The RRS Library is your source for information and topics covered by previous RRS sponsored educational opportunities and studies.
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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2015 eLearning Workshops
Spring Webinar Series -
March 25, 2015 - The Green Growth Toolbox
Presented by Kacy Cook and Brook Massa - NC Wildlife Resources Commission
The Green Growth Toolbox is a guide to provide North Carolina's counties, towns, and cities with tools for growth that conserves wildlife and natural resources. More about the GGT. The workshop focused on how local parks and recreation departments can manage for natural and passive parks where appropriate. Also discussed was how the GGT can be used to safeguard local parks and greenways from impacts of urban sprawl through land use incentives and ordinances.
- Gain knowledge about the environmental and economic benefits of green planning
- Learn about "greening" incentives and ordinances
- Examine how to identify "greening development" site location, review and design
April 22, 2015 - Regional Planning Strategies for Parks, Greenways and Recreational Lands
Presented by Cy Stober and Jesse Day - Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments
This workshop introduced ways communities can plan for and design infrastructure, preserve scenic and natural resources, and design recreation facilities that conserve natural assets such as wildlife, plants, streams, forests, fields and wetlands. More about Piedmont Together and PTRC planning resources.
- Understand the economic impact of investing in parks
- Learn about best practices in regional trail planning and local action using examples in the Southeast
- Evaluate demand for natural area parks and active recreation parks and ways to compare costs/benefits
- Examine methods to promote greater community connectivity, enhance pedestrian biking and trail options
2013 eLearning Workshops
December 11, 2013 - Develop and Expand Tennis Programs and Facilities
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.
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.
2011 eLearning Workshops
Handguns in Parks: NC Session Law 2011-268 House Bill 650. What it means in your community.
A Look at the New Political Landscape on Local, State and Federal Levels
Evaluating Technology for the Workplace
Managing Stormwater: Regulations and Treatment Practices.
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 communities
- Social Media & Networking- Facebook, Twitter & other Resources
- The GeoWeb-Connecting Parks to the People through the Internet
- Interactive Gaming- Movement for a Sedentary Society
Virginia 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
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.
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
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
Spring 2015 Videoconferences
2015 videoconference recordings are now available in the RRS Video Library
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May 6, 2015 - Arts and Parks
Discover how community partnerships can assist public park and recreation departments develop cultural arts programs
Understand the implications of incorporating "cultural resources" to your department name
Learn how to develop useful and "use-able" cultural arts plans
Penny Lewis - Cultural Arts Director - City of Carrolton, GA Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Renee Anderson - Cultural Arts Program Specialist - Town of Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Pam Stevens - Renaissance Centre Manager - Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Cathy Gouge - Renaissance Center Specialist - Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
April 1, 2015 - Place based Marketing: Strategies for Successful Collaboration between Parks,Recreation, Travel and Tourism
A healthy community means healthy people, healthy businesses and a healthy environment. Parks, recreation, travel and tourism include public, private and non-profit agencies all striving to serve community needs. We may brand ourselves slightly different and do not always consider that we are trying to reach the same customers. What are ways that park and recreation agencies, travel and tourism boards and even the chamber of commerce leverage the strengths of one another to the benefit of the community?
Identify other agencies in your community or region that serve/reach the same customers
Determine suitable approaches for your agency and outline strategies for collaboration.
Outline factors for successful relationships and partnerships between agencies.
Develop goals for communicating your message.
Chris Cavanaugh, President and Founder of Magellan Strategy Group - Asheville, NC
Catrina Alexander, Director of Parks and Recreation - Mount Airy, NC
Jessica Johnson, Assistant Director of Mount Airy Tourism and Visitor Center
March, 4 2015 - Summer Camp
Learn about innovative programs to increase summer camp variety
Create new and unique program ideas that can easily be adopted by your agency.
Become prepared for weather emergencies during camp outdoor programs.
Introduce your campers to new opportunities for playing and learning through outreach programs.
Michael Romano and Melissa Hoose - City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation
Dr. Jim Hand - Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Athletic Training Education
Speaker Panel - Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
February 4, 2015 - Youth Sports Topics
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
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
January 7, 2015 - Irrigation and Turfgrass Management
Learn how regional/local weather should affect changes in irrigation schedules.
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.
Dr. Charles Peacock - Professor and Extension Turf Specialist, NC State University
Chris Keating, Regional Sales Manager for The Toro Company
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
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.
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
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 existing 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.
Developing a vision aligned with community culture and public recreation needs
Engaging stakeholders and connecting expectations with practical goals
Identifying measurable objectives for transforming old facilities into celebrated park resources
Implementing the vision and plans
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
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.
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
Neha Shah - Director of Travel and Tourism, Pittsboro-Siler City CVB
André Pichly - Superintendent of Recreation, City of West Sacramento, CA Parks and Recreation
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 web page.
Don't forget -- PARTF Applications must be turned in to your regional consultant at RRS by 5:00pm on or before February 2, 2015
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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
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.
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
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
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
February 5, 2014 - Park Maintenance
Our annual park maintenance workshop was presented by experts from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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
Alonso Suazo, Entomology Program Specialist, NC State University
Rick Iverson, Weed Specialist, NC Department of Agriculture
Barry Dunn, Pesticide Inspector, NC Department of Agriculture
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.
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
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 Council
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
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.
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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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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.
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May 1, 2013 -Economic Impact of Parks and Recreation
Dr. Erick Byrd, Associate Professor in the Departement of Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Hospitality 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:
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.
December - Lightning Talk: Policy Update
April - Volunteer Management
February 1, 2012 - Parks Maintenance
October - Do I Need a Mobile App for That?
October - All About Trails & Greenways
April 13, 2010 - What Makes An Effective Advisory Board?
March 3, 2010: Training the Next-Generation of Summer Camp Counselors
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.