Park and Recreation Professionals Speak for the Trees


by Lisa Vega | Posted on March 7, 2012


If you have kids, you may have taken them to see the new Dr. Seuss movie, The Lorax, this weekend.  I have a six-year old daughter and we caught the matinee showing of this inspirational “movie with a message” on Sunday.


The Lorax movie is based on the 1971 book of the same name.  It was written long before the concepts of “global warming” and hybrid cars.  Even back then, Dr. Seuss understood the importance of conservation and standing up for what you believe—just like those in the park and recreation field.


The mission to celebrate the world by conserving parkland and by saving energy at recreation facilities is shared by all who choose to work in the park and recreation field.  We understand that one seed can make a difference. 


After the movie, I asked my daughter if she understood the message and what did the movie mean to her?  She thought for a second and answered, “That we need air to live and that trees make air.  And Mom, I don’t want to have to buy canned air when I’m older.”


"Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not."  

Written by: Lisa Vega, NRPA Marketing Director



Inspirational questions to ponder.  Share your thoughts:

  1. Thinking about the message of the Lorax story, what conservation efforts do you think are important to teach younger generations? 

  2. In what ways does the Lorax inspire you to promote conservation in your community? 



Great message! Conservation can be taught to our children very simply by getting out of the house and enjoying everything that nature has to offer. There are so many awesome and wonderous sites to see in and around the Chicagoland area. We live near the #Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont Illinois, and the trails there are buzzing with hikers and bikers. We also enjoy visiting #Pilcher Park in Joliet, and when we have more time, we like to visit #Starve Rock State Park. I'd love you hear about other favorite outdoor trails. Rich by Richard Alesky on 07/23/2012


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