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Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-2019 - Rec Plan Wednesday Webinars

October 28, 2015

Resource Management: Sustaining Natural Resources and Pubic Investments and PA’s new five-year plan for Trails

Speakers:

Lauren Imgrund, Bureau Director, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Kim Hoover, Program Development Manager, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection
Alex MacDonald, Section Chief, Trails, Greenways and Planning Section, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

Pennsylvania is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its historic Land Recycling Acts. Since its inception in 1995, more than 5,000 brownfield sites have been remediated. Learn about brownfield projects across the state that opened up riverfronts and created more recreational opportunities for communities.

With over 11,000 miles of trails, Pennsylvania’s vision to create a statewide network of trails is well underway. Hear about plans for the next five years to close difficult gaps, build capacity to address trail needs, promote trails as destinations, and bring trails closer to home through connections to sidewalks and bike lanes.

Pennsylvania has a new five-year Outdoor Recreation Plan with four top priorities. Titled Natural Connections, its vision is to create healthy and liveable communities that support jobs that pay and successfully serves the recreation needs of those who live, work, and play in them. Over 10,000 Pennsylvanians responded to three in-depth surveys. Residents are calling for access to close-to-home recreation, walkable and bikeable communities, protected lands and waters and well maintained park facilities. Because there is so much information to share, DCNR is holding FREE Wednesday webinars.

Each webinar will focus on one priority and cover challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania communities, research findings and best practices. Special guests already helping implement the plan will share their stories. Learn how to use the plan to support your community’s planning needs as well as funding requests. Click here to view this webinar.

Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-2019 - Rec Plan Wednesday Webinars 
October 21, 2015
Tourism and Economic Development: Creating Opportunities for Community Prosperity

Speakers:

Diane Kripas, Division Chief, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Meredith Hill, Director, Pennsylvania Wilds, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Julie Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director, Pennsylvania Downtown Center

What is Nature-Based Placemaking and how can communities of all sizes embrace their natural assets and recreational resources for economic benefits?

Pennsylvania has a new five-year Outdoor Recreation Plan with four top priorities. Titled Natural Connections, its vision is to create healthy and liveable communities that support jobs that pay and successfully serves the recreation needs of those who live, work, and play in them. Over 10,000 Pennsylvanians responded to three in-depth surveys. Residents are calling for access to close-to-home recreation, walkable and bikeable communities, protected lands and waters and well maintained park facilities. Because there is so much information to share, DCNR is holding FREE Wednesday webinars.

Each webinar will focus on one priority and cover challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania communities, research findings and best practices. Special guests already helping implement the plan will share their stories. Learn how to use the plan to support your community’s planning needs as well as funding requests. Click here to view this webinar.

Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-2019 - Rec Plan Wednesday Webinars 
October 14, 2015 
Local Parks and Recreation: Enhancing Close-to-Home Outdoor Recreation

Speakers:

Diane Kripas, Division Chief, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Dr. Andrew Mowen, Ph.D. and Austin Barrett, The Pennsylvania State University
Owen Worozbyt, Trail Manager, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Heritage Area

Kids are now playing at one of Pennsylvania’s new nature play areas in Scranton. Hear about what makes it unique, how it was built, what it cost and the fund raising needed to build it.

Pennsylvania has a new five-year Outdoor Recreation Plan with four top priorities. Titled Natural Connections, its vision is to create healthy and liveable communities that support jobs that pay and successfully serves the recreation needs of those who live, work, and play in them. Over 10,000 Pennsylvanians responded to three in-depth surveys. Residents are calling for access to close-to-home recreation, walkable and bikeable communities, protected lands and waters and well maintained park facilities. Because there is so much information to share, DCNR is holding FREE Wednesday webinars.

Each webinar will focus on one priority and cover challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania communities, research findings and best practices. Special guests already helping implement the plan will share their stories. Learn how to use the plan to support your community’s planning needs as well as funding requests.  Click here to view this webinar.  

Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-2019 - Rec Plan Wednesday Webinars
October 7, 2015
Health and Wellness: Promoting Healthy Living through Outdoor Connections

Speakers:

Diane Kripas, Division Chief, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Dr. Andrew Mowen, Ph.D. and Austin Barrett, The Pennsylvania State University
David Kraybill and Ashley Pultorak, Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation

Learn how the Foundation supports local park and recreation activities in the Pottstown Region through various programs such as On Your Park, Get Set, Go!

Pennsylvania has a new five-year Outdoor Recreation Plan with four top priorities. Titled Natural Connections, its vision is to create healthy and liveable communities that support jobs that pay and successfully serves the recreation needs of those who live, work, and play in them. Over 10,000 Pennsylvanians responded to three in-depth surveys. Residents are calling for access to close-to-home recreation, walkable and bikeable communities, protected lands and waters and well maintained park facilities. Because there is so much information to share, DCNR is holding FREE Wednesday webinars.

Each webinar will focus on one priority and cover challenges and opportunities facing Pennsylvania communities, research findings and best practices. Special guests already helping implement the plan will share their stories. Learn how to use the plan to support your community’s planning needs as well as funding requests. Click here to view this webinar.

Grant Funding for Partnership Projects-
February 3, 2015

Presented by: Mike Piaskowski, Landscapes & Education Services Section. 

