Upcoming events

    • 10/21/2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Concord Recreation Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord, NH 03301

    Resilience, Reflection and REConnection!

    NHRPA would like to invite you to attend our annual State Conference.  We are very excited to be back in person this year and we hope everyone registers to attend and together we make this our biggest and best year yet! 

    We are looking forward to a great conference and we hope you will join us as a PREMIER Sponsor or as a participant in our VENDOR hall.  We are excited to be back in person at the Concord Recreation Community Center in Concord, NH.

    Premier sponsor package:

    The package will include table space, logo in online conference brochure and on all emails and conference promotion, two lunches, list of conference participants and the opportunity to introduce a session and speak for two minutes about your products and services.

    Vendor hall package:

    Vendors will receive table space, one lunch and your logo in the online conference brochure and a listing of conference attendees.

    State Conference Agenda

    Thank you to our Premier Sponsors:



    • 10/21/2021
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Concord Parks & Recreation, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord NH

    Resilience, Reflection and REConnection!

    NHRPA would like to invite you to attend our annual State Conference.  We are very excited to be back in person this year and we hope everyone registers to attend and together we make this our biggest and best year yet! 

    Keynote speaker: Dr. Christopher Thurber

    Dr. Christopher Thurber is a thought leader in positive youth development. He has dedicated his professional life to improving how caring adults teach and lead young people and to enhancing the experience of adventurous young people who are spending time away from home. A graduate of Harvard University and UCLA, Chris has served as a psychologist and instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy since 1999.               

    CLICK HERE for full Bio

    Dr. Thurber will lead our keynote session and one additional education session:

    Keynote: Kids Do Dumb Stuff: How We Learn from Mistakes

    When I was 4, I stuck a toy car in an electrical socket. That was just the beginning of a developmentally normal trajectory of doing dumb stuff that peaked (I hope) in adolescence. Of course, we must distinguish between normal childhood shenanigans, behaviors that indicate trouble, and the mistakes that make us better people. The goal of this keynote is help youth leaders make this distinction, embrace mistakes, and respond in a way that guides healthy development. Jaw-dropping stories are the prelude to new insights for and best practices for Recreation and Parks professionals at every level of experience.

    Session #2 – The Unlikely Art of Positive Pressure

    Young people throughout the world experience tremendous pressure to perform—from caregivers, coaches, camp counselors, classroom teachers…and themselves. Yet for centuries, well-intentioned adults have been asking the wrong question: How much pressure is too much? Because levels of anxiety and depression have increased in young people, it’s high time to start asking the right question: What kind of pressure is healthy? Participants in this vanguard session will level up their leadership skills by learning the distinction between helpful and harmful pressure, then by discussing practical ways to apply positive pressure to help kids become their best selves.

    Endnote Speaker: Rick Alpers, Primex

    Rick Alpers, Risk Services Consultant, is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management and a minor in history. Prior to joining the Primex3 team, he was a former Town Administrator and is a former member of the Board of Selectmen in Bristol, NH. In his current role as Risk Services Consultant, Rick is responsible for providing exceptional customer service to Primex3 members. In that capacity, he conducts regular onsite trainings and assists in various risk management inspections for members. He also assists members in team building, goal setting, mission and vision crafting and behavioral assessments. Lastly, Rick is the facility coordinator for the Primex building in Concord.  

    Building Team Trust & Clear Communication

    When we work in a frenetic environment, teams often become dysfunctional due to lack of clear direction.  As leaders, we often assume that everyone is on the same page, yet sometimes the results are not aligned with the vision. Through team exercises, we will discover and identify critical elements of building team trust and practice strategies that encourage clear communication for a shared vision and organization success.  You may even want to try these exercises with your own teams!

    After this session you will be able to:

    ·         Identify elements that impact team trust
    ·         Employ strategies to encourage effective communication


    Thank you to our Premier Sponsors: 



