NRPA Professional Development

June 5, 2018, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

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NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

The new Directors School, which debuts this August, will feature an updated curriculum and in a new location — the beautiful Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois. These changes ensure that students continue to receive the best possible education and experience. 

The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive two-year professional development opportunity that prepares new and potential park and recreation directors to be effective leaders. Students who complete the program will leave with the knowledge and confidence to face emerging challenges, improve operations and maximize positive impact on their communities. Registration is open, and first-year students must go through an application process.

Schools and Conferences

NRPA Directors School
August 26-31, 2018

2018 NRPA Annual Conference
September 25-27, 2018,
Indiana Convention Center

Supervisors' Management School
November 5-8, 2018 at NC State University

AFO Program
24-25 Troy, Michigan

Note: No courses in July.

10-11 Gainesville, Florida
12-13 Orefield, Pennsylvania
27-28 Ceres, California

CPSI Program
13-15 Hillsboro, Oregon
18-29 Arlington, Texas

17-19 Raleigh, North Carolina
17-19 San Mateo, California

7-9 Irvine, California
21-23 Livermore, California
27-30 Wheat Ridge, Colorado

12-14 Roanoke, Virginia
17-19 Griffin, Georgia
19-21 Dublin, Ohio