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NRPA Kicks Off First Ever Green School at Oglebay

Eriks Janelsins, Schrader Center Director, speaking to Green School Attendees

Park and recreation professionals from across the country are in Wheeling, WV this week to attend the first ever Green School, a cutting-edge two year program offered in conjunction with Oglebay Park, Oglebay Institute and the National Recreation & Park Association

Park and recreational professionals who are striving to implement ‘greener’ operations are offered the chance to learn how to achieve it at NRPA’s new Green School at Oglebay’s National Training Center. The School also goes beyond greener operations to include sustainable native landscapes, stewardship ethics, green team building, community gardening, and even renewable energy.

The Green School is a 10-day program that occurs over a two-year period. Students will receive a total of 50 contact hours (5 days and 25 contact hours per year) with student attendance taken at all sessions. Perfect attendance combined with a 70 percent proficiency on exams given at the end of each year qualify students for 2.5 CEUs (5.0 total) awarded by NRPA toward the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional designation. The school’s curriculum has been developed with input from a number of outside agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Renewable Energy Laboratory, and U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Local news affiliates, including WTRF-TV7, were on hand to interview speakers and participants.

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