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Is Being a CAPRA Review Team Member Right for Me?

By Sharon Bousquet, CPRE, CPSI | Posted on December 7, 2022

As a CAPRA volunteer since 2013, Sharon Bousquet has been able to travel to all different parts of the country, meet some outstanding professionals in our field, learn hundreds of new ways to accomplish goals, and help other agencies through the CAPRA process.

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A Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks

By Kevin Roth and Kelby Rose | Posted on December 5, 2022

Most often, the economic value of parks relates to property values, tax revenue, tourism revenue, and local business development. Like these contributions to the local economy, the health benefits of parks also have economic value.

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What Does It Mean To Be a CAPRA Volunteer?

By Bob Bierscheid | Posted on December 2, 2022

Bob Bierscheid, the retired director of Saint Paul (Minnesota) Parks and Recreation. shares why participation in the CAPRA process has been one of the highlights of his 50-plus professional years.

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Featured Data Resource: Social Vulnerability Index

By Austin Barrett | Posted on December 1, 2022

The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) is a valuable tool to identify communities that will most likely need support before, during and after a public health emergency. More broadly, SVI is an indicator of which areas of a community are considered “at risk” and most in need of investment to reduce vulnerability and increase overall health.

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Increasing Access to Nature in The Motor City — Episode 124

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 29, 2022

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, I’m joined by staff from City of Detroit Parks and Recreation, which was one of seven agencies that received NRPA's Resilient Park Access grant.

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The State of Inclusivity in the Outdoors: Six Ways You Can Help — Episode 123

By Regina Hill | Posted on November 22, 2022

Our partners at Merrell conducted a study of cross-cultural perceptions and experiences in the outdoors to better understand how race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation and income affect how welcome people feel outside. Learn more about the report and hear from Merrell CSR Marketing Manager Regina Hill.

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New Mentoring Resources for Park and Recreation Professionals

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on November 18, 2022

NRPA is thrilled to announce additional resources that expand our suite of mentoring and youth development offerings, including a family engagement guide and closure of the mentoring relationship.

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What To Do if a Volunteer Fails a Background Check

By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on November 17, 2022

Good volunteers can be hard to find as the work often comes with a lack of recognition or thanks. But, that doesn’t mean an organization should happily accept whatever help is offered.

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Planning Indoor Events for Your Park and Recreation Agency

By Jeff Porter | Posted on November 16, 2022

It can be a challenge for park and recreation departments to change modes, focusing on indoor activities, especially during those cold winter months or particularly stormy days.

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Creating a More Sustainable, Eco-Friendly World – Episode 122

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 15, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're celebrating America Recycles Day with Manuela Barón, a Colombian-American sustainability activist, artist and founder of The Girl Gone Green, an inclusive community that fosters social and environmental change and encourages people to live more consciously.

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Parks Through Systems Change

By Justin Taylor | Posted on November 8, 2022

NRPA and Children and Nature Network partnered to dive into the importance of systems change perspectives and application with a workshop for NRPA’s Resilient Park Access grantee cohort prior to the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Tech-Savvy Park Planning

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on November 1, 2022

Nothing can replace the connections and opportunities for relationship-building that in-person meetings and other activities provide. However, there are tools that can help make virtual meetings more engaging, interactive and even fun.

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Highlighting the 2022 Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Winners

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on October 28, 2022

This September, NRPA hosted its fourth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz. This year, we had many agencies join us again, while welcoming new agencies who hosted a BioBlitz for the first time.

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Data: The Next Frontier

By Austin Barrett | Posted on October 27, 2022

Learn more about NRPA’s new Data and Mapping Resource Library, which offers a collection of relevant, publicly available databases and visualizations curated for park and recreation professionals and advocates.

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Post-Event Surveys: How Feedback Can Improve Park Events

By Kerry McCreadie | Posted on October 25, 2022

Park and recreation agencies can benefit greatly from collecting post-event feedback from the community. Learn why and how to use surveys with this quick guide.

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Adopting a Mentoring Mindset

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on October 21, 2022

One in three young people in the United States are growing up without a mentor. To help adults be more intentional when interacting with young people, the “mentoring mindset” outlines four ways adults can support youth.

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5 Tips for Supporting Adults with Arthritis in Your Community

By Tiff Cunin | Posted on October 12, 2022

In celebration of World Arthritis Day this October 12, NRPA's Tiff Cunin shares five tips for supporting adults with arthritis in your community.

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Environmental Email: Digitally Share Eco-Friendly Practices

By De’Yonté Wilkinson | Posted on October 5, 2022

The world has gone completely digital. This means it is important to use digital media to share eco-friendly practices so that people remember to take care of the world around them - especially the rising generation.

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