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

Polar Vortex Chills Parks
By Richard J. Dolesh
April 2014 Issue
Summary: This winter’s extreme weather brought both positives and negatives to park agencies nationwide.

Healthy Trees are Key to Vibrant Communities
By Carrie Gallagher
March 2014 Issue
Summary: Trees bring communities together, enhance outdoor spaces and provide a wide range of economic benefits.

Brazil’s Park Challenge
By Richard J. Dolesh
February 2014 Issue
Summary: NRPA’s VP of conservation and parks shares insight gathered on park issues experienced in other countries during a recent trip to Brazil.

NRPA Resources for Conservation

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)