APRA Events Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Monday, June 17, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • Friday, June 28, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022 (Education Room)
    • 26
    Register


    Only takes 15 to "register" on the interest list by June 28th for us to bring back the CPO!! 



      • Thursday, June 27, 2019
      • 9:00 AM
      • Zoom Video Conference

      The objective of the Membership Committee is to increase and retain membership of the Association. This committee will also recommend membership fee structures from time to time and see benefits that increase value of the membership. Works with APRA staff to retain current members, to recruit potential new members; and promote services to the Association membership. To work closely with the Marketing Committee to recommend outreach to new, existing and potential members. The committee will meet a minimum of three times annually to carry out the annual goals established at the beginning of the year.

      The Membership Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for the development and implementation of recruiting and retaining membership. Interface with and recruit new members who are associated with the parks and recreation profession, both municipal and private as well as businesses related to the field. Assist in the update of Association marketing materials explaining the benefits of APRA membership. Recommend and implement long-range planning for increasing the membership of APRA. Conduct personal outreach to new members to answer questions, gage level of potential involvement and guide them through how to use the website. Assist the Board of Directors in the development, implementation and review of Association membership.

      The Committee meets regularly at 9:00am on the 4th Thursday of each month via Zoom video conference.

      If you would like to attend a meeting or obtain more information contact the Membership Chair, Brian Sager.

      email Brian

      • Friday, July 12, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Prescott Centennial Center - 1989 Wineglass Dr., Prescott AZ 86301
      • 30
      Register


      0.6 CEUs available through NRPA 

      Deadline to register - July 5, 2019

      • Thursday, July 18, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Zoom Video Conference

      The Program Committee meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday each month via Zoom video conference. Meetings run approximately one hour.

      If you would like to join the meeting please contact the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer Lauria or APRA Executive Director, Samantha Coffman to obtain the log in details.

      Purpose

      The Programming Committee’s purpose is to assist in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided to the membership. The Chair will recommend and board will approve a sub-committee that will directly assist in the planning, review, development and administration of all the proposed association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs. The sub-committee will be comprised of the regional representation and at least one (1) and no more than three (3) current professional members selected at large by the to represent the association’s professional interest. 

      Function

      a.        The Program Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for development and implementation of development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

      b.       Provide financial oversight and approval of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

      c.        Ensure CEU process is followed and approved by the CEU Chair prior to the event.

      d.       Approve and notify a member of CEU’s awarded. (CEU Chair)  

      e.        Assist membership in the in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided.

      f.         Establish criteria and review course content of professional training opportunities so members can submit for approval.

      g.        Meet at minimum on a quarterly basis to review and approve submitted event applications.

      h.       Advocate certifications among membership.

      i.         Encourage and develop professional training for the membership. Cooperate with high schools, colleges/universities and other organizations offering professional training and lectures.

      j.         Maintain calendar of educational opportunities working with the APRA Office to set up event calendar on website.

      k.        Investigate opportunities for supporting other forms of professional certifications for members (Structural Pest Control, International Society of Arborists) and liaison with the sponsoring organizations.

      l.         Investigate opportunities for supporting NRPA sponsored training within the state.

      m.     Work closely with the Marketing Committee to promote upcoming activities and events.


      • Thursday, July 25, 2019
      • 9:00 AM
      • Zoom Video Conference

      The objective of the Membership Committee is to increase and retain membership of the Association. This committee will also recommend membership fee structures from time to time and see benefits that increase value of the membership. Works with APRA staff to retain current members, to recruit potential new members; and promote services to the Association membership. To work closely with the Marketing Committee to recommend outreach to new, existing and potential members. The committee will meet a minimum of three times annually to carry out the annual goals established at the beginning of the year.

      The Membership Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for the development and implementation of recruiting and retaining membership. Interface with and recruit new members who are associated with the parks and recreation profession, both municipal and private as well as businesses related to the field. Assist in the update of Association marketing materials explaining the benefits of APRA membership. Recommend and implement long-range planning for increasing the membership of APRA. Conduct personal outreach to new members to answer questions, gage level of potential involvement and guide them through how to use the website. Assist the Board of Directors in the development, implementation and review of Association membership.

      The Committee meets regularly at 9:00am on the 4th Thursday of each month via Zoom video conference.

      If you would like to attend a meeting or obtain more information contact the Membership Chair, Brian Sager.

      email Brian

      • Monday, July 29, 2019
      • 11:00 AM
      • Hilton El Conquistador Resort - Palo Verde Room

      2019 Conference Committee Final Meeting

      At the meeting each chair will review all final details related to their area. The committee will take a final walk of the property and will have the opportunity to ask any last minute questions of the hotel staff. 

      This will be our final chance to wrap up details and get everyone on the same page as to how the program will run so please show up and be prepared. The meeting will be longer than normal so we can cover all details, plan on 4 hours.

      Since we are meeting over the lunch hour food will be provided at a cost of $10 per person, APRA will pay the remaining balance for each order.  If you do not register, or select not to have food, you will not have a box lunch available.

      Registration closes Monday, July 22 

      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • Thursday, August 22, 2019
      • Hilton El Conquistador - Oro Valley, AZ
      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • Thursday, August 22, 2019
      • Hilton El Conquistador Resort - 10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
      Register


      APRA Annual Conference and Expo

      August 20 - 22, 2019

      Hilton El Conquistador Resort

      In this area you can register for full conference, single day or any optional items such as social or banquet tickets.

