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The Latest Conservation Research All in One Place

By Kevin Roth, PhD, and Teresa L. Penbrooke, PhD | Posted on September 19, 2017

There are many important and valuable research articles published each year related to parks and recreation. NRPA contracted with North Carolina State University’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department to review recently published papers focused on park and recreation’s role in conservation and resiliency.

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Greening Gary, IN from the Ground Up through Community Engagement

By Angela Larsen | Posted on September 15, 2017

The Alliance for the Great Lakes worked with community members in Gary to create meaningful Green Infrastructure projects that matter to them.

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Employee Engagement Boosts Community Cohesion

By Kellie May | Posted on August 22, 2017

In June, NRPA partnered with the Citi Foundation to host Global Community Day service projects at local park and recreation agencies in nine cities across the country. Citi employees, their family members and community volunteers participated in park maintenance/beautification, and other projects that helped revitalize local park spaces.

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Building Relationships to Foster Engagement in the Environment

By Rosie Santos | Posted on July 28, 2017

The NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign Community Engagement grant program offered us an opportunity to pilot a work study program to arm young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to address real issues in our community.

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Healthy Greenspaces, Clean Water, Community Pride

By Jennifer Cox | Posted on May 31, 2017

Green stormwater infrastructure offers a hopeful solution to both environmental and social challenges when implemented in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

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Only 52% Of Adults View Local Parks as Nature

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 25, 2017

A recently released comprehensive study takes a closer look at how Americans connect with nature. The Nature of Americans report combines data to better understand their sentiment of nature, outdoor activities, perceived benefits, and more.

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Defend Our National Monuments, Diversity and Inclusion

By Robert García and Daniel Rossman | Posted on May 16, 2017

We, the people, must raise our voices to defend the health of our neighborhoods and the future of our children. We must insist on more parks and greater access to healthy outdoor activity, along with protection for all our public lands and waters — including national monuments.

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May Park Bench Blog

All Roads Lead to...a Park

By Chris Brusatte | Posted on May 15, 2017

Since the dawn of humanity, it seems, people have enjoyed the beauty, tranquility and serenity that natural parks offer. We all share the love of the outdoors, for recreation and for a respite from the busy world that invades most of our daily lives. Nature and recreation are treasures to cherish.

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April Dirt Blog

Dirt is a Good Thing

By Emily Hiatt, NRPA YPN | Posted on April 25, 2017

Take a live snake into an inner-city school or community center and you may clear the room. I have had this experience several times… but only on the first visit.

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Newbies to Nature: Training Your Instructors

By Shannon Burton | Posted on April 14, 2017

Shannon Burton, Outdoor Programs Manager for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, shares her advice for training nature program instructors.

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Monarch

The Buzz on Bees, Monarchs and Other Pollinators This Spring

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on April 6, 2017

If you were wondering about the status of the highly threatened monarch butterfly this past winter, the news is not good.

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2017 March Wildlife Explorers

Gear Up for Earth Month with Wildlife Explorers

By Kim Tuong | Posted on March 4, 2017

March is the perfect time to start planning a nature discovery program for your out-of-school time youth. Recreation Programmer Kim Tuong has some great tips to get you started.

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2017 Blog February Bumblee Bee

Trump Administration Halts Listing the Rusty Patched Bumblebee as an Endangered Species

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on March 1, 2017

An Executive Order by President Trump restricting implementation of federal regulations froze the listing of the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species for 60 days.

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6 Tips for Leading a Nature Discovery Program

By Serda Ozbenian | Posted on January 26, 2017

Many agencies are interested in introducing a nature discovery program to their community, but are unsure of how to begin. Here are some easy tips for agencies and leaders to get started.

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2016 December Resolutions

Take Your New Year’s Resolutions to Your Parks and Rec!

By Allison Colman | Posted on December 29, 2016

The end of the year is a great time to make a plan and work towards a healthier and happier 2017 and perhaps this year you’ll consider something new! Why not think about setting resolutions that you can achieve in your local parks and rec?

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Bringing Nature to Kids in Urban Environments

By Robert Carmona | Posted on December 1, 2016

This summer my staff and I were lucky enough to pilot NRPA’s Wildlife Explorers program at a few of our sites in Miami Dade County.

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What the 2016 Election Means for Conservation and Green Infrastructure in the 115th Congress

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on November 16, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump has outlined an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days covering issues focused primarily on immigration, national defense, job creation and security, and infrastructure.

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EPA Environmental Justice Action Agenda: Major Steps Forward, and Opportunities for More

By Robert García | Posted on November 4, 2016

Robert García, NRPA Board Member, Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, and guest writer Marianne Engelman Lado, Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Senior Staff Attorney at Earthjustice, share their insight and expertise on the impact of the EPA’s EJ 2020 Action Agenda on civil rights and environmental justice.

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