NRPA is a leader in the business of parks, recreation services, and conservation practices -- providing standards, research, and learning opportunities to its members and the American public. Our research agenda and publications attest to NRPA's emphasis on the distribution of knowledge.
Research is an essential element in the formula of providing
more relevant information and services to members. NRPA develops research
across four categories:
- Advocacy - Data
and outcomes supporting legislative advocacy efforts primarily at the federal
- Operational - Data, outcomes,
benchmarks, and standards to quantify or qualify management improvement
- Academic - Examining the personal
or social characteristics of leisure participation and values.
- Product - Activities designed to create product or
service benefits to NRPA membership and the communities they represent.
scientific support to show the value and relevance of public parks and
recreation programming. Learn more about NRPA's current
printed and digital publications on every aspect of parks and recreation.
Parks & Recreation Magazine
NRPA's monthly member magazine informs, motivates, and inspires professionals,
civic leaders and citizens to elevate the value of parks and recreation as a
public service. View the latest edition of Parks and Recreation.
Created specifically for leaders and advocates in our community, NRPA SmartBrief is a twice weekly snapshot of park and recreation news from around the country. To begin receiving this free email publication every Tuesday and Thursday, sign
Express is a monthly membership publication, which delivers the latest news
and information about upcoming events, research projects, educational
opportunities, grants, and initiatives about NRPA and the parks and
NRPA Top Five
Top Five is a weekly membership publication with timely news and notes you need to know.
questions about how to subscribe to or advertise in NRPA's electronic
newsletters, contact Roxanne Sutton at 703.858.2166.
NRPA Books and Products
publications to scholarly texts written by the brightest minds in the
business, NRPA has the titles to help you get the job done. Please browse our Online
Journals and Annual Publications
of Leisure Research - a quarterly journal devoted to original
investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of
Recreation Journal - a quarterly research journal devoted to
publishing scholarly and substantive manuscripts in the field of therapeutic
- Schole -
an official refereed publication which aims to disseminate knowledge
related to park and recreation courses, curricula and teaching.