      Current Members Register Here

      The member discount is based on each person's individual membership status, not your agency. If you believe you are an individual member and see non-member prices, you are either not logged into your member account or you do not have a current APRA membership. Please STOP and log into your individual member account from the home page or become a member.

      Would you like a discounted price for conference? 

      You have two options for a discounted rate!

      1. Register for an APRA membership. Join now and you will pay less for a combo membership and conference registration.

      2. VOLUNTEER and receive an discount on your registration. Please click the link for additional details on volunteering.

      Become a Member

      *Payment in full must be made with a credit card at the time of booking*

      Registration Deadline: 12:00 PM on August 2nd 

      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • Thursday, August 22, 2019
      • Hilton El Conquistador - 10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
      Register

      APRA Annual Conference and Expo

      August 20 - 22, 2019

      Hilton El Conquistador Resort

      This registration link is for current APRA members only and will require each member to be logged into their personal account in order access the registrations. (Individual registrations only)

      The member discount is based on each person's individual membership status, not your agency. If you believe you are an individual member and are unable to view member rates, you are either not logged into your member account or you do not have a current APRA membership. Please STOP and log into your individual member account from the APRA homepage 

      Registration Deadline: 12:00 PM on August 2nd 

       If you miss the registration deadline of August 2nd you will be required to register on-site. 

      Non Member Registration Link

      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • Thursday, August 22, 2019
      • Hilton El Conquistador Resort - Oro Valley
      Register

      Speaker Registration

      Conference education session speakers will receive a complimentary one-day education registration package for the day of speaking. The complimentary one-day education registration package includes access to the following:

      • All of the education sessions for the day(s) of registration
      • General Session (if same day)
      • Admission to the Exhibit Hall

      The complimentary one day education registration package does not include the following:

      • Any conference social(s)
      • Off-Site Tours 
      • Workshops
      • Golf Tournament
      • Awards Banquet
      • Meal Tickets

      *The options to purchase the above items will be available during speaker registration process. 

      Registration Deadline: 12:00 PM on August 2nd 

      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • Friday, August 23, 2019
      • Hilton El Conquistador 10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
      Register

      The 69th Annual APRA Conference and Expo will be held at the

        Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley, AZ

      August 20 - 22, 2019


      Booth spaces are available in 8' x 8' - 8' x 10' and 6' x 2'

      Included with your registration fee will be (2) vendor badges, (2) social tickets and (2) lunch tickets per day/per booth and 2019 APRA Company Membership (up to 3 staff).

      Please contact Exhibit Hall Chair, Linda Ayres, to confirm the booth space(s) you have selected are available before registering. 

      Sponsorship registrations are included through this link. Booth spaces are included with MOST Sponsorship levels. 

      View Sponsorship Packages

      Booth space layout can be viewed here:

      2019 APRA Booth Space Layout

      Payment is collected at the time of registration so please have your credit card ready.

      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      • El Conquistador Golf Club - Oro Valley
      • 135
      Register


      El Conquistador Golf Club

      Support APRA while meeting and connecting with other Recreation Professionals in this year’s annual APRA Golf Tournament fundraiser. The format of the tournament will be a four person best ball scramble, and will be held at the El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Club, located in the heart of Oro Valley, it provides an unmatched experience anywhere in the southwest. Tee off under the warm Arizona sun in the shadow of the dramatic Santa Catalina Mountains on any of our three championship golf courses.

      The courses provide a challenging, exciting play that is sure to deliver a true desert golf experience, with course enhancements designed by the original architects Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin. Play through saguaro capped hillsides surrounded by natural desert terrain, and enjoy manicured fairways and spectacular views of the Catalina Mountains and desert wildlife.

      7:30 am Check-In and Practice

      8:30 am Shotgun Start

      Awards and Lunch to Follow the Tournament

      $65 per person

      Includes Golf, Driving Range, Lunch, On-Course Contests, Group Photo, Complimentary Swag Bag, and Entry into raffles for over 30 prizes.

      All players must meet facility dress code requirements of soft spikes, collared shirts, and no denim

      On-course contests to include:

      Men’s and Women’s Long Drive
      Men’s and Women’s Closest to the Pin
      Straightest Drive
      Par 5 Golf Ball Cannon Shot
       Par 5 Sports Toss Tee Shot

      Multiple Agency Sponsored Holes with Unique Activities

      Deadline to register is Noon on Friday, August 16th

      Payment must be made in full at the time of booking.

      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Hilton El Conquistador Resort - 10,000 N Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ
      Register

      Learn the latest in Branding + Marketing to better promote your programs, facilities, and community projects. From developing a personal brand to uncovering data from google analytics, participants will walk away with real-world practical tools and techniques that will dub you a Marketing BadAZ!

      Price to attend:

      $120 for APRA Members

      $160 for Non-Members

      Fee includes lunch and CEU's

      Event schedule can be found here.
      Registration Deadline August 2nd at Noon

      Box lunch will include:

      • Ham or Turkey and Jack Cheese Wrap
      • Mixed Greens and Sliced Pickle Chips
      • Brown Mustard / Mayonnaise
      • Individual Bag of Potato Chips
      • Gala Apple
      • Cookie
      • Bottled Water


      • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
      • El Conquistador Resort - Tucson, AZ
      • 36
      Register


      This special One-Day Onsite Academy will offer participants both the On-line and On-site Academy to earn the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential. The Academy for Youth Sports Administrators is a comprehensive certification program that offers cutting-edge information on critical topics for professional youth sports administrators today. The Academy’s primary goal is to provide attendees with a foundation and tools needed to positively impact the youth sports experience for ALL children in their communities. 

