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5 Tips for Building a Teen Leadership Program

By Cassie Paddock, CPRP | Posted on June 18, 2024

Starting a teen leadership program is a chance to equip the next generation with skills, confidence and a sense of responsibility. Here are five practical tips to help you create a successful teen leadership program.

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Are You Taking Advantage of NRPA’s Volunteer Opportunities?

By Jay Tryon, CPRP | Posted on June 7, 2024

Jay Tryon, CPRP, the deputy director for City of Concord Parks & Recreation, shares how NRPA's various volunteer opportunities have impacted his career.

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Transforming the Lives of Older Adults Through Park and Recreation Programs

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on June 3, 2024

The final blog post in this series highlights the transformative impact of parks and recreation on the physical, mental and social well-being of the valued older adults in our communities.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Recreation

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on May 30, 2024

Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, reflects on a provoking thought exercise with his counterparts from other states in which they attempted to develop an alternate term for “recreation and parks.”

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Parks and Recreation Stays Committed in its Support of Older Adults

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on May 24, 2024

Despite agency challenges such as navigating budget constraints, managing facility issues, addressing the remaining impacts of COVID-19 and promoting engagement across various communities, park and recreation agencies uphold their commitment to providing meaningful support and programming for community members of all ages.

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A Post-Pandemic Increase in Older Adult Programming

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on May 21, 2024

The Supporting Older Adults Through Parks and Recreation report highlights briefly how park and recreation professionals dealt with the lingering impacts of COVID-19 on older adults’ participation.

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The Healing Power of Parks: Regenerating Landscapes and Communities

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on May 17, 2024

By restoring damaged landscapes, providing valuable green spaces, and fostering environmental education and awareness, parks can play a significant role in healing the land and building more sustainable and resilient communities.

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Legacy Binders: Empowering Employees for Success

By Hannah Rathje | Posted on May 16, 2024

Hannah Rathje's recent transition into the community recreation supervisor position introduced her to a game-changing resource: the "Legacy Binder.”

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Benefits of Older Adult Programming at Parks and Recreation

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on May 16, 2024

Learn more about NRPA's recently-released Supporting Older Adults Through Parks and Recreation report.

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The Vital Role of Parks and Recreation in Enhancing Family Health & Well-Being

By Cina Makres | Posted on May 15, 2024

This May, we are recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month and the ways in which parks and recreation promotes mental health and well-being. Excitingly, in June, we will continue to lift up the power of parks and recreation in promoting community wellness as we celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day!

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Building Belonging: Neurodivergent Perspectives in Parks and Recreation (Part 2) — Episode 154

By Cort Jones and Christina High | Posted on May 14, 2024

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Tammy Schwab, manager of education and outreach for the resource management division of Fairfax County Park Authority, and John McGovern, principal-in-charge for The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice.

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NRPA Launches Workforce Development Community of Practice

By Barbara Kapustin | Posted on May 10, 2024

The Workforce Development CoP is a funded opportunity for rural agencies that currently provide workforce development programming through their out-of-school time (OST) services to youth (ages 14-21). The CoP will allow agencies to connect and learn from peers, problem-solve challenges, and receive assistance from cohort peers and industry experts.

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Why Parks and Greenspaces are Integral to our Mental Health

By Charissa Hipp | Posted on May 8, 2024

In our technology-driven world filled with constant demands and stimuli, it’s more important than ever to access the healing and restorative benefits of nature. Research shows that when we are in nature our brain behaves differently. Parks and greenspaces are more than just a place to recreate and play — they provide access to nature which has profound health benefits like lowering stress and preventing chronic illness.

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 1, 2024

This May, we’re recognizing the 75th annual Mental Health Awareness Month. For the past 75 years, this national movement has highlighted the importance of eradicating stigma, extending support, fostering education and advocating for the well-being of those affected by mental illness.

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Embracing Opportunities for Growth

By Tiffany Johnson, Ph.D., CPRP | Posted on April 26, 2024

Dr. Tiffany Johnson writes about the importance of volunteering and the great potential for growth because of it.

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Volunteering Cultivates Community and Belonging

By Edward Matthews, MLS, CPRP, AFO | Posted on April 26, 2024

Volunteering is a cornerstone of promoting societal well-being, fostering connections, building communities and enriching lives. NRPA stands as a beacon, advocating for the significance of volunteering and offering avenues for individuals to improve their communities.

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Help Older Adults Get Moving With Five Strategies From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report

By Katrina Piercy, Alison Vaux-Bjerke, Malorie Polster and Bianca Macias | Posted on April 24, 2024

As older adults continue to make up a growing share of the U.S. population, physical activity is a vital tool for helping them manage and improve their health. The Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults (Midcourse Report) highlights what works to increase physical activity among older adults. Park and recreation professionals can use these five strategies from the Midcourse Report to help older adults in their communities get moving.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

By Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE | Posted on April 23, 2024

Michael Kalvort explores the importance of volunteering and lists some ways to get involved right away.

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