Welcome to the CPRS Distance Learning page! Below, you’ll find our digital education offerings in a variety of formats. Scroll down for instructions on how to access each piece of content, and feel free to contact training@cprs.org with any questions.

Live Meetings and Webinars: Upcoming Events

CPRS and our partners across the state (and across the country!) are pleased to offer live training on a wide range of subjects with relevance to Park and Recreation professionals. Some sessions offer CEU credit where available. Be sure to check back often!

Event Name & Description

Date & Time


Leadership When it Matters Most: Creating a Culture of Feedback & Inclusivity

Presented by Galen Emanuele
0.1 CEU available

Galen will reframe how CPRS members can show up for their people, and shine at times when it matters most- and beyond. He will dive into ways leaders can support and prioritize employee experience and inclusivity, ensuring that their teams thrive.

Galen will also provide tools around creating a culture of feedback and continual improvement. CPRS members will gain unique access to:

  • A self-development leadership exercise to determine your leadership identity
  • A model for building a culture of feedback in your office or agency
  • A strategic culture plan - a step-by-step tactical guide for an organization to implement a culture plan starting today

Galen is an international speaker who works with teams and organizations including Fortune 500's such as Microsoft, CBRE, Expedia, and Shell, to create a profound shift in how teams and leaders communicate and show up in business. His unique, interactive keynotes and programs teach organizations how to apply the improv concept of "Yes, And" to drive an exceptional team culture of high level performance and engagement. An expert in business leadership, Galen is also a world-class improviser, having taught and performed for many years including with the cast from Whose Line Is It Anyway?


May 22, 2020

10:00 AM (PST)

Register Here

Parks and Playgrounds in a Post COVID-19 World (Panel)


The new Community Gathering series, hosted by Kompan, creates a place for thought leaders, innovators and advocates to gather, share and learn. 

We are facing unprecedented challenges as a society as we navigate through the unknowns and complexities of the COVID-19 virus. In a world where social distancing is the new normal and more stringent cleaning practices are in place, what will our experiences with parks and playgrounds be? 

On Thursday, May 28, we will hear from three experts from across the country on what the regional responses to the virus have been, and what some of the potential future changes could be.


  • Mike Shull, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Andy Howard, Hitchcock Design Group
  • Charlie McCabe, Consultant and Former Director, City Park Excellence for the Trust for Public Land.


May 28, 2020

10:00 AM (PST)

Register Here

CPRS Book Club! - "Switch" by Chip and Dan Heath


Grow yourself! In these unsure times, we are responsible for our growth, both as leaders and as humans. To help with this, we have created the CPRS Book Club. Your experience will include in-depth discussions and expert viewpoints. Space is limited, register early!

This session's book - "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard"

"In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline."

Amazon.com purchase link for "Switch"

Wednesday, May 27

1 PM - 2:15 PM

(Zoom Call)

Register Here

Download Flyer



With permission, CPRS has recorded several of our educational sessions that have been presented digitally. While we are not currently able to offer CEUs for recorded sessions, we are happy to offer them as a source of education and inspiration for our members.

Event Name & Description

Recording Link


Strategies for Virtual Onboarding and Training: Tactics and tools needed to hire, onboard and train seasonal Parks and Recreation staff during COVID-19

GP Red Webinars


Resilience Over Burnout: Self-Care Strategies for Stress Management

Zoom Recording


Slides (PDF)

Effectively Working Remotely

GP Red Webinars


Suicide Talk: A Conversation to Create Awareness



Embracing Our Diverse Communities


Video Link
(from presentation)

Getting in Your Customers' Way? Policies, Procedures, or People May Be Driving Them Away! YouTube

(This Session)

(Don't Just Talk, Communicate!)

Intake Strategies that Make Inclusive Programming Successful YouTube

Virtual Online Programs from Adaptive Adventures
(Links Page)

Building a Culture of Yes! YouTube Handouts
Utilizing Motivational Interviewing in Recreation Therapy Practice Zoom Recording Slides

Presentations with Audio

In partnership with CadmiumCD, who host our Conference website and app, we are able to offer some of our conference sessions as slide presentations with audio.

