The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) (est. 1965) publishes two journals for the field of Parks and Recreation.

  • Journal of Leisure Research (JLR) - a quarterly journal devoted to original investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of leisure studies.

Access JLR Interim Archive


  • Schole - an annual publication that aims to disseminate knowledge related to park and recreation courses, curricula, and teaching.

Access SCHOLE Interim Archive


March 31, 2017: NRPA and Sagamore Publishing Resolve Dispute (Press Release)

Both the Journal of Leisure Research and Schole are transitioning to new publishers at this time.  We hope to announce the new publisher for both journals in the coming weeks.  

Because of the transition period, we have decided not to invoice subscribers at this time. Once the new publisher has been announced and has set a publication schedule, they will work with subscribers on their subscriptions, fees, etc.  If you have questions, please contact Kevin Roth at Thank you for your patience. 

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