Virtual Conference Opportunities

September 4, 2018, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

2018 September Conference NRPALive 410

In 2017, NRPA Live — the NRPA Annual Conference live streaming event — won the Association Trends All Media Contest silver medal, and this year we’re kicking it up a notch! This September, you will be able to watch more live education sessions than ever before, from wherever you are! For the first time, virtual attendees will be able to access exclusive live content between sessions, providing a direct connection to presenters to respond to questions and providing testimonials from leaders in the field of parks and recreation captured on-site.

One of the primary reasons for attending a conference is for the networking opportunities, and NRPA Live will still provide that, but from the convenience of your home or office. Virtual networking opportunities will be available through associated NRPA Connect forums, allowing you to collaborate with other attendees through encouraged dialogue surrounding each of the conference sessions. Following are a few of the sessions you’ll have access to:

“What’s Past Is Prologue”: The Déjà Vu Health Case for Urban Parks in the U.S. and the U.K.

One of the forces that led to parks becoming an integral part of the infrastructure of cities in the mid- and late-19th-century in the United States was a widespread perception that they attributed to alleviating disease, contagion and epidemics. Six strategies will be explained that were effective in this successful movement that appear to have relevance to today’s context. Four of them relate to positioning parks so they are recognized as a component to be included in the multifaceted effort to address the obesity epidemic: conceptual alignment, cost-effectiveness, associative positioning and psychological positioning. The other two pertain to the tactical use of science to support advocacy and the need to secure influential champions.

Grantmaking Success: A Conversation with Funders

Whether it is capital funding for a new senior center, a mini-grant for a garden or a simple request for donations of craft supplies, the challenges around fundraising are often the same: How do I find the right funder? How do I write a winning funding request with few resources? How do I successfully measure outcomes? But, the funders’ perspective isn’t that easy either. During this session, hear directly from funders on their funding preferences and strategies to select winning projects. This panel of funders will discuss application processes, evaluation criteria, the importance of measurable outcomes and strategies to ensure project success throughout the project period. This session will help identify the keys to your fundraising success!

You can register for a single session, an entire day or the complete event. By registering for the complete live event, you will also gain access to an additional 10 recorded sessions after the conference. This means you will have the opportunity to obtain up to 2.0 CEUs. If you can’t make the trip to Indianapolis to attend conference in person, NRPA Live is a worth-while alternative. Learn more about NRPA Live.