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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 webinars, one per month February thru December, that consist of nationally known speakers and leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Utilizing the Zoom platform, registrants can participate in live webinars or access recordings on-demand. Space is limited, and... Details
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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: December 5, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL
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IPRA'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 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. After the meeting Rick Lochner, RPC Leadership Associates, Inc. will present on Accountability.... Details
When: December 5, 2019
Where: Carol Stream, 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: December 6, 2019
Where: South Elgin, IL
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IPRA's Diversity (DIV) Section consists of park district professionals from all areas of leisure services that seek to learn more about diversity and its role in the workplace. Join the Diversity Section for a holiday party/social where we will have cocktail hour, dinner, entertainment, gift basket raffles, and an awards presentation.  All are welcome to... Details
When: December 6, 2019
Where: Maywood, IL
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Sponsored by IPRA's Communications & Marketing (C&M) Section, the Fitness Marketing Huddle is designed for marketing and/or fitness professionals.  Join us and share ideas for joining incentives, events, promotions, digital advertising and more!  If you are interested in joining the C&M Section 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: December 9, 2019
Where: Elk Grove Village, IL
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Offered in partnership with the Office of Recreation, Park, and Tourism at Western Illinois University, Leadership Academy is an intensive, five-month program designed to build great leaders through the pillars of Global Leadership, Development, Change Management, Communication, and Innovation & Trends. Participants must apply and be accepted into the program to participate, and applications are generally accepted March thru June for the subsequent program year. If you aspire to... Details
When: December 10, 2019
Where: Naperville, IL
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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, business, human resources, and information technology.  The 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.  The A&F Section Board Meeting will be immediately... Details
When: December 11, 2019
Where: Des Plaines, IL
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This month's webinar, Branding as a Business Tool, is presented by Dirk Richwine, and he will help you understand how and why to build a solid brand promise and how it can be used to meet goals and objectives. 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 Series.

When: December 11, 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 before and after school forms, manuals, and goals.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch to this meeting.  If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational ... Details
When: December 12, 2019
Where: Carol Stream, IL
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IPRA's Facility Management (FM) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around aquatics, community centers, fitness centers, golf courses, ice arenas, and other special facilities.   If you are interested in joining the section or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to attend. This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are... Details
When: December 12, 2019
Where: Arlington Heights, 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: December 13, 2019
Where: La Grange, IL
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This is the last 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: December 19, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL
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This month's webinar, Branding as a Business Tool, is presented by Dirk Richwine, and he will help you understand how and why to build a solid brand promise and how it can be used to meet goals and objectives. 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 Series.

When: December 19, 2019