      Youth Sports Professionals who are interested in earning the CYSA credential will participate in a full day of training on site at the APRA Conference. Then CYSA candidates will complete the certification process via the Online Academy. 

      Topics covered include: Youth sports philosophy, Professional development, Mission statements, Policies & procedures, Volunteer management, Child abuse prevention, Parent management, Conflict resolution, Insurance & risk management, Inclusion of children with disabilities, Evaluation & marketing of your program, Emergency planning, Model youth sports program, plus more. 

      Once certified, CYSAs are part of an elite group of professionals that understand the core foundations of the administration of sports programs for children and have demonstrated that professional development is essential to the delivery of quality sports programs. 

      Additional detailed information about the CYSA credential and the CEU Guidelines are provided to CYSAs within the CYSA Area of the Online Academy. Participants will experience both the Online and Onsite Academy to earn the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.  Click here for more about NAYS

      The sports academy workshop is approved for .5 CEU's 

      - Lunch on your own -

      Registration Deadline August 1st at Noon

      • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
      • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Hilton El Conquistador Resort 10,000 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ
      Register

      Our Annual APRA Awards honors communities throughout the State of Arizona that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices. 

      Payment is required at the time of booking.

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      The Awards Dinner will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in the Presidio Ballrooms at 6:30 pm SHARP - check in and cocktails begins at 5:45 PM. 

      Tickets are required to attend this event. 

      Deadline to register August 2 at Noon

      More details about the Awards can be found here

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      Multiple options for reserving tickets and/or tables are available, please be sure to enter information based on your registration option. See details:

      1. Purchase a single tickets at $85 each 
      2. Purchase a Corporate/Agency table of ten at $850  
      3. Request an agency table. This selection is for agencies who have full conference packages where the dinner ticket is included. A reserved table will be assigned so staff can all be seated together, ten per table.
      • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • APRA Office - 12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022
      Register


      Leadership I - L.E.A.D

      Will consist of four individual, three and a half hour trainings each. Courses are designed to be attended in sequential order, but if participants wish to only attend certain courses, the content will still be high-value and educationally effective. 

      A separate registration is available for each individual course.

      L - Leadership 101

      Finding and defining your personal leadership style. What is important to you, how do you want to be known, how to develop your own brand, how to advance your career. 

      E - Establish Yourself as a Leader

      Building a leadership presence, gaining and leveraging influence. Encouragement! Caring for yourself and for your team. The strategic advantage of putting people first. 

      A - Art of Leadership vs. The Science of Management

      Authenticity, Assessment, and asking questions instead of making statements. Why diversity matters and how to become an inclusive leader. 

      D - Don't Overreact, But Don't Underreact

      How to have courageous conversations and communicate effectively while making the right decisions for and with your team and for your career. Identifying and breaking through barriers or constraints preventing progress.

      Each class has been approved for .2 CEU's

      Registration Deadline September 4, 2019

      Courses will take place at the APRA Office the second Tuesday of each month from September - December, 2019 followed by Leadership II taking place the second Tuesday of each month from February - May, 2020.

      Four course pack:

      • $225 member
      • $295 non-member
      • $115 APRA student member

      Single Sessions: 

      • $70 each 
      • $90 non-member
      • $35 APRA student member

      nicole 3.jpgAbout Nicole...

      With over 17 years of boots-on-the-ground work in various local governments, government-affiliates, and non-profits in Arizona, including statewide leadership of the Arizona City and County Management Association and Arizona Women Leading Government, I am a tactician and practitioner who has honed leadership skills and developed strategies to effectively train other public servants and those engaged in the work of building and developing communities.

      • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
      • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • APRA Office 12950 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022
      Register

      Leadership I Certification - L.E.A.D 

      The full certification course will consist of four individual, three and a half hour trainings each. Courses are designed to be attended in sequential order, but if participants wish to only attend certain courses, the content will still be high-value and educationally effective. 

      This is a separate registration if you are looking to take only the individual course listed below. 

       Full course registration can be accessed here

      Session 1: Leadership 101 

      Finding and defining your personal leadership style. What is important to you, how do you want to be known, how to develop your own brand, how to advance your career.

      Course approved for .2 CEU's

      About Nicole...

      With over 17 years of boots-on-the-ground work in various local governments, government-affiliates, and non-profits in Arizona, including statewide leadership of the Arizona City and County Management Association and Arizona Women Leading Government, I am a tactician and practitioner who has honed leadership skills and developed strategies to effectively train other public servants and those engaged in the work of building and developing communities.

      Registration Deadline: September 4, 2019

      • Thursday, September 12, 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • City of Show Low - 180 N 9th Street
      • 30
      Register



      Approved for 0.6 CEU's through NRPA 

      Deadline to register - September 5, 2019

      Current agency members qualify to mail a check. If paying by check a copy of your approved PO must be sent to the APRA Office with 7 business days, email copy to admin@azpra.org - subject line PO for PMC Course

      • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • 778 N Main Street - Florence
      • 40
      Register



      0.6 CEUs available through NRPA 

      Deadline to register - September 10, 2019

      • Thursday, September 19, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Zoom Video Conference

      The Program Committee meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday each month via Zoom video conference. Meetings run approximately one hour.

