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RRS Videoconference Series

RRS offers educational workshops through the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) video conference system at thirteen sites across the state.  Attendees may earn 0.3 CEUs towards professional certification such as CPRP. Videoconferences are held from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon on the first Wednesday of each month from September through May. 

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Fall 2014 Video Teleconference Series

September 3 - PARTF Application Workshop

RRS consultants will conduct a free workshop for local governments to explain the PARTF application process and requirements.

October 1 - 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.


In this three hour workshop, participants will learn:

  • 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

November 5 - RE3 Parks: Renovating, Revitalizing and Repurposing

December 3 - Legal Issues in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

January 7 - Park Maintenance

February 4 - Youth Sport Topics

March 4 - Summer Camp

April 1 - Building Your Brand

May 6 - Parks and the Arts


Spring 2014 Video Teleconference Series


Wedesday, May 7- 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.


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


Wedesday, March 5 - Summer Camp

Park and Recreation professionals from the City of Raleigh Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources team up to share their expertise on hot button issues impacting summer camps. Participants will learn about:

  • Child abuse/neglect: Parks and Recreation Child Abuse Policy and NC Statues
    • Deciding to report, how to report
    • Training opportunities
    • Helpful websites
    • Scenarios from selected North Carolina parks and recreation departments
  • 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 in their programs
    • Documenting the receiving, dispensing and disposing of medication
  • Developing a succesful 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


Wednesday, February 5 - Park Maintenance Workshop:

Our annual park maintenance workshop is presented by experts from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Participants will learn about:

  • 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 misapplications


Alonso Suazo, Entomology Program Specialist, NC State University

Barry Dunn, Pesticide Inspector, NC Department of Agriculture

Rick Iverson, Weed Specialist, NC Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, March 5 - Summer Camps

Wednesday, April 2 - TBD

Wednesday, May 7 - TBD


Fall 2013 Video Teleconference Series


Wednesday, September 4 - PARTF Application Workshop:

RRS consultants LuAnn Bryan and Vonda Martin will guide workshop attendees through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Application. This is an important year to attend the workshop as the PARTF program has adjusted the points system going into the 2013-14 grant cycle. Attendees will have the opportunity to reach out to the RRS consultants with their own questions about applying for PARTF. We will review the entire PARTF application, paying special attention to the areas that have brought up questions in the past.

Wednesday, October 2 - The State of the Arts in Parks

Art and cultural activity play a vital role in many park systems throughout North Carolina and beyond. 

Based on a briefing paper published by the American Planning Association, art and cultural activity in parks provide the opportunity for park growth, expansion and recognition, alongside providing a space for artists to express their identities, which typically coincide with the identity of the community.

This teleconference will explore how this role can have positive impacts on communities.

Presenters: 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

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

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. will discuss the new guidance provided in the Department of Justice standards regarding park and recreation facilities such as playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic facilities and more.

Wednesday, December 4 - "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 will focus 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.

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

Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation


Spring 2013 Video Teleconference Series


Wednesday, February 6--Park Maintenance:

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

  • Zach Manor, Urban Forester with the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will discuss 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 will share 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 will discuss maintenance of picnic shelters, rest rooms, benches, playground equipment, fences, signs, and bridges.

Wednesday, March 6 -- Summer Camps:

  • Katie Johnson with the American Camp Association will lead a discussion on crisis hotlines and how to prepare for "this could never happen in my youth program". This will be an interactive teleconference as Katie leads us into a breakout session where participants will review a case scenario and compile a mock report.
  • Kelly Gaines of the United States Tennis Association, and Jamie Knowles-Griffith discuss the partnership between the NC Center for Afterschool Programs and USTA to provide tennis training through afterschool programs.

Wednesday, April 3 -- Emergency Preparedness

  • Doug Robinson of the North Carolina Justice Academy will describe how to assess your facilities in terms of safety in the event of an active shooter. Doug will also guide us through how to create an emergency response plan. This teleconference will be informative and interactive, as participants will work together to draft the components of their own plans.
  • Alan Gill, Director for Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks will also join us to share how his department created an emergency plan following an incident at their community center.


Wednesday, May 1 -- Economic Impact of Parks

It is known that parks, greenways, open space and community-sponsored events are known for their aesthetic value and recreational opportunities, however, we also know that such areas have the opportunity to improve the health of local economies. With this teleconference, participants will learn:

  • How to encourage professionals and citizens to use economic concepts as part of their effort to protect and promote recreational facilities, trails, programs, festivals and events
  • Provide examples of how parks and recreation have benefited local and regional economies
  • Demonstrate how to determine the potential economic impacts of such projects


Session handouts and presentation slides from RRS' Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and 2012 Video Teleconference Series are available in the

RRS Library

Access to video recordings of any Spring 2014 Teleconference is available for $10.

Please e-mail or call Jenn Beedle to purchase access to the recordings.

Video recordings of Fall 2013 and earlier teleconferences are available free of charge and are available in the RRS Library.

Videoconference FAQs


Cost and Registration?

