Conservation

Quantifying Green Infrastructure’s Stormwater Capture Potential

Public parks, which often contain large swaths of land, are great sites for green infrastructure stormwater management because they offer multiple opportunities for slowing and capturing the destructive force of stormwater runoff.

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Collaborating with Communities Strengthens Green Infrastructure Outcomes

As traditional gray stormwater management infrastructure continues to age, it often fails to adequately mitigate effects from increasingly frequent extreme weather events, as well as everyday rain events.

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Nature's Ability to Foster Growth

Traditionally, treatments for childhood ADHD have focused heavily on the use of prescription medications, but an emerging body of research indicates that nature-based interventions could be an effective alternative to the use of pharmaceuticals.

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Creating a Sustainable Community Garden

'Growing food, but also growing community' on a formerly vacant lot in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York.

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How Kids Learn in Nature

Some steps to help ensure every child has the chance to connect with nature

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Endangered: The Rusty Patched Bumblebee

A variety of reasons have led to the decline of this native wild bumblebee, whose 30-state range has been reduced to just 14 states in disconnected populations.

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Preserving a Marsh for People and Wildlife: The Dotson Family Marsh

A community's dedication and perseverance helps lead to restoration of San Francisco Bay wetlands.

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Our Disappearing Wildlife: What Parks Can Do About It

Although we are seeing declines in the diversity of wildlife, there is much that can be done to reverse the trend.

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Parks, Recreation and Resilience

Following a disaster, a community's ability to recover depends on its level of resilience. What does this mean and how can parks and recreation help to build this capacity?

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Empowering Volunteers to Take the Lead

How can park and recreation leaders empower community members to take the lead in revitalizing their parks?

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Green Workers Certification May Create New Training Opportunities

The construction, inspection and maintenance of green infrastructure projects has the potential to create new job opportunities in parks and recreation.

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Pittsburgh’s Frick Environmental Center: The Ultimate Outdoor Classroom

The building is a learning tool that can teach visitors about the relationship between nature, energy and the built environment.

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Everyone in a National Park

In order to flourish in the next century, NPS must establish better relationships with this country’s increasingly diverse population.

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Design Is Key to Making Recycling Work

Collecting recyclables is not simply a matter of setting out bins.

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Why Walking in the Woods Is Bad for Your Health

If you want to stay healthy, don’t go in the woods.

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Recipe for an Aster: Prairie Restoration in Chicago

From small patches of original prairie land - remnants - land managers are learning the ingredients needed for prairie restoration.

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Six Hundred Seconds to a Better You

This is the amount of time in a natural setting necessary to trigger the healthy benefits associated with being outdoors.

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Friends Groups: People with Passion for Parks

Friends groups - local citizens with a passion for parks - are an often-underutilized source of community talent and support.

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Parks That Connect You to Nature Through All Your Senses

A portion of the Braille Trail and Sensory Garden at the Watertown Riverfront Park — Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation.

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Nature Is Not a Place

Nature is everywhere, all the time. Instead of relegating the experience to specialized centers or programs, let's find ways to cultivate connections to nature in a wider selection of park and recreation opportunities.

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Thinking ‘Outside the Fence’ Leads to Innovative Conservation

Thinking ‘outside the fence’ leads to some innovative conservation projects at military bases nationwide; for example, golden-cheeked warbler habitat conservation around Camp Bullis near San Antonio.

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Ten Million Kids Outdoors and Counting

NRPA, NWF and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are working on a program to continue growing the number of kids involved in nature-based activities.

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Innovative Water Management at Ohiopyle State Park Visitor’s Center

Careful site analysis leads to innovative water management solutions at the Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center. 

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Got Weeds? Get Goats!

Got a field overgrown with noxious weeds? A hungry herd of goats might be just the solution. 

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Why Going Green Makes Cents

Smart strategies for conservation can add up to major savings for park and recreation agencies. 

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From Simple Sprinklers to Smart Irrigation

Modern solutions help parks conserve precious water while maintaining beautiful grounds. 

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Every Kid, Every Park. Nothing Less.

NRPA strongly endorses President Barack Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative, which encourages every fourth-grade child in the nation and their families to visit a national park during 2016, but asks him to broaden his vision to include all kids and his show of support to all parks.

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Beetles to the Rescue

An innovative alliance between South Florida students, scientists and a very hungry beetle is helping to eliminate invasive plants in parks.

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Kids and the Outdoors: It’s Natural

Embracing “Nature Immersion Therapy” shows kids the wonders of the outdoors with health benefits to boot.

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Debate Over the Purpose of Conservation Heats Up

Discussion within the parks and recreation field about the precise purpose of conservation is heating up, with two camps approaching the issue from very different perspectives.

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Planting Native is a Matter of Life and Death

Park professionals have a unique opportunity to benefit their local and global ecosystem now and for the future by planting native species in their parks.

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A Teen’s Love of Her Local Park and Storytelling Leads to National Award

 Bethany Bella channeled her love for storytelling and her community park into a project that garnered a national award. 

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New National Guidelines for Nature Play Areas

Creative play in nature is becoming a hot topic in the park and recreation industry — new national guidelines help support park professionals to offer safe, educational and fun opportunities for children visiting their facilities. 

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Driving Sustainability Systematically: The Use of Environmental Management Systems in Parks

Environmental Management Systems can help golf course operators be better stewards of the local environment by facilitating best conservation practices.

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What’s Killing Our Birds and Bees?

Neonicotinoid insecticides are causing major population declines in birds, bees and other wildlife.

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Connecting to Nature through Watchable Wildlife

Want to help connect kids to wildlife but don’t know how? Check out these five tips to help you turn an outdoor excursion into a wildlife-watching adventure. 

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The Problem with Bottled Water

There’s more to the bottled-water debate than just the unsustainable use of nonrenewable resources.

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Polar Vortex Chills Parks

This winter’s extreme weather brought both positives and negatives to park agencies nationwide.

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Healthy Trees are Key to Vibrant Communities

Trees bring communities together, enhance outdoor spaces and provide a wide range of economic benefits.

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Brazil’s Park Challenge

NRPA’s VP of conservation and parks shares insight gathered on park issues experienced in other countries during a recent trip to Brazil.

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Who is Conservation For?

Determining the key beneficiaries of our efforts will focus our work for long-term impact.

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Making Conservation a Part of Placemaking

Intentionally created public places can play a significant role in sustainable community development.

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Trees and Urban Forests

There's a lot more to trees and urban forests than simply economic and environmental benefits.

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More than Birds and Bunnies

Parks and recreation plays a major role in reducing human-influenced global climate change

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The Green School Challenge

Green School graduates are put to the test designing a sustainable park.

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Really? We Want Kids to Use Technology Now?

Tech can help bring kids to nature and the outdoors.

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Green Kent

Residents become park stewards in Washington

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The “Soft Fascination” of Nature

Research proves the calming effect of nature on the brain.

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Restoring the Gulf

Oil spill settlement sends $1 billion to Gulf states and counties

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A Wide Open Field for Conservation

Think comprehensively about sustainability programs.

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