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Get Involved with NCRPA: New to NCRPA? Or looking to get more involved? NCRPA has a variety of opportunities for members to get involved, grow, learn and give back to the profession

NCRPA Communities 
Overview and Goals: NCRPA Communities act to facilitate a creative and collaborative networking environment for members to grow through learning, networking, and communication. Communities focus on best practices, lessons learned and overcoming shared challenges based on their geographic location or a particular focus of their job within the field. NCRPA members are invited to join a Regional Networking Community based on the geographic location of their office or home, and join Professional Learning Communities based on a particular focus of their work or interest area. Members are eligible to participate in as many communities as they would like, but may only serve on one leadership team at a time. Members must work or live within a region to serve on its leadership team. These communities are available to professional, student and retired members only.  


Instructions for Joining Communities/Groups

Regional Networking Communities
NCRPA's Regional Networking Communities (Regions) bring together groups of parks and recreation professionals within their geographic regions to network and meet regularly, share expertise, discuss trends and best practices, and work collaboratively to problem solve challenges they may face in their particular geographic regions across the state.  Regional Networking Communities support various functions of NCRPA helping increase member engagement and facilitate greater involvement of the Association membership through their proximity to one another. There are currently nine regions, with boundaries corresponding to county lines, members are encouraged to attend networking events across regions.

Join a Regional Networking Community

Professional Learning Communities

NCRPA's Professional Learning Communities (PLC) bring together groups of parks and recreation professionals to network and meet quarterly  (in-person and online), share expertise, discuss trends and best practices and work collaboratively to problem solve challenges they may face in their particular area of focus within the profession. Each learning community has a self-selected leadership team consisting of an incoming chair, chair, and past chair. The leadership team acts a liaisons to NCRPA staff and board members. All current NCRPA members are eligible to join as many learning communities as they would like, but may only serve on one leadership team at a time.

Join a Professional Learning Community


Agency Ambassadors

Agency Ambassadors work to share info about upcoming NCRPA events, programs, and initiatives with their coworkers and staff.  The Ambassador program seeks to recruit 1-2 members from each department with an agency membership t to act as local liaisons. Ambassadors will utilize a variety of tools and resources created by NCRPA Staff and Marketing Committee to help the association better engage members. Ambassadors will disseminate information, share event dates, encourage the participation of members and recruit volunteers to participate in various events and initiatives. Ambassadors may also help collect stories, take photos, and participate in marketing/media campaigns. Ambassadors serve a two-year role and are invited to attend a free training/retreat, are eligible to receive discounts to attend NCRPA's conference, and receive t-shirts and branded gear. Please complete the application at the link below to be considered for the ambassador position.

(Application Available Early July)

Board and Committee Positions

Serving on the highest level for the organization the Board of Directors acts as the governing body of the organization and works with staff to set long term goals and strategies of the organization. The NCRPA Board of Directors is made up of members to provide oversight and govern the Association while seeking to promote positive change within the park and recreation profession. NCRPA has 6 committees where members can give back to the profession:  professional development, finance, awards, procedures, advocacy, marketing. Board and Staff Committees work with staff and board liaisons to support various initiatives, programs and policies of NCRPA. These positions are vital to the health and success of the organization. NCRPA appreciates the willingness of these members to serve their profession and encourages anyone interested in seeking a board position in the future to contact the president or the NCRPA office. (Application Available Early July)


Mentor and Mentee Program
The program was created to help participants build a professional support network across the state regardless of where they are in their career. The program is meant to complement the career counseling relationship an employee may have with their supervisor or prepare them for their first recreation position as a graduate.  It is not intended to replace any of the formal or informal counseling/mentoring relationships that already exist within or outside a person’s place of employment.

  • Participants will work together in mentor/mentee relationships.

  • Build professional relationships.

  • Discuss and develop career goals.

  • Problem-solve issues with someone outside of the employee’s direct reporting relationship or university (learn different ways to deal with day to day tasks and issues).

  • Provide a forum where ideas, questions, and career development are openly discussed.

  • Share the NCRPA knowledge capital and foster networking.

Please complete the application at the link below to sign up as a mentee or for a mentor position.

(Application Available Early July)