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The RRS Library is your source for information and topics covered by previous RRS sponsored educational opportunities and studies.

e-Learning
Conferences
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Videoconferences

eLearning

RRS Webinars offer the opportunity for timely information and relevant topics in the parks and recreation field to be shared and discussed in a user-friendly, inexpensive and interactive manner.

Please email Jenn Beedle for access to available 2009 and 2011 sessions slides and some recordings.

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2013 eLearning Workshops

December 11, 2013 - Develop and Expand Tennis Programs and Facilities

Session Slides

October 17, 2013 - New North Carolina Gun Laws: Parks and Recreation Impacts

Earlier in 2013, Governor McCrory signed into law a bill that greatly expands the range of places where Concealed Handgun Permit holders can carry firearms including locally controlled parks and greenways. This bill took effect October 1, 2013.

This webinar discussed the law and how other agencies have responded. Jeff Welty, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government shared his knowledge and expertise, as well as answered questions from the audience.

Session Recording

Session Slides

May 22, 2013 - Recreation and Athletic Programs: Concussion Awareness and Prevention

RRS and WakeMed Hospitals held a conversation about concussion awareness and prevention.

Our presenters shared their expertise on how to keep our recreation participants safer in terms of head injury across a wide range of activities.

Session Slides


2011 eLearning Workshops

Handguns in Parks: NC Session Law 2011-268 House Bill 650. What it means in your community.

Lightning and Severe Weather...Is Your Department Prepared?

A Look at the New Political Landscape on Local, State and Federal Levels


Evaluating Technology for the Workplace

Managing Stormwater: Regulations and Treatement Practies.

 

2009 eLearning Workshops

Plugged-in-Parks (series of three e-Learning sessions)
For some parks and recreation professionals, technology is a four letter word that is keeping people away recreation programs and facilities. This three part series will explain how the opposite is possible, as we explore how departments can use various technologies to better connect and engage with their communties

  1. Social Media & Networking- Facebook, Twitter & other Resources
  2. The GeoWeb-Connecting Parks to the People through the Internet
  3. Interactive Gaming- Movement for a Sedentary Society

Viginia Graeme Baker: Pool and Spa Safety Act

Fire ants, ticks & mosquitoes...dealing with your favorite pests

Preparing parks for the H1N1 flu virus


Budget Concerns Seem To Grow Daily 

 

Conferences

Women's LeadHERship Workshop

Recreation Resources Service and the Women's LeadHERship planning committee thanks our sponsors and the Town of Cary for their support and partnership.

4th Annual Women's LeadHERship Workshop

3rd Annual Women's LeadHERship Workshop

Please contact Jenn Beedle for access to speaker presentation handouts and slides from the 3rd and 4th annual Women's LeadHERship Workshops.


NC Coastal Reserve Coastal Training Program - January 31, 2012
Managing Recreational Use of Publicly Accessible Protected Lands Workshop - Workshop Agenda

Charlynne Smith, Trends in Mobile Technology: Communicating with Social Media and Mobile Apps -

Click to see information and three hour presentation from October 2011 video teleconference

Pete Armstrong - Common Ground between Local Parks Departments & Land Resource Managers
Presentation (PDF) handout of slides with hyperlinks included for resources discussed


Services Study

Fiscal Year 2011-12 Executive Report - Focus on Salaries

Fiscal Year 2010-11 Executive Report - Focus on Fees and Charges

Fiscal Year 2009-10 Executive Report - Focus on Facilities Inventory

Fiscal Year 2008-09 Executive Report Focus on Salaries
Fiscal Year 2007-08 Executive Report - Focus on Fees and Charges
Fiscal Year 2006-07 Executive Report - Focus on Facilities Inventory
Fiscal Year 2005-06 Executive Report - Focus on Salaries
Fiscal Year 2004-05 Executive Report- Focus on Fees and Charges
Fiscal Year 2003-04 Executive Report - Focus on Facilities Inventory

 


Videoconferences

Spring 2015 Videoconferences

2015 videoconference recordings can be purchased for $10. Please contact Jenn Beedle to purchase recordings.

February 4, 2014 - Youth Sports Topics

Takeaways
Understand how to devise ways to improve the culture of your department's youth sports programs.

Learn how to recruit and train the best youth sports facilitators.
Discuss ways to respond to and prevent participant "burn-out".
Learn how to successfully market and promote your department's athletic programs.

