March Madness and 8 Ways PRT Students Can Bring Glory to Their School

Kevin O'Hara | March 27, 2015

Bracket busted? Did your men's or women's team lose in the first round of the tournament? Were you (gasp) relegated to the NIT? Did your team (shudder) fail to make it to the NCAA hoops tournament at all?


These are the things on the minds of students and fans across the country. For those of us, and that's most of us, who don't have a team in this weekend's upcoming men's and women's Elite Eight action, we at NRPA offer you a chance at redemption.

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March Madness and the Final Four of Parks and Recreation

Michael Klitzing, CPRE | March 19, 2015
March Madness! It’s that time of year for filling out brackets, sneaking a peak of the games (not that any of us would do that), and cheering for the underdogs in anticipation of the Final Four. It’s also the time of year to apply for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, our very own version of the Final Four! Read more

Four Tips for a Stellar National Awards Submission

Brenda Beales;Roxanne Sutton | February 9, 2015
Chances are your park and recreation agency or a professional you know is already doing something award-worthy, but translating that on to paper can seem daunting. Luckily, NRPA’s Awards and Accreditation Manager Brenda Beales put together the top four tips for a stellar National Awards submission. Read more

5 Tips for Submitting a Successful Education Session Proposal

Tom Crosley | November 18, 2014
There’s an old saying that states “inspiration is the catalyst of action.” Well, the time is now for you to submit your ideas for an education session for the 2015 NRPA Congress. Inspire your fellow park and recreation professionals so that they might take action to implement your successful programs, strategies and more. Here are my five tips for submitting a successful education session proposal. Read more

What Your Congress Feedback Says About You

Matt Brubaker | November 10, 2014
We asked and you answered! More than 1,000 attendees completed the post-conference survey and shared what they thought about their experience at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina. The survey is your chance to tell us what we did right and where we can improve and so that we can continue to make the NRPA conference a valuable experience for all in the park and recreation field. We asked some interesting questions so I’m sure many of you are interested to see how others answered the questions and how the results breakdown. Read more

8 Life Hacks for the 2014 NRPA Congress

Roxanne Sutton | October 8, 2014
The 2014 NRPA Congress is less than a week away. Many NRPA staff members have a somewhat over-caffeinated look, but there is a definite optimism and excitement in the air as we finalize plans for one of our best conferences yet. For those making the pilgrimage to Charlotte, we’re giving it to you straight. Here are the eight things you need to know to make your experience just a little bit easier! Read more

Saying Goodbye to a Friend

Editor | October 2, 2014
Congress Program Guide, 1965-2014 The NRPA Congress Guide, 49, quietly passed away at its home in Ashburn, Virginia, following complications from a recent extreme makeover. The hefty publication, known as a comprehensive information source for all attendees, was unable to endure another yearly editing and overhaul and peacefully slipped away into NRPA’s archival shelves just weeks before the 2014 event was scheduled to begin. Read more

Don’t Waste Your Time With NRPA Congress

Jason Genck | September 22, 2014
Jason Genck, General Operations Manager of the City of Westminster, Colorado and seasoned NRPA Congress attendee offers these 8 lessons on how not to waste your time at NRPA Congress. Read more

Natural Play: New Guidelines Mean New Opportunity for Parks and Recreation

Richard J. Dolesh | September 11, 2014
The long-awaited national guidelines on the design, development and management of nature play areas written by Robin Moore, noted professor of landscape architecture and head of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) of North Carolina State University, have been released this week. These guidelines will be invaluable to the park and recreation profession. Read more

Cell Phone Camera Tricks Pros Don’t Want You to Know

John R. Johnson | September 9, 2014
In his 20-minute Speed Session at NRPA Congress last year, professional photographer John R. Johnson packed the room to share his secrets on making the best use of a cell phone for photography – a beneficial skill for park and recreation professionals working to raise awareness of programs, services and special places in the community through visual communications. Here, he shares a few tricks and previews his 2014 Speed Session reprise. Read more

Innovative Sessions: A Seasoned Congress Presenter Speaks Out

Mat Duerden, Ph.D. | August 19, 2014
From attendee to seasoned presenter, Mat Duerden, Ph.D., shares his story of the experience that is NRPA Congress. Not only does he touch on his personal evolution but that of the evolution of sessions he’s been involved in from research all the way to leading a Congress Live session! Read more

Your Marketing is Missing Something

Jason Genck | August 12, 2014
Do you find yourself searching for training and resources in marketing, branding and communication, yet finding the same tiring information told in different ways? That was me in 2012. It’s easy to hear of the latest and greatest, but difficult to find out what really works. Well, Brand+Aid changed all of that. Read more

High-Five Moments Coming Soon to Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park

Kevin Cook | July 10, 2014
The playground is where children challenge themselves and each other. It’s a place where “high-five” moments are made and remembered. You know, those moments where “I can’t” or “I’m scared” shift into “I did it!” Well these moments are coming soon to the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park as part of the 2014 Parks Build Community project. Guest blogger Kevin Cook tells us more about what to expect and why Playworld Systems is involved in the project this year. Read more

Assimilating New Presenters to Congress

Jenna Tyler, CPRP | July 7, 2014
Think back to your first day on a new job: shaking hands with people whose names you won’t recall for at least a week, determining what time to take lunch, reading the employee handbook and even finding the closest bathroom. That’s the easy stuff; then comes the budgeting, the politics, the “that’s how it’s always been done” conversations. All of that is part of assimilation and Jenna Tyler – currently assimilating to her role as a first-time NRPA Congress presenter – shares a little bit about her session on the importance of assimilation for your agency employees. Read more

Nomination Counts: Winning a National Award Advanced My Career

Thomas Venniro | February 28, 2014
How many people can say that they have been recognized nationally for the work that they have done? My assumption is not many. At my first National Congress in Baltimore (2008) I remember being blown away by the National Awards reception. I couldn’t help but think, wow, this is so amazing to recognize fellow park and recreational professionals on this level. The faces and reactions of those who received awards were those of extreme excitement and pride. I recall wondering, how does someone go about walking on that stage? At that point, I could only hope that someday I would be fortunate and successful enough to be honored in such a way. Did I ever expect to win a National Award? I guess not; but I would have never known or had the chance if someone did not take the time to nominate me. Read more

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