Inherit the Earth, or Borrow it from our Children?

Paul Gilbert, Executive Director of NOVA Parks | June 30, 2015
We have parks and programs that reach the people. We are a trusted voice on issues related to natural resources. By taking a more proactive role in environmental protection, we can serve our communities better, and our world.  It is the old adage of “think globally, and act locally.” Read more

Flip the Switch on Screen Time: Eight Tips

Daniel Hatcher | June 25, 2015

Limiting screen time in your park and recreation summer and out-of-school time programs can be a challenge, especially on inclement-weather-days. What about educational programs? Perhaps your program occasionally shows short videos as part of an anti-bullying project or maybe you lead a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. Kids need to use a screen to learn coding right?


Here’s the deal. What’s important about this standard is limiting unnecessary screen time. It’s about ensuring that if screen time is used, it is balanced with physical activity time.


Are you ready to flip the switch on screen time? Try one (or all) of these tips!

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Staying a Top Workplace

Martin Dease | June 22, 2015
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! This week NRPA was named to The Washington Post Top Workplaces 2015. Being awarded the title of Top Workplace means even more to us because it is based solely on employee surveys. The list is determined by results from confidential surveys asking staff members 22 questions related to pay, benefits, work/life balance, how they view their role and satisfaction with the organization. Read more

The Power of Many

Michele White | June 19, 2015
Throughout May, we asked if you could give up one coffee for a park. It was a small ask, and for those of you who decided to take the challenge, the power of many became apparent. Generally, $5 may not go far, but when a network of 50,000 park and recreation professionals came together along with our supplier community, big things happened Read more

The 17 Goals of the United Nations Parks and Recreation Should Know

Jimmy O'Connor | June 17, 2015
The United Nations spent the last three years identifying the most pressing issues affecting the planet; in particular, the human element of the planet. Resulting in 17 goals that are critical to improving lives around the world; these Universal Sustainable Development Goals will set the framework for countries to address the most pressing issues facing us – and our neighbors worldwide. These goals will be adopted by world leaders this coming September. Read more

Five Tips to Get Your Member of Congress to Visit Your Community

Jayni Rasmussen | June 16, 2015
NRPA’s Public Policy team recently sat down with two expert Congressional staffers during the May Park Champion Webinar, “Speak Like An Advocate.” Here are some of their top tips on getting the attention of your federal elected officials. Read more

NC2NV: Texas State University

Editor | June 9, 2015
We’ve made stops at Ole Miss and the University of Missouri but today we’ll be in the great state of Texas learning about Texas State University’s Bachelor of Science in Recreational Administration and Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services programs! Read more

Free Milkweed Plants and Grant Opportunities for Monarch Habitat Restoration

Richard Dolesh | June 5, 2015
There is new hope for monarchs. Public opinion has been galvanized by the news of the potential disappearance of monarchs across North America, and support for saving the monarch has never been higher. National conservation organizations, corporations and the federal government have initiated new initiatives to reverse this decline. Some of these resources are becoming available, and your park and recreation agency should look for opportunities to utilize these resources to expand efforts in conservation, education and research. Read more

Why 50,000 is a Great Number for Parks and Recreation

Lauren Hoffmann | June 3, 2015
NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane, CAE, made the announcement to members on May 28, and she outlined three ways the growth in membership is significant for park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, industry suppliers and more. Read more

5 Things to Do in Your Parks and Recreation this Memorial Day and Summer

Roxanne Sutton | May 22, 2015
Memorial Day means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For parks and recreation, it can mean a weekend filled with parades, events and pool openings. For others, it means time to spend outside with family and friends. For everyone though, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen in defense of our country. Read more

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