      If you would like to join the meeting please contact the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer Lauria or APRA Executive Director, Samantha Coffman to obtain the log in details.

      Purpose

      The Programming Committee’s purpose is to assist in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided to the membership. The Chair will recommend and board will approve a sub-committee that will directly assist in the planning, review, development and administration of all the proposed association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs. The sub-committee will be comprised of the regional representation and at least one (1) and no more than three (3) current professional members selected at large by the to represent the association’s professional interest. 

      Function

      a.        The Program Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for development and implementation of development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

      b.       Provide financial oversight and approval of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

      c.        Ensure CEU process is followed and approved by the CEU Chair prior to the event.

      d.       Approve and notify a member of CEU’s awarded. (CEU Chair)  

      e.        Assist membership in the in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided.

      f.         Establish criteria and review course content of professional training opportunities so members can submit for approval.

      g.        Meet at minimum on a quarterly basis to review and approve submitted event applications.

      h.       Advocate certifications among membership.

      i.         Encourage and develop professional training for the membership. Cooperate with high schools, colleges/universities and other organizations offering professional training and lectures.

      j.         Maintain calendar of educational opportunities working with the APRA Office to set up event calendar on website.

      k.        Investigate opportunities for supporting other forms of professional certifications for members (Structural Pest Control, International Society of Arborists) and liaison with the sponsoring organizations.

      l.         Investigate opportunities for supporting NRPA sponsored training within the state.

      m.     Work closely with the Marketing Committee to promote upcoming activities and events.


      • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
      • Thursday, September 26, 2019
      • Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD


      The NRPA Annual Conference is about more than just sharing great ideas. It’s about seizing new opportunities and facing challenges head on. It’s about cultivating relationships with others who want to break out of the monotony. It’s about challenging yourself and your peers to replace the typical with the extraordinary. Will you accept the challenge?

      Mark your calendar now for three days filled with energetic networking activities, inspirational education sessions and an inside look at the latest products for the field. 

        • Thursday, September 26, 2019
        • 9:00 AM
        • Zoom Video Conference

        The objective of the Membership Committee is to increase and retain membership of the Association. This committee will also recommend membership fee structures from time to time and see benefits that increase value of the membership. Works with APRA staff to retain current members, to recruit potential new members; and promote services to the Association membership. To work closely with the Marketing Committee to recommend outreach to new, existing and potential members. The committee will meet a minimum of three times annually to carry out the annual goals established at the beginning of the year.

        The Membership Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for the development and implementation of recruiting and retaining membership. Interface with and recruit new members who are associated with the parks and recreation profession, both municipal and private as well as businesses related to the field. Assist in the update of Association marketing materials explaining the benefits of APRA membership. Recommend and implement long-range planning for increasing the membership of APRA. Conduct personal outreach to new members to answer questions, gage level of potential involvement and guide them through how to use the website. Assist the Board of Directors in the development, implementation and review of Association membership.

        The Committee meets regularly at 9:00am on the 4th Thursday of each month via Zoom video conference.

        If you would like to attend a meeting or obtain more information contact the Membership Chair, Brian Sager.

        email Brian

        • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
        • APRA Office 12950 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022
        Register

        Leadership I Certification - L.E.A.D 

        The full certification course will consist of four individual, three and a half hour trainings each. Courses are designed to be attended in sequential order, but if participants wish to only attend certain courses, the content will still be high-value and educationally effective. 

        This is a separate registration if you are looking to take only the individual course listed below. 

         Full course registration can be accessed here

        Session 2: Establish Yourself as a Leader

        Building a leadership presence, gaining and leveraging influence. Encouragement! 

        Caring for yourself and for your team. The strategic advantage of putting people first. 

        Course approved for .2 CEU's

        About Nicole...

        With over 17 years of boots-on-the-ground work in various local governments, government-affiliates, and non-profits in Arizona, including statewide leadership of the Arizona City and County Management Association and Arizona Women Leading Government, I am a tactician and practitioner who has honed leadership skills and developed strategies to effectively train other public servants and those engaged in the work of building and developing communities.

        Registration Deadline: October 1, 2019

        • Thursday, October 10, 2019
        • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
        • 699 S. Navajo Dr., Page, AZ 86040
        • 35
        Register


        0.6 CEUs available through NRPA 

        Deadline to register - September 24, 2019

        • Thursday, October 17, 2019
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • Zoom Video Conference

        The Program Committee meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday each month via Zoom video conference. Meetings run approximately one hour.

        If you would like to join the meeting please contact the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer Lauria or APRA Executive Director, Samantha Coffman to obtain the log in details.

        Purpose

        The Programming Committee’s purpose is to assist in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided to the membership. The Chair will recommend and board will approve a sub-committee that will directly assist in the planning, review, development and administration of all the proposed association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs. The sub-committee will be comprised of the regional representation and at least one (1) and no more than three (3) current professional members selected at large by the to represent the association’s professional interest. 

