Workshops

The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands now offers its national-award-winning workshops to individual agencies, park units, and other organizations. Our workshops are tailored to meet your organization’s goals and objectives and are delivered on-site in your location. Arranging for an Eppley Institute on-site workshop will ensure that your organization’s staff, volunteers, and stakeholders benefit from cutting-edge learning and development opportunities in an interactive, in-person format. Whether your location is a short drive away, on the other side of the globe, or anywhere in between, the Eppley Institute can customize any of the on-site workshops below to fit your time, budget, and goals.

The workshops listed below are the most popular on-site workshops offered by the Institute. Establishing a workshop location, length, number of attendees, and content focus is easy. The process begins with an email or phone call to the Eppley Institute.

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  • Creating a Positive Customer Service Environment in Your Agency

    This half-day course will bring together parks and recreation agency management teams to critically examine the customer service contact points unique to their organization. Participants will analyze their environment for potential areas of improvement across three environments: facilities, personnel, and programming. Learn More
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  • Discovering the Power of Health in Your Agency

    The participating agency will create a Park-Health Matrix of agency programs, policies and facilities that identifies service gaps related to health factors. Participants will leave the workshop with a set of priority programs and policies, potential partners, and strategies for impacting health factors in their community. Learn More
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  • Exploring Your Organization's Culture

    This workshop is an ideal on-site training adaptable to a variety of group sizes. It will introduce organizations to the idea of organizational culture, the types and characteristics, and the many implications for business operations. Learn More
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  • Exploring Your Strengths: Individual and Organizational Applications of Strengths-based Leadership

    During the workshop participants will apply specific personal strengths (identified via Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment) in a park unit simulation activity completing a series of assignments using the team’s strengths as a basis for work. Learn More
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  • Financial SustainabilityThrough Improved Fee-Based Programming

    The workshop is designed for park and recreation professionals working in any environment where fee based programming is offered or considered as an acceptable means of delivering recreation services, such as sports leagues, guided tours, admission fees, or other programs and events. Learn More
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  • Interpretive Talks for Seasonal Staff and Volunteers

    The course is designed for newer interpreters, including seasonal staff and volunteers, who have not done much formal interpretation. This course will cover the basics and history of interpretation, including Freeman Tilden, and will end with students presenting short interpretive talks and evaluating each other. Learn More
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  • Leading Park, Recreation, and Public Land Organizations

    Leading any organization is challenging. The tension between leading and ‘over-managing’ is especially prevalent in park, recreation, and public land organizations. With numerous stakeholders who are often tightly integrated into an agency’s service delivery portfolio, effectively leading park, recreation, and public land organizations is both challenging and rewarding. This workshop is designed to provide the tools and insight your organization needs to foster a culture of effective leadership practices. Learn More
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  • Making Mentoring Work For You

    This would be a great one-two day workshop hosted on location at an agency/organization with the final product being the mentoring program outline. Learn More
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  • Master Planning for Park and Recreation Agencies

    This course is designed for new and experienced park and recreation department leaders who are writing a master plan for the first time or need to refresh their skills in this process. This workshop is held at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington. Participants benefit from the array of experiences and exchange of ideas afforded by the different agencies represented. Learn More
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  • Quality Matters: Internal Evaluation for Improvement and Reporting

    Effective evaluation goes further than participant feedback, and the Quality Matters approach offers a manageable template for getting usable information about programming. Participants will examine eight features of an online education program offered by their agency. Criterion-based measures will then provide participants with the tools they need to focus program improvement. Learn More
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