Become aware of best practice strategies for risk assessment and reduction

Speakers
Dr. Tom Appenzeller - Associate Professor and Director of Sport Management, Catawba College

Dr. Jim Hand - Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Athletic Training Education

Tory Miller Mocock - Athletic Program Manager, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Presentation Slides

Promoting Your Recreational  Athletic Programs

Risk Management in Youth Athletics

Best Practices from Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Additional Resources

Protect Youth Sports Background Checks

Kid Safe Plus Background Checks

National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) Coach and Volunteer Background Screening

January 7, 2015 - Irrigation and Turfgrass Management

Takeaways:

Learn how regional/local weather should affect changes in irrigation scheudles.

Discuss technologies to monitor that weather, collect data, then modify irrigation schedules accordingly.

Briefly discuss how weather affects plant/turf needs.

Discuss how soil and site conditions play a role in irrigation scheduling.

Tie the technologies to the irrigated requirements and discuss the most efficient methods to irrigate while conserving water.

Speakers:

Dr. Charles Peacock - Professor and Extension Turf Specialist, NC State University

Chris Keating, Regional Sales Manager for The Toro Company

Presentation Slides

Comparing ET Weather Sensors vs Soil Moisure Sensors for Scheduling and Control

Turfgrass Pest Management Plans and Other Turfgrass Resources

 

2014 Videoconferences

2014 videoconference recordings can be found in the 2014 Parks and Recreation Conferences Folder in the RRS Mediasite library.

December 3, 2014 - Legal Topics in Parks and Recreation

Takeaways:

Gain knowledge about current North Carolina gun laws and how they impact park users and program participants.

Learn about the laws that determine departmental responsibilities related to sport and athletic programs.

Increase your understanding of liability laws by defining governmental liability and immunity.

Speakers

Jason Kay - Legal Counsel to Charlotte Department of Transportation, City of Charlotte

Trey Allen - Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government

Tom Appenzeller - Associate Professor and Director of Sport Management, Catawba College

Presentation Slides

Sexual Abuse Hazing and Bullying in Youth Sports

Local Government Parks and Recreation Agencies Tort Liability

 

November 5, 2014 - RE3 Parks: Revitalize, Renovate and Repurpose

Parks and Recreation Departments are often faced with the question of whether to invest in new facilities or reinvest in current park infrastructure by revitalizing, renovating or repurposing exsiting facilities. Our speaker panel shared their experiences to assist in preparing other departments to be successful in preparing and selling their ideas to local leaders.

Takeaways

Developing a vision aligned with community culture and public recreation needs

Engaging stakeholders and connecting expectations with pratical goals

Identifying measurable objectives for transforming old facilities into celebrated park resources

Implementing the vision and plans

Speakers

Wade Walcutt - Director, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation and Nasha McCray - Planner, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation

Anthony Dimarzio - Assistant Director, Town of Fuquay Varina Parks and Recreation

Joel Moulin - Landscape Architect, McKim and Creed

Kathy Hamilton Gore - Teaching Associate Professor, NC State University

Presentation Slides

Fuquay-Varina Park Renovations

Battleground Park District

RE3 Foundations and Futures

 

October 1, 2014 - Social Media for Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Departments can use social media for a variety of activities - from promoting programs and activities, to real-time schedule updates. Social media allows you to share content that creates recognition and allows you to be in contact with your customers anytime, anywhere. Social media is great, but it changes almost daily.  Join RRS in learning strategies for being efficient and keeping up with social media.

Takeaways

Social media strategy development (participants will receive a template to create one for their agency)

Team approaches to managing social media

The difference between “pushing information” vs. two-way communication using social media

Speakers

Neha Shah - Director of  Travel and Tourism, Pittsboro-Siler City CVB

André Pichly - Superintendent of Recreation, City of  West Sacramento, CA Parks and Recreation

Presentation Slides

"I Caught My Staff on Facebook..."

Social Media Marketing

Handouts

West Sacramento Social Media Policy

Social Media User Agreement Form

Social Media Training Guide 1

Social Media Training Guide 2

Social Media Usage Guidelines

Social Media Schedule

Social Media Discussion Guide

Social Media Cheat Sheet

 

September 3, 2014--PARTF Application Workshop

The PARTF application teleconference workshop is a must for all those applying for a PARTF grant. Learn the latest grant information, including details on how grants are scored and eligibility requirements. Contact your RRS Regional Consultant for more information or to discuss your project. For more information about the PARTF grant visit our PARTF webpage.

Dont forget -- PARTF Applications must be turned in to your regional consultant at RRS by 5:00pm on or before February 2, 2015

To view the video follow this link:  PARTF Grant Application Workshop Video

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May 7, 2014- Connecting Kids with Nature

Children are faced with many options for staying indoors and few options for getting outside, connecting with nature, and acquiring the life skills only available through interacting with nature.

