World Urban Parks & World Parks Academy Webinars

National Park City Initiative - The First Year London & 25*2025

Webinar Description:

In July 2019, London became the globe’s first city to adopt the National Park City Charter and become the first National Park City.  Join founder and urban recreation/conservation provocateur Daniel Raven-Ellison for a talk that explores the evolution of the movement, London’s path to adoption, and lessons learned in the first year of the program’s deployment in one of the world’s great urban centers.  Participants will also get to speak with Jayne Miller from World Urban Parks to discuss ways their communities can be a part of this movement and possibly become one of the 25 National Park Cities across the globe by 2025.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the National Park Cities Initiative and the Charter that Guides Implementation
  2. Understand the path London took to become the world’s first National Park City
  3. Learn what has taken off in London’s first year, and what are opportunities for work in the coming year.
  4. Be able to communicate and envision what your community could do to begin the journey to being one of the 25 cities across the globe that will become National Park Cities by 2025.

Speaker:

Scott Martin (Moderator) - Executive Director, River Heritage Conservancy, USA
Alison Barns – National Park City Foundation
Daniel Raven-Ellison - Parent, National Park City Founder, National Geographic Explorer
Jayne Miller – Chair, World Urban Parks

When

Date & Time: July 15, 2020, 12 PM EDT

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This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

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For assistance contact worldparksacademy@gmail.com

Climate Change Hasn't Stopped for a Pandemic - Adapting Parks for Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Fire

Webinar Description:

The impact of climate change on parks and protected areas is accelerating, resulting in rising temperatures, more intense and more frequent wildfires, increasingly intense river flooding, and the inundation of low-lying coastal areas due to sea level rise. This webinar will highlight the strategies that three urban park sites, the Bay Area’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco’s Crissy Field, and Louisville’s Ohio River Greenway are using to address the impacts of fire, flooding, and sea level rise.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  1. Understand how climate is changing wildland fire in the western US and how park managers are responding and adapting
  2. Discuss the importance of talking about sea level rise now
  3. Review strategies for engaging stakeholders in sea level rise planning
  4. Understand how to create informative and engaging planning tools for sea level rise

Speaker:

Michael Boland (moderator), Chief Park Officer, Presidio Trust
Lucinda Sanders, CEO and Partner, OLIN
Alison Forrestel, Chief of Natural Resources and Science, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Kevin Conger, Partner, CMG Landscape Architects

When

Date & Time: June 24th, 2020, 11 AM EDT

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

To register for this webinar please follow this link!

Register for CEUs HERE!

For assistance contact worldparksacademy@gmail.com

World Urban Parks Webinar: Parks Management Under COVID-19

Hosted by Elisabeth Fournier (Hortis, France) and Karl Nesbitt, this international webinar will look at parks management under COVID-19, now and in the future.

About

Join us for a free webinar on inspiring ideas of hope and resilience during these extraordinary times. Advocating for active and outdoor play at home and in parks and nature is uniting the world’s Parks and Recreation Professionals together to share ideas and expertise to help heal all families in the world. #naturenevercloses

Webinar Objectives

  • Have understanding how each country are managing their park space, sharing insights and fears
  • Looking toward the future how to get our park spaces back to a good level of service for our communities
  • Increase the value of parks space and recreation that has a world wide focus

When

Date & Time: May 14, 2020, 2 PM EDT 

Webinar URL

To register for this webinar please follow this link!

Speakers

  • Jean Pierre Gueneau (France)
  • Michael Shull (USA)
  • Maria Dorozhkina (Russia)
  • Bishop Ngobeli (South Africa)
  • Luis Romahn (Mexico)
  • Gabino Carballo (Spain)
  • Mark Bowater (New Zealand)

Play & Resiliency Amid COVID-19, Part 2

Webinar Description:

In part two of this free webinar series, join us for inspiring ideas of play and resiliency from around the world. Learn about physical materials like playful care packages to combat social isolation in inner cities and Play It Safe Kits to re-envision streets for play; recreation opportunities using Indigenous games; and practical toolkits for families to connect with nature during COVID-19. Advocating for active and outdoor play at home and in parks and nature is uniting the world’s Parks and Recreation Professionals together to share ideas and expertise to help heal all families in the world. #naturenevercloses

Learning Objectives:

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

1. To collectively develop rapid responses to the current pandemic crisis to reach children and families with ideas for play within a restricted home environment and local neighbourhood
2. To refresh our knowledge on the benefits of being in nature for our health and wellbeing
3. To understand how play and nature can directly improve our ability to respond and recover during this pandemic

Speaker:

Meghan Talarowski, Studio Ludo
Nathan Waitai, Recreation Aotearoa
Scott Shinton, Kounkuey Design Initatives
Jason Tyndall, Nature Play SA, Australia
Leticia Lozano, Moderator

When

Date & Time: May 27th, 2020, 4 PM EDT

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

To register for this webinar please follow this link!

Register for CEUs HERE!

For assistance contact worldparksacademy@gmail.com

What is the Green Flag Award?

