Zika Virus Update: New Potential Northward Spread Feared

Richard J. Dolesh | May 2, 2016

There is a significant new development regarding the potential spread northward of the Zika virus with implications for large portions of the United States. For the first time, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Zika virus has been found in a species of mosquito other than the Aedes aegypti mosquito.  

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7 Tips for Preventing Child Abuse at Summer Camps

Editor | April 28, 2016

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and with planning for summer camps in full swing, now is a good time to think about how your camps can help spot and prevent child abuse.


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One Step Closer to Making LWCF Permanent

David Tyahla | April 26, 2016
Last week, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive energy reform package (S. 2012) which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill includes a significant change to how future LWCF dollars would be distributed by requiring a minimum of 40 percent of annual LWCF support go to a "suite" of existing programs which benefit the states, including the State Assistance Program, Forest Legacy Program, Co-Operative Endangered Species grants and American Battlefields preservation grants. Read more

“Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act” Not Worthy of the Name

Oliver Spurgeon | April 22, 2016
After months of good faith efforts by NRPA to help craft a sensible, bipartisan renewal of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and other House Republicans have introduced the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act. This bill will not only deny thousands of hungry children meals during the school day, it will cut the number of kids parks and recreation agencies feed during the summer and impose budget-busting costs on our summer meals programs. Read more

Do We Represent the Diversity of Our Communities?

Kevin Roth | April 20, 2016
Different backgrounds bring different experiences to the workplace. For parks and recreation, especially, it’s important for our agencies to understand the needs of their community members. One way of doing this is to have staff representative of the community you serve. So in February we asked many of our nation’s urban and larger suburban park and recreation agencies about the demographics of their agency team members. Read more

Using Art to Connect Kids to Nature

Richard Dolesh | April 18, 2016
The Get to Know program, an art contest that encourages kids to connect with nature, was founded in part with the support of internationally famous wildlife artist, Robert Bateman, who was concerned that kids could recognize hundreds of product logos but were unable to name even the most common plants and animals around their own home. Read more

Diverse Field, Common Mission

Kevin Roth | April 7, 2016
Park and recreation agencies are as diverse as the communities they serve. To discover what is best for your agency, you need benchmark data to compare how your agency performs against similar peers. That’s where the 2016 NRPA Field Report comes in. This is the most comprehensive resource of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States. Read more

Your #ParkVote Makes a Difference

Morgan Wynn | March 31, 2016
For the second year, NRPA is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN during Earth Month to expand the Parks Build Community initiative – where through our Meet Me at the Park PSA and social media we encourage everyone from across the country to join in on creating lasting impacts for 16 communities. Read more

5 Reasons to Hike with Your Kids

Jessica Culverhouse | March 30, 2016
For my family, any season is a good time for a hike. But there is something extra special about hiking in the springtime, spotting ephemeral wildflowers like Virginia bluebells and inventing dialogue between songbirds as they call to one another. Make a pledge to take your child out to hike in a park on May 21 for National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day. Read more

If You Invite Them, They Will Come

Jayni Rasmussen | March 28, 2016
This year, we’re pretty excited to build on the successes and lessons learned during the summer of Park Champion advocacy by expanding the initiative to a year-round movement. As we’ve mentioned in our 2016 Park Champion strategy, we plan on holding at least one Park Champion event in all 50 states! That may seem like a lot of events, but it’s Park Champions like Michele Potter, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture for the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland who give us confidence that we’re going to meet our goal. Read more

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