To address this ongoing issue, the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) are developing national guidelines for play and learning areas. The NLI is a research and professional development unit at the College of Design, NC State University with the purpose of promoting the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.

This workshop is targeted toward park and recreation professionals, planners, educators, environmental educators and play leaders. The aim of this workshop is to provide an understanding of how the designed environment engages children in outdoor play, and to see the many ways outdoor activity supports healthy development. An additional goal of this workshop is to demonstrate how to create a risk management protocol for nature play and learning areas.

Speakers:

Dr. Robin Moore, NC State College of Design, Professor of Landscape Architecture and NLI Director

Allen Cooper, MPP, JD - National Wildlife Federation, Director of State and Local Education Advocacy

April 2, 2014 - Severe Weather Preparedness

Education was provided on how to keep participants and staff safe throughout the summer storm season! Tony Sturey, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service shared the knowledge needed to prepare for and react to thunderstorms, while defining critical weather elements.

Session Presentation Slides



March 5, 2014- Summer Camp

Park and recreation professionals from the City of Raleigh Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources(PRCR) shared their expertise on hot button issues impacting summer camps. The following topics were discussed:

Child abuse/neglect: Park and Recreation Child Abuse Policy

    Deciding to report, how to report

    Training opportunities

    Helpful websites

Medication Administration: Process for reviewing information for children with exceptional medical needs

    Understanding the importance of having a medication policy

    Creating a set of procedures for safely administering medication to youth participants

    Documenting the receiving, dispensing and disposing of medication

Developing a successful summer camp inclusion program

Speakers:
Kira Stewart, Special Projects Manager, City of Raleigh PRCR
Nikki Speer, Director of Specialized Recreation Services, City of Raleigh PRCR
Toni Webb, Director of Youth Programs, City of Raleigh PRCR

Session Presentations:

Managing, Monitoring and Administering Medication within Your Recreation Programs

Developing A Successful Summer Camp Inclusion Program

Child Abuse and Neglect Policies

Session Handouts:

Inclusion Forms

Medication Forms

 

February 5, 2014 - Park Maintenance

Our annual park maintenance workshop was presented by experts from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

 

 

 

 

Takeaways

Impacts of invasive plants and the elements of the NC Noxious Weed Regulations that help prevent their introduction and spread

Invasive plants and pests in today's natural environment

Examples of noxious weed concerns

Characteristics, identification and potential management options of noxious weeds

Pesticide labeling, new SDS regulations and examples of misapplication

 

 

 

 

Speakers:

Alonso Suazo, Entomology Program Specialist, NC State University

Rick Iverson, Weed Specialist, NC Department of Agriculture

Barry Dunn, Pesticide Inspector, NC Department of Agriculture

Session Presentations:

Invasive Species: Detection and Response

Invasive Plants

Pesticide Application and Labeling

 

2013 Videoconferences

2013 recordings can be found in the 2013 Parks and Recreation Conferences Folder in the RRS Mediasite library.

September 4, 2013 - PARTF Application Workshop

RRS consultants LuAnn Bryan and Vonda Martin guided workshop attendees through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Application. This is an important year to review the PARTF grant application instructions as the program has adjusted the points system going into the 2013-14 grant cycle. During this workshop the entire PARTF application was gone over in detail, paying special attention to the areas that have brought up questions in the past. Access to the workshop video is free. Please click the link above to view the recording.

 

October 2, 2013 - "The State of The Arts in Parks"

Our expert panel demonstrated the creative, best-practice efforts parks and recreation and non-profit agencies are undertaking to expand their art programs and offerings. This teleconference explored how the intersection of arts and parks can have a positive impact on communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Takeaways

How to develop hands-on arts  programs for the public and ways that parks can be venues for art.

How parks and recreation departments can partner with non-profit organizations and volunteers to promote art in parks activities and events.

How to implement low-cost and no-cost art programs, activities and events in local parks

Speakers:

John Hill, Director - Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks

Erin Elizabeth Ganey, Cultural Arts Director - Person County Arts Council

Rob Winkler, Director - City of Lenoir Parks and Recreation

Lee Carol Giduz, Executive Director, Caldwell Arts Counci

Kimberly Van Dyk Downtown Manager, City of Wilson Executive Director Wilson Downtown Development Corporation and Wilson Downtown Properties, Inc

Jenny Moore, Project Manager - Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

 

 

 

 

 

Session Handouts:

Person County Memorandum of Agreement

Kirby Theater Rental Rates

Session Presentations:

Person County

City of  Lenoir/Caldwell County

Wilson Whirligig Park History

Wilson Whirligig Park and Downtown Development

Additonal Resources:

Defining Cultural Centers

Arts Partnerships Planning Worksheet

 

November 6, 2013 - Changes to the ADA: Implications for Parks and Recreation

New regulations require existing parks and recreation facilities to be evaluated against the new 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. John McGovern, founder of Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC. discussed the new guidance provided in the Department of Justice standards regarding park and recreation facilities such as playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic facilities and more.

