Professional Development


In addition to our annual conferences, RRS offers a range of continuing education opportunities based on industry needs.

Webinars, on-demand trainings

Our training typically offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) that may apply to Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) credit. Depending on the topic, we may also provide American Planning Association (APA) continuing education credit opportunities.

Course & Workshop Policies

Registering with REPORTER: Creating an account, for you or others.

Payments & Registration: RRS accepts PCI compliant credit card payments when you register in REPORTER. Organizations have the option to pay for multiple attendees at one time. Please contact our office if you need assistance with registration or payment processing. Additional assistance for registration or payment issues can also be obtained thru the Reporter Help Desk at

Cancellations: Please review the RRS Cancellation Policies.


The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Directors Conference is an annual education and networking event for North Carolina’s park and recreation directors. The first event was organized in 1947 under the leadership of the Department of Leisure Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Recreation Resources Service now assists the planning committee with coordinating and managing the conference. The conference mission, both then and now is to bring department directors together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for improving parks and recreation both within their own departments, and the state. Support for the conference from directors, retired directors, and partners from NC university park and recreation departments have maintained its relevance and purpose over 70 years later

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  • The Great Trails State Conference

    About The Great Trails State Conference

    North Carolina’s Year of the Trail campaign was a tremendous success. The NC General Assembly showed historic investment in trails throughout the state ($54.9 million). Trail events, hosted in over 90 counties from Cherokee to Dare, built public support for all types of trails (greenways, natural surface, equine and paddle). The Great Trails State Conference builds upon this success by bringing together trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, and users from throughout North Carolina. We expect over 300 trail supporters to spend three days sharing best practices, economic development opportunities, and ideas for building public support.

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    NC Great Trails State Coalition and RRS Recreation Resources Service

    Each year RRS and the NC Division of Parks and Recreation partners with trail & greenway professionals to provide training and resources on the impact of trails and greenways to regional economies, environmental quality, public health, and community vitality.

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  • Visit the RRS YouTube Channel to view previous webinars

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