What is an Accessible Trail? Part Two

September 26, 2013

Requirements for accessible trails are evolving and advancing and if you are in parks and recreation, it is time to get familiar with what’s to come in the next few years. In this second part of a two-part blog series, accessibility expert John McGovern, J.D., outlines what you need to know about coming requirements. 

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My Parks and Recreation Career Started When…

September 24, 2013

The path to a career can be a varied one – from knowing exactly what you want to be when you grow up and pursuing that dream to stumbling into a career after an experience later in life.  Everyone has their story and Terri Stowers, park and recreation manager for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in North Carolina, shares her story and why it is influencing her to attend the NRPA’s Supervisors Management School this year.  Read on and see if you can relate to Terri’s story.      

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Everyone Communicates - Few Connect: A Speed Session Preview

September 17, 2013

Here it is, your last Speed Session preview before the NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX! In this blog, David Carter of Carter Consulting Group previews his session on effective communication.  Seemingly an easy thing to do, David explains why communication can be so tough and how what you’ll learn in his Speed Session on Wednesday, October 9, can help you improve your communication skills.  

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Ways to Celebrate Visit a Park Day on October 4 2013

September 12, 2013

Have you heard that October 4, 2013 is National Visit a Park Day?  This is something that NRPA and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) have celebrated over the last couple of years to help promote the wonders of our natural and treasured resources out there – local parks.  The Young Professionals have put together some great ideas on how to celebrate Visit a Park Day and want to encourage park and recreation agencies, community leaders, civic groups, schools and other organizations to come together and participate!

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The Career Center, a Hidden Gem at NRPA's Congress

September 9, 2013
Congress is a little over a month away and many of us are planning what education sessions to attend, which networking events we will go to, and what vendors we will meet with and visit in the Exhibit Hall. Did you know though, that amongst the thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of square feet of floor space lays a “Hidden Gem” of Congress? The Career Center.  Young Professionals Network member Nathaniel Jaramillo, from Clark County Parks and Recreation, tells you all about the Career Center and why this spot is a “must visit” during your time at Congress. 
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Five Great Ideas to Make the Most of #NRPACongress

September 3, 2013

With so much to do at Congress – from hundreds of educational sessions, to an amazing expo hall, to valuable networking opportunities – you may not know how to best develop your plan for the three days so that you can maximize every moment. Roxanne Sutton, NRPA’s Marketing and Communications Specialist found 5 great tips to help you prepare.  

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