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The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. By registering, you gain access to 11 total webinars, February thru December, that consist of nationally known speakers or Illinois leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Attend sessions live or access recordings on-demand. Either way, you get the cutting "edge-ucation" you need at unbelievably low... Details
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As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves, and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference brings together more than 4,200 professionals and elected officials for three days of exciting and quality educational programming, networking, and professional development. Featuring over 150 educational sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall where more than 300 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products... Details
When: January 18–20, 2018
Where: Chicago, IL
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The Annual Business Meeting is the IPRA Board's first meeting of the new calendar year, and it will take place at the 2018 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. The IPRA Board is an elected group of park district professionals committed to the on-going, professional development of its stakeholders as well as the promotion of parks and recreation in Illinois. The meeting will include award presentations and recognition of new officers within different Sections of the... Details
When: January 19, 2018
Where: Chicago, IL
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The IPRA Membership Council meets four times per year and is comprised of one elected representative from each of IPRA's seven special interest Sections - Administration & Finance (A&F), Communications & Marketing (C&M), Diversity (DIV), Facility Management (FM), Park & Natural Resource Management (PNRM), Recreation (REC), and Therapeutic Recreation (TR). Elected representatives must be a member of the Section and hold a certification such as CPRP, CPRE, CTRS, and serve a three-year... Details
When: February 2, 2018
Where: La Grange, IL
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The is the fourth in a series of five ProConnect (PC) events for 2017-2018. The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program features a unique multi-tiered approach including early career, mid-level career, and seasoned/retired professionals, placing a professional from each level in a three-part mentor team. Participants must apply to be considered for PC, and applications are generally accepted June - August for the subsequent year. There are five events scheduled to provide each team time... Details
When: February 8, 2018
Where: Carol Stream, IL
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The is the fifth in a series of six Leadership Academy (LA) programs for 2017-2018.  LA is a unique learning opportunity for Park District professionals of all levels. Whether you are newer to the professional or a seasoned veteran, you can always learn different ways to be a more effective leader for your agency. Participants must apply to be considered for the Academy, and applications are generally accepted January thru May for the subsequent year. There are three tiers of... Details
When: February 13, 2018
Where: Naperville, IL
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This month's webinar, Helping Teens Understand the Value of Leadership, is presented by Lori A. Hoffner of Supporting CommUnity, Inc, and she will guide participants to create teen leadership training that inspires teamwork, productivity, and positive communication. If you want to learn more about teen leadership, or if you are looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: February 14, 2018
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This month's webinar, Helping Teens Understand the Value of Leadership, is presented by Lori A. Hoffner of Supporting CommUnity, Inc, and she will guide participants to create teen leadership training that inspires teamwork, productivity, and positive communication. If you want to learn more about teen leadership, or if you are looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: February 15, 2018
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Grab your friends and come ski or snowboard with us at the beautiful Chestnut Mountain Resort in historic Galena, Illinois. Nestled in the hills overlooking the Mississippi River, this place is packed with winter fun. Whether you are beginning, novice, or advanced, there are 19 runs designed to be accommodating and entertaining for everyone. The 475-foot drop through 3,500 feet seems like a lot of work, but don't worry, they've got chairs and conveyor lifts to make that climb back to ... Details
When: February 19, 2018
Where: Galena, IL
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The is the last in a series of five ProConnect (PC) events for 2017-2018. The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program features a unique multi-tiered approach including early career, mid-level career, and seasoned/retired professionals, placing a professional from each level in a three-part mentor team. Participants must apply to be considered for PC, and applications are generally accepted June - August for the subsequent year. There are five events scheduled to provide each team time to... Details
When: March 1, 2018
Where: Oak Brook, IL
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The is the last in a series of six Leadership Academy (LA) programs for 2017-2018.  LA is a unique learning opportunity for Park District professionals of all levels. Whether you are newer to the professional or a seasoned veteran, you can always learn different ways to be a more effective leader for your agency. Participants must apply to be considered for the Academy, and applications are generally accepted January thru May for the subsequent year. There are three tiers of... Details
When: March 13, 2018
Where: Naperville, IL
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This month's webinar, Strategic and Master Planning, is presented by Neelay Bhatt, Vice President of PROS Consulting, and he will discuss the critical components of planning that help ensure community buy-in and future financial sustainability at your agency. If you want to learn more about strategic and master planning, or if you are looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: March 14, 2018
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This month's webinar, Strategic and Master Planning, is presented by Neelay Bhatt, Vice President of PROS Consulting, and he will discuss the critical components of planning that help ensure community buy-in and future financial sustainability at your agency. If you want to learn more about strategic and master planning, or if you are looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: March 15, 2018
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The CPSI course is a national certification program delivered by National Recreation and Park Association instructors, and 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 you to oversee playground equipment at schools... Details
When: March 27–29, 2018
Where: Wheeling, IL
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Join us for an innovative learning environment that not only offers some of the most educational, imaginative, and cutting-edge speakers, but one that believes in the value of learning-through-doing. The Mid-States Camp Conference is a 3-day interactive event that highlights youth development and current camp industry practices. The Conference fosters a community of inter-generational learning through hands-on, applicable presentations in a variety of focus areas, including staff... Details
When: April 9–11, 2018
Where: St. Charles, IL