I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked and been asked this question. So, I’ve decided it’s time to break it down and explain what hashtags are and how parks and recreation can use them with a good ol’ who, what, when, where, why and how. You don’t have to be a social media genius to use them and they are definitely applicable for parks and recreation.
Here in the mid-Atlantic region, we have experienced a winter of wild temperature fluctuations and, most recently, an unusually heavy snowfall. Most of us would like nothing more this time of year than to snuggle up with a warm drink and a good book or old movie. For me, though, a “snow day” involves entertaining a busy toddler who would rather be out tromping through the fluffy white stuff than spending the day inside.
The January cover story about homelessness in parks, “Out of the Shadows,” is one I’ve wanted to write for a long time. At both the 2012 and 2013 NRPA Congresses, I attended education sessions on homelessness presented by Sara Lamnin, and in each, I hoped to gather some stories from other attendees of successful programs that park agencies have implemented to work with the homeless people living in their parks.
Some people say it’s all about the data. Others say it’s about how you interpret the data. Still others contend it’s what you do with the data that’s most important. I couldn’t agree more.
Research demonstrates that students who learn in the field gain greater command of their subjects and enjoy their time learning. In today’s highly competitive global economy continued professional development, such as that offered by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), is vital for professionals as well as those studying recreation-related careers at university. The charge of “reconnecting youth to nature,” focuses candidates on the need to become environmental stewards with a thorough understanding of sustainability issues.
We have a lot of clichés in our professional lives. But they are all really different ways of saying that we are going to think about things in a fresh manner and seek to increase the performance of what we are doing. So aside from all the worn out phrases, how do we do this within the field of parks and recreation?
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