        Function

        a.        The Program Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for development and implementation of development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

        b.       Provide financial oversight and approval of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

        c.        Ensure CEU process is followed and approved by the CEU Chair prior to the event.

        d.       Approve and notify a member of CEU’s awarded. (CEU Chair)  

        e.        Assist membership in the in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided.

        f.         Establish criteria and review course content of professional training opportunities so members can submit for approval.

        g.        Meet at minimum on a quarterly basis to review and approve submitted event applications.

        h.       Advocate certifications among membership.

        i.         Encourage and develop professional training for the membership. Cooperate with high schools, colleges/universities and other organizations offering professional training and lectures.

        j.         Maintain calendar of educational opportunities working with the APRA Office to set up event calendar on website.

        k.        Investigate opportunities for supporting other forms of professional certifications for members (Structural Pest Control, International Society of Arborists) and liaison with the sponsoring organizations.

        l.         Investigate opportunities for supporting NRPA sponsored training within the state.

        m.     Work closely with the Marketing Committee to promote upcoming activities and events.


        • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
        • 8:00 AM
        • Thursday, October 24, 2019
        • 5:00 PM
        • North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022 (Education Room)
        • 0
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        The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course is a National Certification and is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered. This course is sponsored by the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.

        North Mountain Visitor Center
        Central Phoenix
        12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022
        Course: Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
        Lunch included for days one and two

           Exam: Thursday 8:00 am – 12 noon
         please arrive at 8:00 AM with 2 forms of ID to check in*
        Advanced reading and in class training will prepare you to sit for the CPSI exam. 
        Study materials will be sent by mail so please make sure to include the address where you would like to receive.  Please ensure you provide a deliverable address. 
        Those with international address please allow at least one month to receive books. 
        An incorrect address will lead to a delay in receiving your books, and arrangements will need to be made for you to pick up your books.

        Study materials will be sent out approximately 45 days prior to course date.   
        *Materials will not be mailed until payment has been received

        Upon successful completion of the exam participants are awarded their CPSI certification from NRPA. 
        It can take up to 4-6 weeks to receive test results from NRPA. Each candidate receives a three year certificate.

        No refunds will be processed after August 1, 2019 for the CPSI course and exam. Half refunded before 8/1/19

        Registration transfers can be made in writing BEFORE September 30 if sent to admin@azpra.org after this date no changes can be made to the registration.

        • Thursday, October 24, 2019
        • 9:00 AM
        • Zoom Video Conference

        The objective of the Membership Committee is to increase and retain membership of the Association. This committee will also recommend membership fee structures from time to time and see benefits that increase value of the membership. Works with APRA staff to retain current members, to recruit potential new members; and promote services to the Association membership. To work closely with the Marketing Committee to recommend outreach to new, existing and potential members. The committee will meet a minimum of three times annually to carry out the annual goals established at the beginning of the year.

        The Membership Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for the development and implementation of recruiting and retaining membership. Interface with and recruit new members who are associated with the parks and recreation profession, both municipal and private as well as businesses related to the field. Assist in the update of Association marketing materials explaining the benefits of APRA membership. Recommend and implement long-range planning for increasing the membership of APRA. Conduct personal outreach to new members to answer questions, gage level of potential involvement and guide them through how to use the website. Assist the Board of Directors in the development, implementation and review of Association membership.

        The Committee meets regularly at 9:00am on the 4th Thursday of each month via Zoom video conference.

        If you would like to attend a meeting or obtain more information contact the Membership Chair, Brian Sager.

        email Brian

        • Friday, October 25, 2019
        • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        • Cactus Yards - 4536 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234
        • 10
        Register

        Last day to register as a tournament sponsor is September 2, 2019

        Full payment is required at time of regsitration 

        • Wednesday, November 06, 2019
        • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Yuma Civic Center 1440 W. Desert Hills Dr. Yuma AZ 85364
        • 35
        Register


        0.6 CEUs available through NRPA 

        Deadline to register - October 30, 2019

        • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
        • APRA Office 12950 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022
        Register

        Leadership I Certification - L.E.A.D 

        The full certification course will consist of four individual, three and a half hour trainings each. Courses are designed to be attended in sequential order, but if participants wish to only attend certain courses, the content will still be high-value and educationally effective. 

        This is a separate registration if you are looking to take only the individual course listed below. 

         Full course registration can be accessed here

        Session 3: Art of Leadership vs. The Science of Managment

        Authenticity, Assessment, and asking questions instead of making statements. Why diversity matters and how to become an inclusive leader. 

        Course approved for .2 CEU's

        About Nicole...

        With over 17 years of boots-on-the-ground work in various local governments, government-affiliates, and non-profits in Arizona, including statewide leadership of the Arizona City and County Management Association and Arizona Women Leading Government, I am a tactician and practitioner who has honed leadership skills and developed strategies to effectively train other public servants and those engaged in the work of building and developing communities.

        Registration Deadline: November 5, 2019

        • Thursday, November 21, 2019
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • Zoom Video Conference

        The Program Committee meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday each month via Zoom video conference. Meetings run approximately one hour.

        If you would like to join the meeting please contact the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer Lauria or APRA Executive Director, Samantha Coffman to obtain the log in details.

        Purpose

        The Programming Committee’s purpose is to assist in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided to the membership. The Chair will recommend and board will approve a sub-committee that will directly assist in the planning, review, development and administration of all the proposed association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs. The sub-committee will be comprised of the regional representation and at least one (1) and no more than three (3) current professional members selected at large by the to represent the association’s professional interest. 

