NRPA Gears Up for Earth Week

April 15, 2014

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22—a reminder that we’re all part of this world and we’re responsible for taking care of it. However, as park and recreation professionals know all too well, one day out of 365 isn’t enough. Park and rec pros are the green leaders in their communities, so your national association is working on being the green leader here in our community. Read more

Share Your Story the Three Pillars Way

March 7, 2014

Just like many of you, every time I attend the annual NRPA Congress and Exposition, I’m inspired by the ideas and strategies that are presented throughout the week. During the conference I feverishly take notes, dreaming of implementing cutting edge practices and techniques when I return to my desk. The last day of conference feels almost like graduation – full of hope and optimism. Unfortunately, reality strikes within a week or two of returning to my office. Once again, I’m consumed with the traditional day-to-day, keep-your-head-above water tasks and my inspired plans seem to disappear as quickly as they had appeared. Read more

Your Advocacy Can Help the Federal Government Blossom

March 4, 2014

Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming in the local parks and cherry blossoms will soon be out in D.C. Help plant the seeds or cultivate current ones with your congressional members. Our political leaders need to hear from you, their constituents, to know what issues are important in their communities. Join your colleges and the NRPA Public Policy team at NRPA’s Legislative Forum in D.C. on March 25 and 26 to advocate for the issues that are critical to your agency. Our team will help provide all the training and information you need to have successful meetings and become the valuable resource to Congress, which you already are. Read more

5 Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids this Winter

January 23, 2014

Here in the mid-Atlantic region, we have experienced a winter of wild temperature fluctuations and, most recently, an unusually heavy snowfall. Most of us would like nothing more this time of year than to snuggle up with a warm drink and a good book or old movie. For me, though, a “snow day” involves entertaining a busy toddler who would rather be out tromping through the fluffy white stuff than spending the day inside. Read more

Environmental Stewardship; Parks and Recreation Leading the Way

January 15, 2014

Research demonstrates that students who learn in the field gain greater command of their subjects and enjoy their time learning. In today’s highly competitive global economy continued professional development, such as that offered by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), is vital for professionals as well as those studying recreation-related careers at university. The charge of “reconnecting youth to nature,” focuses candidates on the need to become environmental stewards with a thorough understanding of sustainability issues. Read more

Are You Attending NRPA’s Green School?

December 10, 2013

Are you attending NRPA's Green School? Mike Trigg, Superintendent of Parks for the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan, Illinois did, and highly recommends it to all park professionals. Read why he says so and about the award-winning results attendance at the school had for his agency. Read more

Toys R Us Should Support, Not Bash, Kids’ Trips To The Woods

November 7, 2013

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. Read more

Ways to Celebrate Visit a Park Day on October 4 2013

September 12, 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! Read more

Committed to Getting Kids Outdoors — 10 Million to be Exact

August 28, 2013

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.  Read more

We Took a Green Business Challenge, Can Your Agency?

August 16, 2013

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!  Read more

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