Events


  • Southeast FL Holiday Luncheon

    Dec 6, 11:00 - 17:00 (ET)
    Tuesday December 6, 2022 The Fieldhouse at Old School Square 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444 11:30am - Check in and Silent Auction Starts 11:45am - Welcome 12:00pm - Lunch and Networking 1:00pm - Silent Auction Ends 1:15pm - Silent Auction Results and Closing Remarks Please donate a new children’s book to help a child develop a love of reading! Books will be given to preschool-age children and/or elementary grade-level students served by the Literacy Coalition’s programs. SPONSOR THE PROGRAM
    Delray Beach, FL, United States

  • Virtual Education: All Ability Programming

    Dec 14, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    December 14, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: All Ability Programming Vanessa Spero, Regional Specialized 4-H Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Persons with disabilities benefit from the experiences, opportunities, and engagement that tailored programmatic efforts offer. By learning more about the culture of the disability community, this session will assist sites in developing programming to meet the needs in their communities. Learning Objectives Gain a greater awareness and understanding of the culture of the disability community. Identify how to recognize the needs of the disability community and find available resources to assist your organization. Learn how to plan programs that can assist persons with disabilities. About Vanessa: Vanessa Spero is a Regional Specialized 4-H Extension Agent. She has a BS in Animal Sciences, MS in Environmental Education, and is currently pursuing her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Exceptional Student Education. Her passions include working with community partners and promoting diversity in programming.

  • Virtual Education: Teaching Environmental Education - A Good Planet is Hard to Find

    Jan 11, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    January 11, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: Teaching Environmental Education - A Good Planet is Hard to Find Autumn Reich, Recreation Supervisor / Florida Master Naturalist, Safety Harbor Leisure Services Environmental Education programs do not need a degree in biology-just a desire to share! We fear what we do not know or understand. To overcome this, you must gain knowledge and experience by getting OUTSIDE. This session will equip you with the tools you need to hit the trail running towards a great EE program. Learning Objectives Understand why influence is the single most important aspect of leadership, and how to use your influence to grow a great team. Learn about the importance of listening, understanding, connecting, and nurturing your team and how it will make you a better leader. Understand that serving, empowering, and navigating for your team will help you grow great future leaders. About Autumn : Autumn Reich has a BS in Outdoor Recreation from Mars Hill College/University and has worked with youth for over 31 years in a variety of settings. Over the last 20 years, Autumn has been a Supervised Playground Supervisor, Nature Program Coordinator, Youth and Family Events Coordinator, Director of the before and after school programs for K-8th grade and Full Day Camps (K-8th) for the City of Safety Harbor. 16 of these years have been working directly with the afterschool and summer camp programs trying to improve the quality of programs the children are engaged in for the quantity of time they spend in them. The last 2 years she has been out at Folly Farm, Safety Harbors Nature Preserve building environmental programs and partnerships. Autumn Reich has been a member of FRPA since 2006. She is CPRP, VO and a certified Florida Advanced Master Naturalist.

  • Virtual Education: Becoming a Person of Influence

    Jan 18, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    January 18, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: Becoming a Person of Influence Marie Knight Leadership is all about influence. Wherever you are in your career, you can increase your impact on others by learning the principles of influence. Creating positive influence will not only be a catalyst to your own success, it will become the legacy you will leave behind. In this course, we will go through John C. Maxwell’s principles of influence. Learning Objectives Understand why influence is the single most important aspect of leadership, and how to use your influence to grow a great team. Learn about the importance of listening, understanding, connecting, and nurturing your team and how it will make you a better leader. Understand that serving, empowering, and navigating for your team will help you grow great future leaders. About Marie : Marie is currently the owner of Knight Leadership Solutions – working with municipal agencies across the country to help them strengthen their greatest asset- their people. Marie spent over 35 years in the municipal services arena working in a variety of communities from small beach communities to one of the largest metropolitan cities in the nation. During her municipal government career, she has lead teams in excess of 1,000 people, managed annual operational budgets over $56 million dollars, and had oversight of over $100 million dollars in capital improvement projects. Marie has served her profession, multiple municipal government agencies, many area non-profit organizations, and various professional associations for the past 35 years as a highly sought-out speaker, facilitator, coach, teacher, and trainer. As a highly experienced and motivated facilitator and consultant, her expertise in the areas of Strategic Reimagine Planning, Employee Development, Customer Service, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Talent Management, Change Management, Corporate Culture, Telling Your Story, Non-profit Board Development, Time Management and Creating High Performing Teams and has changed lives and transformed organizations. She has conducted over 100 workshops, training sessions, and keynote speeches for California Parks and Recreation Society and various government and non-profit agencies throughout the state of California as well as for State Associations in Colorado, Missouri, and Illinois. Through the years she has created several award-winning Team and Culture Improvement programs and services and is a recipient of the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) Coveted Leadership Award, and a five-time CPRS Presidents Award recipient for her contributions to the profession and to raising future leaders. Marie is a Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker with the leading leadership organization in the world, the John Maxwell Team. She is also a certified behavioral specialist in the John Maxwell DISC Method.

