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WRPA Featured Trainings


Certified Playground Safety Inspector Training
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Monday - Wednesday, March 3-5, Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue | Register

Certified Playground Safety Inspector course promotes children's rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child's development. This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit" for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course. Help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds.

Course & Test: $510 WRPA member l $540 Non-members
Course Only: $410 WRPA member l $430 Non-members
Test Only: $110

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2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show
Engage, Experience and Enjoy
April 8-11 at Magnuson Park in Seattle

Join more than 100 WRPA members and friends that have already registered for the 2014 WASLA and WRPA Joint Conference — Trade Show is expected to be the largest gathering of landscape architects, parks and recreation professionals, colleagues from allied professions, students and vendors. The beautiful and expansive Magnuson Park offers a campus like setting for four days of networking, education, and fun.

Register now and receive the best deal on the conference. To register*, visit the WRPA website.

We look forward to seeing you in April for what is sure to be our most attended and successful annual conference to date!

*Please note we have recently changed our registration system. Be sure to follow all of the prompts as they are a bit different from our old system. If you require any assistance registering feel free to contact our office by phone or email.

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WRPA Advocacy News

Recreation and Conservation Grants Workshop — January 29
Save the date: January 29, 2014
The Washington Recreation and Conservation Office will hold an Application Workshop Webinar to provide information about the 2014 grants application cycle for recreation, farmland, and habitat conservation projects. The workshop will include general information about the process, programs, types of projects, schedule, and important changes for the upcoming grant round.

If you would like information for logging in to the webinar, please send your name, organization, telephone number, and e-mail to cindy.gower@rco.wa.gov

Request for proposals for Washington State Trails Conference
The Washington State Trails Coalition is now accepting presentation proposals for "On the Trails of Change", the 2014 Washington State Trails Conference on Oct. 16-18 in Bellingham. All submissions are due by Feb. 28. This year's conference will pay special attention to how trail organizations and agencies are adjusting to changing conditions, with an emphasis on innovation and adaptation in trail planning, advocacy and management in both urban and rural trail settings. See the RFP and application form for complete details.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
Please note that the ability to post a job is temporarily disabled while we transition to a new system. If you have any questions, please contact the WRPA office at 888-459-0009 or by email to wrpa@wrpatoday.org.

These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Golf Instructor, Port Orchard
  • Summer Beach Program Supervisor, Seattle
  • Parks Maintenance Supervisor, Bothell

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This Just In


New website coming soon!
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Now that the new registration system is up and running our staff is hard at work on the final phase to transition our website. While we complete these final tasks, which should take 1-2 weeks total, the ability to post a job is temporarily disabled. The online membership directory is also not currently available. Nothing on the current website requires a member login so please contact our office if you run into any issues.

Once we launch the new website we will focus on adding features to increase member benefits. Members will be able to renew your membership online immediately once the new system is live! We will also be working on creating virtual networking options that members in all specialties can take advantage of.

We will continue to keep members informed as new features are introduced. Thank you for your patience during this time!

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Join ranger-led snowshoe walk to explore Paradise
The News Tribune
With the snowpack nearly doubling in depth in the last week or so, this is a great time to go snowshoeing at Paradise. You can go on your own or take part in a walk led by a Mount Rainier National Park ranger.
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Free days listed for state parks
Bellevue Reporter
Washington residents again will get "free days" at state parks when they won't be required to display the Discover Pass. The "free days" are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
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Bill aims to keep invasive species out of Washington's waters
KIMA-TV
They're coming to wreak havoc on Washington's waterways unless state officials can stop them now. That's the message Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, conveyed to the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee as he spoke in favor of S.B. 6040. It's his bill to help the state Department of Fish and Wildlife effectively address invasive species through an integrated management approach.
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Ads in state parks explored
The Herald Business Journal
Washington officials are looking to end the ban on commercial advertising in state parks in hopes of generating much-needed dollars for the cash-strapped agency. But visitors won't be subjected to gaudy displays of corporate logos anytime soon, insist lawmakers and leaders of state parks.
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Volunteers sought to take volcano naturalist classes
The Bellingham Herald
Now in its second year, the Mount St. Helens volcano naturalist program will begin in February. The adult science education program is a joint offering from Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mount St. Helens Institute. The program provides in-depth education about and within the Mount St. Helens landscape. It also encourages participants to share what they learn in their community. During the 12-week program, participants will learn the fundamentals of Mount St. Helens geology and biology. They will develop field identification and other naturalist skills at 11 evening classes and four weekend days in the field at the monument.
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Discover Pass revenues still falling short
The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle
State parks officials say Discover Pass revenue is increasing, but not fast enough. They say that with a general fund gap, it's hard to keep parks open. But officials are managing by trying to promote sales of the $35 pass and by reducing agency staff. The pass, a user-fee for vehicle entry into state parks, brought in an average of $13 million a year during its first two years. But during the fiscal year ending June 2013, the pass program brought in $16.8 million — an increase of about 29 percent, state figures show.
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WRPA Event Calendar


Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
DateEventSponsorLocation
2014
Feb. 14King County Directors MeetingWRPASeattle
Feb. 23-28PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Feb. 26Facility Section MeetingWRPAIssaquah
Mar. 3Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
Mar. 6Leadership Forum (Formerly P3)WRPAShoreline
Community Center
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8-11*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Seattle
May 14Facility Section MeetingWRPASeattle
Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Nov. 12-14Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion

*WRPA recommended trainings to sustain your core competencies in parks and recreation

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