The Legends of Parks and Recreation Program
Historically, the Legends Program has consisted of videotaped interviews of distinguished administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Parks and Recreation. The interviews have recorded their personal backgrounds, professional insights, advice and philosophical beliefs. Each tape has been approximately 45 minutes in length and is available in DVD format. Interviews are available for purchase for $10 each with a $5 shipping/ handling fee.

Projects are in the works now to (1) post the original interviews online; and (2) edit the interviews down to a smaller size to be available for download and also to focus on specific topics. These videos have been completed:

Pay It Forward

Seven Characteristics

The Life of the Mind 

Recreation for All

National Park Service Legends

Lessons from the Legends 2016

Shattering Stereotypes and Glass Ceilings

This will be ongoing. For more information, please contact the Academy Office at (224) 858-7212 or

Online videos are being posted. Please check back.


Fran Mainella, Chris Jarvi & Bill Walters on the National Park Service
Charles Hartsoe, Robert Toalson & Douglas Sessoms on the merger of organizations to form the NRPA