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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 IPRA A&F section will be hosting a Software Symposium on October 18, 2019 from 8:45am - 4:00pm at the Carol Stream Park District's Fountain View Recreation Center. There will be a variety of software vendors exhibiting various park district software needs, including H/R, Time & Attendance/Work Force Management, Finance, and Recreation software.

Where: Carol Stream, IL
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The Illinois Park and Recreation Association (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 board meets several times throughout the calendar year to discuss topics such as dues, the association's 5-year rolling strategic plan, the proposed work plan, and the Board... Details
When: August 1, 2019
Where: Oregon, IL
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Sponsored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF), this event is for groups or individuals interested in catching a ball game and supporting IPRF and the Kane County Cougars Baseball Club. Organize a group trip for your agency, offer the event in your seasonal brochure for community members to purchase individually, or simply bring your family! The Kane County Cougars will make a financial donation to IPRF for any tickets purchased using the registration link provided... Details
When: August 4, 2019
Where: Geneva, 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: August 9, 2019
Where: La Grange, IL
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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: August 14, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL
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This month's webinar, Taking Social Media to the Next Level, is presented by Andre Pichly of the St. Helena Parks & Recreation Department, and he will share helpful hints and tips to grow an engaged audience by making the most of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 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: August 14, 2019
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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: August 15, 2019
Where: Addison, IL
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This month's webinar, Taking Social Media to the Next Level, is presented by Andre Pichly of St. Helena Parks & Recreation Department, and he will share helpful hints and tips to grow an engaged audience by making the most of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 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: August 15, 2019
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The Illinois State Fair is an annual festival at the Illinois State Fairgrounds over an 11-day period in mid-August each year. This year, the State Fair will be held August 8-18, and Saturday, August 17 is designated as Park District Conservation Day.  Come celebrate one of IAPD / IPRA's greatest statewide public awareness events. Whether it be as a participant, volunteer, or entertainer, come have some fun and help promote park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation,... Details
When: August 17, 2019
Where: Springfield, IL
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This is the second 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: August 21, 2019
Where: Chicago, 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.  The third huddle of the year will include discussions and interactive breakout sessions about: -sponsorship customization -selling to personalities -cultivating relationships -and MUCH MORE!  If you are interested in joining the C&M Section or simply wish to attend... Details
When: August 23, 2019
Where: Oak Brook, IL
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the New Professionals Committee consists of new professionals that have been in the field of therapeutic recreation for five (5) years or less.  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: August 28, 2019
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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: August 28, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL