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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. Attend sessions live or access recordings on-demand. Either way, you get the cutting "edge-ucation" you need at unbelievably low... Details
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This new workshop is a pilot program unique to current and future facility managers. Whether you oversee a community center, fitness center, athletic center, rental center, or specialty center (golf, ice, preschool), this program is designed for you. New and seasoned professionals will be provided with the opportunity to increase their operational knowledge of building systems, safety, scheduling, and budgeting. Come network with other managers and learn how to enhance operational... Details
When: October 20, 2017
Where: Elk Grove, 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 topics. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational purposes, you are encouraged to register. This is a members-only event, but guests interested learning more about... Details
When: October 20, 2017
Where: St. Charles, IL
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The is the second in a series of five ProConnect (PC) events for 2017-2018. The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program features a unique multi-tiered approach including early career, mid-level career, and seasoned/retired professionals, placing a professional from each level in a three-part mentor team. Participants must apply to be considered for PC, and applications are generally accepted June - August for the subsequent year. There are five events scheduled to provide each team time... Details
When: October 26, 2017
Where: Joliet, 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 areas, and other special facilities. The section 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. If you are interested in... Details
When: October 27, 2017
Where: Joliet, 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 calendar.  This meeting is for IPRA board members... Details
When: November 1, 2017
Where: Rock Island, IL
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This is the last of three state-wide roundtable discussions to be hosted by IPRA this fall season. These roundtables are intended for senior staff at park and recreation agencies throughout Illinois. Topics to be explored at these roundtables include current and future trends in the field, local and national concerns and issues, and some possible resources for the items discussed. These roundtables are designated as "safe places" so the collective group can speak freely at an... Details
When: November 2, 2017
Where: Rock Island, IL
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The IPRA Membership Council meets four times per year and is comprised of one elected representative from each of IPRA's seven special interest Sections - Administration & Finance (A&F), Communications & Marketing (C&M), Diversity (DIV), Facility Management (FM), Park & Natural Resource Management (PNRM), Recreation (REC), and Therapeutic Recreation (TR). Elected representatives must be a member of the Section and hold a certification such as CPRP, CPRE, CTRS, and serve a three-year... Details
When: November 3, 2017
Where: La Grange, IL
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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. The meeting will consist of a round-table discussion that will allow professionals to share and discuss different ideas about everything and anything related to senior programming. Also, there will be a discussion about 2018 committee meeting dates, times, locations, and topics. If you are interested in joining... Details
When: November 3, 2017
Where: Lisle, IL
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Sponsored by the Early Childhood Committee within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, this workshop is designed to help working professionals learn how to let children guide their own learning experiences. Speaker Carrie Rafalski, Early Childhood Consultant, will guide participants into the world of Emergent Curriculum. She will explain how it is different from themed instruction and demonstrate how it can be implemented into the preschool environment. Once you start using it, you'll be ... Details
When: November 4, 2017
Where: Downers Grove, IL
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The is the third in a series of six Leadership Academy (LA) programs for 2017-2018.  LA is a unique learning opportunity for Park District professionals of all levels. Whether you are newer to the professional or a seasoned veteran, you can always learn different ways to be a more effective leader for your agency. Participants must apply to be considered for the Academy, and applications are generally accepted January thru May for the subsequent year. There are three tiers of... Details
When: November 7, 2017
Where: Naperville, IL
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This month's webinar, Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, is presented by Suzette Davis Reyes, Retired Army LTC, and she will discuss how assessing your own individual Emotional Intelligence will help you gain new understanding of interactions between co-workers and customers. If you want to learn the characteristics of Emotional Intelligence and how to use the knowledge to impact your success in workplace situations, or if you are looking for more professional growth... Details
When: November 8, 2017
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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 in the October - December series 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... Details
When: November 9, 2017
Where: Chicago, IL
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Youth Programming Committee consists of a group of special recreation professionals that either specialize or work in and around youth programming. The meeting will include a discussion of several different youth programming topics. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational purposes, you are encouraged to register. This is a members-only event, but guests interested learning... Details
When: November 9, 2017
Where: Addision, IL
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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 discussion about ideas for recreational and academic goals for Before & After School programs. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend the workshop for educational purposes, you are encouraged to... Details
When: November 9, 2017
Where: Skokie, IL