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MON
April
15
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Forest Preserve and Conservation (FPC) Section consists of professionals that either specialize or work in and around forest preserves and/or conservation. If you are interested in joining the section or simply wish to attend for educational and netwo

TUE
April
16
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 ...

WED
April
17
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Located within the A&F Section, the Risk Management Committee consists of park district professionals in a risk management and/or safety role at their agency. This learning lab will feature a presentation of "Being Weather Ready for Outdoor ...

WED
April
17
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Located within IPRA's Administration & Finance (A&F) Section, the Administrative Professionals Committee consists of professionals working in an Executive Assistant/Administrative Professional role, providing a variety of professional duties to ...

THU
April
18
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In an ever-changing future, see how Parks and Recreation needs to explore the seamless integration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) with Artificial Intelligence (AI). This session will prioritize building a culture of inclusive ...

THU
April
18
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the TR School Outreach Task Force consists of a group of special recreation professionals working to find ways to better recruit students to the field of Therapeutic Recreation.  If you ...

THU
April
18
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Support Services & Staffing Committee consists of a group of special recreation professionals that oversee staffing.  This meeting, we will meet up at Honey Jam Cafe for breakfast ...

FRI
April
19
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply

TUE
April
23
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Youth & Day Camp Committee consists of a group of professionals that either specialize or work in and around camps at special recreation agencies. If you are interested in joining ...

WED
April
24
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join IPRA’s Communications & Marketing Director, Heather Weishaar, and our Unplug Illinois partner from a5 Branding & Digital, John Harris, for a lively discussion about Unplug Illinois Day 2024. Come listen and share your programming tips and ...

THU
April
25
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Located within IPRA's Facility Management (FM) Section, the Aquatic Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around Aquatic Facilities. At this meeting, we will do a quick check in to see how Pre-Se

FRI
April
26
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Sponsored by IPRA's Diversity (DIV) Section, Diversity Education Institute is a unique hybrid event designed to provide students and professionals of all experience levels a curriculum that increases DEI awareness and identifies tools to assist ...

FRI
April
26
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As a procurement professional, you have a lot of demands, and your end-user teams don't always share the same priorities.

TUE
April
30
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 ...

THU
May
2
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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 ...

WED
May
8
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Park and recreation agencies play an increasingly important role in emergency preparedness for both man-made and natural disaster response. They are often the first responders who set up shelters, clear debris, and aid in the restoration of normalcy ...

WED
May
8
THU
May
9
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Join the Forest Preserve and Conservation Section for a full day of professional learning and networking, culminating in a Section Awards presentation and Social.

THU
May
9
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around athletics, special events, seniors, teens, early childhood, and camps. If you are interested in joining the section or simply wish to atte

TUE
May
14
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Senior Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around seniors.  At this meeting we will discuss upcoming events, program ideas, ...

THU
May
16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Park and recreation agencies play an increasingly important role in emergency preparedness for both man-made and natural disaster response. They are often the first responders who set up shelters, clear debris, and aid in the restoration of ...

THU
May
16
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Special Events Committee consists of a group of professionals that either specialize or work in and around special events. At this meeting, we will be doing a spring event wrap up. If you are interested

FRI
May
17
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Research findings and new data offer unique insights to demonstrate the positive impact and designing outdoor destinations to address the diverse needs of the whole child, the whole environment, and the whole community!

WED
May
22
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The National Recreation and Park Association's Playground Maintenance Course (PMC) is a one-day (6.25 hour) educational course that provides participants with an understanding of basic playground hazards, applying safe maintenance practices on ...

WED
May
22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

IPRA's Communications & Marketing (C&M) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around marketing, communications, graphic design, and sponsorship. This event will feature a presentation of "The Future of Marke

WED
June
12
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Cultural competence is crucial for effective communication across diverse backgrounds.

FRI
June
14
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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 areas, and other special facilities. This event will ...

TUE
June
18
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

IPRA's Administration & Finance (A&F) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around administration, finance, human resources, information technology, registration services, and/or risk management. ...

THU
June
20
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cultural competence is crucial for effective communication across diverse backgrounds. It involves recognizing and respecting beliefs and behaviors of clients and employees and integrating them into policies and practices. Cultivating these ...

FRI
June
21
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sponsored by IPRA's Communications & Marketing (C&M) Section, Sponsorship Huddles cover all the current topics and trends regarding sponsorship and partnership in the parks and recreation field.  At this huddle, you be able to connect with your ...

WED
July
10
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Parks and recreation customers are sharp individuals. They choose whether to “consume” your program, service or facility based on a variety of different factors.

SAT
July
13

The 6th Annual Unplug Illinois Day is Saturday, July 13, 2024 – join park, recreation, and conservation agencies state-wide in planning an event to highlight the programs and facilities that make your community thrive! Unplug Illinois promotes the ...

THU
July
18
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Parks and recreation customers are sharp individuals. They choose whether to “consume” your program, service or facility based on a variety of different factors. Consumer behavior is a complex interplay of psychological, social, cultural, and ...

THU
July
25
WED
August
14
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

We will all have challenging conversations in our workplace.

THU
August
15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

We will all have challenging conversations in our workplace. But how you handle those conversations can make a world of difference to your success and the success of your team. There are several communication strategies that everyone can ...

SAT
August
17

Park District Conservation Day began in 1994 as a special recognition day for Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies. Agencies send dance groups, bands, chorales, zoos and more to perform ...

WED
September
11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Each person who touches your organization -- from staff to customers, one-time volunteers to elected officials – can make or break your marketing success.

THU
September
19
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Each person who touches your organization -- from staff to customers, one-time volunteers to elected officials – can make or break your marketing success. Using an integrated marketing approach, we’ll explore today’s 8 Ps of Marketing and how ...

THU
September
26
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WED
October
9
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Everything you think you know about culture is wrong! Most leaders would agree culture is the most important thing in business.

THU
October
17
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Everything you think you know about culture is wrong! Most leaders would agree culture is the most important thing in business, yet few can define what it is or explain how to create a healthy culture that elevates you to a high performing ...

THU
November
7
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WED
November
13
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Too often enough care is not taken in hiring staff. This webinar will explore the challenges of effective hiring, the myths of hiring the most ‘qualified’ as opposed to the best fit, and the steps required to establish a proper culture. What ...

THU
November
21
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Too often enough care is not taken in hiring staff. This webinar will explore the challenges of effective hiring, the myths of hiring the most ‘qualified’ as opposed to the best fit, and the steps required to establish a proper culture. What ...

WED
December
11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

We are living in a data driven world. However, data can be intimidating. It can be difficult to know what to collect, how to interpret it, and how to present it persuasively. By reframing our thinking around "the data," we can begin to see ...

THU
December
12
THU
December
19
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

We are living in a data driven world. However, data can be intimidating. It can be difficult to know what to collect, how to interpret it, and how to present it persuasively. By reframing our thinking around "the data," we can begin to see its ...

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