NRPA Update

Certification: A Mark of Accomplishment

Professional development certificates represent a new and important direction for continued learning.

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Tune in to Our New ‘Open Space Radio’ Podcast

Listen to the latest park and recreation news on Open Space Radio.

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Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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New Emergency Network Provider — ePACT

Replace paper medical forms, waivers and consents for families attending rec programs with ePACT.

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Member Spotlight: Maria Nardi

Maria Nardi, director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

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National ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant Recipients Selected

Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide have been selected to receive grants to support projects that increase access to play spaces.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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The Outdoor Alliance for Kids Holds Capitol Hill Briefing

The briefing provided an opportunity for OAK members to discuss programs across the federal government that support opportunities for children, youth and families to learn, play and serve in the outdoors.

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Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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Five Reasons to Post Your Open Position on the NRPA Career Center

Hiring is a large obstacle to tackle, but starting off right can make the process much easier.

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Congratulations to the 2017 National Award, Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

The NRPA Awards and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 NRPA National Awards, Diversity Scholarship, Student Scholarship and Young Professional Fellowship.

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Summer Camp on Capitol Hill: Play On to Protect Programming at Parks

On Thursday, June 29, congressional staffers were treated to a taste of a typical day in a park and recreation summer program as part of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Summer Camp on Capitol Hill.

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Member Spotlight: Laura Bauernfeind

Laura Bauernfeind, City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department’s golf manager.

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In Appreciation of David Lose

NRPA lost one of its much-loved members last month with the passing of David Lose of Nashville, Tennessee, who died unexpectedly at age 77 while on a trip to Ireland with his wife Betti.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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Player Use and Abuse of Facilities

NRPA-sponsored insurance programs for members is provided by K&K to help keep you safe and insured.

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Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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Member Spotlight: Wendy Waddle

Wendy Waddle, special populations supervisor, Rock Hill (South Carolina) Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Gold Medal Awards Finalists

Excitement is building as the 28 Gold Medal Finalists prepare for the Grand Award announcement during the September 26, 2017 Opening General Session at NRPA’s 2017 Annual Conference.

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NRPA Innovation Lab Explores How Communities Are Connecting Youth to Nature

The Austin Innovation Lab addressed the challenges youth and adults face and attendees gained valuable knowledge and lessons learned from their peers.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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Introducing the Health and Wellness Advisory Panel’s Newest Members

NRPA's Health and Wellness Advisory Panel is excited to welcome two new members.

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Play Spaces Grant Program

NRPA is excited to expand the Meet Me at the Park program and provide additional communities with increased access to play spaces in local parks.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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NRPA Family Health & Fitness Day

Join us to celebrate on Saturday, June 10.

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Member Spotlight: Jay Tryon

Jay Tryon, director of parks and recreation, Town of Indian Trail (North Carolina).

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Summer Hiring Has Never Been Easier for NRPA Members!

NRPA members can post their internships and seasonal positions on the NRPA Career Center for FREE.

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Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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Attitudes of Influential Leadership

Influential leadership is about crafting a work culture that allows employees to thrive.

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More Leadership-Themed Sessions at Conference

This year's NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans will feature more leadership- and management-themed sessions.

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Embracing the Hack Attack

Metro Parks Tacoma holds a hackathon to identify new ways technology could improve engagement with parks and recreation.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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Connecting Communities to Nature

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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Member Spotlight: Adriane Clutter

Adriane Clutter, youth development manager, Montgomery County (Maryland) Recreation

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Get Ready to Celebrate National Water Safety Month in May

Help raise awareness to the need for ongoing public education on safer water practices.

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Now Available: The Annual Summary of Key Findings from NRPA Park Metrics

This report provides data and insights to help park and recreation professionals identify the best decisions for their agency and community.

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Camp Season on a Budget

Shake things up this summer with some new, fun themes for 2017 from Fun Express.

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Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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Meet the NRPA Conservation Advisory Panel

This panel of seasoned park and rec professionals will offer their expertise and input on NRPA's conservation programs and initiatives.

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It’s Background Screening Season

The Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) can help with background screenings as you recruit volunteers this season.

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Introducing Our Brand New, Online Learning Portal

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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Wildlife Explorers: Connecting Kids to Nature

Four agencies are the recipients of NRPA's spring Wildlife Explorers grant.

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Los Angeles Innovation Lab Tackles Homelessness

Thought leaders across multiple fields and disciplines, and individuals who themselves were once homeless, offer insights into the homeless crisis in Los Angeles.

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Terry Hershey: ‘A Force of Nature for Nature’

Hershey, whose influence on conservation was national in scope, died January 19 on her 94th birthday.

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Member Spotlight: M. Jean Keller

M. Jean Keller, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at the University of North Texas.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download the March 2017 Parks & Recreation crossword puzzle.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download the February 2017 Parks & Recreation crossword puzzle.

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Tom O’Rourke to Lead NRPA Directors School

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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Member Spotlight: John C. Staley

John C. Staley, former director of Grand Forks Park District, North Dakota

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