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

Thinking ‘Outside the Fence’ Leads to Innovative Conservation
By Richard J. Dolesh
November 2015 Issue
Summary: Thinking ‘outside the fence’ leads to some innovative conservation projects at military bases nationwide; for example, golden-cheeked warbler habitat conservation around Camp Bullis near San Antonio.

Ten Million Kids Outdoors and Counting
By Richard J. Dolesh
October 2015 Issue
Summary: NRPA, NWF and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are working on a program to continue growing the number of kids involved in nature-based activities.

Innovative Water Management at Ohiopyle State Park Visitor’s Center
By Michael W. Takacs
September 2015 Issue
Summary: Careful site analysis leads to innovative water management solutions at the Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center.

Resources for Conservation

Conservation Poster

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)