VISIT NRPA

Wadsworth Falls

Gillette Castle

Silver Sands State Park

Cornwall Bridge

Lake Waramaug

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

OUR MISSION:

To support the recreation and park profession and steward the future of public parks and recreational opportunities in Connecticut in order to promote active lifestyles, livable communities, and quality of life for all who call Connecticut home.

2/23

Webinar: Red Cross Lifeguard Certification during COVID-19

4/22

Entertainment Showcase

This daylong event offers professionals who book entertainers and musicians an opportunity to view a variety of quality acts in one place. If you belong to a Parks & Recreation department, Fair or Festival, Museum, PTO, Camp, Club, Library, Community Group, or another organization looking to hire fun, educational, or musical entertainment, this is the place to find it!

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6/1

Summer Quarterly

In this fun-in-the-sun, experiential session, you will have opportunities to learn by doing and come away with a variety of new tools to assure that your staff and campers have the BEST. SUMMER. EVER… TOGETHER AGAIN! A groundbreaking 2017 study “unambiguously” found that social circus programs met and often exceeded the level of social emotional gains measured in youth participating in traditional youth programs. These days we are all experiencing challenges with social reintegration, and for many in our communities in-person summer programs will be their first step back into the world of normalcy. Cynthia, a 20-year practitioner of social circus education, will focus on how to create inclusive activities that use purposeful play to promote social-emotional learning while promoting a sense of safety and belonging for both participants and staff. This session will help you to develop program activities that foster gains in knowledge and awareness of emotions, managing emotions in behavior, seeking help and offering to help others, and the ability to set and work towards goals.

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4/8

Spring Quarterly

Join us for the Spring Quarterly! In the morning, following a brief overview of OEC guidance in regards to camps, attendees will break out into county-specific roundtables moderated by knowledgeable camp professionals. We will discuss what worked and didn’t work for 2020 and your plans for the upcoming season. After lunch, hear from two experienced professionals from across the nation who have developed and managed highly successful esports programs in their own communities. They will discuss the different ways to start in-person and virtual esports leagues, tournaments, or both in your community as well as the pros and cons of in-house versus 3rd party platforms. We will also hear from the commercial side of the industry on gaming platforms, community engagement, and partner programs.

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3/17

CPSI Course - Virtual Learning Session 1

The CPSI program offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety as well as provides certification for playground safety inspectors.

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1/1

Consignment Ticket Program

CRPA offers our members discounted tickets to Lake Compounce, Six Flags, the Connecticut Science Center, Mountain Creek Action Park & many more! Book your summer camp, vacation camps, and afterschool programing field trips through CRPA's bulk discount program or order tickets through CRPA to sell to your residents at a discounted rate!

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5/19

Aquatics Academy: Supervisor School

Aquatics Supervisor School is geared towards Head Lifeguards, Aquatics Directors, Supervisors, Pool Managers, and others interested in learning best practices for aquatics supervision! All participants will leave with a certificate of completion.

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6/9

Virtual Epi-Pen & Med Admin Training

Epi Pen training will teach you to recognize signs and symptoms of severe allergic reaction and understand appropriate handling, use, and disposal of an epinephrine auto-injector. Municipalities are authorized by the State to have staff certified in Epi-Pen administration without taking the full medication course. This certification is good for 1 year. The CT Department of Public Health mandates that all youth camps administering medications to campers comply with the requirements set forth in CT statute and regulations. Learn what this means for your camp and become certified to dispense medication at your camp site. This certification is good for 3 years.

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2/11

Winter Quarterly

Our morning session will focus on the importance of branding as a tool to grow public awareness for your facilities and drive program enrollment. We will discuss the key principles of a strong brand and how to use that brand to build a connection to the public. After a quick break, we will resume on ZOOM to discuss how the landscape for vetting and training youth coaches has changed. Topics will include how legislation (ex: Safe Sport Act) affects coaches and what actions departments can take to address the growing risk faced in offering youth sports programs.

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6/10

Webinar: COVID-19 & Indoor Air Quality

As we all know, COVID-19 spreads in three main ways: surface transmission; larger droplets emitted when laughing, speaking or coughing; and smaller, aerosolized droplets that linger in indoor air. Recently, the WHO, CDC, and others are placing a greater emphasis on this aerosolized spread and updated mitigation strategies are constantly being released. This session will provide insights into the most up-to-date research on the spread of COVID, how to effectively assess conditions to properly reduce risks, and provide science-backed “dos” and “don'ts” to create and maintain safe and comfortable spaces.

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3/13

COVID-19 Resources

CRPA is actively monitoring developments around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it is impacting parks and recreation departments across the state. This webpage will contain the most up-to-date information from public health organizations and federal and state government.

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3/31

CPSI Course - Virtual Learning Session 2

The CPSI program offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety as well as provides certification for playground safety inspectors.

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5/26

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Many of our members are reporting an increased frequency of suicide crises and mental health issues among the youth enrolled in their programs. The isolation resulting from the pandemic paired with the anxiety and depression that come from places like social media and cyberbullying has had a huge impact on adolescents. CPRA feels it is critical to offer this training for parks and recreation professionals as well as directors and senior staff of camps and before and afterschool programs Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR): the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons aimed at identifying and interrupting the crisis and directing that person to the proper care. Just as people are trained in CPR to help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Both are part of a "Chain of Survival" and both are part of systems designed to increase the chance of survival in the event of an emergency. This certification is valid for 3 years.

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11/22

Annual Conference & Tradeshow (EXHIBITORS)

This annual conference brings together over 300 parks and recreation professionals from across Connecticut and the surrounding states. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your product or service and promote your brand to the largest gathering of industry professionals in New England. If you provide products, services, or benefit programs to parks & recreation departments, agencies, or other groups you can't afford to miss this show!

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6/5

Camp College

Camp College offers a unique and convenient training opportunity for your seasonal camp staff and camp directors. This year we are offering 20 educational sessions on topics such as programming, team building, inclusive recreation, and more! Plus, the day will start and end with some awesome team building challenges. Use this to supplement your seasonal staff training or in lieu of it.

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8/11

Parks Field Day

Join us for a day of networking, equipment demonstrations, and product testing with the leading providers of products and services for the parks profession!

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