Webinar Description:

Originating in England in 1996, the Green Flag Award program now recognizes and rewards over 2,000 well managed parks and green spaces in 15 countries around the world. In this webinar we will explore what makes the program such a success - Is it the unique combination of peer-to-peer judging with political influence? The flexible approach to the 8 key criteria? Or its growing stance as a management ‘mantra’ amongst parks professionals. In addition to this you will learn how you can apply the methodology to improve your day to day management of parks. Join us as we navigate these questions and more in this friendly and informative presentation.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of management planning for the future
2. Understand the role of political influence in the Green Flag Program
3. Understand the role of peer-to-peer reviews in the Green Flag Program
4. Identify successful elements of the program to apply to the day to day management of your park

Speaker:

Carl McClean, International Development Manager for the Green Flag Award

When

Date & Time: May 14th, 2020, 10 AM EDT

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

To register for this webinar and sign up for CEU credits please follow this link!

Register for CEUs HERE!

For assistance contact worldparksacademy@gmail.com

Play and Resiliency During COVID-19 Era

About

Join us for a free webinar on inspiring ideas of hope and resilience during these extraordinary times. Advocating for active and outdoor play at home and in parks and nature is uniting the world’s Parks and Recreation Professionals together to share ideas and expertise to help heal all families in the world. #naturenevercloses

Webinar Objectives

  • To collectively develop rapid responses to the current pandemic crisis to reach children and families with ideas for play within a restricted home environment and local neighbourhood
  • To refresh our knowledge on the benefits of being in nature for our health and wellbeing
  • To understand how play and nature can directly improve our ability to respond and recover during this pandemic

When

Date & Time: May 6, 2020, 4 PM EDT 

Webinar URL

To register for this webinar please follow this link!

Speakers

  • Mariana Brussoni, Outdoor play Canada
  • Christine Lee, Parks & Playgrounds for Children Taiwan
  • Savita Willmott, City Nature Challenge, United Kingdom
  • Leticia Lozano, Playing Together Playbook, Mexico

World Parks Week 2020 - Webinar Series

Designs on the Future: Parks beyond COVID

About

The final dialogue in World Parks Week will focus on systems transformation for nature, health and cities. Speakers on the frontline of urban regeneration, human-centered design and nature-based solutions will share new perspectives and help shape a call to action for World Urban Parks.

Webinar URL

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NRPA & US Park & Recreation Agencies Response to COVID-19

About

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) along with leaders of US park & recreation agencies share information on responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and processes at the local level for making decisions on park and facilities management and programming.

Webinar URL

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CitiesWithNature: The Benefits of Access to Nature for Urban Communities During and Beyond Pandemics and Associated Movement Restrictions

About

This webinar will bring together speakers from cities and city networks around the world. In the webinar, we aim to share some thoughts, ideas, and experiences on the role that nature (and specifically urban parks) is playing in urban life at this current moment, in light of COVID-19, and how cities (given the need for differing regulations) are bringing parks to people and connecting people with nature, if at all. We would like to explore if there is more appreciation of parks and nature at this time, and if this is telling us anything about what the role of nature will be in the future of our cities. We will hear from a diverse range of perspectives, acknowledging that the situation is contextual and different in each part of the world. We might also explore how cities are using parks at this time, and how urban residents perceive the importance of nature in our cities, especially in relation to the pandemic. We will aim to communicate recommendations on the value of parks and keeping access to nature open, which is especially pertinent these days. We will highlight here how platforms like CitiesWithNature provide tools for cities to remain connected to the global community who is standing in solidarity with their response efforts. The webinar will also discuss and compare experiences, approaches, and responses from a variety of contexts and provide a space for reflection and discussion. Finally, we will share stories around how the need to connect online has come to the fore, especially in relation to information sharing around public spaces and the importance of nature for human health and wellbeing.

Webinar URL

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What if?

About

What if there were 1,000 rope swings put up in every major city? What if streets were for people instead of cars? What if parks were used by everyone? What if cities became National Park Cities? What if parks were funded as part of country's health services?

Could the COVID19 Pandemic provide an opportunity to rethink the green and blue of Cities - What if we could do it better?

Join us for a webinar to explore the power of "What if?" as we launch a campaign to share and explore our own #WhatIfs.

In this session we'll hear about some big "What if?" questions asked by leaders, influencers, and thinkers on National Park Cities from the National Park City Foundation and Salzburg Global Seminar.

The conversation will then be opened out for participants to share their own "What if?" questions that will be explored by the panellists. What's your "What if?". What if you joined us?

Webinar URL

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Play Innovation in an Urban Setting

About

This webinar will showcase two innovative urban play and nature projects so others may be inspired to adapt projects of this nature to suit their urban setting. The two projects featured in this webinar include the Open Streets Toronto Pop up Parks and School Streets project taking place in Canada and the Neighbourhood Play Project in Australia.

