Learning Events

Here is the current 2021-22 schedule of learning events and the 2022-23 schedule. Please note that these schedules are subject to change. Scroll down for descriptions of each learning event.

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FREE – Learn about our Training Program
Register anytime… Begin anytime… Work at your own pace.  This FREE learning event introduces you to the Recreation North Training Program, to the basics of learning online, and to Recreation North’s Learning Space. Work through what you need to successfully participate in our learning events.

CORE learning events provide a foundation in recreation leadership.

The Training Program offers 12 core learning events that lead to a Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership. Each learning event is 2-weeks long, include two, 60-minute conference calls on Thursdays, and requires two activities to demonstrate application of learning.

RF 101 – Recreation Foundations 
Introduces the basics of recreation and explores how it benefits individual, community and environmental wellbeing. A solid understanding of the field helps promote recreation as an essential community service.

RL 101 – Identify Your Leadership Strengths
Explores some of the things recreation leaders need to know and be able to do when working or volunteering in their community. Your own path in this field will emerge as you learn more about yourself and identify opportunities to grow as a recreation leader.

RS 101 – Recreation and Sport Systems
Introduces the mix of groups, relationships, resources, and policies that form the system. Understanding these parts and priorities improves your ability to access resources for recreation.

RS 102 – Get to Know Your Community
Encourages leaders to get to know their communities well. Knowing how the system works, and understanding local people, context and culture, helps ensure meaningful, inclusive and accessible community recreation. 

CB 101 – Community Building
Explores the meaning and value of “community.” Recreation offers many opportunities to build and strengthen community. A community development approach engages the people in your community and encourages positive approaches to local issues.

PE 101 – Deliver Programs and Events
Introduces six steps recreation leaders can use to design and deliver a recreation program or a special event. Effective design and delivery of each activity results in successful, safe and enjoyable recreation experiences.
* This learning event is available for 2.0 AFLCA Credits.

BF 101 – Basic Recreation Finances
Develops a basic understanding of how to responsibly handle recreation finances. Learn how to plan, track, and report on money coming in and money being spent on projects, programs, and events.

RM 101 – Manage Risk in Rural and Remote Communities
Explores how risk influences recreation opportunities and experiences. Learn basic ways to manage risk and reduce the chance of something bad happening to a participant, a leader, or a facility.

RP 101 – Plan for Success
Introduces the importance of planning in recreation settings. Although the purpose of each plan may vary, planning is about making a difference. Outcomes-based and strategic approaches make it easier to identify priorities and develop plans for recreation that benefit individuals and the community.

PE 102 – Create Positive Program Experiences
Explores how to establish a safe and supportive environment for participants. When recreation leaders use a strengths-based approach, they contribute to inclusive and positive recreation experiences.
* This learning event is available for 2.0 AFLCA Credits.

FS 101 – Use Spaces and Places Creatively
Explores how to address local interests and improve access to and inclusion in a variety of recreation opportunities by using spaces and places creatively and by connecting people to nature.

RS 103 – Value Northern Recreation, Arts, Culture and Sport
Encourages appreciation for the diversity of Northern recreation, arts, culture and sport. Traditional games, dance, art, music, heritage, sport, and on-the-land activities support unique and meaningful recreation experiences.
* This learning event is available for 2.0 AFLCA Credits.

ADVANCED learning events provide knowledge and skills for managing in recreation.

The Training Program offers 7 advanced learning events that lead to a Certificate in Northern Recreation Management. Each learning event is 2- or 4-weeks long, includes a minimum of two, 60-minute conference calls on Wednesdays, and requires a minimum of two activities to demonstrate application of learning.

PM 101 – Promote Recreation
Introduces basic concepts, practices, and tools for promotional activities. In the field of recreation, promotional strategies can influence healthy lifestyle behaviours and increase participation in programs and events. 
* This learning event is available for 2.0 AFLCA Credits.

RM 102 – Document to Manage Risk in Recreation
Introduces basic documentation for community recreation and sport settings. Learn the “what” and “why” behind paperwork for participation and operations, and how to adapt forms to use in your community.

RM 103 – Understand Legal Risk (4 weeks)
Introduces legal aspects of risk in recreation settings. Learn more about negligence and liability and explore strategies for transferring risk (e.g., waivers and insurance). 

Please note that rules, regulations, constitutional provisions, legislative enactments or judicial opinions on the matter of legal risk may vary in other jurisdictions. This learning event only provides a brief introduction to legal risk. Therefore, you are advised to consult appropriate authorities in your own jurisdictions.

BF102 – Proposal Writing (4 weeks)
Introduces the process of preparing and writing a successful proposal. Strong proposals gain the financial resources and support needed for community-driven projects, programs, and events.

BF 103 – Report Writing
Introduces common practices for telling the “story” of projects, programs, or services. Reporting begins with good planning, targets different audiences, and serves different purposes. Reports share facts, demonstrate accountability, and make recommendations for the future.

RP 102 – Evaluation in Recreation (4 weeks)
Introduces an important part of the programming cycle. Evaluation is about gathering, interpreting, and using information in the delivery of recreation programs, services, and projects. A good evaluation can assess progress, identify opportunities and successes, guide decisions, and/or foster a better understanding of the benefits of recreation.

SV 101 – Find and Keep Volunteers
Focuses on the key role of volunteers in recreation. Get to know your local volunteers better and explore strategies to engage them in the delivery of community programs and events.