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Recreation University Individual Sessions

Recreation University


supported by Mary Jean & Oliver Travers Foundation

Individual sessions of the Recreation University program are now open for registration.


You may register for one or all of the remaining sessions.


Recreation University is designed to provide new employees or seasonal staff with the foundational knowledge of the Parks & Recreation Management field. This program is designed for professionals without a degree in Parks and Recreation Management. 


Course work has been selected by professionals in the field and will be taught by experts in the Parks & Recreation industry. Throughout the program, participants will share and apply their knowledge to real life scenarios. Recreation University will meet approximately every three weeks (please note the break due to the MRPA Annual Conference in Ocean City) at various locations throughout central Maryland.


Specialized introductory classes will occur after each class. Topics will include aquatics, ADA and access, facilities management and operations, and more. Specific schedule TBD.


Participation is limited and you do NOT need to be members of MRPA to apply. Attendance is required at all sessions. CEU’s will be awarded for some sessions. 


Cost $75/session

Time: 10AM-4PM



3/31/2020 - Special Event Planning, Robinson Nature Center, (Columbia, MD) 

Laura Wetherald, Bureau Chief, Howard County Recreation & Parks 

Topics will cover the fundamentals of event planning from community center special events to large festivals including timelines, budget considerations and marketing techniques.


                     Specialized Course: Intro to Nature Interpretation, Meagan Downey, Program Manager 


Register for 3/31/2020 session


4/28/2020 - Transitioning from Staff to Supervisor, Belmont Manor (Elkridge, MD)

Darryl Wyles, Learning and Development Facilitator, Association for Talent Development 

Transitioning to becoming a supervisor may be one of the most challenging components of your career – learn techniques for managing your most important asset---your staff. Course will cover leadership styles, group dynamics, recruitment and supervision.


The April 28 session is full.


We are sorry, but refunds are not available for these sessions.


MRPA thanks the Mary Jean & Oliver Travers Foundation, Inc. for their generous donation to this program.


The Foundation was established approximately 40 years ago, funded modestly by the Schenuit Tire Company to help qualifying community events. Schenuit Tire was founded by Mary Jean's dad, Frank Schenuit. over the years, as other family members moved on and Schenuit Tire was sold, the name of the foundation was changed to the Mary Jean and Oliver Travers Foundation, Inc. In recent years, the family has continued to grow the foundation's assets and provide to their children a means to express philanthropy. The foundation has stayed true to its roots and continues, as it did over 40 years ago, to express the family's desire to help organizations with annual gifts. This gift will provide a quality educational opportunity for the Recreation University.



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