ConservationProtecting 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.

Position Statement

Communities Promoting Conservation

Parks & Recreation Magazine: Conservation Articles

Every Kid, Every Park. Nothing Less.
By Richard J. Dolesh
March 2015 Issue
Summary: NRPA strongly endorses President Barack Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative, which encourages every fourth-grade child in the nation and their families to visit a national park during 2016, but asks him to broaden his vision to include all kids and his show of support to all parks.

Beetles to the Rescue
By Richard J. Dolesh
February 2015 Issue
Summary: An innovative alliance between South Florida students, scientists and a very hungry beetle is helping to eliminate invasive plants in parks.

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.

NRPA Resources for Conservation

  • Monarch Resources Guide for Parks (400 KB PDF)

  • Conservation Poster
    Download a PDF copy of our Conservation poster to display at your agency or share with the public. (High Resolution version or Low Resolution version)