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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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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: December 14, 2017
Where: Addison, 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 field trips, entertainers, games, and activities for "no-school" days and summer camps. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend the workshop for educational purposes, you are encouraged... Details
When: December 14, 2017
Where: Northbrook, IL
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Located within IPRA's Administration and Finance (A & F) Section, the Human Resource Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around Human Resources. The meeting will consist of a round-table discussion that will allow professionals to share and discuss different ideas about hiring, training, and administration. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational purposes, you are encouraged ... Details
When: December 14, 2017
Where: Bartlett, IL
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This is the last 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 that... Details
When: December 21, 2017
Where: Chicago, IL
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This month's webinar, Give the Gift of Great Customer Service, is presented by Kurt Podeszwa of Journey Consulting, and he will discuss how to model and motivate your staff to develop and deliver excellent customer service across your agency. If you want to learn how to empower and develop teams of people who enjoy and excel in customer service and retention, or if you are looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development... Details
When: December 21, 2017
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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 committee is going to celebrate the end of the year with a networking social at Bigby's Pour House. Even if you are not an active member within the committee, you are encouraged to attend for some fun networking with your colleagues. This is an IPRA members-only event. Food and... Details
When: December 21, 2017
Where: Addison, IL
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The IPRA Section Board Leadership Orientation is for elected section board members and appointed committee chairs that are slated to serve each of their respective sections in 2018. The training is designed to educate IPRA's leaders on the State of the Association, Policy and Procedure, Membership Council, Section Bylaws, Event Scheduling, Communications, Sponsorships, and the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation. In addition, time will be provided for groups to engage with each... Details
When: January 9, 2018
Where: La Grange, IL
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As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves, and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference brings together more than 4,200 professionals and elected officials for three days of exciting and quality educational programming, networking, and professional development. Featuring over 150 educational sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall where more than 300 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products... Details
When: January 18–20, 2018
Where: Chicago, IL
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The Annual Business Meeting is the IPRA Board's first meeting of the new calendar year, and it will take place at the 2018 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference. The 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 meeting will include award presentations and recognition of new officers within different Sections of the... Details
When: January 19, 2018
Where: Chicago, 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: February 2, 2018
Where: La Grange, IL
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The is the fourth 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: February 8, 2018
Where: Carol Stream, IL
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The is the fifth 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: February 13, 2018
Where: Naperville, IL
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This month's webinar, Helping Teens Understand the Value of Leadership, is presented by Lori A. Hoffner of Supporting CommUnity, Inc, and she will guide participants to create teen leadership training that inspires teamwork, productivity, and positive communication. If you want to learn more about teen leadership, or if you are looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: February 14, 2018
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This month's webinar, Helping Teens Understand the Value of Leadership, is presented by Lori A. Hoffner of Supporting CommUnity, Inc, and she will guide participants to create teen leadership training that inspires teamwork, productivity, and positive communication. If you want to learn more about teen leadership, or if you are looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: February 15, 2018