  • Virtual Education: A Change in Culture: Fully Integrating CAPRA Accreditation

    Jan 25, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    January 25, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: A Change in Culture: Fully Integrating CAPRA Accreditation Pattie Roberts, Deputy Director, Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation Kelly Boatwright, Senior Project Manager, Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation CJ Keester, Recreation Manager - Athletics, Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation What happens when agency achieves CAPRA Accreditation? What now? Learn how one agency integrated CAPRA Accreditation throughout their Re-accreditation journey. Developing section-by-section Action Plans, monthly reviews by Section, Section final reports presented to the CAPRA Team annually, PSLPRD created their CAPRA CO-LAB to further integrate accreditation. Learning Objectives Understand why influence is the single most important aspect of leadership, and how to use your influence to grow a great team. Learn about the importance of listening, understanding, connecting, and nurturing your team and how it will make you a better leader. Understand that serving, empowering, and navigating for your team will help you grow great future leaders. About Pattie : Pattie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. As Deputy Director for the City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department, Pattie is responsible for administrative and business services. Her responsibilities include serving as CAPRA Coordinator for national re-accreditation. Pattie is an advocate for volunteerism and was instrumental in the development of the City of Port St. Lucie Volunteer Program in 2009. Home to Pattie is Wisconsin. She is an avid reader and is passionate about the written word. Pattie and her husband lost their son, Danny, on August 18, 2018, due to an opioid overdose. Pattie is a staunch advocate in the field of substance abuse disorder to eradicate the stigma associated with this devastating disease. About Kelly: Kelly Boatwright graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism. She has been working as a Project Manager for the City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department (PSLPRD) for over four years and was recently promoted to Senior Project Manager. Prior to her work with the City of Port St. Lucie, Kelly worked as a civilian Project Consultant for the Department of Military Affairs Florida National Guard and a Data Specialist contractor with E.I. Dupont. Kelly became a Certified Park and Recreation Professional in 2018 and has been afforded the opportunity to collaborate on the PSLPRD 10-Year Master Plan, develop a diverse portfolio of park and trail construction projects, and serve as a PSLPRD CAPRA Coordinator. About CJ: After graduating high school, CJ Keester spent the next 8 years handing money to various educational institutions in exchange for degrees and certifications he will likely never utilize. CJ fortuitously stumbled across the parks & recreation profession in 2010, when he began employment with the City of Boca Raton. Alas, shorts and sneakers… ‘The Dream Job’ does exist. Now with the City of Port St Lucie, a newly CAPRA accredited department, CJ is a part of a team that is looking to further train staff on CAPRA Sections, and keep the department on track for reaccreditation. CJ is honored and privileged to share everything he has learned about preparing your department for reaccreditation with his parks and recreation colleagues at the esteemed FRPA Annual Conference.

  • Virtual Education: How to Deal with Difficult People - Secrets Revealed!

    Feb 7, 13:00 - 13:30 (ET)
    February 7, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: How to Deal with Difficult People - Secrets Revealed! Jennifer Pustizzi, Master Trainer, Bach Training and Development Corp. Difficult people are everywhere BUT at work our response to them makes a difference. They know how to bring “IT” and learning how to interact with them effectively is critical to overall job success, image, and personal wellbeing. This session provides strategies for working productively with challenging people. Learning Objectives Identify characteristics of difficult people in the workplace. Focus on practice techniques for addressing negative behaviors. Discover how to prevent the negativity from influencing personal mindset. About Jennifer : Jennifer Pustizzi has been designing and facilitating personal and organizational development programs for over 20 years. With an undergraduate degree in Health Education, Jennifer started her career at Warner-Lambert as a wellness specialist. She was also owner of ForeverFit, a corporate fitness training business that serviced aerospace industries. Since joining the training and development field, Jennifer has designed and delivered over 30 different training workshop topics for numerous governmental agencies, totaling over 1000 workshop deliveries. Her energetic and humorous delivery brings a unique dynamic to the learning environment especially with “hot topic” training such as conflict resolution, employee morale, and interpersonal communications. Focusing on classroom training as a “working lab” has given Jennifer’s clients the ability to process real work situations by applying the skills learned.

  • Virtual Education: LGBTQ Cultural Competency: Understanding Gender Identity & Expression

    Feb 21, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    February _, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:45 PM ET | 0.15 CEUs Virtual Education: LGBTQ Cultural Competency: Understanding Gender Identity & Expression Michael Riordan, Director of Marketing & Cultural Competency Trainer, Compass Community Center LGBTQ Cultural competency aims to increase knowledge and skills to improve one’s ability to effectively interact with the LGBTQ+ community. We cover the role of Gender Expression in our lives and the influences it has on us daily. We’ll explore Gender Identity and what this means for individuals and society. Learning Objectives Learn positive, affirming changes in your knowledge, attitude and behavior toward the LGBTQ community. Learn key concepts and terminology pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Gain an understanding and awareness of the LGBTQ community and positive communication strategies. About Michael : Michael Riordan is a transgender woman who leads trainings in LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency for groups to better understand gender expression and identity. As a child, Michael struggled with feelings of gender dysphoria, which was not well received by her family at age 10. With few resources for transgender people; and many people not knowing transgender people existed, she hid her true identify for 27 years. Today, Michael lives openly and proudly and believes transgender people should live the same when healthy and safe to do so. She advocates for equal rights and better mental health services. She has a BS in Communications and MS in Educational Leadership. Prior to her advocacy work, she was a high school teacher and owned a marketing business.

