Still Thankful for Parks and Recreation. How About You?

Lauren Hoffmann | November 26, 2014
Last year, one of our most popular articles on the blog was around this time of year.It reflected on the Thanksgiving tradition of talking with friends and family about what it is you are thankful for and of course, we suggested (and still suggest) that everyone add local parks and recreation to the list. Well, just as you may serve up those traditional family favorites year after year at your holiday meal gatherings, we thought it would be fun to bring back our list of 10 reasons why we are thankful for parks and recreation.  Read more

How Facebook Changes Affect Parks and Rec (and 4 Ways to Adapt)

Roxanne Sutton | November 21, 2014
This week, the New York Times reported that Facebook will again change the rankings of posts from business pages making it harder than ever to organically show up in your fans’ newsfeeds. So what are park and rec pros supposed to do? Read more

You Won’t Believe What Happened After I Attended Event Management School

Melanie Scoggins, CPRP | November 19, 2014
I have been in the field of parks and recreation for about 15 years (wow!), with most of my work focusing on special event management. One of my key goals was to get to the Event Management School. I was able to attend as a first year student in January 2014. While attending, I was looking for ways to increase attendance at a festival that was moving locations. You won't believe what happened to our festival after I came back from Event Management School... Read more

5 Tips for Submitting a Successful Education Session Proposal

Tom Crosley | November 18, 2014
There’s an old saying that states “inspiration is the catalyst of action.” Well, the time is now for you to submit your ideas for an education session for the 2015 NRPA Congress. Inspire your fellow park and recreation professionals so that they might take action to implement your successful programs, strategies and more. Here are my five tips for submitting a successful education session proposal. Read more

The Hairy Truth About Parks and Recreation

Matt Brubaker | November 14, 2014
The moustache is a powerful entity. Not only can it be a work of art, it has also had great impact on our country. Many people don’t know just how influential the moustache has been in the advancement of parks and recreation in America. Here is a brief summary of some of the most significant lip brows in American parks and recreation history. Read more

What Your Congress Feedback Says About You

Matt Brubaker | November 10, 2014
We asked and you answered! More than 1,000 attendees completed the post-conference survey and shared what they thought about their experience at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina. The survey is your chance to tell us what we did right and where we can improve and so that we can continue to make the NRPA conference a valuable experience for all in the park and recreation field. We asked some interesting questions so I’m sure many of you are interested to see how others answered the questions and how the results breakdown. Read more

Demonstrating the Power of Parks to Combat Hunger

Sage Learn | November 7, 2014
Park and recreation agencies are located in almost every community across the country and are the largest public provider, outside of schools, for United States Department of Agriculture-funded feeding programs. These initiatives provide healthy meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during out-of-school times. For many children, these may be the only nutritious meals they enjoy on a normal day. It is vital in communities across the country to continue funding for the Child Nutrition Act, Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program, all of which will be addressed by Congress next fall. Read more

What the Midterm Congressional Election Results Mean for Parks and Recreation

Dave Tyahla | November 6, 2014
The results of the November 4 Congressional elections were, by any standard, a big win for the Republicans. Seeing the GOP take control of the Senate and strengthen their majority in the House certainly will have an impact on three very important NRPA legislative priorities for the coming year including the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) State Assistance Program, funding for active transportation (walking and biking), and the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. Read more

Trails Are Going High Tech. Are You Ready?

Travis Smith, Ph.D. | October 28, 2014
At the conclusion of another successful NRPA Congress, we find ourselves thinking about the future. What does the park of the future look like? One thing is certain: great parks must serve visitors digitally as well as they serve them physically. People expect to get information they need in the snap of their fingers, and in the palm of their hands. A park experience must be excellent before, during and after a visit. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association has been participating in the development of OpenTrails, an open data format for publishing trail maps across the web. OpenTrails is designed to help you take your existing GIS data—which is hopefully already in the PRORAGIS format—and make it useable in mobile apps, web maps and more. Read more

8 Life Hacks for the 2014 NRPA Congress

Roxanne Sutton | October 8, 2014
The 2014 NRPA Congress is less than a week away. Many NRPA staff members have a somewhat over-caffeinated look, but there is a definite optimism and excitement in the air as we finalize plans for one of our best conferences yet. For those making the pilgrimage to Charlotte, we’re giving it to you straight. Here are the eight things you need to know to make your experience just a little bit easier! Read more

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