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February 2014

New Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment.

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January 2014

Certification Programs

Through national certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs and services. Learn more about CPRP, CPRE, AFO and CPSI certification programs today! Read More
January 2014

NRPA Issues Call for Sessions Proposals

Call for Sessions Proposals for 2014 Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Apply Today! Read More
January 2014

PRORAGIS, or Park and Recreation Operating Ratio and Geographic Information System, is a national database that allows park and recreation agencies to benchmark with others, develop program planning, and enhance overall community operations. Read More
September 2013

2014 Leisure Research Symposium Call for Abstracts

Leisure Research Symposium Call for Abstracts: The NRPA Leisure Research Symposium provides an international forum for scholarly exchange and discussion about leisure. The Symposium includes both theoretical and applied research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. 

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January 2013

Help Bring Parks to Every Child and Community

Help Bring Parks to Every Child and Community Do you have childhood memories of playing at your local park? Pretending the merry-go-round was a flying saucer, challenging your best friend to who could make it all the way across the monkey bars, or your first kiss on a park bench? It is through our local pa

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April 2012

Recreation Fitness Worker Named One of Best Jobs

Recreation Fitness Worker Named One of Best Jobs

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July 2011

NRPA in the News: Video

NRPA often works with broadcast media on national stories that affect the park and recreation industry. The CBS Early Show ran a piece on pool closings that featured NRPA's Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Tulipane on Friday, July 15, 2011.

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