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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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IPRA's Parks & Natural Resource Management (PNRM) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around parks and natural resources.  If you are interested in joining the section or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to register. This event is for IPRA Members only, but guests interested in learning more are welcome to... Details
When: June 23, 2022
Where: Carol Stream, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Cultural Arts Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.  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: July 7, 2022
Where: IL
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IPRA's Administrative Professionals Committee consists of park district professionals working in an Executive Assistant/Administrative Professional role, providing a variety of professional duties to their park and recreation agencies.  This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA or the committee are encouraged to... Details
When: July 7, 2022
Where: Oak Brook, IL
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This meeting is for IPRF board members and invited guests only.

When: July 8, 2022
Where: IL
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When: July 9, 2022
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The Forest Preserve and Conservation Section (FPC) develops continuing education and networking opportunities for forest preserve/conservation district professionals. This meeting is the Bi-monthly Board of Directors Meeting. The meeting is open to all Section members.

When: July 11, 2022
Where: Richmond
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This month's webinar, Tools of Impact - Beyond Programs and Surveys, is presented by Lydie Gutfeld, Recreation & Community Services Manager for the City of Mission Viejo. Park and recreation professionals make impacts at all levels. Impact tools can be sharpened through practice of emotional intelligence, strong decision making and engaging communication skills. This session will work to help identify key leadership skills that can help translate into positive connections through... Details
When: July 13, 2022
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Sponsored by IPRA's Aquatic Committee located within the Facility Management Section, the 27th Annual Lifeguard Games is an exciting opportunity for lifeguards and junior lifeguards to compete for their park district and showcase their skills to their peers. Teams consist of 4 lifeguards where they compete in a series of events that include fitness challenges, teamwork and lifeguard skills. This is a friendly competition that encourages each guard to rise to the challenge and have... Details
When: July 15, 2022
Where: Gurnee, IL
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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: July 21, 2022
Where: IL
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This month's webinar, Tools of Impact - Beyond Programs and Surveys, is presented by Lydie Gutfeld, Recreation & Community Services Manager for the City of Mission Viejo. Park and recreation professionals make impacts at all levels. Impact tools can be sharpened through practice of emotional intelligence, strong decision making and engaging communication skills. This session will work to help identify key leadership skills that can help translate into positive connections through... Details
When: July 21, 2022
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IPRA's Parks & Natural Resource Management (PNRM) Section presents their first ever Grounds Keeper Games.  Parks professionals will compete as teams in different challenges including a zero turn mowing course, a truck and trailer course, a snow plow course, and a backpack blower course.  Each team can include anywhere from 2-4 members per registration (agencies can bring multiple teams).  Top overall team will receive an award.  We will also award the top performer in each individual ... Details
When: July 22, 2022
Where: Carol Stream, IL