Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Education Sessions: Where Theory Meets Practice

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Education Sessions: Where Theory Meets Practice

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Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, is quoted as saying, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." It's a sentiment with which many who attended the recent NRPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas would agree. Kyle Sandine, aquatic and rink program supervisor for the Park District of Oak Park shared: "This was my first national conference and as a young professional, it was one of the best experiences of my life. The amount of information I learned was phenomenal and provides the next step in my career. My master's degree taught me a lot of theoretical skills; NRPA taught me practical skills which was the perfect blend."

Theory meets practicality in many of the almost 300 educational sessions where subject matter experts who've essentially "been there; done that" share their real-life experiences and provide attendees with valuable takeaways. Anita Pesses, division chief of public affairs and marketing for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, captures this sentiment best: "NRPA Conference is by far the best learning experience for parks and recreation managers--I always bring home things to implement right away, and things to ponder."

This year's educational offerings not only covered a diversity of topics --from learning about drones in parks and developing marijuana policies, to the next steps in social media, and planning and designing the next generation of parks, and more --but did so in a variety of ways. Through 12 Off-Site Institutes, the Las Vegas Local Host Committee helped attendees get to know the real Las Vegas. …

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