        Function

        a.        The Program Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for development and implementation of development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

        b.       Provide financial oversight and approval of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

        c.        Ensure CEU process is followed and approved by the CEU Chair prior to the event.

        d.       Approve and notify a member of CEU’s awarded. (CEU Chair)  

        e.        Assist membership in the in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided.

        f.         Establish criteria and review course content of professional training opportunities so members can submit for approval.

        g.        Meet at minimum on a quarterly basis to review and approve submitted event applications.

        h.       Advocate certifications among membership.

        i.         Encourage and develop professional training for the membership. Cooperate with high schools, colleges/universities and other organizations offering professional training and lectures.

        j.         Maintain calendar of educational opportunities working with the APRA Office to set up event calendar on website.

        k.        Investigate opportunities for supporting other forms of professional certifications for members (Structural Pest Control, International Society of Arborists) and liaison with the sponsoring organizations.

        l.         Investigate opportunities for supporting NRPA sponsored training within the state.

        m.     Work closely with the Marketing Committee to promote upcoming activities and events.


        • Thursday, November 28, 2019
        • Friday, November 29, 2019


        • Thursday, November 28, 2019
        • 9:00 AM
        • Zoom Video Conference

        The objective of the Membership Committee is to increase and retain membership of the Association. This committee will also recommend membership fee structures from time to time and see benefits that increase value of the membership. Works with APRA staff to retain current members, to recruit potential new members; and promote services to the Association membership. To work closely with the Marketing Committee to recommend outreach to new, existing and potential members. The committee will meet a minimum of three times annually to carry out the annual goals established at the beginning of the year.

        The Membership Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for the development and implementation of recruiting and retaining membership. Interface with and recruit new members who are associated with the parks and recreation profession, both municipal and private as well as businesses related to the field. Assist in the update of Association marketing materials explaining the benefits of APRA membership. Recommend and implement long-range planning for increasing the membership of APRA. Conduct personal outreach to new members to answer questions, gage level of potential involvement and guide them through how to use the website. Assist the Board of Directors in the development, implementation and review of Association membership.

        The Committee meets regularly at 9:00am on the 4th Thursday of each month via Zoom video conference.

        If you would like to attend a meeting or obtain more information contact the Membership Chair, Brian Sager.

        email Brian

        • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
        • APRA Office 12950 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022
        Register

        Leadership I Certification - L.E.A.D 

        The full certification course will consist of four individual, three and a half hour trainings each. Courses are designed to be attended in sequential order, but if participants wish to only attend certain courses, the content will still be high-value and educationally effective. 

        This is a separate registration if you are looking to take only the individual course listed below. 

         Full course registration can be accessed here

        Session 4: Don't Overreact, But Don't Underreact

        How to have courageous conversations and communicate effectively while making the right decisions for and with your team and for your career. Identifying and breaking through barriers or constraints preventing progress

        Course approved for .2 CEU's

        About Nicole...

        With over 17 years of boots-on-the-ground work in various local governments, government-affiliates, and non-profits in Arizona, including statewide leadership of the Arizona City and County Management Association and Arizona Women Leading Government, I am a tactician and practitioner who has honed leadership skills and developed strategies to effectively train other public servants and those engaged in the work of building and developing communities.

        Registration Deadline: December 3, 2019

        • Thursday, December 19, 2019
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • Zoom Video Conference

        The Program Committee meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday each month via Zoom video conference. Meetings run approximately one hour.

        If you would like to join the meeting please contact the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer Lauria or APRA Executive Director, Samantha Coffman to obtain the log in details.

        Purpose

        The Programming Committee’s purpose is to assist in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided to the membership. The Chair will recommend and board will approve a sub-committee that will directly assist in the planning, review, development and administration of all the proposed association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs. The sub-committee will be comprised of the regional representation and at least one (1) and no more than three (3) current professional members selected at large by the to represent the association’s professional interest. 

        Function

        a.        The Program Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for development and implementation of development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

        b.       Provide financial oversight and approval of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided by membership.

        c.        Ensure CEU process is followed and approved by the CEU Chair prior to the event.

        d.       Approve and notify a member of CEU’s awarded. (CEU Chair)  

        e.        Assist membership in the in the coordination, development and administration of all association sanctioned activities, events and educational programs provided.

        f.         Establish criteria and review course content of professional training opportunities so members can submit for approval.

        g.        Meet at minimum on a quarterly basis to review and approve submitted event applications.

        h.       Advocate certifications among membership.

        i.         Encourage and develop professional training for the membership. Cooperate with high schools, colleges/universities and other organizations offering professional training and lectures.

        j.         Maintain calendar of educational opportunities working with the APRA Office to set up event calendar on website.

        k.        Investigate opportunities for supporting other forms of professional certifications for members (Structural Pest Control, International Society of Arborists) and liaison with the sponsoring organizations.

        l.         Investigate opportunities for supporting NRPA sponsored training within the state.

        m.     Work closely with the Marketing Committee to promote upcoming activities and events.


        • Tuesday, December 24, 2019
        • Wednesday, January 01, 2020


        • Thursday, December 26, 2019
        • 9:00 AM
        • Zoom Video Conference

        The objective of the Membership Committee is to increase and retain membership of the Association. This committee will also recommend membership fee structures from time to time and see benefits that increase value of the membership. Works with APRA staff to retain current members, to recruit potential new members; and promote services to the Association membership. To work closely with the Marketing Committee to recommend outreach to new, existing and potential members. The committee will meet a minimum of three times annually to carry out the annual goals established at the beginning of the year.