Speaker:

John McGovern, J.D. - Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC.

Session Handouts:

ADA Language

Presentation Slides

 

December 4, 2013 - "Community Impacts: Making the Case"

In recent economic and social climates, it is becoming more and more important for leisure services managers to "make the case" to administrators and elected officials on the positive impacts parks and recreation services have on communities. The National Recreation and Park Association has outlined three themes on which the parks and recreation profession makes an impact: Environmental Conservation, Health and Well-being, and Social Equity. This teleconference focused on using data to make informed decisions and provide solid arguments related to these themes and how parks and recreation improves the quality of life for local citizens.

Our presenters are field experts with experience using data to assist communities with finding and using data to help document the benefits in providing parks and recreation services and will demonstrate to participants the necessary tools to help strengthen efforts within communities

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers:

Cy Stober, Water Resources Manager - Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments

Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director - Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Charlynne Smith, Research Associate - NC State University

Session Handouts:

What Is It Worth - Michael Kirschman

Climate Adaptability in the Piedmont Triad - Cy Stober

Community Impacts - Charlynne Smith

 

February 6, 2013 - Park Maintenance

RRS' annual Park Maintenance teleconference was presented this year in three parts.

  1. Zach Manor, Urban Forester with the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department discussed the maintenance of trees in a park setting to include planting, pruning, mulching, and an overview of the Urban Forestry Program in Raleigh.
  2. Tim Johnson, Western Trails Specialist with the North Carolina State Trails Program shared methods of maintaining natural surface trails in parks, and on trails like the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Specific areas of discussion include stabilizing, drainage repair, and clearing.
  3. David Griffin, Park Maintenance Supervisor in Rocky Mount, and Steve Warren, Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Interim Director discussed maintenance of picnic shelters, rest rooms, benches, playground equipment, fences, signs, and bridges

Session Handouts:

Trail Maintenance for Natural Surface Trails

 

March 6, 2013 - Summer Camp

Katie Johnson, Southeastern Field Office Executive Director with the American Camp Association presented from the University of Georgia to discuss camp scenarios to assist parks and recreation departments in preparing for "this could never happen in my youth program."

 The US Tennis Association has partnered with North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs for a multi-year effort to provide tennis training to afterschool programs across the state. Kelly Gaines, Executive Director for USTA North Carolina, and Jamie Knowles-Griffiths, Director of NCCAP talked about the collaborative and how this can be used as an opportunity to better your summer camp with improved, enriched and unique programs.

 

 

 

 

 

Session Handouts:

ACA Case Scenarios

Session Presentation Slides:

That Would Never Happen At My Youth Program

Tennis in Your Summer Camps

NCCAP - USTA Partnership

 

 

 

 

 

Session Links:

North Carolina’s Raise the Net

USTA Facility Assistance

 

April 3, 2013 - Emergency Preparedness

Doug Robinson of the North Carolina Justice Academy shared information how to assess parks and recreation facilities in terms of safety across a variety of different potential emergency scenarios.

Alan Gill, Director for Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks joined RRS to share how his department responded to a shooting incident at their community center.

Kathy Capps, Grants and Risk Manager for the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation department discussed her department's effort to compile a comprehensive list of emergency readiness resources and shared with the audience the resulting compilation of active shooter threat resources.

 

 

 

 

Session Presentation Slides

Assessing Your Facilities in terms of Safety

Active Shooter Resources

Session Handouts

Safe Facilities Inventory

Active Shooter Resources Handout

Emergency Response Guide

May 1, 2013 -Economic Impact of Parks and Recreation

Dr. Erick Byrd, Associate Professor in the Departement of Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Hospitaltiy and Tourism in the UNCG Bryan School of Business; and Catrina Alexander, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Mount Airy, NC discussed the challenge of showing the economic impact of their facilities, services, and events.

Many complex and expensive methods exist that can give economic impact numbers, however many park and recreation departments do not have the finical resources to pay for these studies. This session provided information for the recreation professional to be better equipped to develop, manage, analyze, and report direct spending from visitors who use their services or attend an event. Specific topics included survey development, methodology, data entry, data analysis, and reporting results. With slight modifications in methodology, these types of studies can be done for facilities, services and attractions.

