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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8 Life Hacks for 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition

October 2, 2013

NRPA’s Congress and Exposition is just one week away—all the final plans are coming together and last minute prep is being made. Soon thousands of park and recreation professionals will fill downtown Houston and the hot Texas air will be filled with Great Ideas.  These life hacks may not be the ones made popular by the Internet and BuzzFeed, but they will definitely make navigating this year’s Congress and Exposition just a little bit easier!  

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My Parks and Recreation Career Started When…

September 24, 2013

The path to a career can be a varied one – from knowing exactly what you want to be when you grow up and pursuing that dream to stumbling into a career after an experience later in life.  Everyone has their story and Terri Stowers, park and recreation manager for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in North Carolina, shares her story and why it is influencing her to attend the NRPA’s Supervisors Management School this year.  Read on and see if you can relate to Terri’s story.      

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Five Great Ideas to Make the Most of #NRPACongress

September 3, 2013

With so much to do at Congress – from hundreds of educational sessions, to an amazing expo hall, to valuable networking opportunities – you may not know how to best develop your plan for the three days so that you can maximize every moment. Roxanne Sutton, NRPA’s Marketing and Communications Specialist found 5 great tips to help you prepare.  

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NRPA Congress from the Eyes of a Newbie

July 12, 2013

After last year’s NRPA Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, first-time Congress attendee Gerry Logan shared his account of the event with the Young Professional’s Network. As we gear up for 2013, he wanted to share his experience with the new class of first timers who are coming to Houston and highlights three key aspects of Congress: Networking opportunities, the exhibit hall and the Opening General Session...  

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From Gravel Lot to Garden of Possibilities

June 17, 2013

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. 


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Make Your Park and Recreation Month More Exciting: How Grand Prairie did it!

June 10, 2013

Are you excited for Park and Recreation Month this year?  We sure are and hope your answer is “YES!”  We thought it would be fun to showcase how Park and Recreation Month can really be a great opportunity for your agency to engage with the community and generate awareness for all that you do to create healthy, happy, and prosperous communities. Kelly Eddlemon from the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department in Texas, writes how the agency took one promotion idea during the 2012 celebration of Park and Recreation Month and turned it into a great marketing and engagement strategy in their community that paid off in more ways than one.   

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Top Three Reasons to Participate in Visit A Park Day

August 20, 2012

Take advantage of Visit a Park Day this fall as a way to spark a long lasting bond between your park and recreation facilities and your community. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Young Professional Network provide the top three reasons why you should participate on Friday, October 5, 2012.

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Seven Surefire Strategies to Help Get You to Congress and Expo

August 3, 2012

In today’s economy, your agency has to justify every dollar spent, including the money and time spent on training and professional development. This means you may have to work even harder to attend NRPA’s Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, CA. We've gathered up seven strategies that you can employ to help get you to Anaheim.

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Tennis in the Parks Goes to London

July 27, 2012

Well, sort of… You might recall that we have been working closely with Citi on a program called Every Step of the Way.   The whole idea of this program is to benefit the next generation of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across America. Olympian tennis stars Mike and Bob Bryan have chosen to support the NRPA’s Tennis in the Parks (TIP) initiative through this partnership. Find out how you can support them while they go for the GOLD.

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Build Human and Social Capital at Directors School

July 25, 2012

Ever wonder what NRPA’s Directors School is really all about? In this guest blog post from James D. Worsley, Parks and Recreation Director of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department in GA, you'll read his key takeaways from his first-year experience and learn why you should attend this school to further your career. And what’s more, he offers great tips for a first-time Directors School student! Take a read and get your application in FAST – deadline is August 3!  

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Scholarships and Fellowships it is WORTH it

June 18, 2012

Read why one Young Professional recommends that young park and recreation professionals should apply for the NRPA Young Professional Fellowship and other scholarship opportunities to further their professional development and career.

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Show Me the Money

March 15, 2012
NRPA Board Chair, Robert C. Johnson, discusses economic models, one of the three main areas of focus for NRPA in 2012.  In his post he welcomes your feedback on what's working in the field. Read more

The Buzz on NRPA Green School

March 2, 2012
This week we have brought you various updates and photos from the first ever, NRPA Green School.  Our very own VP of Conservation and Parks Richard Dolesh attended and presented at Green School.  In this post, Rich reports on his experience and takeaways – read on! Read more

Wordless Wednesday

February 29, 2012
In the world of blogs, Wednesday often are “wordless,” and photos are used to express your thoughts. With so much hands-on learning going on this week at NRPA’s first ever Green School we thought it would be a great opportunity to show everyone what’s been going on there the last few days. Read more


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