NCRPA Promotes Play & Recreation

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 9:00am - Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 1:30pm
North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
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Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. This interactive education symposium will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities in these modern times. 

Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovations, leadership case examples, and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content and hands-on learning activities will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities. 

Join us to share your vision, and discover evidence-based best practices that thoughtfully promote: physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across North Carolina.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation is essential to a healthier and happier society.
  • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
  • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.


9:00 - 9:15am

Arrival, Registration and Light Refreshments

9:15 - 9:30am

Welcome and NCRPA Statewide Initiative Overview

11:30 - 12:00pm


12:00 - 1:00pm

Hands On Activity

1:00 - 1:30pm

Survey and Closing

Master Trainer


Jennie Sumrell Master's Degree, Special Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood

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Lunch, educational resources, and continuing education certificates will be provided at no cost. CEUs will be provided for a total of 2.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)/ .25 CEUs.


January 30

9:00 - 1:30pm

Durham Parks and Recreation

Durham Armory

212 Foster Street

Durham, NC 27701

January 31

9:00 - 1:30pm

Goldsboro Parks and Recreation

WA Foster Community Center

1012 S John Street

Goldsboro, NC 27530

February 20

9:00 - 1:30pm

Morganton Parks and Recreation

Morganton Community House

120 N King Street

Morganton, NC 28655

February 21

9:00 - 1:30pm

Winston-Salem Recreation and Park

Salem Lake Marina Center

815 Salem Lake Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27107

Any questions or special requests please contact Kathryn Barnes:



Register online for NCRPA Education Symposium.