Past events

06/03/2021 Summer Camp Staff Training Kickoff
05/20/2021 NHRPA Coffee Talk - Are You Ready for Summer?
05/13/2021 NHRPA Business Meeting
04/22/2021 Recreation Resilience - Anxiety 101 presented by NAMI NH
04/22/2021 NHRPA Maintenance Workshop Meeting
04/08/2021 NHRPA Coffee Talk - Social Media Strategies for Parks & Recreation
03/25/2021 Bonus March Coffee Talk with Jamie Sabbach
03/11/2021 NHRPA Coffee Talk - Why Parks & Recreation are Essential & NHRPA Business Meeting
03/05/2021 Aquatics Pop-up Zoom Roundtable Discussion
02/19/2021 Bi-Weekly NHRPA "Pop up" Zoom Meeting: Summer Camp Discussion
02/11/2021 NOW What? Managing Emotionally During Uncertain Times
02/05/2021 NHRPA "Pop up" Zoom Meeting: Summer Camp Discussion - What's your structure?
01/29/2021 NHRPA Aquatics Round Table Meeting #2
01/27/2021 So You Want to Build a Skatepark? NHRPA Member Discussion
01/22/2021 NHRPA Aquatics Round Table
01/21/2021 Mental Health Awareness: Caring for Yourself, Being There for Others
01/07/2021 NHRPA Coffee Talk Guest Speakers Jed & Roz Buck & Business Meeting
12/10/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk with Guest Bob Barcelona
11/19/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk with Guest Art Luptowski
11/05/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk & Business Meeting with Guest Chris Nunez
10/22/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk with Musco Sports Lighting
10/16/2020 NHRPA - Reviewing COVID-19 Day Camp Guidelines
10/02/2020 NHRPA Virtual Conference with Neelay Bhatt
09/10/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk & Virtual Annual Meeting
06/11/2020 NHRPA Executive Board Meeting
06/10/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk 6.10.2020
06/03/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk 6.3.2020
05/27/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk 5.27.2020
05/20/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk 5.20.2020
05/14/2020 NHRPA Business Meeting
05/13/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk 5.13.2020
05/07/2020 NRPA Playground Maintenance Workshop POSTPONED
05/06/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk 5.6.2020
04/29/2020 NHRPA Coffee Talk 4.29.2020
04/10/2020 Spring Rec Connect Newsletter Deadline
04/08/2020 NHRPA Connect - Zoom Meeting
03/12/2020 NHRPA Professional Development Workshop - NH Beaches & Pools
03/05/2020 NHRPA Business Meeting
01/15/2020 Winter Rec Connect Newsletter Deadline
01/08/2020 Annual NHRPA Business Meeting
12/13/2019 NHRPA Holiday Social & Business Meeting
11/21/2019 NHRPA Committee Work Session
11/14/2019 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
10/10/2019 NHRPA Business Meeting
09/05/2019 NHRPA Maintenance Workshop
09/05/2019 NHRPA Maintenance Workshop Sponsorship Packages
09/05/2019 Maintenance Workshop Vendor Hall
06/01/2019 2019 Wink Tapply Workshop
05/09/2019 NHRPA Business Meeting
04/11/2019 NHRPA Business Meeting & Committee Workshop
04/11/2019 NHRPA Committee Budgets Due
03/14/2019 NHRPA Business Meeting - CANCELED
02/14/2019 Professional Development: Summer Camp Hot Topics
01/09/2019 NHRPA Business Meeting
11/08/2018 NRPA Playground Maintenance Course
09/13/2018 2018 NHRPA State Conference Registration
09/13/2018 2018 NHRPA State Conference Sponsor/Vendor Registration
06/07/2018 NHRPA Business Meeting
06/02/2018 2018 Wink Tapply Workshop
05/31/2018 NHRPA Social Event at NH Fisher Cats Game
05/10/2018 NHRPA Business Meeting
04/13/2018 NHRPA Budget Discussion
04/13/2018 How to Avoid a Nightmare at Your Summer Camp
03/15/2018 NHRPA March Business Meeting Make-up Date
03/08/2018 NHRPA Business Meeting CANCELED due to Snow Storm!
02/09/2018 Professional Development Workshop- Addressing Employee Performance
11/03/2017 Professional Development: Parks & Recreation Hiring & Employment Law Part II
10/05/2017 NHRPA Business Meeting & Committee Workshop CANCELED!
09/13/2017 2017 NHRPA State Conference Vendor Registration
09/13/2017 2017 NHRPA State Conference Registration
06/23/2017 Granite State Track & Field State Meet
06/17/2017 Granite State Track & Field Regional Meet - Rochester
06/17/2017 Granite State Track & Field Regional Meet - Lebanon
06/09/2017 NHRPA Business Meeting
06/03/2017 Wink Tapply Workshop
05/31/2017 2017 VT/NH Maintenance Workshop - Vendor Registration
05/31/2017 2017 VT/NH Maintenance Workshop
04/21/2017 NHRPA May Rec Connect Newsletter Deadline
04/14/2017 NHRPA Business Meeting
04/14/2017 NHRPA Business Meeting
03/10/2017 NHRPA Professional Development - Grant Writing 101
02/10/2017 NHRPA Business Meeting
12/09/2016 NHRPA Holiday Social
11/16/2016 NHAHPERD Annual Fall Conference
11/10/2016 NHRPA Professional Development Workshop - Municipal Finance Part II
10/14/2016 NHRPA Business Meeting
10/05/2016 NRPA Conference
09/26/2016 NHRPA October Rec Connect Newsletter Deadline
09/20/2016 NHRPA State Conference
06/24/2016 Granite State Track & Field State Meet
06/18/2016 Granite State Track & Field Regional Meet
06/04/2016 Wink Tapply Playground Leaders Workshop
06/03/2016 NHRPA Executive Board Meeting
05/22/2016 Scott's Pitch Hit & Run Sectional Competition
05/06/2016 Planning with Purpose (CANCELED)

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