2023-24 West Coast Webinar Series

The Future of the Parks and Recreation Workforce

West Coast Webinar Series

This four-month series looks at the future of the parks and recreation workforce through this part-education, part-conversation series.  See below for details about each session presented by the West Coast Coalition comprised of California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS), Oregon Recreation & Park Association (ORPA), Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA), Utah Recreation & Park Association, and Colorado Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA).

For one flat fee of $45 you can attend all 4 of these webinars which will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link and password will be provided in your registration confirmation.  Please note, these webinars will not be recorded for future viewing.  

Registration and the zoom line are hosted by the Colorado Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA).  If you experience any difficulties with the registration process or have questions, please contact CPRA directly at cpra@cpra-web.org




[#1] October 18, 2023 @ 12:00 PM (PT)/1:00 PM (MT)

Creating a Pathway

Tune in to this panel discussion to better understand the current state of the pathway to a career in parks and recreation, and how we can collectively amplify the opportunities and benefits of a career in this vital industry.  Some questions the panel will address include: 

  • How are colleges and universities teaching and engaging with students on community recreation?  
  • How do today’s students feel about joining the park and recreation profession?  
  • How are established professionals adjusting to welcome the emerging workforce?  
  • How are parks and recreation agencies preparing seasonal and part time employees for a potential career in parks & recreation?  
  • How are we collaborating with colleges and universities to prepare future students to become future parks & recreation professionals?

Ashley Howe, City of Mill Valley (CA)
Cass Morgan, Weber State University
Nate Tauntvein, Utah State University

Moderator: Stephanie Stephens, California Park & Recreation Society



[#2] November 15, 2023 @ 12:00 PM (PT)/1:00 PM (MT)

Recruitment Strategies 

Join us to discuss recruitment strategies for parks and recreation agencies. In this webinar we will look at how we’re adjusting and adapting to the desires of a new generation of workers and implementing flexibility in working conditions to satisfy employee expectations. Following changes in recruitment strategies, we’ll take a deeper look at budgeting, with a special focus on budget restrictions in smaller agencies and breakout discussions based on your agency size/budget.



[#3] December 13, 2023 @ 12:00 PM (PT)/1:00 PM (MT)

Developing From Within: Supporting Emerging Leaders

What are we doing to identify and cultivate skills for emerging leaders? This webinar will look at how we are supporting park and recreation staff within our agencies to become the leaders of tomorrow. We’ll look at strategies for developing professional skills and ways to encourage and embrace those seeking more responsibility. We’ll also take a look at various professional development opportunities, including a statewide Leadership Academy or certification programs.



[#4] January 17, 2024 @ 12:00 PM (PT)/1:00 PM (MT)

The Future of Parks and Recreation

Let’s think about the Park and Recreation industry differently this year.  Parks and recreation experiences shape who you are for the rest of your life and how you identify with your community.  Are we telling our prospective, part-time, or full-time team members about just how vital their impact is?  How do we communicate the fulfilling career opportunities and earning potential to those not yet in the profession?  Is “parks and recreation” effective vocabulary to describe the profession anymore?  Join us for the final segment of the West Coast Webinar series to tackle these big questions and others about the future of parks and recreation.

Speaker: Cindy Bagley, Director of Community Services, City of Rohnert Park; Vice President, California Park & Recreation Society 

Moderator: Stephanie Stephens, Executive Director, California Park & Recreation Society