Protecting open space, connecting children to nature, and engaging communities in conservation practices.
Core to the mission of public parks and recreation is the preservation of natural resources and the promotion of good conservation and stewardship practices. In today’s world, where conservation and environmental stewardship is on everyone’s minds, public parks and lands are viewed as essential to protect open space and preserve nature – our land, water, trees, open space, wildlife.
But even more so, we value what conservation of these resources bring to us such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, protection from and prevention of extreme weather events and more.
Public parks and recreation everywhere are engaging in good environmental stewardship practices that ensure communities and future generations can reap the benefits of a protected and enhanced recreational environment. Now more than ever, we must demonstrate and show how parks are essential to the quality of the environment and lives of all.
Watch NRPA’s President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, CAE explain why conservation is an important mission for parks and recreation.
Communities Promoting Conservation
Parks & Recreation Magazine: Conservation Articles
Kids and the Outdoors: It’s Natural
By Ken Keffer
January 2015 Issue
Summary: Embracing “Nature Immersion Therapy” shows kids the wonders of the outdoors with health benefits to boot.
Debate Over the Purpose of Conservation Heats Up
By Richard J. Dolesh
December 2014 Issue
Summary: Discussion within the parks and recreation field about the precise purpose of conservation is heating up, with two camps approaching the issue from very different perspectives.
Planting Native is a Matter of Life and Death
By David G. Davis
November 2014 Issue
Summary: Park professionals have a unique opportunity to benefit their local and global ecosystem now and for the future by planting native species in their parks.
NRPA Resources for Conservation