NRPA Forges Education Alliance with American Camp Association

Associations to Offer Online Courses and Publication Sales

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)Ashburn, Virginia, September 26, 2008 – The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has announced a new relationship with the American Camp Association (ACA) leading to the development of a broad range of online courses through NRPA’s new online learning system and the sale of ACA publications through the new NRPA Online Store.

Online courses will be developed as part of a joint effort between NRPA and ACA to address the growing need for training in areas relating to youth development, camping, recreation, and workforce development. Curricula will be provided by ACA, while NRPA will facilitate the design and development of the online delivery system.

Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA, highlighted the importance of the new alliance: "We share complementary missions and a desire to advance the professional development of people committed to recreation.  By working collaboratively, we can maximize the strengths of both organizations and deliver high-quality products to our respective members."

Both organizations have also committed to exploring opportunities for working together on live, in-person learning events.

The new online learning system and online store being developed by NRPA will be officially unveiled at a special event taking place on October 16th in conjunction with the 2008 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Baltimore.

About NRPA
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.  For more information, visit

About ACA
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit