Bringing Nature to Kids in Urban Environments

Robert Carmona | December 1, 2016
This summer my staff and I were lucky enough to pilot NRPA’s Wildlife Explorers program at a few of our sites in Miami Dade County.  Participants in Miami Dade’s recreation program are required to participate in two of what we call “Eco” programs. These “Eco” programs are meant to get the participants interacting with nature, so when we saw the Wildlife Explorers program; we jumped at the opportunity to do something new. Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Conservation and Green Infrastructure in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 15, 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump has outlined an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days covering issues focused primarily on immigration, national defense, job creation and security, and infrastructure. Read more

EPA Environmental Justice Action Agenda: Major Steps Forward, and Opportunities for More

Robert García and Marianne Engelman Lado | November 4, 2016
Robert García, NRPA Board Member, Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, and guest writer Marianne Engelman Lado, Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Senior Staff Attorney at Earthjustice, share their insight and expertise on the impact of the EPA’s EJ 2020 Action Agenda on civil rights and environmental justice. Read more

What Community Resilience is All About

Roland Richardson | November 3, 2016
Across the country, park and recreation agencies play a critical role in fostering the type of community cohesion that is necessary for building resilient communities. As cities deal with an increasing number of extreme weather events, parks and recreation will play a key role in making sure communities are prepared. To bring parks and recreation to the table, NRPA joined the Alliance for National & Community Resilience. Read more

Q&A: What is Wildlife Explorers?

NRPA Staff | November 2, 2016

 Not having staff with environmental expertise or experience is a real challenge facing park agencies. But we all know that engaging kids in nature is vital for the future sustainability of planet. So NRPA worked with partners to create a truly accessible nature program that addresses some of these key barriers – Wildlife Explorers was born.


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Conservation and Volunteer Lessons Learned from Seattle Parks and Recreation

Roland Richardson | October 3, 2016
In August, the NRPA conservation team took a trip to the rainy city to meet with staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation, and tour several of the city’s most iconic parks. Read more

Coastal Justice Brings California Coastal Commission Closer to Serving All Californians

Robert García | September 29, 2016
On Saturday, September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed a coastal justice law that amends the California Coastal Act. This law explicitly requires compliance with and enforcement of civil rights and environmental justice laws. Read more

Outlook Unclear for Policy Priorities as Congress Adjourns Until September

David Tyahla | August 2, 2016
We’re in the heart of another hot and humid summer in Washington, DC. These conditions are sure to produce one thing — Congress leaving for its summer break. Read more

Using Art to Connect Kids to Nature

Richard J. Dolesh | April 18, 2016
The Get to Know program, an art contest that encourages kids to connect with nature, was founded in part with the support of internationally famous wildlife artist, Robert Bateman. Read more

5 Key Takeaways from Park Support Study

Kevin Roth | January 19, 2016
NRPA's recent research report shows that Americans are passionate about their local parks. Read more

A Win for LWCF and more in the Congressional Spending Package

NRPA Public Policy Team | December 18, 2015
Congress passed its year-end spending package—keeping the government funded through September 30, 2016. We’ve pulled the highlights that impact parks and recreation. Read more

NRPA’s Efforts to Save the Monarch Butterfly Receive National Recognition

Richard J. Dolesh | November 16, 2015

NRPA has been accepted into the Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of national and regional organizations, universities, and governmental agencies all working to protect and conserve the monarch.


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Inherit the Earth, or Borrow it from our Children?

Paul Gilbert, Executive Director of NOVA Parks | June 30, 2015
By taking a more proactive role in environmental protection, parks and recreation can serve our communities better, and our world. Read more

Free Milkweed Plants and Grant Opportunities for Monarch Habitat Restoration

Richard J. Dolesh | June 5, 2015
Monarch butterfly conservation resources are available, and your park and recreation agency should look for opportunities to utilize them to expand efforts in conservation, education and research. Read more

Earth Day, Every Day

Morgan Rothermel | April 22, 2015

Earth Day is the day dedicated to creating awareness for a healthier and more sustainable environment. So just how do park and recreation agencies participate in Earth Day every day?

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