        The Membership Committee is responsible to the Executive Committee, for the development and implementation of recruiting and retaining membership. Interface with and recruit new members who are associated with the parks and recreation profession, both municipal and private as well as businesses related to the field. Assist in the update of Association marketing materials explaining the benefits of APRA membership. Recommend and implement long-range planning for increasing the membership of APRA. Conduct personal outreach to new members to answer questions, gage level of potential involvement and guide them through how to use the website. Assist the Board of Directors in the development, implementation and review of Association membership.

        The Committee meets regularly at 9:00am on the 4th Thursday of each month via Zoom video conference.

        If you would like to attend a meeting or more information contact the Membership Chair, Brian Sager.

        email Brian

        • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • Thursday, January 23, 2020
        • 5:00 PM
        • North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022 (Education Room)
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        Register

        Certified Playground Inspector Course (CPSI) Details

        January 21 - 23, 2020

        North Mountain Visitor Center

        12950 North 7th Street

        Phoenix, AZ 85022

        Course:

        Tuesday + Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm (lunch included)

        Lunch menu posted beginning of October 


        Exam:

        Thursday 8:00am - 12:00pm  Arrive by 8:00 AM with 2 forms of ID to check in*

        Important CPSI Exam Day Reminders

        *Test is provided by a third party contracted with NRPA*

        Test begins promptly at 8:30 AM – Please arrive early to check in

        REQUIRED:

        • Two forms of ID (drivers license and any other form that contains your name AND signature, ie. credit card) 
        • Two #2 pencils, they will not be provided on-site
        • Food/drink not permitted in the testing area
        • Leave cell phones and study materials in car - use of either will result in dismissal

        _______________________________________________________________________

        EXAM RESULTS:

        • Direct mailed from NRPA approximately six (6) weeks after testing to the address provided at sign-in. 

        REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019

        • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
        • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
        • APRA Office - 12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022
        Register


        Leadership II - C.A.R.E

        Will consist of four individual, three and a half hour trainings each. Courses are designed to be attended in sequential order, but if participants wish to only attend certain courses, the content will still be high-value and educationally effective.  

        C - Council and Commission Relations

        What it means to be "politically savvy", why it's important, and how leaders can develop this critical skill for success. 

        A - Army of Advocates

        How to tell your story, leverage momentum, and cultivate support for success. Identifying and effectively engaging the highest-value, most strategic partners. 

        R - Relationships Matter

        The strategic advantage of putting people first. Motivation vs. influence. Helping your teams understand and employ strategies for building critical internal and external relationships.  

        E - Extraordinary Dialogue

        How to have courageous and crucial conversations at work and in your communities. Tools for communicating with candor and respect while discussing seemingly unsolvable problems and preserving or restoring dignity to the participants in the conversation.

        Each class has been approved for .2 CEU's

        Registration Deadline February 3

        Courses will take place at the APRA Office the second Tuesday February - May 2020.

        Four course pack:

        • $225 member
        • $295 non-member
        • $115 APRA student member

        Single Sessions: 

        • $70 each 
        • $90 non-member
        • $35 APRA student member

        nicole 3.jpgAbout Nicole...

        With over 17 years of boots-on-the-ground work in various local governments, government-affiliates, and non-profits in Arizona, including statewide leadership of the Arizona City and County Management Association and Arizona Women Leading Government, I am a tactician and practitioner who has honed leadership skills and developed strategies to effectively train other public servants and those engaged in the work of building and developing communities.

        • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • Thursday, April 23, 2020
        • 5:00 PM
        • North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022 (Education Room)
        • 36

        Certified Playground Inspector Course Details

        April 21 - 23, 2020

        North Mountain Visitor Center

        12950 North 7th Street

        Phoenix, AZ 85022

        Course:

        Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm (lunch included)

        Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm (lunch included)

        Lunch menu posted beginning of April


        Exam:

        Thursday 8:00am - 12:00pm  Arrive by 8:00 AM with 2 forms of ID to check in*

        Important CPSI Exam Day Reminders

        *Test is provided by a third party contracted with NRPA*

        Test begins promptly at 8:30 AM – Please arrive early to check in

        REQUIRED:

        • Two forms of ID (drivers license and any other form that contains your name AND signature, ie. credit card) 
        • Two #2 pencils, they will not be provided on-site
        • Food/drink not permitted in the testing area
        • Leave cell phones and study materials in car - use of either will result in dismissal

        _______________________________________________________________________

        EXAM RESULTS:

        • will be direct mailed from NRPA approximately six (6) weeks after testing to the address provided at sign-in. 
        • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • Thursday, October 22, 2020
        • 5:00 PM
        • North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85022 (Education Room)
        • 36

        Certified Playground Inspector Course Final Details

        October 20 - 22, 2020

        North Mountain Visitor Center

        12950 North 7th Street

        Phoenix, AZ 85022

        Course:

        Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm (lunch included)

        Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm (lunch included)

        Lunch menu posted beginning of October 


        Exam:

        Thursday 8:00am - 12:00pm  Arrive by 8:00 AM with 2 forms of ID to check in*

        Exam Day Reminders

        Test is provided by a third party contracted with NRPA*

        Test begins promptly at 8:30 AM – Please arrive early for check in

        REQUIRED:

        • *Two forms of ID (drivers license and any other form that contains your name AND signature, ie. credit card) 
        • Two #2 pencils, they will not be provided on-site
        • Food/drink not permitted in the testing area
        • Leave cell phones and study materials in car - use of either will result in dismissal

        _______________________________________________________________________


        EXAM RESULTS:

        • will be direct mailed from NRPA approximately six (6) weeks after testing to the address provided at sign-in. 
        • Monday, October 26, 2020
        • Friday, October 30, 2020
        • Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL


        The NRPA Annual Conference is about more than just sharing great ideas. It’s about seizing new opportunities and facing challenges head on. It’s about cultivating relationships with others who want to break out of the monotony. It’s about challenging yourself and your peers to replace the typical with the extraordinary. Will you accept the challenge?

