May AmericansNature Blog 410

Only 52% Of Adults View Local Parks as Nature

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 25, 2017

A recently released comprehensive study takes a closer look at how Americans connect with nature. The Nature of Americans report combines data to better understand their sentiment of nature, outdoor activities, perceived benefits, and more.

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May Water Safety Blog Anderson 410

’Tis the Season (10 Tips for Water Safety)

By Brad Anderson, AFOI | Posted on May 24, 2017

AFO Instructor Brad Anderson shares 10 water safety tips for keeping patrons safe at your pools this summer.

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May Water Safety2 blog

Swimming and Autism: Strategies and Tips

By Cindy Freedman | Posted on May 19, 2017

This summer, it’s likely that many park and recreation facilities, aquatic centers and summer camps will be accommodating children with autism and various sensory challenges. Learn how to improve safety, communication and knowledge to better accommodate these families in our facilities and programs.

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Built Environment blog

Combined-Built-Environment Features Are Now a Recommended Strategy to Get Communities Active

By Rachel Banner | Posted on May 18, 2017

The Community Preventive Services Task Force announced a new recommendation designed to increase physical activity though built-environment approaches that combine transportation-system interventions with land use and environmental design. This recommendation directly supports NRPA's Safe Routes to Parks initiative.

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NRPA’s Health Team Attends ‘Building a Healthier Future’ Summit

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on May 17, 2017

Last week, NRPA’s Health and Wellness Department attended the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, DC. This annual event brings together nonprofits, government agencies, academic institutions and corporations that are all committed to ending childhood obesity.

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Defend Our National Monuments, Diversity and Inclusion

By Robert García and Daniel Rossman | Posted on May 16, 2017

We, the people, must raise our voices to defend the health of our neighborhoods and the future of our children. We must insist on more parks and greater access to healthy outdoor activity, along with protection for all our public lands and waters — including national monuments.

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May Park Bench Blog

All Roads Lead to...a Park

By Chris Brusatte | Posted on May 15, 2017

Since the dawn of humanity, it seems, people have enjoyed the beauty, tranquility and serenity that natural parks offer. We all share the love of the outdoors, for recreation and for a respite from the busy world that invades most of our daily lives. Nature and recreation are treasures to cherish.

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May Arthritis Blog

Changing Behaviors and Attitudes One Older Adult at a Time

By Matt Saviello, CPRP, CYSA | Posted on May 12, 2017

May is Arthritis Awareness and Older Americans Month. Parks and Recreation play a major role in helping to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis (and other chronic diseases) among older adults in their communities. Here is one example of how the City of Tualatin, Oregon is doing just that.

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May Healthcare House Blog

Now On to the Senate: House Passes Healthcare Repeal Bill

By Kate Sims | Posted on May 4, 2017

Today the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) which repeals significant portions of the Affordable Care Act, including a full repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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May Blog Kate Welcome

NRPA Welcomes New Manager of Government Affairs Kate Sims

By Editor | Kate Sims | Posted on May 4, 2017

NRPA is proud to welcome Kate Sims, Government Affairs Manager, to our public policy team.

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May budget blog

Federal Budget Avoids Drastic Cuts to Park and Rec Funding…For Now

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on May 3, 2017

After a third Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY2017 was put into place to fund the government through May 5, a bipartisan omnibus spending agreement was released on Monday that will now fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September.

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The 2017 NRPA Annual Conference Big Easy Preview

Posted on April 30, 2017

Whether you are a repeat NRPA Annual Conference attendee or a newbie, you probably want to know a little more about the event before (or after) you register. Here is a preview to help you plan.

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Juggling Two Fiscal Years at Once

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on April 28, 2017

This week marks the third Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress for Fiscal Year 2017 to continue funding the government, but only temporarily.

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April Dirt Blog

Dirt is a Good Thing

By Emily Hiatt, NRPA YPN | Posted on April 25, 2017

Take a live snake into an inner-city school or community center and you may clear the room. I have had this experience several times… but only on the first visit.

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April Newbies to Nature Blog 410

Newbies to Nature: Training Your Instructors

By Shannon Burton | Posted on April 14, 2017

Shannon Burton, Outdoor Programs Manager for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, shares her advice for training nature program instructors.

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The Buzz on Bees, Monarchs and Other Pollinators This Spring

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on April 6, 2017

If you were wondering about the status of the highly threatened monarch butterfly this past winter, the news is not good.

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2017 Agency Performance Review teaser

Review Your Agency’s Performance Against its Peers

By Kevin Roth | Posted on April 4, 2017

This week, we released the 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review, our annual report summarizing the key findings and insights from Park Metrics. If this sounds familiar, it is because the Agency Performance Review is the new name for the NRPA Field Report.

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2017 March Meet me at the park

How to Help Your Park Win $20,000

By Jenny Cox | Posted on March 31, 2017

For the third year, NRPA is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN during Earth Month for the Meet Me at the Park initiative!

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