5 Ways You Can Get Involved This Earth Week

Morgan Wynn | April 20, 2015

Earth Week, a time to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this planet and make some changes so generations years from now can enjoy the same scenery we have today. Parks play a huge role, not only during Earth Week, but every week to protect natural resources and encourage conservation practices so  that we have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the environment.


And while these conservation practices happen all year long, Earth Week can inspire us to get even more involved. But how? We have 5 ways!

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You’ve Got NRPA Membership Now What?

Editor | April 19, 2015

If you are a young professional or student in the field of parks and recreation, starting out in your career and getting involved in your national association may feel really daunting. You made a great first step with membership in the National Recreation and Park Association but where do you start? What opportunities are available? How do you set yourself up for success?

Lucky for you, the NRPA Young Professional Network (YPN) members have been in your shoes and put together a really helpful video that covers off on many of those questions and more to help you get your membership and career started on the right foot. 

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5 Tips for Recruiting Your Next Park and Recreation Employee

Martin Dease | April 16, 2015

Finding the right person to fit in with the culture at your organization is critical. You can train most people for the skill set you are looking for, but to help with turnover, fit  is an important contemplation, specifically when looking at the bottom line. The cost to rehire and train someone can be thousands of dollars when you consider the time it takes to screen resumes, advertise the position, conduct interviews and provide training.


It is likely that your park and recreation department may be in the midst of hiring for seasonal employees and even interns. 


Use these 5 tips to attract the right people and make a more efficient use of your time. 

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NC2NV: Hitting the Road

Editor | April 9, 2015
Pack your bags. We have a big journey ahead of us. We are taking a road trip from Charlotte, North Carolina all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada. How you say? 
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Three Ways You Can Advocate for Summer Nutrition

Kellie May;Jamie Nash | April 8, 2015
One of the most critical times of the year to keep children healthy is during the summer, when many children may not have access to healthy food and may not be as physically active as they are during the school year. Providing a nutritious meal to hungry kids is an important way to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential both in and out of school. Read more

My Story: What Being an NRPA Scholar Did for Me

Rebecca Lackey | April 7, 2015
NRPA Student Member Rebecca Lackey shares her experience after receiving an NRPA Student Scholarship in 2014. Hint: Things are looking good for the future! Read more

The Magic of Local Parks and Recreation

Jessica Culverhouse | April 1, 2015
Magic happens every day at local parks. A child’s first soccer goal, a grandmother picking the summer’s first tomato from the community garden, a family discovering a nest full of eggs hatching on their nature walk.This Earth Month, NRPA is thrilled to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN on an expansion of our Parks Build Community initiative to demonstrate the role of local parks and recreation in helping families live healthier, connecting kids and nature, and increasing access to sports. Together we will celebrate the power of parks to improve people’s lives – and bring a little magic to local parks across the country. Read more

March Madness and 8 Ways PRT Students Can Bring Glory to Their School

Kevin O'Hara | March 27, 2015

Bracket busted? Did your men's or women's team lose in the first round of the tournament? Were you (gasp) relegated to the NIT? Did your team (shudder) fail to make it to the NCAA hoops tournament at all?


These are the things on the minds of students and fans across the country. For those of us, and that's most of us, who don't have a team in this weekend's upcoming men's and women's Elite Eight action, we at NRPA offer you a chance at redemption.

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What the Heck is Snapchat?

Roxanne Sutton | March 25, 2015

Snapchat. You’ve probably heard your teenagers whisper about it. Maybe heard about a political scandal where it was referenced a long side “inappropriate pictures.” But why should you care? It’s some silly new messaging app where messages disappear. What’s the point?


Well, with over 100 million users who are primarily ages 16-24, it could be a good platform to engage with this elusive audience.

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Innovating for Health

Samantha Bartram | March 20, 2015

Take a look out your window — what do you see? Likely roads, trees, buildings, perhaps some green space and people going about their daily routines. Most of us would regard this as an unremarkable everyday American tableau. Leaders at Miami-Dade County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS), however, view scenes like this through an entirely different lens. Their concepts of place-making through strategic policies, programs and partnerships to encourage healthier lifestyles was the focus of NRPA’s first Innovation Lab, held March 12-13 in Miami, Florida.

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