Visitor and Resource Protection Training Series for Superintendents

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Primary contact: Kristin Gibbs
Where: Online
July 12, 2022July 21, 2022August 9, 2022
All Dates
  • July 12, 2022
  • July 21, 2022
  • August 9, 2022
  • August 10, 2022


The Visitor and Resource Protection (VRP) Training Series provides virtual, synchronous, and asynchronous trainings on topics affiliated with the VRP Directorate. Content is designed specifically for the superintendent level, but some courses may be appropriate for other unit level leadership positions.

Below is a list of currently scheduled and available trainings. This is an on-going training series; new courses and dates will be added as they become available.

How to Register

Check the course date(s) by the course title. Go to the “Register” box on the right of this screen and using the drop-down menu, select the date of the course you’d like to attend. Click “Register” and you will be taken to the registration page. If you have any issues with registration, contact Kristin Gibbs directly at Kristin_Gibbs@nps.gov.

Recorded Sessions

As sessions are presented, many will be recorded and made available for anytime viewing. You can access available recordings on the MS Stream Channel VRP Training Series.

Recommended Trainings

Wellness & Resilience: Building Resilience at your Park, June 14, 2022, 1:30 pm 3:00 pm ET

With changes in reporting to the work place policies, spring hiring well underway, an anticipated busy summer ahead, and many other stressors we face, the risk of burnout is high and our ability to maintain a healthy work/life balance is challenged. Hosted by Gabrielle Fisher, WASO Wellness & Resilience Branch Manager, this 90-minute interactive session will include a facilitated dialogue about how we can take care of ourselves, care for our employees, and create a culture that supports our emotional health and wellness.

Health, Climate, and Environmental Justice: What’s My Role?, July 12, 2022, 2:00 pm ET – 3:30 pm ET

In our role to protect parks and promote our programs, we are also obligated to support the priorities and executive orders of the Director, Secretary, and Administration such as those that address racial equity and the climate crisis. But where to start? Join the Office of Public Health for a look at how they have chosen to elevate the topics of climate change and inequity and their impacts on health across the agency.  They will provide an overview of the connection between environmental justice and health and then demonstrate ways in which they are taking on these issues.

During the session, we will recognize the complexity of this work while balancing it with examples and strategies that can be adapted to your specific unit, office or program. As an NPS superintendent and park manager, you are positioned to move the needle towards equity and sustainability for visitors, employees, and the global public. By participating in the session, you will build a community of connection and support as we take on these critical issues together.

Managing Filming and Still Photography Permits, July 21, 2022, 1:00 pm ET – 3:30 pm ET

Join NPS Special Park Use Program Manager Maggie Tyler and representatives from the Office of the Solicitor for this webinar focused on film and still photography permitting. This two-and-a-half-hour webinar will discuss law, regulation, and policy for still photography permits and the new, interim filming guidance, “Managing Filming Activities After the Price Decision.”   

NPS Authority and Jurisdiction Overview, August 9, 2022, 2:00 pm ET – 4:00 pm ET

Participants in this course will learn to identify the provisions in the U.S. Constitution that provide the NPS with the authority to manage park areas; understand the three basic types of jurisdiction (exclusive, concurrent, proprietary); and the practical effects of each on law enforcement. Additionally, the course will cover how Congress has delegated authority to the NPS to manage park areas and how the NPS has exercised that authority to manage visitor use in park areas, including on non-federal land within park boundaries. This virtual session is presented by John (Jay) Calhoun, Chief, Division of Regulations, Jurisdiction, and Special Park Uses. This session will be presented through Zoom. Contact Kristin Gibbs, Kristin_Gibbs@nps.gov, with questions or issues with registration.

NPS Superintendent’s Compendium Overview, August 10, 2022, 2:00 pm ET – 3:00 pm ET

This 1-hour live, online webinar will cover legal authority that allows Superintendents to issue closures and public use restrictions, limits on this authority, and the consequences of exceeding those limits. Additionally, participants will learn how to properly compile a list of these actions in the park Compendium. Presented by John (Jay) Calhoun, Chief, Division of Regulations, Jurisdiction, and Special Park Uses. This session will be presented through Zoom. Contact Kristin Gibbs, Kristin_Gibbs@nps.gov, with questions or issues with registration.

Upcoming Topics

Course dates and links to register will be provided closer to the session date.

  • Meeting Public Health Regulatory Requirements – September
  • Integrated Pest Management – September

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  1. Hi Mark! Great question. The sessions are scheduled to be recorded. However, note that the turnaround time from the live session to have a recording available will take a few weeks as we need to add Section 508 accessibility features (captioning, audio description, etc.) before we can release it as a training tool. When those do become available, this page will have information on where to access those.

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