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.

5/13

Water Safety Campaign

With cancellations of public pool openings and reduced swim lesson capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families missed opportunities to educate their families about water safety. Whether swimming in a backyard pool, lake, pond, or river, every resident should know the essentials of water safety in an effort to reduce drownings. To help raise awareness about water safety in our communities, CRPA has developed a Water Safety Social Media Toolkit with graphics, statistics, and suggested social media messages.

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5/26

Summer Quarterly

POSTPONED Beer the Color of Money! Looking for unique ways to increase revenue? Look no further! Greg Bisson, Director of New Hampshire Exeter Parks and Recreation, will be joining us at Stewards of the Land Brewery to share his knowledge on coordinating the largest beer festival in New England! When the budget got tight, Exeter Parks and Recreation turned to the craft beer craze as a way to raise revenues. What started out as a small beer festival has morphed into one of the largest beer festivals in New England drawing a crowd from all over the country. From humble beginnings to record breaking profits, learn how Exeter Parks and Recreation navigated the political waters to establish the Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival as the town’s marquee event. Join us and sip on a pint while Greg shares his tips and tricks on bureaucratic maneuvering, alternative funding, generating public-private partnerships, and the challenges of bringing back a large scale event during COVID.  Mark Wantroba, of H.D. Segur Insurance, will also join us to discuss the risk management and insurance requirements associated with having alcohol at a public event. Learn how to generate revenue through hosting your own successful brew festival.

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1/1

Consignment Ticket Program

CRPA offers our members discounted tickets to Lake Compounce, the Connecticut Science Center, Adventure Park & 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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6/8

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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6/1

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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5/19

Aquatics Academy: WSI & LG Leadership

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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6/4

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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6/14

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.

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8/10

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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