Get Outdoors PA Webinar: Diversity/Inclusion Initiative and Thoughts in Outdoor Programming
Wednesday, May 23
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Keisha and Tarsha Scovens, co-founders of Let's Go Outdoors, have spearheaded initiatives to diversify participation in the outdoors, especially among those of color.  Their mission is to connect city communities to outdoor experiences.  Since 2013, Let's Go Outdoors has piloted and offered programs in urban communities, primarily neighborhoods in Philadelphia, which have engaged diverse youth, adults and families in outdoor programs.  Programs, such as "There's Good Outdoors in My Neighborhood," "Nature Intervention," "Outdoors 1, 2, 3!," and "The Watershed is an Open Book," have offered positive connections and successful diversity/inclusion outcomes for Let's Go Outdoors.  Keisha and Tarsha will discuss these initiatives, highlighting challenges, strengths and strategies that may help other organizations seeking to diversify their audience engagement.  In addition, their goal is to hold a brief conversation about diverse audience participation in outdoor programs.

Webinar Archives

2018 Webinars:
PRPS Webinar - Creating a Bike Friendly Business: Recording and Slides

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society Webinars

The following webinars were presented in 2016 and are available for purchase.

Developing a Park Facility Inspection Model
Date Presented: January 14, 2016

Representatives from the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department discuss the formation of their Operational Standards Unit, which oversees the inspection of facilities and parkland within the 11,000 acres of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation system. This presentation includes the program’s history, process for the development of standards and inspection sheets, auditing, and the successes and challenges of the first two years. The speakers also detail their plans for programmatic expansion over the next two years to show how past practices, continued research and departmental needs inform the future of their inspection model. This webinar has great information for parks and recreation operations management and staff and anyone from the public or private sector specializing in crafting park management operations policy and best practices.

PA Child Protective Services Law-Park and Recreation Aspects
Date Presented: March 30, 2016

Description: This webinar updates park and recreation service providers who deliver services to
minors on compliance obligations under the Pa. Child Protective Services Law. The speaker reviews
the interactions with minors that would potentially trigger compliance provisions and discusses
employer obligations with respect to employee/volunteer vetting and reporting of suspected child

Get Outdoors PA Webinars

The following webinars were presented free of charge to existing and potential Get Outdoors PA Community Partners. The webinars feature a variety of topics related to outdoor recreation programming. Feel free to download the presentation slides and/or access recordings of the live presentations. The webinars were funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Visit the Get Outdoors PA  to learn more about the program.

 Preventing Tick Bites and Tick-borne Disease: Recording and Slides and Get Outdoors PA Lyme Brochure
 Trail Events that Make Everyone Happy: Recording and Slides
 National Get Outdoors Day Programs:  Recording  
 Bike Programming: Teaching the Simple Pleasures of a Ride: Recording  
 Winter Outdoor Programs: Implementing Best Practices: Recording  
 Using Social Media to Promote Your Outdoor Recreation Programs: Recording  
 Inclusive and Adaptive Outdoor Recreation Programs: Recording  
 Best Practices for Outdoor Recreation Programs: Slides
 Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate - Winter Outdoor Programs:  Slides
 We're Get Outdoors PA Partners, now what?: Slides
 Discover the Hidden Benefits of Get Outdoors PA: Slides