Managing First Amendment Activities in Your Park and Recreation Agency

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Gain a comprehensive understanding of how your agency can manage First Amendment Activities that take place on your properties or facilities.




It is critical that your agency employees understand what First Amendment activities are and are not. As a member of a parks and recreation organization which manages land that could be used for assembly, demonstration, or other rights protected by the First Amendment, it is important to understand your role in protecting these rights. This course will help you understand the amendment and your role in protecting it.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Videos
  • Interactive Elements
  • Case Studies

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters:

  • What are First Amendment rights?
  • What is the role of your agency in the First Amendment?
  • Hierarchy of Authority
  • What can you do?
  • Demonstrations
  • First Amendment spaces and protests
  • Freedom of the press

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Articulate citizens' rights and responsibilities under the First Amendment
  • Understand the history of the development of the First Amendment
  • Know the responsibility of parks and recreation agencies to protect First Amendment rights
  • Understand some reasonable limits that can be placed on First Amendment rights

Recommended Background

This course is recommended for any employee of parks, recreation, or land management agency.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher. You will earn a certificate of completion for a certificate program after completing all program assignments and the assessments with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field and is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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