Earth Day, Every Day

Morgan Wynn | April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day my park and recreation friends! Today’s the day dedicated to creating awareness for a healthier and more sustainable environment. However, we know that as park and recreation professionals our earth day is really everyday as you work to create awareness and support conservation efforts in your community.

 

So just how do park and recreation agencies participate in Earth Day every day? We’ll share a few!

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5 Ways You Can Get Involved This Earth Week

Morgan Wynn | April 20, 2015

Earth Week, a time to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this planet and make some changes so generations years from now can enjoy the same scenery we have today. Parks play a huge role, not only during Earth Week, but every week to protect natural resources and encourage conservation practices so  that we have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the environment.

 

And while these conservation practices happen all year long, Earth Week can inspire us to get even more involved. But how? We have 5 ways!

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The Magic of Local Parks and Recreation

Jessica Culverhouse | April 1, 2015
Magic happens every day at local parks. A child’s first soccer goal, a grandmother picking the summer’s first tomato from the community garden, a family discovering a nest full of eggs hatching on their nature walk.This Earth Month, NRPA is thrilled to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN on an expansion of our Parks Build Community initiative to demonstrate the role of local parks and recreation in helping families live healthier, connecting kids and nature, and increasing access to sports. Together we will celebrate the power of parks to improve people’s lives – and bring a little magic to local parks across the country. Read more

NRPA Goes Platinum

Editor | December 15, 2014
Here at NRPA headquarters, we’re invested in supporting theThree Pillars of Conservation, Health and Wellness and Social Equity. We go to great lengths to communicate that commitment to you, our members and beyond, in hopes that solidarity will encourage you and your agencies to undertake projects and promises that also support the Three Pillars in your communities. But, as we all know, it’s sometimes complicated to convey our impact to the residents and leaders of the areas we serve.NRPA was fortunate to have a great opportunity to do just that at the recently held Green Business Challenge Awards. Read more

Still Thankful for Parks and Recreation. How About You?

Lauren Hoffmann | November 26, 2014
Last year, one of our most popular articles on the blog was around this time of year.It reflected on the Thanksgiving tradition of talking with friends and family about what it is you are thankful for and of course, we suggested (and still suggest) that everyone add local parks and recreation to the list. Well, just as you may serve up those traditional family favorites year after year at your holiday meal gatherings, we thought it would be fun to bring back our list of 10 reasons why we are thankful for parks and recreation.  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

Let them Play in the Park

Jessica Culverhouse | August 20, 2014
In a recent NPR story on play, correspondent John Hamblin made the case that play is good for the developing brain. As a parent and former educator, I couldn’t agree more. I am often struck by the determent of unstructured play by parents, teachers and caregivers, even in the toddler years. Read more

9 Ways to Have a Better Summer Camp

Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio | July 16, 2014
Summer camp is the ultimate adventure for a kid. It’s a place to discover new things, push comfort zones and experience the outdoors in a whole new way. While every summer camp is different, there are some universal “must-dos” that are worth checking off.  Authors Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, offer their 9 favorites for keeping kids busy and happy while gaining a whole new appreciation for nature. Read more

5 Tips for Camping With Kids

Jessica Culverhouse | June 26, 2014
My family and I love to camp. My husband and I both grew up in camping families, and when our son was born, we knew we wanted to take him camping early and often to help foster a love for the outdoors and spend fun, quality time together. Our first camping trip as a family was to nearby Lake Fairfax Park when James was two months old. With camping season underway in much of the country, I encourage you to pack up the kids and the tent and head to your local park. Read more

5 Ways to Celebrate Kids to Parks Day

Jessica Culverhouse | May 15, 2014
If you’re a regular Open Space reader, you may have seen my first blog for NRPA, 5 Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids this Winter. Mercifully, that long, white winter is behind us, and it’s time to shed the extra layers of clothing and head back to the park to enjoy spring: the season of renewal and rebirth. There is so much to do in the park during the springtime – from baseball games to busy afternoons at the playground. Spring is also great time to get into the park to enjoy the wonders of the natural world as plants and wildlife reemerge from their winter rest. Read more

Five Days to Big Green Results during Earth Week

Lauren Hoffmann | April 29, 2014

 A few weeks ago, we told you all about the plans the NRPA Green Team put together for celebrating Earth Day and Earth Week here at NRPA HQ.  Our week wrapped up this past Friday and I think I can speak for the whole staff; it is amazing how much good you can do in just a little bit of time.

 

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NRPA Gears Up for Earth Week

Roxanne Sutton | April 15, 2014
Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22—a reminder that we’re all part of this world and we’re responsible for taking care of it. However, as park and recreation professionals know all too well, one day out of 365 isn’t enough. Park and rec pros are the green leaders in their communities, so your national association is working on being the green leader here in our community. Read more

Share Your Story the Three Pillars Way

Claudine Heizer | March 7, 2014
Just like many of you, every time I attend the annual NRPA Congress and Exposition, I’m inspired by the ideas and strategies that are presented throughout the week. During the conference I feverishly take notes, dreaming of implementing cutting edge practices and techniques when I return to my desk. The last day of conference feels almost like graduation – full of hope and optimism. Unfortunately, reality strikes within a week or two of returning to my office. Once again, I’m consumed with the traditional day-to-day, keep-your-head-above water tasks and my inspired plans seem to disappear as quickly as they had appeared. Read more

Your Advocacy Can Help the Federal Government Blossom

Sage Learn | March 4, 2014
Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming in the local parks and cherry blossoms will soon be out in D.C. Help plant the seeds or cultivate current ones with your congressional members. Our political leaders need to hear from you, their constituents, to know what issues are important in their communities. Join your colleges and the NRPA Public Policy team at NRPA’s Legislative Forum in D.C. on March 25 and 26 to advocate for the issues that are critical to your agency. Our team will help provide all the training and information you need to have successful meetings and become the valuable resource to Congress, which you already are. Read more

5 Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids this Winter

Jessica Culverhouse | January 23, 2014

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.

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