A Second Serving of Thanks

November 27, 2013

Just like Thanksgiving seconds, we thought we would “pile on” another Thanksgiving related post this week. We couldn’t help ourselves; our thankfulness is overflowing!  The staff here at NRPA headquarters took a few moments to reflect and think about the amazing members we have. Here’s why we are thankful for you, NRPA members...

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Why Be Thankful for Community Parks and Recreation

November 21, 2013

Despite the commercialization and shopping frenzy of recent years, this time of the year is all about gratitude, reflecting on why we are thankful and giving back.   For many of us at Thanksgiving, it is tradition to talk with our families, friends and neighbors about for what it is we are thankful.   Family, health, good fortune, a hot meal, jobs, friendships, the ability to spend quality time with one another and the list can go on and on.  Well, what about adding one thing to the list – community parks and recreation.  Here is our list of 10 reasons to be thankful for parks and recreation. 

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What’s Event Management School Like?

Becky Genoways, CFEE | October 23, 2014
Quality festivals and events are among the most successful tools park and recreation agencies can implement to help bring communities together, drive positive economic impact and improve quality of life. But you have to have the know-how to implement successful events. Guest blogger Becky Genoways, CFEE, is an instructor at the IFEA and NRPA Event Management School and she gives a sneak-peek into what this school is like for attendees and why it is a highlight of her year. Read more

Go For It! Submitting an Education Proposal

November 8, 2013

UPDATE: The session proposal deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 22. We know the idea of getting up in front of your peers to share your knowledge and insight can be intimidating. Luckily, you are part of an organization where your Great Ideas are valued and want to be heard! Welcome back to the first vlog from the Young Professional Network’s Professional Development series after Congress in Houston. In this vlog, Atuya O. Cornwell, CPRP, Facility Manager, Wheaton Ice Arena, MD facilitates a discussion with Timia D. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Services, Benedict College, SC and Sheema Hai, Adjunct Faculty Member, Community College of Baltimore County, MD about why you should submit an education session proposal for the 2014 Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

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Toys R Us Should Support, Not Bash, Kids’ Trips To The Woods

November 7, 2013
You may have seen the ad on TV  A school bus load of kids think they are headed out on a field trip to visit the “forest”  They look bored and can barely respond to the teacher standing in the front who asks them to identify a leaf  Suddenly, the teacher tears off his outer shirt, reveals his red Toys R Us logo wear and announces that the kids are really headed to the toy store for their pick of a free toy They go nuts with joy and the rest of the ad is about all the fun they have at the store picking out their gift For anyone with kids, there is no doubt they love trips to the toy store  But, what about that forest and the otherwise “boring” field trip from which they were saved?  What if the bus had, indeed, taken them to the woods? Read on to find out what NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane has to say about the infamous Toys vs Trees ad. Read more

A First Step in PRORAGIS May Lead You to Money

November 1, 2013

By now, chances are good that you’ve heard of NRPA’s PRORAGIS™.  Readers of Parks & Recreation Magazine have probably noticed numerous features about PRORAGIS through the past few years, and attendees of the NRPA Congress and Exposition may have attended a PRORAGIS educational session or noticed the Community Center PRORAGIS display and demonstration. But how do you actually get started entering your data?  And what is the first step in using this powerful tool to help improve your agency and service to your community?   

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