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Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is a national certification program through the National Park and Recreation Association, and it establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive park and recreation professionals. CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of park and recreation managers and executives, and connect you to the latest trends and information. This program consists of two classes in October that will train... 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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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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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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The is the last 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 to... Details
When: March 7, 2019
Where: Schaumburg, IL
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This is the last month in a series of six Leadership Academy (LA) programs for 2018-2019.  LA is a unique learning opportunity for Park and Recreation professionals of all levels. Whether you are newer to the profession or a seasoned veteran, you can always learn different ways to be a more effective leader for your agency. There are two tiers of education to meet the various needs of professionals - 1) Team 2) Agency. Each level's curriculum includes topics such as leadership... Details
When: March 12, 2019
Where: Naperville, 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. This meeting will include roundtable discussions about Emergency Preparedness, focusing on different areas (indoor/outdoor, weather, public demonstration, etc) based on pre-meeting survey responses. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend the event for educational... Details
When: April 3, 2019
Where: Itasca, IL
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This is the third 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: April 5, 2019
Where: Chicago, 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: April 5, 2019
Where: Wood Dale, IL
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This month's webinar, Navigating the New Reality, is presented by Marty Stanley of Altering Outcomes, and she will discuss how to relieve the pressure of keeping up with technology, uncertainty, and fear of the future while offering solutions to better manage today's diverse and dynamic workforce. If 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: April 10, 2019
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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 staff trainings (requirements, videos, ideas, games) and IPRA news and events. Lunch will be available for a small fee, payable at the event. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to... Details
When: April 11, 2019
Where: Glendale Heights, IL
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Sponsored by IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, Supervisor Symposium celebrates its 18th year in providing students and professionals in the recreation field a curriculum that builds a strong foundation of basic skills needed to obtain and succeed at a supervisory position. New and partially-seasoned professionals (and students) will be provided with opportunities to learn skills and emerging trends that can be implemented immediately at his or her agency. Come build your network and... Details
When: April 12, 2019
Where: Bartlett, IL
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The Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF) is the philanthropic and support organization of IPRA and its members, committed to the investment in today's students and professionals in the field of parks and recreation.  Its goals are to promote and support continuing education and professional development of IPRA members and develop future leaders within the Association. This meeting is for IPRF board members... Details
When: April 12, 2019
Where: La Grange, IL
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Sponsored by the Environmental Committee in IPRA's Parks & Natural Resource Management (PNRM) Section, this workshop is designed for park district professionals looking for specific programs and incentives to help make their agency more sustainable and save more money in the future. Speakers Brian Tomkins (Com Ed), Aaron Raftery (Trane/Ingersoll Rand), and Marvin Anaya (Nicor) will share their expertise on how to access electric, gas, and solar incentives to help your agency start... Details
When: April 16, 2019
Where: Elk Grove, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Cultural Arts Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Welcome to Program-A-Palooza! Join us for a cultural and performing arts programming incubator session. Attendees are asked to bring one unique program (visual, dance, theatre, music) to share with others so everyone walks away with a variety of programs to evaluate and... Details
When: April 16, 2019
Where: Wheaton, IL