Mark Holland, of  Transportation Equipment and Services, Inc., who has worked closely with Catrina and Mt. Airy provided an overview of why pedestrian and bicycle count data is needed, benefits of accurate count data, and Eco-counter technology for count solutions

Session Presentation Slides:

Economic Impact of Parks and Recreation

Session Links:

The Need for Pedestrian and Bicycle Count Data

 

2010, 2011, 2012 Teleconferences

Please email Jenn Beedle for access to available 2010 and 2011 sessions slides and some recordings.

2012 videoconferences are available in the 2012 Parks and Recreation Conferences Folder in the RRS Mediasite Library.

 

2012

October - Youth Sports - Dealing with Difficult Situations

November - Special Facilities in the Park and Recreation System

December - Lightning Talk: Policy Update

May - Defining and Branding Your Parks and Recreation Department

     

April - Volunteer Management

 

March - Professional Development & Training for Summer Camp Staff

February 1, 2012 - Parks Maintenance

 

2011

December - Youth Sports: Creating the Best Possible Environment

November - Customer Service: A key to success or failure of your department

October - Do I Need a Mobile App for That?

February - What's New in Pest Control and Pesticide Safety for Athletic Fields and Park Facilities

March - Reinventing Your Summer Camp in Tough Economic Times

April - Effective Lifeguards: The Key to Successful Aquatic Facilities

 

2010

October - All About Trails & Greenways

November Customer Service 101 for Front Line Supervisors

December - Connecting Parks and Recreation Departments with Toursim

May - North Carolina Building Codes and the "Americans with Disabilities" Act.

April 13, 2010 - What Makes An Effective Advisory Board?

February - Controlling Difficult Turf Insects and Weeds in Parks on a Tight Budget And Sprayer and Spreader Calibration for Turf Managers

March 3, 2010: Training the Next-Generation of Summer Camp Counselors


2007-2009 Teleconferences

Please contact RRS for DVDs and presentations from past teleconferences.

Conservation & Recreation: Working with Land Conservancies

You will learn about tools available to enhance green infrastructure & plan for sustainable communities while examining examples of successful collaboration in North Carolina.

Lean and Green: Educating Communities through Parks and Programs

A "lean and green" educational transition has begun nationwide! With the downturn in the economy, how does one spend more money on the front end to save money and the environment for the for the future?

Creative Programming & Financing for Special Population Recreation Activities: With or without a Therapeutic Recreation Division!
Learn the basics of "special needs programming”.  For departments familiar with the basics, discover the importance of relationships with other groups and organizations in serving special needs populations. 

Identifying and Controlling Athletic Field Pests
Best Management Practices (BMPs) are implemented at many levels across our agencies. As we seek to improve environmental quality and provide the best playing surface for athletic fields, we must address the reality of reducing cost.

Children, Nature & Summer Camps

Discover new resources to understand the potential and benefits of the outdoors to our children's programs.

Smart Practices for Recreation Access and Inclusion

Join nationally known authority on ADA and Accessibility Guidelines, John McGovern, J.D. as he provides insight for providing services and programs to everyone you serve. This year is an important year as many of the guidelines are becoming requirements under the law.

Stepping Up to the Plate for Parks & Recreation - Citizen Advisory Boards

May's teleconference focuses on Citizen Boards and is a must for your board members to attend.

The Fun to Come! Trends Impacting Parks & Recreation. Changing culture, extreme sports, outdated facilities, pressure for revenue production? What are the trends impacting the services our profession provides today and in the future? Join us as we bring professionals from North Carolina and Michigan for an interactive presentation to help you better understand trends and their impact on park, recreation and leisure services. Featured Speakers: Erik Rabinowitz, Ph.D., Appalachian State University and Pamela Kirbach, CPRP, Kirbach consultancy, Michigan.

Legal Issues: "It's All About the Kids"

Grainger Barrett, Cumberland County Attorney, addresses a variety of legal issues connected to the delivery of every day park & leisure services. From the release of personal information about minors participating in our programs to banning convicted sex offenders from our parks, learn about safeguards, protections and legal obligations. Be prepared to discuss laws, policies and procedures impacting departmental operations.

Taking the Fear out of Grant Writing

Learn "grantsmanship" basics that will help you prepare for and write any grant. Successful grant acquisition begins with setting goals and objectives. Discover new resources to assist in preparing grants as well as methods to search for funding opportunities appropriate for your project.