Toys R Us Should Support, Not Bash, Kids’ Trips To The Woods
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.
Ways to Celebrate Visit a Park Day on October 4 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!
Committed to Getting Kids Outdoors — 10 Million to be Exact
For many, outdoor play was a part of childhood. Rather than sitting in front of the TV or playing with electronics, we were outside socializing with other kids at parks and playgrounds. At Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, they believe in providing outdoor experiences for children, making them natural partners for the 10 Million Kids Outdoors campaign. In this blog, Lindsay Labas, Marketing Manager from Carmel Clay shares how this agency is leveraging the 10 Million Kids Outdoors campaign in their community and offers tips on how your agency can take advantage of the program.
We Took a Green Business Challenge, Can Your Agency?
Conservation in all of its many forms is incredibly important for parks and recreation which is one of the reasons why it is part of the NRPA Three Pillars. Core to the mission of public parks and recreation is the preservation of natural resources and the promotion of good conservation and stewardship practices.
At NRPA we believe in this so much so that here at headquarters in Ashburn, VA we decided to take the Loudoun County, VA Green Business Challenge. Read on to find out how we did in the challenge and what we learned!
Keep Nature Part of the Back to School Schedule
Just because the end of summer and the busy school season is here doesn’t mean you have to pull away from your programs that connect kids to nature. Read on to get ideas on how to continue to work on reversing the trend of a childhood spent indoors this fall and all year long.
An Istanbul Traveler’s Account: More Parks are Desperately Needed in this City
One of the fiercest citizen uprisings in Turkey’s recent history ignited and it was all for the love of one little park. Protestors gathered to protect Taksim Gezi Park in Instanbul from redevelopment into a shopping mall. The protest brought together thousands in Turkey and now globally to defend dwindling green space. NRPA’s own Gina Cohen, was traveling in Turkey during the protests and shares commentary and information about Taksim Gezi Park, the significance of the protests and why these recent events stand as a reminder to us all of the deep significance parks and open public spaces have for people no matter where they are from.
NRPA President and CEO Talks with New Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell
Last Tuesday, NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, met with the new Secretary for the Department of Interior (DOI), Sally Jewell, to discuss the federal agency’s role in championing community parks. NRPA has an enduring interest in cultivating a relationship with any DOI Secretary and this initial meeting served as a productive first step in establishing an ongoing dialogue between NRPA and the DOI. Read on to gain more insight into what was discussed during this first meeting.
From Gravel Lot to Garden of Possibilities
Community gardens can be powerful things. They can bring communities together, provide fresh and healthy produce to those that may have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they can connect generations and pass on traditions and so much more. Often run by local parks and recreation, community gardens have the power to improve communities. Recently, we visited Rosemont Park District in Illinois and saw first hand how the Grow Your Park grant from NRPA and the Darden Foundation is changing not only the landscape of this small town, but is also bringing generations and the community closer.
Keen Interest in Parks at the National Mitigation Banking Conference
Parks for Mitigation is an innovative pilot project begun by NRPA with Angler Environmental NRPA and Angler have been working together to develop a pilot project creating stream mitigation banks on public parklands in the MD, VA, and DC region that, if successful, will serve as a model for other park agencies across the country.
Three Ways to Use the Three Pillars
In this month’s Parks & Recreation cover story, agency leaders discuss how their programs and facilities fit into NRPA’s three pillars—conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. But above all, the pillars are a communications strategy, so how are these agencies communicating those priorities to the public and policymakers? Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard takes a look at how three agencies are using the pillars messaging in three very different ways.