Events


  • Emerging Leaders

    Mar 25 - May 27, (ET)
    This program is designed for professionals new to supervisory positions who have demonstrated promise as a future leader in the field or seasoned supervisors who want a refresh on skills and techniques to be the best supervisor you can be. The Institute is designed to expose participants to critical leadership skills in preparation for future leadership growth. This year's Institute will be all online, offering an opportunity for more participants to join from wherever they are! Access to zoom will be required, as well as the ability to access the camera and microphone. This course is broken up into 10 sessions spread out over two and a half months. In between sessions, you will have some projects to work on as well as opportunities to connect with others in the Institute. An outline of each session is provided below. Please note, class topics/speakers are subject to change.

  • Virtual Education - Digital Marketing That Rocks

    Apr 13, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Gabriel Castillo, CPRP, Founder/CEO of RecStar Consulting  Explore the current trends and techniques in digital marketing, social media, SEO, content and mobile trends. Learn how digital marketing can matter the most to you and your organization. Learning Objectives Identify trends in digital marketing. Recognize what changes have taken place in digital marketing. Identify examples of what new tech apps can help you do your job. Sponsored by:

  • Virtual Education - ART OF GAINING CONSENSUS AND GETTING THINGS DONE

    Apr 29, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Bobbi Nance, President, Recreation Results No matter whether it’s a new project, policy, park, or program you’re working on, getting people on board and working together is a key challenge that every professional must overcome in order to get things done. Learn how to proactively weave tactics that create consensus into your projects in order to avoid many of these challenges in the first place, as well as how to respond to resistance and conflict when it inevitably happens. Learning Objectives Identify the important roles of a group facilitator should take on, including when to be neutral and when and how to apply persuasion techniques to bring groups together. Discuss why humans don't always make decisions based on logic, and how that impacts your projects. Analyze the root cause for disagreement in a group and identify exercises and tactics to respond. 0.1 CEUS

  • 2021 FRPA Summer Camp Directors Training

    May 5 - 19, (ET)
    Get back in the swing of things and get geared up for Summer Camp 2021. Join Directors of Summer Camps from around the State of Florida for this training opportunity and round robin discussion period. The virtual training will occur on three dates – May 5, May 12, and May 19 for between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Access to Zoom required. Pricing is available for individuals or groups and based on FRPA Membership level. Topics Include Day Camp Dynamics Emergency Plans and Procedures Recruiting and Interviewing Your Summer Staff Creating a Positive Climate: Using Strategic Language to Build Relationships and Solve Problems Building Community Partnerships Youth Development

  • First Friday Chat & Chew

    May 7, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Virtual Education: Crisis Management and Developing your Emergency Action Plan

    May 12, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)
    Carolina Vester, Assistant Director, Coral Gables Community Recreation Is your team ready to take on a crisis?  Do you have an established Emergency Action Plan?  This session is designed to assist you and your team in identifying possible threats, provide basic tools for crisis intervention, guide you on proper debrief management following a crisis, and developing an Emergency Action Plan that your entire team will buy into.  We will also dive into the basics of self-care for those affected in times of crisis as well as for those leading a team through moments of crisis. Learning Objectives Define possible threats than can lead to crisis in the organization and community. Identify tools for crisis intervention, debrief management and self-care. Develop an organizational Emergency Action Plan.

  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam (VIRTUAL)

    May 19 - 21, (ET)
    NRPA’s industry leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. Step One: CPSI Online Prep Course (12 hours) Step Two: Live Virtual Course; May 19-21, 2021 from 8am-noon Participant will ONLY attend one day Step Three: CPSI Exam (home/office/testing Center) **Participant will receive a different email on each of these steps from NRPA** Due to COVID-19 ,  NRPA is transitioning from in-person classes to online Virtual Classes, a 4 hour review led by a CPSI instructor and computer-based exams

  • Virtual Education: Using Social Media to Your Advantage

    May 20, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Amy Zengotita, Parks and Recreation Director, City of South Daytona Algorithms are complicated and seem overwhelming. Learn the algorithms for Facebook and Twitter, which will provide the background information to create effective posts. Find out about easy to use applications that help your social media posts. (Hootsuite,  Canva.com , Raw Shorts, etc.).  Finally, show and tell your most successful post. Learning Objectives Learn the algorithms for Facebook and Twitter. Identify tools that will assist you in the creations of posts. Hear about successful posts from other agencies to assist you in creating high performing posts. 0.1 CEUS

  • Virtual Education - The Power of Praise and Positivity

    May 27, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Gabriel Castillo, CPRP, Founder/CEO of RecStar Consulting  Are you a respected or a feared leader, it can be easy for your team to feel intimidated by you and want to go with your ideas? Want to be more positive and make sure you have time to invest in your team? When you’re ready to be more positive and give more praise to your team, there’s quite a few ways you can do so. These tactics give you a variety of good places to start whether you’re just starting to learn how to be more positive at work, or just want to tune up your approaches. In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. Dalai Lama Learning Objectives Learn ways to provide feedback that inspires, uplifts and motivates your employees. Identify the power of positivity. Discuss tactics for building your people. Sponsored by:

  • First Friday Chat & Chew

    Jun 4, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Virtual Education: 10 Tools to Providing Exceptional Customer Service

    Jun 9, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Carolina Vester, Assistant Director, Coral Gables Community Recreation This session will focus on some of the top 10 tools and strategies to providing exceptional customer service to your community and clients.  There will also be a focus on early recognition of potentially disastrous customer complaints and de-escalation techniques. Be prepared to put yourself in the shoes of your customer as we run through a few group scenarios and exercises. Learning Objectives Identify the top 10 tools and techniques to providing exceptional customer service. Recognize and de-escalate customer complaints. Develop staff training techniques to bring back to the team.

  • First Friday Chat & Chew

    Jul 2, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • First Friday Chat & Chew

    Aug 6, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
    Round table conversation for Directors and Assistant Directors on current topics led by FRPA President Jennifer Cirillo. Connect with Directors and Assistant Directors around the state each month to discuss current events and topics of common interest. This lunchtime chat will keep connect throughout the year by meeting on the First Friday of every month.

  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam (VIRTUAL)

    Aug 18 - 20, (ET)
    NRPA’s industry leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. Step One: CPSI Online Prep Course (12 hours) Step Two: Live Virtual Course; August 18-20, 2021 from 8am-noon Participant will ONLY attend one day Step Three: CPSI Exam (home/office/testing Center) **Participant will receive a different email on each of these steps from NRPA** Due to COVID-19 ,  NRPA is transitioning from in-person classes to online Virtual Classes, a 4 hour review led by a CPSI instructor and computer-based exams REGISTRATION WILL OPEN AFTER JULY 1st