Our presenters have been gracious enough to “narrate” each slide, and participants are able to log in and view the presentations along with the audio. If you need help logging in, please email training@cprs.org

Click HERE to access the Conference Calendar.  Click HERE for instructions on how to find presentations with audio.

Not all presentations currently have audio. See below for a list, updated as often as possible.

Session Title & Description




External links

Webinars, Recorded Content, Blogs, and More!

This section contains useful links from outside CPRS – these can include publicly shared articles and webinars, as well as specially-provided content from our educational partners. If you have a submission for a relevant piece of content, please submit it to training@cprs.org!

Content Title & Description



NAYS - Academy for Youth Sports Administrators - Online Academy and Bonus Live Webinar! 

Online Course + Live Webinar

(Flyer Link)

Registration Link

Playground Inspection & Maintenance On-Demand Webinar
Presented by PlayCore (pre-recorded on Thursday, January 23, 2020)

For a playground to thrive, good maintenance is essential. Learn how to maximize your agency or school's playground maintenance efforts by properly identifying and correcting potentially hazardous conditions on the playground.

This session will help you define your maintenance plan as a key to protecting your investment, managing risk, improving children's play experiences, promoting community values, and controlling expenses. Group activities allow participants to identify procedures for correcting hazardous conditions and to develop inspection protocols and procedures for a sustainable playground maintenance program.

After watching the recording in its entirety an email with information on how to obtain CEU will be sent within 24 hours. The link to access the survey/assessment to obtain CEUs will be opened until Sunday, May 31 - 11:59 p.m.

NOTE: Run time is 1 hour 20 minutes. Click here for the learning objectives. This webinar is NOT produced or supported by CPRS; If you have any questions regarding the webinar, please contact core@playcore.com 

On Demand Webinar Available Monday, May 25 - Friday, May 29

Click here for this webinar's page at PlayCore

Training Series: Guidance for working safely outdoors
Offered by the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Association of Bay Area Health Officers has acknowledged the “essential” role of parks in public well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a series of 3 lectures, UCSF faculty and public health officers discuss strategies to support park agencies during this prolonged community emergency.

You're invited to attend one or more of the following:

Thursday, April 30 from 2:00-3:30pm
Principles of communicable diseases: how parks can help flatten the region's epidemic curve. Presenters include:

• Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD
• George Rutherford, MD
• Curtis Chan, MD MPH
• Moderator: Nooshin Razani, MD, MPH

Thursday, May 7 from 2:00-3:30pm
Staff and visitor safety outdoors

Thursday, May 14 from 2:00-3:30pm
The role of parks in addressing stress and inequity

April 30
May 7
May 14

2:00-2:30 PM

Register Here

CitiesWithNature: The Benefits of Access to Nature for Urban Communities During and Beyond Pandemics and Associated Movement Restrictions
Offered by World Urban Parks as part of World Parks Week

This webinar will bring together speakers from cities and city networks around the world (we have an exciting panel lined up- Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Montreal and Durban.)

In the webinar, we aim to share some thoughts, ideas, and experiences on the role that nature (and specifically urban parks) is playing in urban life at this current moment, in light of COVID-19, and how cities (given the need for differing regulations) are bringing parks to people and connecting people with nature, if at all.  

Wednesday, April 29th
7:00am PST 

Register Here

COVID-19 Communications & Remote Work Lessons
Offered by MMANC (Municipal Management Association of Northern California)

COVID-19 is at the epicenter of every conversation and has affected every member of MMANC. It will change how our public agencies operate and communicate. Join MMANC and Platinum Partner Tripepi Smith to hear members of the Tripepi Smith team share their insights on working proficiently while working remotely, learn about communication and messaging best practices amid COVID-19, and their lessons learned from the front lines.

Wednesday, April 29
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Register Here

Recorded Session: FAQs Around Using Zoom for State & Local Government
Hosted by Zoom.Us – 48 Minutes
Join Zoom team members to discuss some of the features and options available in Zoom, as well as how it addresses some of the unique needs of State & Local Government.

Available Any Time
(48 Minutes)

Watch the Recording Here