The Legends of Parks and Recreation

Supporting Sponsor

Historically, the Legends Program has consisted of individual video 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 video has been approximately 45 minutes in length and is available in DVD format. Interviews are available online for viewing at no charge, as they are posted [indicated with a “v” in the listing below], and for purchase for $10 each with a $5 shipping/handling fee.

Projects are in the works now to (1) post the remainder of the original interviews online; and (2) “mine" the individual Legend interviews to create a series of themed videos to focus on specific topics. The following videos have been completed and are available at no charge by clicking on the title either for viewing online or to download:
This will be ongoing. Four more themed videos are in the works, and sponsors are being sought. For more information, please contact the Academy Office at

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