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NPRA's Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive park and recreation professionals. This is a nationally accredited mastery-level certificate, and its the highest level a park and recreation professional can achieve. CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of park and recreation managers and professionals, demonstrates your knowledge and leadership as it relates to... Details
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The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. Register as an individual or an agency and gain access to 11 webinars, one per month February thru December, that showcase nationally-known speakers and industry leaders. This unique program is designed to meet the needs of park and recreation professionals... Details
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IPRA's Administration & Finance (A&F) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around administration, finance, human resources, information technology, registration services, and/or risk management.  This is a members event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA or the committee are encouraged to... Details
When: October 4, 2022
Where: Prospect Heights
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Senior Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around seniors.  At this meeting we will have a tour of the Randall Oaks Zoo at Dundee Park District followed by a Senior Committee Meeting.  This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are welcome to attend.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch to eat during the... Details
When: October 4, 2022
Where: West Dundee, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Special Events Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around special events.  If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend the event for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to register. This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are welcome to... Details
When: October 4, 2022
Where: South Elgin, IL
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Located within IPRA's Facility Management (FM) Section, the Aquatic Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around Aquatic Facilities. Topics being discussed at this meeting include Recruitment, Training, Programming and a recap of Guard Games 2022. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, we encourage you to register. This is a members-only event, but... Details
When: October 5, 2022
Where: Oak Park
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This is the fourth of six in a series of virtual classes designed to prepare individuals for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam. All six classes will be presented by Mike Selep (NWCSRA) and Katie Troline (Gold Medal, LLC), both of which will provide attendees with an intensive review of parks and recreation in the content areas of Communications, Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Planning. It is highly... Details
When: October 6, 2022
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Give your 2023 marketing plans a boost at the Marketing Roundtable!  We’ll discuss digital strategy, social media, brochure, etc. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers and brainstorm for the upcoming year. Please email Cassidy Reinhard at [email protected] with any roundtable topic requests.  IPRA's Communications & Marketing (C&M) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around marketing, communications, graphic ... Details
When: October 6, 2022
Where: Oak Brook
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The TR Leadership Summit, sponsored by IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, offers a full day of continuing education for professionals that work in and around special recreation. The day will consist of three 75-minute concurrent breakout sessions, all of which have been CE approved by NCTRC and will be presented by highly-recognizable professionals in the field. Attendees can pick and choose the TR topic that best fits their personal and professional development needs. Lunch ... Details
When: October 7, 2022
Where: Aurora, IL
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PRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section consists of special recreation professionals that either specialize or work in and around special recreation agencies. The section meeting will mainly consist of reports from the Section Board and each committee Chair, and an IPRA liaison will be in attendance to provide updates to the membership about news and events happening within the association.  This meeting will be taking place immediately after the TR Leadership Summit and will be... Details
When: October 7, 2022
Where: IL
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The CPSI course is a national certification program delivered by National Recreation and Park Association and co-hosted by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. It is designed to train individuals how to identify hazards on public playgrounds and playground equipment, prioritize those hazards by injury potential, and establish a playground safety program. Upon completion of the course, attendees become eligible for the national CPSI certification exam. If your job requires... Details
When: October 11–13, 2022
Where: Wheeling, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the School Age & Day Camp Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around before-and-after school programs and camps.  If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to register. This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are welcome to... Details
When: October 11, 2022
Where: Elk Grove Village, IL
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Sponsored by IPRA’s Education Advisory Committee, this year’s fall outing will take place at the Church Street Brewery in Itasca. Registration includes appetizers, bunco, and a ticket for one brew. Additional food and drinks can be purchase separately through the restaurant. Come unwind and celebrate the success of the busy summer months and join your colleagues for a fun afternoon of bunco games and networking opportunities in... Details
When: October 11, 2022
Where: Itasca, IL
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This month's webinar, Time Waits for No One, is presented by Marie Knight, owner of Knight Leadership Solutions. Everyone wants to know how to be better at time management, the reality is - you can’t manage time, you can only manage YOU! The greatest lesson you can learn is to spend your time wisely. Learn how to identify your priorities, focus on them, and reduce the time wasters, so you are better prepared for the unexpected. Marie Knight has worked in the municipal and non-profit... Details
When: October 12, 2022
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This is the fifth of six in a series of virtual classes designed to prepare individuals for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam. All six classes will be presented by Mike Selep (NWCSRA) and Katie Troline (Gold Medal, LLC), both of which will provide attendees with an intensive review of parks and recreation in the content areas of Communications, Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Planning. It is highly recommended ... Details
When: October 13, 2022