Cost is $35 per person; registration is required to reserve a seat as space is limited for some sites.  Register online with option to pay by credit card or check. Checks payable to NCSU should be sent to the main RRS office with your registration form.  You may fax your registration form to reserve your space, then mail your form and check to our office.  You may also bring your check to the site the day of the teleconference.

 NOTE: if your business office needs a completed NC State University W-9, Tax Payers Identification Number and certification, click here to download.


Videoconference Sites: Click on links below for directions to each site and site updates.

How do I get my CEU's?

CEU's are recorded through the McKimmon Center’s Office of Professional Development at NCSU. You must sign CEU registration form at the videoconference site. RRS will send a letter to each qualified attendee showing the number of CEU credits earned for that particular teleconference.  After the first videoconference in which you request CEU's, a NC State ID# will be assigned to you. That number will be included in the letter sent to you from RRS.

Please contact the main RRS office for questions about or to obtain information on the teleconferences you attended.

If you require an official University transcript listing of all recent teleconferences and the total number of CEU's earned, a record may be obtained 60 days after a program completion date by writing:

Office of the Registrar
NC State University
Box 7313
Raleigh, NC 27695-7313
This request must include your:

  • Your full name (including your middle name)
  • Birth date (in lieu of social security number, your date of birth is required as a personal identifier by this university)
  • Your current address and
  • Your NC State Personal ID#
  • A check or money order in the amount of $10.00 made payable to North Carolina State University

Suggest a Topic

Please let us know of topics you think will make a great videoconference.  What areas do you or your staff need to learn more about?  Any speaker recommendations? 

Send suggestions to Jenn Beedle

Directions and/or Maps to Teleconference Sites


Appalachian State University

Location: Anne Belk Hall Conference Room

Campus visitors must park in the Rivers Street Parking Deck,

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center (Mills River/Asheville)

Location: Room 8 - Please sign in at front desk

Directions and Parking Information: Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.

Driving Directions


Institute of Marine Sciences (Morehead City)

Location: IMS Video Conference Room  271

3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
Directions and Parking Information:

Google Map - Institute of Marine Sciences

UNC Charlotte

Location: McEniry Building - Room 111(Building 20 on Campus Map)

Directions and Parking Information: Park in the Visitor Deck on East Deck 1 to avoid parking ticket. Fee for parking is $1.00 / half hour ($10 max).

Driving Directions

Campus Map

East Carolina University

Location: Brody Medical Sciences Building – Room 2E-92
Directions and Parking Information:

There is metered parking is available in the patient parking lot, in front of the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center and the Brody Medical Sciences Building.
Classroom: Enter Brody Medical Center through the main entrance and take the elevator on the left to the second floor. Turn right as you leave the elevator, and then turn right at the next hall. Network room 2E92 will be on the left and room 2E65 will be on the right.

Driving Directions

Campus Map

Gateway Technology Center, North Carolina Wesleyan College

Location: 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Directions and Parking Information:

Driving Directions

Elizabeth City State University

Location: Information Technology Center, Room 135

(Building #19 on campus map)
Directions and Parking Information:

Driving Directions

Campus Map


Location: Business Administration Building, Interactive Video Facility, Room 127
Directions and Parking Information: Stop at the Traffic Office in the Business Services Building (#35 on map) to obtain a visitor’s permit.

Driving Directions

Campus Map

University of Mount Olive

Location: Communications Building, (Studios 114, 115) 646 James B. Hunt Dr. (Building #17 in yellow on campus map).
Directions and Parking Information: Building 17--All visitors must display a temporary pass from Student Development Office or Campus Safety Office ( Lois K. Murphy Center, 630 Henderson St. / Building #6 on campus map.

Driving Directions

Campus Map

North Carolina State University

Location: Park Shops - Room 130

Directions and Parking Information: Visitors should access campus at the Main Campus Visitor Information Booth on Stinson Drive (off Pullen Rd.). Arrive early to obtain permit and park. There is also two-hour metered parking available on Hillsborough Street. Park Shops is building #33 on the map.

Directions to Park Shops--Main/North Campus Map

More on Visitor Parking -

Research Triangle Park

Location: New satellite campus location near RTP. Universiry of Mount Olive at Research Triangle Park

Central Park West, 5001 S. Miami Blvd., Durham, NC 27703

Directions and Parking Information:

From I-40, the entrance to Central Park West is on the left. Use the second entrance. The Mount Olive campus will be directly to the right. Parking is available in marked spaces in any of the surrounding lots.

Campus Map

UNC Wilmington

Location: Teaching Lab Building #1053
Directions and Parking Information:

Driving Directions

Campus Map

Please park in the Campus Parking deck located on Reynolds Drive. The Teaching Lab Building is located one block in front ot the parking deck.

Winston-Salem State University

Location: Anderson Center, Room G-22 (Ground Floor)
Directions and Parking Information:

Please park in Lot Y in front of the main entrance to the Anderson Center.  WSSU will issue parking ticket if you park in front of the side door (right wing of building) or near the tennis courts.

Driving Directions

Campus Map