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CPRP is a national certification program through the National Recreation and Park Association, and it is designed for park and recreation professionals that wish to put their career on the path to success. Achieving and maintaining this nationally-recognized certification illustrates a commitment to professional growth as well as an intricate understanding of key concepts within the field of parks and recreation. This program consists of four classes that will train and prepare... Details
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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. Using the Zoom platform, you can attend sessions live or access recordings on-demand. Either way, you get quality education at... Details
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This is the first of four in a series of classes designed to prepare individuals for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam. All four classes will be taught by Nikki Ginger of the Chicago Park District, and they will provide attendees with an intensive review of parks and recreation in the content areas of Programming, Human Resources, Finance, and Operations. It is highly recommended that participants attend all four... Details
When: February 1, 2019
Where: Chicago, 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. A 30-minute committee meeting will precede a 1-hour educational session titled "Volunteers". Do you feel you always need some help at your events? Is your budget always shrinking? Do you have a volunteer program? Speakers Pam Carter and Lauren Hanson of the Lemont Park District will share their... Details
When: February 6, 2019
Where: Lisle, IL
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The is the fourth in a series of five ProConnect (PC) events for 2018-2019. 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 7, 2019
Where: Oakbrook, IL
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Sponsored by IPRA's Communications & Marketing (C&M) Section, the Sponsorship Huddle is designed for marketing, recreation, and administration professionals that are responsible for securing sponsorships at their agency. This 2019 kickoff huddle will include discussions about replacing sponsorship tiers with customization; selling to personalities and cultivating relationships; pricing; competition between sponsor types; departmental integration in the agency's marketing plan, and... Details
When: February 8, 2019
Where: Des Plaines, IL
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The is the fifth in a series of six Leadership Academy (LA) programs for 2018-2019. LA is a unique learning opportunity for Park District professionals of different levels. Whether you are an early-career or 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 two tiers of education to... Details
When: February 12, 2019
Where: Naperville, IL
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This month's webinar, Events that WOW!, is presented by Rena Puebla of Coast Concierge Service, and she will kick off this year's webinar series with secrets and techniques that will transform the way you look at event planning. Whether you want to learn more about this topic or you're simply looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: February 13, 2019
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IPRA's Parks & Natural Resource Management (PNRM) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around parks and natural resources. This is a joint event with the Midwest Institute of Park Executives (MIPE), an affiliate of IPRA. The meeting will begin with reports from the IPRA 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... Details
When: February 14, 2019
Where: Palatine, IL
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Inclusion Committee consists of a group of special recreation professionals that either specialize or work in and around inclusion services. The meeting will consist of networking opportunities and sharing ideas to better implement inclusion services within each professional's respective community. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are... Details
When: February 14, 2019
Where: Addison, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Day Camp and School Age Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around before-and-after school programs and camps. The meeting will include a roundtable discussion of several different after-school and day camp topics, recap of IPRA conference sessions, interviewing/hiring camp staff, and IPRA news and events. Lunch will be available for a small fee, payable at the event. If ... Details
When: February 14, 2019
Where: Itasca, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Early Childhood Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around early childhood programs. The meeting will include a discussion of several different early childhood hot topics and IPRA news and events. 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,... Details
When: February 15, 2019
Where: New Lenox, IL
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Youth Programming Committee consists of a group of special recreation professionals that either specialize or work in and around youth programming. The meeting will include a discussion of February's "hot topic", joint event details, and future meeting dates and times. 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... Details
When: February 20, 2019
Where: Crystal Lake, IL
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Day Camp Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around camps at special recreation agencies. The meeting will include discussions about how to run a successful summer day camp. 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... Details
When: February 20, 2019
Where: Rolling Meadows, IL
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Located within IPRA's Parks and Natural Resource Management (PNRM) Section, the Environmental Committee consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around sustainability and green practices. The meeting is designed to discuss the Committee's plans and projects for the 2019 as well as brainstorm ideas for 2020 Conference sessions (focused on sustainability). If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and... Details
When: February 20, 2019
Where: Schaumburg, IL