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

How to Prepare Now for Your Career Five Years from Now

Troy Houtman, CPRE | May 21, 2015
I look back at my career and where I started 24 years ago in Greeley, Colorado. I would often tell my colleagues and co-workers, “If I was the boss, I would do it differently,” or “When I’m in charge, I will change things.” Fast forward 24 years and now I have to live up to my words. As the Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Wichita, Kansas, I am often asked how and what I did to get where I am. For certain, there has to be a strong desire to lead, learn and serve. To fuel my desire to learn about being a director, I attended the NRPA Directors School five years ago. Read more

Finding Your Next Park & Rec Employee is Easy

Morgan Wynn | May 18, 2015
You’re busy. You have programs to run, paperwork to fill out, a budget to keep track of, staff to assist, oh and you need to fill that empty desk in the corner of the office. Hiring someone can take a lot of time, energy and resources but it doesn’t have to if you have one simple tool. Read more

NC2NV: University of Missouri

Mr. Jason Young | May 15, 2015
Our first stop was with Ole Miss where we learned about their Recreation Administration program, but today we’re stretching our legs on the campus of the University of Missouri, let’s see what their program is up to! Read more

Five Park and Recreation Trends from the 2015 Field Report

Lauren Hoffmann | May 12, 2015
You probably already know that PRORAGIS is a powerful tool to help you compare your agency to others on many measures. You may even know that each year, NRPA takes a look at all the data that is in PRORAGIS and provides an analysis of how the field is doing as whole. As part of our annual analysis of the data in PRORAGIS, we identified five trends that will impact the future of parks and recreation. Read more

Can You Walk to Your Park?

Allison Colman | May 5, 2015
Parks have the ability to bring together communities to experience a plethora of health and wellness activities!  With so many amazing programs taking place at parks, it’s important to consider one important factor in particular—how are your community members getting to your parks?! Read more

This Young Professional Gets Real about the NRPA Annual Conference

Editor | April 28, 2015
We’ll admit it – being a first-time attendee and a young professional at the NRPA Annual Conference could be a scary thing. You walk through the conference doors to a sea of thousands of park and recreation professionals. At that moment you have a choice – you can either approach it apprehensively or dive right in and make the most of your experience while you are there. For Kendrick Mayes, a first-time attendee AND young professional at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina he chose the latter and the results…well, we’ll let him tell you directly in this video interview with fellow member of the Young Professional Network, Jay Tryon, CPRP. Read more

Earth Day, Every Day

Morgan Wynn | April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day my park and recreation friends! Today’s the day dedicated to creating awareness for a healthier and more sustainable environment. However, we know that as park and recreation professionals our earth day is really everyday as you work to create awareness and support conservation efforts in your community.


So just how do park and recreation agencies participate in Earth Day every day? We’ll share a few!

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50 Reasons to Attend the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference

Matt Brubaker | April 21, 2015

Whether you have never had a chance to attend or you are one of those people who has an overwhelming collection of conference badges from over the years hanging on your office wall, the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference is the one you don’t want to miss!

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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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