This Young Professional Gets Real about the NRPA Annual Conference

Editor | April 28, 2015
We’ll admit it – being a first-time attendee and a young professional at the NRPA Annual Conference could be a scary thing. You walk through the conference doors to a sea of thousands of park and recreation professionals. At that moment you have a choice – you can either approach it apprehensively or dive right in and make the most of your experience while you are there. For Kendrick Mayes, a first-time attendee AND young professional at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina he chose the latter and the results…well, we’ll let him tell you directly in this video interview with fellow member of the Young Professional Network, Jay Tryon, CPRP. Read more

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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50 Reasons to Attend the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference

Matt Brubaker | April 21, 2015

Whether you have never had a chance to attend or you are one of those people who has an overwhelming collection of conference badges from over the years hanging on your office wall, the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference is the one you don’t want to miss!

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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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You’ve Got NRPA Membership Now What?

Editor | April 19, 2015

If you are a young professional or student in the field of parks and recreation, starting out in your career and getting involved in your national association may feel really daunting. You made a great first step with membership in the National Recreation and Park Association but where do you start? What opportunities are available? How do you set yourself up for success?

Lucky for you, the NRPA Young Professional Network (YPN) members have been in your shoes and put together a really helpful video that covers off on many of those questions and more to help you get your membership and career started on the right foot. 

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5 Tips for Recruiting Your Next Park and Recreation Employee

Martin Dease | April 16, 2015

Finding the right person to fit in with the culture at your organization is critical. You can train most people for the skill set you are looking for, but to help with turnover, fit  is an important contemplation, specifically when looking at the bottom line. The cost to rehire and train someone can be thousands of dollars when you consider the time it takes to screen resumes, advertise the position, conduct interviews and provide training.


It is likely that your park and recreation department may be in the midst of hiring for seasonal employees and even interns. 


Use these 5 tips to attract the right people and make a more efficient use of your time. 

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NC2NV: Hitting the Road

Editor | April 9, 2015
Pack your bags. We have a big journey ahead of us. We are taking a road trip from Charlotte, North Carolina all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada. How you say? 
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Three Ways You Can Advocate for Summer Nutrition

Kellie May;Jamie Nash | April 8, 2015
One of the most critical times of the year to keep children healthy is during the summer, when many children may not have access to healthy food and may not be as physically active as they are during the school year. Providing a nutritious meal to hungry kids is an important way to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential both in and out of school. Read more

My Story: What Being an NRPA Scholar Did for Me

Rebecca Lackey | April 7, 2015
NRPA Student Member Rebecca Lackey shares her experience after receiving an NRPA Student Scholarship in 2014. Hint: Things are looking good for the future! Read more

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

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