Coastal Justice Brings California Coastal Commission Closer to Serving All Californians

Robert García | September 29, 2016
On Saturday, September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed a coastal justice law that amends the California Coastal Act. This law explicitly requires compliance with and enforcement of civil rights and environmental justice laws. Read more

Outlook Unclear for Policy Priorities as Congress Adjourns Until September

David Tyahla | August 2, 2016
We’re in the heart of another hot and humid summer in Washington, DC. These conditions are sure to produce one thing — Congress leaving for its summer break. Read more

Using Art to Connect Kids to Nature

Richard J. Dolesh | 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. Read more

5 Key Takeaways from Park Support Study

Kevin Roth | January 19, 2016
NRPA's recent research report shows that Americans are passionate about their local parks. Read more

A Win for LWCF and more in the Congressional Spending Package

NRPA Public Policy Team | December 18, 2015
Congress passed its year-end spending package—keeping the government funded through September 30, 2016. We’ve pulled the highlights that impact parks and recreation. Read more

NRPA’s Efforts to Save the Monarch Butterfly Receive National Recognition

Richard J. Dolesh | November 16, 2015

NRPA has been accepted into the Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of national and regional organizations, universities, and governmental agencies all working to protect and conserve the monarch.

 

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Inherit the Earth, or Borrow it from our Children?

Paul Gilbert, Executive Director of NOVA Parks | June 30, 2015
By taking a more proactive role in environmental protection, parks and recreation can serve our communities better, and our world. Read more

Free Milkweed Plants and Grant Opportunities for Monarch Habitat Restoration

Richard J. Dolesh | June 5, 2015
Monarch butterfly conservation resources are available, and your park and recreation agency should look for opportunities to utilize them to expand efforts in conservation, education and research. Read more

Earth Day, Every Day

Morgan Rothermel | April 22, 2015

Earth Day is the day dedicated to creating awareness for a healthier and more sustainable environment. So just how do park and recreation agencies participate in Earth Day every day?

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5 Ways You Can Get Involved This Earth Week

Morgan Rothermel | April 20, 2015

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.

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The Magic of Local Parks and Recreation

Jessica Culverhouse | April 1, 2015
This Earth Month, NRPA is thrilled to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on an expansion of our Parks Build Community initiative. Read more

NRPA Goes Platinum

Editor | December 15, 2014
Here at NRPA headquarters, we’re invested in supporting the Three Pillars of Conservation, Health and Wellness and Social Equity. Read more

Still Thankful for Parks and Recreation. How About You?

Lauren Hoffmann | November 26, 2014
Just as you may serve up traditional family meals year after year, we thought it would be fun to bring back our list of 10 reasons why we are thankful for parks and recreation. Read more

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

Richard J. Dolesh | September 11, 2014
The long-awaited national guidelines on the design, development and management of nature play areas written by Robin Moore, noted professor of landscape architecture and head of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) of North Carolina State University, have been released this week. These guidelines will be invaluable to the park and recreation profession. Read more

Let them Play in the Park

Jessica Culverhouse | August 20, 2014
In a recent NPR story on play, correspondent John Hamblin made the case that play is good for the developing brain. As a parent and former educator, I couldn’t agree more. I am often struck by the determent of unstructured play by parents, teachers and caregivers, even in the toddler years. Read more

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