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • List the objectives and benefits of creating a play event through turning streets into parks for short periods of time
  • Describe the success, impact and legacy of Open Streets Toronto Pop Up Parks and School Streets
  • Recall the methodology behind the Neighbourhood Play Project and what was discovered on the journey
  • Discover the importance of safe access and wayfinding around urban neighbourhoods for children and parents
  • Define the impact that parental fear and lack of trust is having on children being able to roam and play around their neighbourhoods with siblings and friends

When

Date & Time: November 21, 2019, 2 PM EST

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

To register for this webinar and sign up for CEU credits please follow this link!

Emerging Cities of Latin America

About

The Latin American committee of World Urban Parks Emerging Cities region presents the 2025 Work Agenda which includes upcoming International Urban Parks Congresses and park forums in addition to other park and recreation initiatives being led throughout Latin America. The WUP Emerging Cities region unites cities around the world experiencing common issues such as urban sprawl, immigration, informal developments, inequality among many other conditions, and specifically, underdeveloped green space and green space management. Hear from the Latin American committee’s park and recreation industry leaders as they present on exiting developments and opportunities happening throughout Latin America.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  • Explain the role of the WUP Emerging Cities Committee and outline the objectives of the 2025 Work Agenda
  • List the outcomes of the 2019 Second International Congress of Urban Parks held in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Identify upcoming opportunities for networking, participation and growth of the parks and recreation industry in Latin America that includes a discussion of the Salta
  • Public Space Agenda for the first International Urban Parks Congress in South America

When

Date & Time: August 21, 2019, 10 AM EST

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

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Future of Spaces and Places in Cities

About

This is an opportunity to hear from and engage with two keynote speakers from the World Urban Parks' Congress in Melbourne earlier this year. Learn about how the thinking of parks and cities is developing. Hear from Daniel Raven-Ellison as he explains what a National Park City is and describe how this big idea could transform life in cities. He'll describe why and how London is becoming the world's first National Park City before inviting participants to join an international conversation about the future of the concept. Learn how World Urban Parks, from Chair Jayne Miller, is addressing the pressing global impact and challenges that urban growth and density will have on our parks, leisure and sport and people's well-being, specifically the outcomes of the International Parks & Leisure Congress from the Melbourne Statement.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  • Become familiar with Olmsted's anticipatory urban edge park philosophy or Olmsted's "City Park Visions"
  • Learn about how cities around the world are becoming more sustainable and livable
  • Develop an understanding of New Parks Governance Models
  • Identify ways to progress the Health and Wellbeing agenda
  • Recognize a National Park City and understand how the concept will help make cities greener, healthier and wilder

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

To view this webinar and sign up for CEU credits please follow this link!

Children Play & Nature Policy to Practice

About

This webinar will introduce and launch the new Children Play and Nature Policy developed by World Urban Parks. Three members of the Standing Committee will inspire participants through the sharing of their projects.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the new Children Play & Nature Policy
  • Learn about special projects and programs in Ghana from Amowi Phillips, Adjunct Professor at Whitworth University
  • Learn about projects, research and programs at the Children and Nature Network from Cheryl Charles
  • Learn about projects and programs in Melbourne, Australia from Cathy Kiss
  • Know how to apply the Children Play & Nature Policy

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

To view this webinar and sign up for CEU credits please follow this link!

Urban Green Space Challenges: Contributions of the French Technical Center Plante & Cite

About

This webinar will provide an introduction to Plante & Cite, France's research-based center for landscape and urban horticulture. Ludovic Provost will present case studies on a variety of research topics relating to urban green space challenges and solutions in France. Findings from Plante & Cite's research will illustrate how technical bench-marking can help professionals' to reach best practices and inspire agencies worldwide. 

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  • Understand the mission, goals, and objectives of the French center Plante & Cite
  • Identify urban green space issues in France as defined through research
  • Describe urban green space best practices and recognize examples worldwide
  • Recognize ways to network with the broader international community through research on urban green space issues

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series is brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks.

Webinar URL

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Sustainability Planning for Large Urban Parks: Case Study Parque Del Agua, Zaragoza-Spain

About

Parque del Agua was established in Zaragoza, Spain as part of the 2008 Water and Sustainable Development International Expo. Built on 140 hectares of unused, abandoned cropland and bordered by canals, Parque del Agua is one of the largest parks in Spain and attracts visitors from all over the world. The park boasts a number of recreational opportunities, incorporates green infrastructure design, and has received international awards for sustainable park system management. During this webinar, Alberto Ipas, CEO of Parque del Agua, will share green infrastructure deigns principles for large urban parks as well as the management best practices that not only brought Parque del Agua to life but will also help to maintain it for many generations to come. 

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

  • Describe green infrastructure design principles that help large urban parks function in a medium sized city
  • Identify envionrmental management best practices agencies use to operate large urban parks on a budget
  • Describe the different ways agencies collaborate with private and public partners to manage urban green spaces
  • Describe a holistic management approach for large urban parks

Sponsored by

This professional development webinar series brought to you by World Parks Academy & World Urban Parks

Webinar URL

To view this webinar and sign up for CEU credits please follow this link!