        Mark your calendar now for three days filled with energetic networking activities, inspirational education sessions and an inside look at the latest products for the field. 

          • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
          • Friday, September 24, 2021
          • Nashville Convention Center - Nashville, TN


          • Tuesday, September 20, 2022
          • Friday, September 23, 2022
          • Phoenix Convention Center - Phoenix, AZ


          • Tuesday, October 10, 2023
          • Thursday, October 12, 2023
          • Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Dallas, TX


        Past events

        Thursday, June 20, 2019 Program Committee Meeting
        Friday, June 14, 2019 Free K9 First Aid Course
        Wednesday, June 05, 2019 Leadership Certification Course Promotional Webinar
        Thursday, May 23, 2019 The Art of Thriving
        Thursday, May 23, 2019 Membership Committee Meeting
        Thursday, May 16, 2019 Program Committee Meeting
        Friday, May 10, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting (in-person)
        Friday, May 10, 2019 NRPA Playground Maintenance Training - Sierra Vista
        Thursday, May 02, 2019 Cinco de Mayo Warm Up Social
        Thursday, May 02, 2019 NRPA Playground Maintenance Training - MESA
        Thursday, April 25, 2019 Membership Committee Meeting "Snacky Hour"
        Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Drowning Prevention & Training
        Thursday, April 18, 2019 Program Committee Meeting
        Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Youth and Teen Program Managers Round Table
        Friday, April 12, 2019 APRA West Side Social
        Friday, April 12, 2019 Emerging Leaders Workshop 2019
        Thursday, April 11, 2019 USTA Tennis Workshop
        Thursday, April 11, 2019 Special Events Roundtable
        Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Be Intentional: 9 Strategies for Relentlessly Pursuing Personal & Professional Success (Webinar)
        Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Master Class in Cost Recovery
        Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Aquatic Facility Operator Course & Exam - Spring 2019
        Thursday, March 21, 2019 Program Committee Meeting
        Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Women Leading Government Happy Hour "Midfulness, Mingling & Munchies"
        Friday, March 15, 2019 SPARK Agency/Business Networking Lunch
        Friday, March 15, 2019 SPARK Sponsorship
        Friday, March 15, 2019 SPARK Conference 2019
        Tuesday, March 05, 2019 Spring 2019 Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
        Thursday, February 28, 2019 New Year - New Friends APRA Social
        Thursday, February 21, 2019 Program Committee Meeting
        Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Active Net Regional User Group Meeting
        Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Environmental Day at the Capitol 2019
        Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2019 Conference Committee Meeting
        Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Goal Setting and Vision Board Workshop
        Friday, January 25, 2019 APRA Board Orientation
        Tuesday, January 22, 2019 CAZCA Speaker Series: Globe Chamomile the Looming Invasive
        Thursday, January 17, 2019 Program Committee Meeting
        Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Introduction to Overdose Prevention
        Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Volunteer Lobby/Workshop
        Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Facility Roundtable
        Thursday, December 06, 2018 Canine Outreach & Mental Health
        Friday, November 30, 2018 APRA Board of Directors Meeting
        Saturday, November 17, 2018 Maricopa Trail Dedication and Groundbreaking
        Saturday, November 17, 2018 Phoenix Summit Challenge
        Friday, October 26, 2018 Strategic Planning Retreat
        Wednesday, October 10, 2018 AZ Youth Sports Roundtable
        Tuesday, September 25, 2018 2018 NRPA Conference
        Saturday, September 22, 2018 National Public Lands Day
        Friday, September 07, 2018 APRA Board of Directors Meeting
        Wednesday, August 01, 2018 APRA Board Member and Committee Volunteers Recruitment Period
        Thursday, July 26, 2018 APRA Board of Directors Meeting
        Wednesday, July 25, 2018 2018 APRA Annual Awards Banquet
        Tuesday, July 24, 2018 On-Site Registrations Conference Registrations
        Tuesday, July 24, 2018 2018 Conference Speaker Registration
        Monday, July 23, 2018 Customer Experience By Design (Pre-Conference Workshop)
        Monday, July 23, 2018 Certified Youth Sports Administrator Certification Workshop
        Monday, July 23, 2018 Marketing BadAZ - Marketing and Branding Workshop
        Monday, July 23, 2018 2018 Annual APRA Golf Tournament Fundraiser
        Monday, July 23, 2018 2018 APRA Annual Conference Non-Member Registrations
        Monday, July 23, 2018 2018 APRA Annual Conference - Member Registrations
        Monday, July 23, 2018 2018 APRA Conference Sponsorships
        Sunday, July 22, 2018 2018 Exhibit Hall Booth Space
        Thursday, June 21, 2018 World's Largest Swim Lesson
        Wednesday, June 20, 2018