Conferences are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. These live educational events offer the most relevant and diverse professional development programs that cover all aspects of parks and recreation. Whether you are just starting your career, are a seasoned veteran, or are an engaged citizen leader our conferences will give you the education and networking opportunities you need to ensure success.

Attend a conference and expect to:

  • Learn the latest developments and research findings.
  • Meet the top researchers and experts in the field.
  • Network with colleagues in an interactive meeting format.

Courses and Workshops

VRPA is committed to providing timely, accessible, cutting-edge training to our members and park and recreation professionals statewide. VRPA offers a variety of workshops that are provided locally within New England throughout the year. These workshops are intended to provide professional development opportunities on a local  level so they are easy for all park and recreation professionals to access. The topics range from a customer service workshop to our Certified Playground Safety Inspector certification course.


Through national certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs and services.

1. Greater career opportunities and advancement
2. Demonstration of your commitment to the parks and recreation profession
3. Enhanced quality of parks and recreation services nationwide 
4. Recognition for your accomplishments and ability to meet national standards
5. Expansion of your skills and knowledge through continuing professional development 

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