Park and Recreation Departments Improving Access and Use of Trails Among Youth From Under-Resourced Communities 
Show Me the Money! Federal Resources Available for Your Department    Telling the Story of Parks for Influence, Advocacy and Equity Online or On-Site: Conducting Equitable Community Engagement Across Digital and Analog Platforms 
Say Her Name: The Role of Black Female Leaders Post Breonna Taylor    ‘Bond...Park Bond.’ We Need an Intern! Creating a Quality Internship Program: Part 2 
The Secret Language of Seniors: Marketing to the 55+ Population    *The FitNOLA Method: Fitness Equity Through Parks and Recreation   
It Was Business as Usual, With a Few Tweaks *Searching for the Fourth Pillar   
It Takes a Village: Partnering With Nonprofits to Maximize Your Credibility and Prove Essentiality    *Inclusion Matters: Creating Conditions of Possibility in Outdoor Play Environments   
3:30-4:30 p.m. CDT
Pod A
Pod B
Virtual
Championing Parks and Rec Using NRPA’s Research and Evaluation Resources Grit and Gravel  *Positioning Yourself to Win: Networking With Intentionality 
The 4 R’s of Seasonal Staffing: Recruit, Refine, Retain, Repeat Iteration, Innovation, and Collaboration: Supporting Food Access Through Community Wellness Hubs  *A Custodian's Tale 
Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights: A Lever for Action Creating Safe and Inclusive Parks and Recreational Facilities Through Aquatic Programming  *Genius or Insanity? Three Proven Examples Of Why It’s Worth The Effort To Build Engaging, Meaningful and Inclusive Cross-Park Programs
How Does A Bill Become A Law? Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture  Digital Access in Parks and Recreation — Break IT Down 
How to Meet the Standard of Care in Aquatics Through the Use of the Model Aquatic Health Code Unique Continuous Funding Ideas for Park and Recreation Departments  Managing Your Community, Your Agency and YOU Through Discussions on Racial and Cultural Equity 
Programming for Inclusive Public Space Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes  Next Practices for the Post-Pandemic 2020s 
Building an Effective Park Officer Program *Positioning Yourself to Win: Networking With Intentionality   
Young Professionals: Little Fish, Big Pond *A Custodian's Tale   
Adult Recess — How to Actively Engage Xennials and Millennials *Genius or Insanity? Three Proven Examples Of Why It’s Worth The Effort To Build Engaging, Meaningful, and Inclusive Cross-Park Programs   
Thursday, September 23
12-1 p.m. CDT
Pod A
Pod B
Virtual
Creating a Culture of Listening and Service Excellence in the Midst of a Pandemic    Escape the Audit — Data Retention from an Escape Room Activity!  *Working Toward Racial Equity 
Career Development Bootcamp — How to Stand Out    Looking at Your Customers in a New Light  *Training Lifeguards Like True First Responders 
Park Master Planning for Climate Resilience Customer and Community Service: Now Is Your Time to Make a Difference  *Solving Pickleball Problems 2.0 
Accessibility to Public Facilities for the Transgender Population Engaging Teens Through Unconventional Sports and Events  Parks as Critical Infrastructure: How to Quantify and Message Their Equity, Health, Climate and Economic Benefits 
Sponsorship Success for Your Special Events Championing Parks and Rec Using NRPA’s Research and Evaluation Resources  Parks Build Community Even During a Pandemic 
Positioning Yourself to Win: Networking With Intentionality Return to Play: Post-COVID-19 Challenges  Play Equity: Community Driven Solutions, Partnerships and Permits 
Practical Planning With Equity at the Center *Working Toward Racial Equity   
Certification — It’s the Professional Thing to Do! *Training Lifeguards Like True First Responders   
  *Solving Pickleball Problems 2.0   
2-3 p.m. CDT
Pod A
Pod B
Virtual
Genius or Insanity? Three Proven Examples Of Why It’s Worth The Effort To Build Engaging, Meaningful, and Inclusive Cross-Park Programs Shark Attack: Take a Bite Out of Your Community by Creating Your Own Summer Swim League    *Practical Planning With Equity at the Center 
The FitNOLA Method: Fitness Equity Through Parks and Recreation Building an Effective Park Officer Program  *The Secret Language of Seniors: Marketing to the 55+ Population 
Inclusion Matters: Creating Conditions of Possibility in Outdoor Play Environments Young Professionals: Little Fish, Big Pond  *Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights: A Lever for Action 
Lean In! Navigating and Eliminating Imposter Syndrome Mental Health First Aid: An Overview Look of Today's Emerging Mental Health Concerns  Coaching With a Mentoring Mindset
We’re All Mad Men: Shifting to a Marketing-First Mindset Sponsorship Success for Your Special Events  Employee Engagement Comes Before Customer Engagement 
Creating Safe and Inclusive Parks and Recreational Facilities Through Aquatic Programming Accessibility to Public Facilities for the Transgender Population  Parks in Process: Creating Learning Landscapes That Have Educational, Social, and Civic Impact 
Demystifying Land Dedication and Development Fees Methodology *Practical Planning With Equity at the Center   
Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture *The Secret Language of Seniors: Marketing to the 55+ Population   
Urban Nature and Intentionality: Elevating Eco-literacy, Urban Biodiversity and Equity *Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights: A Lever for Action       
4-5 p.m. CDT
Pod A
Pod B
Virtual
Working Toward Racial Equity Elevating Parks in the Policy Debate Over the Next Five Years *It Takes a Village: Partnering With Nonprofits to Maximize Your Credibility and Prove Essentiality
Solving Pickleball Problems 2.0 Say Her Name: The Role of Black Female Leaders Post Breonna Taylor  *How to Meet the Standard of Care in Aquatics Through the Use of the Model Aquatic Health Code
Supporting Healthy Aging Among LGBTQIA+ Adults Community Outreach and Engagement With an Equity Lens  *Events for Everyone! Ensuring Equity in Your Events 
Programming for the Future: Connecting the Dots Between Equity, Program Planning and Priority-Based Budgeting    How Does A Bill Become A Law?  How to be Heard (Without Screaming!) 
The Battle Over the Baton Rouge Zoo — Turning Loss into a Victory for the Community    Park Master Planning for Climate Resilience  Misery Loves Company! 
Customer and Community Service: Now Is Your Time to Make a Difference Career Development Bootcamp — How to Stand Out  Tried and True Tools for Enhancing Park Access 
Searching for the Fourth Pillar *It Takes a Village: Partnering With Nonprofits to Maximize Your Credibility and Prove Essentiality  
Unique Continuous Funding Ideas for Park and Recreation Departments    *How to Meet the Standard of Care in Aquatics Through the Use of the Model Aquatic Health Code  
Grit and Gravel *Events for Everyone! Ensuring Equity in Your Events   

* Denotes sessions that will be live-streamed to the virtual platform.