  • Virtual Education: What's your EQ IQ?

    Mar 8, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    March 8, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: What's your EQ IQ? Marie Knight Description coming soon Learning Objectives coming soon About Marie : Marie is currently the owner of Knight Leadership Solutions – working with municipal agencies across the country to help them strengthen their greatest asset- their people. Marie spent over 35 years in the municipal services arena working in a variety of communities from small beach communities to one of the largest metropolitan cities in the nation. During her municipal government career, she has lead teams in excess of 1,000 people, managed annual operational budgets over $56 million dollars, and had oversight of over $100 million dollars in capital improvement projects. Marie has served her profession, multiple municipal government agencies, many area non-profit organizations, and various professional associations for the past 35 years as a highly sought-out speaker, facilitator, coach, teacher, and trainer. As a highly experienced and motivated facilitator and consultant, her expertise in the areas of Strategic Reimagine Planning, Employee Development, Customer Service, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Talent Management, Change Management, Corporate Culture, Telling Your Story, Non-profit Board Development, Time Management and Creating High Performing Teams and has changed lives and transformed organizations. She has conducted over 100 workshops, training sessions, and keynote speeches for California Parks and Recreation Society and various government and non-profit agencies throughout the state of California as well as for State Associations in Colorado, Missouri, and Illinois. Through the years she has created several award-winning Team and Culture Improvement programs and services and is a recipient of the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) Coveted Leadership Award, and a five-time CPRS Presidents Award recipient for her contributions to the profession and to raising future leaders. Marie is a Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker with the leading leadership organization in the world, the John Maxwell Team. She is also a certified behavioral specialist in the John Maxwell DISC Method.

  • Virtual Education: Afterschool Analytics: Why the data matters?

    Mar 29, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    March 29, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: Afterschool Analytics: Why the data matters Vince Bowers, Recreation Program Supervisor, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Chris Harrison, Recreation Program Supervisor, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Learn how data can be used to inspire change, create a story of impactful moments, motivate staff, and help grow your Parks and Recreation department. In this session we discuss the impact keeping track of data can have, and how to use this information to best serve your community. Learning Objectives Identify how proper data collection can help tell your parks and recreation story. Identify how to properly sell your services and improve programming through data collection. Be able to tangibly show the impact staff has, helping motivate and create healthy competition amongst your team. About Vince: Vince has over 14 years experience with the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department. Most recently as the Recreation Program Supervisor at the Westchase Recreation Center. Vince oversees the daily report operations of the recreation center and its programs which include After School and Summer Camp programming for over 120 participants. Other programs include Youth Athletic Leagues, Pickleball and active adult exercise classes. Vince is also a volunteer coach with a local youth football league. About Chris : The love for Parks and Recreation began at very young age for Chris. Having grown up in the Hillsborough County Parks system Chris Harrison has had the unique opportunity to be a participant and now leader in the Parks and Recreation. Having served his community in the field of Parks and Recreation for past nine years. Drawing on his personal and professional experiences has helped shape the diversity of programming within Hillsborough County, bringing Esports into the forefront of highlighted programs.

  • Virtual Education: Integrated Vegetation Management -Glyphosate and the Public

    Apr 5, 13:00 - 14:30 (ET)
    April 5 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET | 0.1 CEUs Virtual Education: Integrated Vegetation Management -Glyphosate and the Public JP Gellerman, UF/IFAS Extension Director Pinellas County Steven Robinson, Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Management of vegetation is a complex and dynamic activity that spans both private and public lands. The use of the Integrated Vegetation Management program will help to reduce herbicide use on public lands, support a consistent approach to vegetation management through the amalgamation of a single decision-making matrix. Learning Objectives Gain knowledge of the issues surrounding glyphosate/Round Up. Outline and recall components of a comprehensive approach to vegetation management. Be able to summarize vegetation management approaches that utilize alternatives to glyphosate and other herbicides. About JP : Jeffrey P. Gellermann (JP) is the Extension Director and Community Resource Development Agent for the University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Pinellas County. He develops educational programs focusing on the health and wellbeing of the local community. JP is a Florida native, and has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Criminology. He has worked for the University of Florida since 2005 and earned University tenure in 2010. Jp performs leadership roles for both his local community and for the University of Florida/IFAS. In addition, he is currently enrolled in the Certified Public Managers program and an alumnus of the 2006 Class VI of the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute. About Steven : Steve Robinson is the Commercial Environmental Agent-II for Pinellas County, Florida. Steve obtained his bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of South Florida College of Geo-Science(s). Steve has worked for Pinellas County, Government Florida since 1979 and he has also worked for three years with the Pinellas County Extension Service. Steve’s career has included work as a: (biologist, wetland manager, ecologist, geo-morphologist) and environmental educator for the University of Florida in Largo, Florida since 2019.