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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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Certified Park and Recreation Professional, or 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. IPRA is offering two... 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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THE SIX COUNTY SENIOR GAMES celebrates its 40th year this summer!  Join us for fifteen great days of friendly competition and excellence!

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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: May 3, 2022
Where: Barrington, IL
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The 15th Annual Park Pursuit, sponsored by IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, is modeled after the Emmy Award-winning reality television series 'The Amazing Race'. The event provides park district professionals with the opportunity to engage in a half-day race where team building, healthy competition, and recreation take center stage. The objective is for teams to complete a series of mental and physical challenges in a race to finish the course ahead of the competition. Recreational... Details
When: May 5, 2022
Where: IL
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Sponsored by IPRA's Communications & Marketing (C&M) Section, the Fitness Marketing Committee is geared towards marketing and/or fitness professionals and features discussions on promotions, incentives, events, advertising, membership and more.  This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are welcome to attend.

When: May 6, 2022
Where: Gurnee, IL
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The Forest Preserve and Conservation Section (FPC) develops continuing education and networking opportunities for forest preserve/conservation district professionals.

When: May 9, 2022
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ProConnect's Puttshack Culmination is the last of four total events for ProConnect 2022: Mentoring Through the Ages, a program designed to help professionals establish a foundation for networking with industry peers of different experiences and specialties. The last event will focus on triad reflections and establishing a pathway for further networking to support career development (beyond ProConnect). If you wish to learn more or be a part of this award-winning program, you are... Details
When: May 10, 2022
Where: Oak Brook, IL
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You are invited to join the Forest Preserve & Conservation Committee to tour Greene Valley and Whalon Lake Forest Preserves in Naperville, Illinois, to learn more about preserve activities and initiatives.  For those that have the additional time and interest, there will also be opportunities to tour the Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Hidden Lakes Trout Farm and discussion of the paddling programs at Whalon Lake, with option to kayak as well (kayaks will be provided), after the main... Details
When: May 11, 2022
Where: Naperville, IL
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This month's webinar, Emerging Technologies for Integrating Nature & Health in Parks and Recreation, is presented by Teresa Penbrooke, Founder of GreenPlay, LLC. Parks & recreation can provide front line access to the benefits of nature. Learn how and why access to nature provides a benefit to humans and our communities. Current research and management implications will be covered, along with strategic approaches to get people outdoors. This session includes a brief introduction to... Details
When: May 11, 2022
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Located within IPRA's Facility Management (FM) Section, the Fitness Center Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around fitness and fitness centers.  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 learning more about IPRA are welcome to... Details
When: May 12, 2022
Where: Itasca
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This meeting is for IPRF board members and invited guests only.

When: May 13, 2022
Where: IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Nature Committee consists of a group of professionals that specialize or work in and around nature centers and nature programming.  At this meeting, we will discuss programing, staffing and administrative issues relevant to our unique sites. Don't work at a nature center?  Don't worry, we still have so much to offer to any program working to include nature into its recreational offerings.  If you are interested in joining the... Details
When: May 16, 2022
Where: IL
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Day Camp Committee consists of a group of professionals that either specialize or work in and around camps at special recreation agencies.  This event will consist of a presentation of "Realistic Behavior Strategies plus The Parent's Perspective" by Kelly Smith.  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: May 18, 2022
Where: IL