This webinar was designed for those interested in obtaining grant funding to support public recreation, conservation or heritage initiatives across a state-wide or regional landscape. Partnerships Program project categories include: Convening, Education and Training; Special Purpose Planning; Implementation; and Mini-Grant programs. This webinar provide a general Partnerships Program overview to include: eligible project activities; funding sources; matching requirements; and strategies on how to create a competitive grant application. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask general Partnerships Program questions. Click here to view this webinar.

DCNR’s BRC Grant Funding for Recreation and Conservation Projects- January 28, 2015
Presented by:  Jay Schreibman, Recreation and Parks Advisor, Southcentral Regional Office 
 
This webinar was designed for new applicants interested in obtaining grant funding for public recreation and conservation projects. Participants received an overview of our grant program, our new on-line application process, eligible types of projects and applicants, matching fund requirements, and strategies on how to create a “ready-to-go” competitive grant application. This webinar also provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions to BRC staff. Click here to view this webinar.

Recruiting the Next Generation of Volunteers for Community Parks and Recreation - October 9, 2014
Presented by:
Susan E. Landes, Executive Director, Lancaster Recreation Commission & Kathleen T. Muller, CPRP, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department

Across Pennsylvania, volunteers are providing community parks and recreation services – maintaining parks, building trails, managing swimming pools, running recreation programs. In small, rural communities, in suburban areas, and in large, urban places, volunteers are the lifeblood of parks and recreation. Are you struggling to find new, younger volunteers? Are the same people doing all of the work…and getting burned out? Are your numbers of volunteers dwindling? Are you confident and comfortable engaging the citizens in your community before there is a crisis or issue? How do you expand your volunteer network, build citizen leadership, and engage new partners? This webinar provided strategies to attract and retain younger volunteers for community parks and recreation and to build sustainable support for parks and recreation. Topics included the differences among generations and how that relates to volunteering, successful recruiting techniques and ideas, how to create a younger-friendly volunteer culture and the best ways to manage younger volunteers. Younger generations have unique characteristics that affect how you recruit, motivate and manage them as volunteers. To add younger people to your volunteer ranks, an understanding of what is important to them and valued by them is necessary. >Please click here to view.

Partnerships Project Administration - March 21, 2014
Presented by:
Michael Piaskowski, Chief, River, Heritage Areas and Partnerships Section, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, DCNR

 

During this session we will review Partnerships Program administration policies and procedures. We will discuss administrative responsibilities of both the grantee and the state. We will discuss how to find and properly fill out payment request forms. Mini-grant program administration will also be covered. We will also cover how best to communicate with and submit forms to your Bureau Project Manager.

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Michael Piaskowski, Chief, River, Heritage Areas and Partnerships Section, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, DCNR

NOTE: The information regarding e-Grants contained in the second half of this webinar is now outdated and should be disregarded.  An updated 2015 presentation will be posted soon.

Planning Your Sojourn and Year Round River Program for Success
Presented by:  Josh Karns, PA Organization of Watersheds & Rivers

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Title: “Meadows 101 – Establishing and Maintaining Native Grass / Wildflower Meadows”
Presented by: Drew Gilchrist, SE Regional Recreation Adviser, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, DCNR

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Title: "Funding Opportunities for Recreation and Conservation Projects"
Presented by: Lori Yeich, DCNR and DCED staff.

This webinar was designed for new applicants interested in obtaining grant funding for public recreation and conservation projects from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation grant program and the new Greenways, Trails and Recreation grant program managed by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED). The webinar provided a general overview of both grant programs, eligible types of projects and applicants, matching fund requirements, and strategies on how to create a “ready to go” competitive grant application. 

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FINANCING COMMUNITY PARKS AND RECREATION

Title:  "Budget for Success"
Presented by:  Ronald J. Woodhead, CPRP, CPSI, Director, Centre Region Parks & Recreation
 
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Title:  "Master Your Budgets"  
 Presented by:  Ronald J. Woodhead, CPRP, CPSI, Director, Centre Region Parks & Recreation
 
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RECREATION AND PARKS BOARD ROLES & RESPONSIBILTIES 
 
Title: "Recreation and Park Board Basics 101" 
Presented by:  Judy Houck, CPRP, Director or Parks, Recreation and Public Works, Township of Spring
 
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Title: "Invasive Plant Management"
Presented by: 
·         Drew Gilchrist, SE Regional Recreation Adviser, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, DCNR
·         Daniel Barringer, Invasive Management Coordinator, Natural Lands Trust
·         Carrie Gilbert, Botanist, Bureau of Forestry, Ecological Services, DCNR
 
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Free ADA Webinar for Parks, Recreation and Trails
Do you know what is required to meet ADA standards and guidelines when planning and developing park and recreation facilities and trails?  DCNR sponsored a free webinar that addressed this, as well as where to find guidance on the draft Final Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas.  Ian Brown, Community Accessibility Coordinator with the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living discussed when, where, and how both the 2010 ADA standards and the draft guidelines for outdoor developed areas need to be applied, and why you need to be proactive in planning and designing for accessibility.  
Please click here for the powerpoint that was presented at the webinar.
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