April Newbies to Nature Blog 410

Newbies to Nature: Training Your Instructors

By Shannon Burton | Posted on April 14, 2017

Shannon Burton, Outdoor Programs Manager for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, shares her advice for training nature program instructors.

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The Buzz on Bees, Monarchs and Other Pollinators This Spring

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on April 6, 2017

If you were wondering about the status of the highly threatened monarch butterfly this past winter, the news is not good.

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2017 Agency Performance Review teaser

Review Your Agency’s Performance Against its Peers

By Kevin Roth | Posted on April 4, 2017

This week, we released the 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review, our annual report summarizing the key findings and insights from Park Metrics. If this sounds familiar, it is because the Agency Performance Review is the new name for the NRPA Field Report.

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2017 March Meet me at the park

How to Help Your Park Win $20,000

By Jenny Cox | Posted on March 31, 2017

For the third year, NRPA is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN during Earth Month for the Meet Me at the Park initiative!

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2017 March Walk in the Park

How Bringing Healthcare Providers and Parks Together Creates Healthier Communities

By Lesha Spencer-Brown and Rachael Habash | Posted on March 24, 2017

The last two decades have seen a big push for healthcare providers and health systems to collaborate with community-based organizations and businesses (like parks and recreation) through coalitions and city-wide health initiatives to address these barriers to improved health.

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2017 march presidential budget

Trump’s First Budget Request and What It Means for Parks and Recreation

By Dave Tyahla | Posted on March 18, 2017

The Trump White House released its first federal budget request this week on Thursday, March 16 and key park and recreation policy priorities are identified to receive cuts and elimination.

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2017 March Arthritis Rachel

The Role of Parks in Aging in Place

By Rachel Banner | Posted on March 17, 2017

Aging in place is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Parks and recreation is a vital part of creating an age friendly community.

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2017 March Arthritis

Arthritis in America: The Role of Parks and Recreation

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on March 10, 2017

On March 7, 2017, the CDC released Vital Signs: Arthritis in America highlighting the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis in America, along with activity limitations and measures than can be taken to combat arthritis.

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2017 homeless survey

Survey Results: Parks and the Homeless

By Kevin Roth | Posted on March 9, 2017

NRPA recently conducted a survey of urban park and recreation agency directors across the country on the topic of homelessness to gain an understanding of the views and actions of their departments and other local government agencies.

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2017 March CTH 3 years

Celebrating 3 Years of Healthy Out-of-School Time

By Allison Colman and Ava DeBovis | Posted on March 7, 2017

In February 2014 NRPA launched Commit to Health, a campaign devoted to creating healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs in local parks and recreation.

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2017 March Park health

Parks: A True Health Solution

By Kevin Roth | Posted on March 6, 2017

A research brief published earlier this year highlights that parks are a health solution not just an aspirational goal.

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2017 March Wildlife Explorers

Gear Up for Earth Month with Wildlife Explorers

By Kim Tuong | Posted on March 4, 2017

March is the perfect time to start planning a nature discovery program for your out-of-school time youth. Recreation Programmer Kim Tuong has some great tips to get you started.

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2017 February Fellowship

An Application Away from Opportunity

By Anthony Iracki | Posted on March 2, 2017

Receiving an NRPA Fellowship proved to be one of the highlights of Anthony's career. In addition to being recognized for his work, the fellowship expanded Anthony's network and introduced him to new ideas.

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2017 Blog February Bumblee Bee

Trump Administration Halts Listing the Rusty Patched Bumblebee as an Endangered Species

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on March 1, 2017

An Executive Order by President Trump restricting implementation of federal regulations froze the listing of the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species for 60 days.

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2017 5 tips prm

5 Easy Ways You Can Get Started with Park and Recreation Month

Posted on February 24, 2017

Park and Recreation Month can seem overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve put together this quick start guide so you can easily celebrate the important role of parks and recreation this July.

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2017 February Valentines DC Update

A Valentine’s Day Greeting from Washington

By NRPA Public Policy | Posted on February 14, 2017

Here is the latest from Capitol Hill about the Trump Administration Cabinet and Congress.

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2017 February Live Updates From Hill

Live Updates from the Hill

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 14, 2017

Last Friday, we sat down with NRPA’s Public Policy team to do a Facebook Live broadcast about how the changes in Washington, D.C. will likely affect the field of parks and recreation.

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Becoming a Park Champion

By Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on February 14, 2017

With the 115th Congress underway, it’s time to meet the legislators leading the Congressional committees handling the legislation that is most important to parks and recreation.

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