Outdoor Activities with Your Grandkids

Top Outdoor Educational Explorations to Pursue with Your Grandchildren

By Karen Weeks | Posted on March 22, 2018

Whether heading to the local park or enjoying an adventure in your own backyard, you can turn playtime into learning!

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Make Your Awards Submission Shine

How to Make Your Awards Submission Shine

By Cindi Wight, MR, CPRE | Posted on March 19, 2018

NRPA's Awards Committee Chair shares insight on what she looks for in an award-winning application.

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Innovation in Park Design Award

Win an Award and Recognition for Your Innovative Park Design!

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on March 8, 2018

Does your agency manage a unique park or facility that embraces innovative technology, strategies or programs to improve your community? If so, we want you to apply for the Innovation in Park Design Award!

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NRPA Celebrates Awards at Association Trends Salute to Association Excellence

By Audrey Fox | Posted on March 6, 2018

The National Recreation and Park Association was honored with six awards in the 2018 Association Trends All Media Contest.

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Pool Safely Grant Opportunity and Free Resources

By Cassie Pais and Kate Clabaugh | Posted on March 6, 2018

The Pool Safely Campaign and the Pool Safely Grant Program offer funding and free resources to prevent drownings and drain entrapment in pools and spas.

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Grant Opportunity to Fund Community Coalitions Preventing Substance Use Among Youth

By Cassie Pais and Kate Clabaugh | Posted on February 28, 2018

Our Commit to Health campaign continues to expand well beyond programming related to nutrition and physical activity.

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Do You Have What It Takes for the Innovation in Conservation Award? (Hint: You Just Might!)

By Lori Robertson | Posted on February 27, 2018

No matter if your agency serves a town of 500 or 500,000 — we want to hear from you.

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Parks and Recreation in a Digital World — Episode 017

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 26, 2018

In this episode, we're taking a look at public interest and attitudes toward digital solutions for park and recreation services.

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Thinking of Becoming a CPRP? Here Are Some Tips!

By Adam Sollace, CPRP | Posted on February 23, 2018

Passing the CPRP exam is no easy feat, but these five tips will help you prepare with confidence.

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What Innovation in Health Looks Like

By Robin Brothers | Posted on February 16, 2018

Anniston Parks and Recreation won the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association 2017 Innovative Program of the Year for their Commit to Health programs, and is excited for their shot at NRPA's Innovation in Health Award!

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FY19 Presidential Budget Request: Deep Cuts to Park and Rec Priorities

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 13, 2018

The White House released its FY19 budget request yesterday, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.

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Celebrate Inclusion this February

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on February 12, 2018

February gives us two great reasons to recognize and promote inclusion through parks and recreation — Black History Month and North American Inclusion Month.

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NRPA Asks Congress to Invest in Arthritis

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 7, 2018

NRPA asks Congress to fund the CDC Arthritis Program at $16 million to continue its critical work to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis nationwide.

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10-Minute Walk: Opportunities

By Rachel Banner, MPH | Posted on February 6, 2018

At a time when our park and recreation budgets continue to be placed next to last in city budgets, we must champion mayors and city leaders that invest in parks and recreation.

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How to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health and #MoveWithHeart — Episode 016

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 5, 2018

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is largely preventable by taking certain steps.

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Make 2018 the Year of Healthy Out-of-School Time!

By Allison Colman | Posted on February 1, 2018

Since 2014, over 300,000 children have gained access to healthier meals and snacks, additional opportunities to be physically active, evidence-based nutrition education and outdoor play through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign.

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NRPA’s Board of Directors Take to Capitol Hill

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on January 30, 2018

Thank you to NRPA’s Board of Directors for assisting us in moving our legislative agenda forward.

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Wayfinding: Navigation and Site Planning

By Brad Done | Posted on January 30, 2018

To give visitors the best experience possible, planners have recognized the importance of implementing systems that guide visitors through parks, historic sites and urban centers in a straight-forward manner.

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