Using Art to Connect Kids to Nature

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on 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.

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Your Award-Winning Magazine (and More)

By NRPA MarComMag Team | Posted on March 10, 2016

NRPA recently won six awards, including the coveted Publisher's Choice Award for best overall entry, in the Association TRENDS 2015 All-Media Contest.

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Ready, Set, Go Gold!

By Brenda Beales | Posted on January 26, 2016

Awards season is here and it’s time to get busy on that Gold Medal Award application!unity.

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Jim Peterson: NRPA's First Program Chair

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 13, 2015

NRPA interviewed Jim Peterson, NRPA's first program chair.

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Robert Toalson: NRPA's 24th President

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 13, 2015

NRPA interviewed Robert Toalson, NRPA's 24th president.

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Tony Mobley: The Youngest NRPA President

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 12, 2015

NRPA interviewed Tony Mobley, the youngest NRPA president.

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R. Dean Tice: NRPA's Most-Traveled Executive Director

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 11, 2015

NRPA interviewed R. Dean Tice, NRPA's most-traveled executive director.

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10 Great Uses of Twitter for Parks and Recreation

By Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D. | Posted on December 11, 2014

Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D., provides the “why” and “how” for using Twitter to help your park and recreation agency achieve more visibility and build relationships.

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

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on September 10, 2014

Long-awaited national guidelines on the design, development and management of nature play areas were recently released. These guidelines will be invaluable to the park and recreation profession.

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Who Owns the Forests? Mountain Bike Trail Riders and Park Pros Weigh In

By Danielle Taylor | Posted on June 19, 2014

The U.S. Forest Service manages more than 4 million acres along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range, and in recent years, the land has been inundated with problems due to illegal trail building by mountain bikers in the area.

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Zombie Survival: Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

By Ann Cejka | Posted on May 19, 2014

Zombie Survival Camp, a week long day camp program in which children learn basic wilderness survival skills, emergency disaster planning and teamwork all while fighting off occasional attacks from what I call “real” fake zombies.

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Springtime Changes

By Samantha Bartram | Posted on May 6, 2014

Each month, as you crack the spine of a fresh Parks & Recreation Magazine, we hope the experience is both exciting and familiar.

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Eliminating Play Deserts

By Anne-Marie Spencer | Posted on April 24, 2014

In the April 2013 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, Samantha Bartram wrote about play deserts and their effects on community and national health and wellness. Explore resources to combat play deserts in your community.

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Color, But No Diversity

By Samantha Bartram | Posted on February 4, 2014

As we put our February issue to bed, those of us at Parks & Recreation Magazine pondered our colorful cover, meant to illustrate the excitement of adult sports trends. Our graphic designer Matt Brubaker pointed out, “even with all that color there is a lack of diversity."

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Taboo Topic: Homeless in the Park

By Danielle Taylor | Posted on January 22, 2014

The January cover story about homelessness in parks is “Out of the Shadows.” I hope to gather stories of successful programs that park agencies have implemented to work with the homeless people living in their parks.

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Connecting Seniors to Parks and Rec

By Danielle Taylor | Posted on December 17, 2013

December’s cover story by John Crompton focused on the evolving lifestyle and financial factors motivating today’s seniors toward recreation.

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Hey NRPA Congress Attendee, Can You Relate?

By NRPA | Posted on October 21, 2013

We asked three NRPA staff members — a first-time NRPA Annual Conference attendee, a second-timer and a veteran from the field — to share their perspective and offer thoughts about the event.

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It May Be Over But the Federal Government Shutdown Could Affect You

By Danielle Taylor | Posted on October 16, 2013

After the federal government shut down more than two weeks ago, one of the loudest frustrations from the public was the closing of our national parks. State and local parks aren’t under the financial umbrella of the federal shutdown.

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