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Introducing NRPA’s Equity in Practice Program – October Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 29, 2022

On the October bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross and NRPA Director of Learning Philip Silva to discuss NRPA's new Equity in Practice initiative.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Parks and Rec — Episode 121

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 20, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Edwin Rivera-Guzman, CPRP, to discuss Hispanic Heritage Month and how park and recreation professionals can celebrate in their communities.

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White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition: Parks and Recreation Day of Action Toolkit

By Asia Simms and Dan McCarthy | Posted on September 19, 2022

Here are some ideas on the types of events you could host to raise awareness and drive action in partnership with the White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition.

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On the Pulse of Innovation, Inclusion and Next Practices — Episode 120

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 13, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Neelay Bhatt, founder and CEO of Next Practice Partners — and this year's Best of the Best ceremony emcee — about innovation, inclusion and next practices in parks and recreation.

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Data-Driven Effort to Advance Park Equity Expands

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on September 12, 2022

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation's Parks Needs Assessment Plus contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural recreation needs, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

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Making "Next Practice" a Reality

By Neelay Bhatt | Posted on September 7, 2022

Neelay Bhatt shares a recap of the differences between "Best Practices" and "Next Practices," as well as introduces his new endeavor, Next Practice Partners, which will help park and recreation agencies prepare for what's next through planning, training and technology services.

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Creating a Safe Space for Youth and Teens — Episode 119

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 6, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Sydney Elliott, MBA, CPRP, the youth and business coordinator for City of DeSoto Parks & Recreation, to discuss the importance of engaging teens in park and recreation programming.

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Becoming a Better Mentor: Strategies to Be There for Young People

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on September 1, 2022

MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, recently launched a series of resources that benefits anyone looking to support a young person and includes real-world advice, plus tangible, evidence-based strategies for mentors.

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How Hosting a BioBlitz Improved Five Communities’ Pollinator Protection

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on September 1, 2022

Agencies who have participated in NRPA’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz program share how it has positively impacted their agency’s work to support pollinators and native habitat, as well as engage their community members.

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CDC Releases Updated Monkeypox Guidance for Professionals Serving Youth

By NRPA Health Team | Posted on August 26, 2022

As one of the largest providers of out-of-school time programs for youth and families, park and recreation professionals can look to the CDC’s updated guidance to help navigate their response to the monkeypox outbreak.

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Get Outside! Four Ideas for Outdoor Fundraisers

By Brad Dowhaniuk | Posted on August 24, 2022

Park and recreation agencies can unite with their community for a cause. These four outdoor fundraising ideas get your supporters outside while fundraising.

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Providing Opportunities for Those Who Think Differently — September Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 18, 2022

On the September bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with 2022 NRPA Annual Conference speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist, animal behaviorist, advocate for autism and author.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Take Action Now

By Asia Simms | Posted on August 16, 2022

NRPA strongly urges the passage of the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, and with it, a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) that supports youth and their families.

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On a Mission to Make Aquatics More Equitable — Episode 118

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 16, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Kate Connell, CPRP, the aquatics program supervisor for Iowa City Parks and Recreation and creator of Equitable Aquatics. She is also a recipient of the 2022 NRPA Young Professional Fellowship!

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Book Recommendation: Invisible Women

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on August 12, 2022

Tim Herd, CPRE, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, shares his recommendation for "Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men" by Caroline Criado Perez.

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Back to School: 5 Ways To Integrate Social and Emotional Learning Into Your Out-of-School Time Programs This Year

By Allison Colman | Posted on August 10, 2022

As we enter a new school year, here are some ways park and recreation professionals can consider how their programs can more intentionally integrate social and emotional learning to advance positive youth outcomes across their community.

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Easy Way to Connect with Your Community? Host a BioBlitz!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on August 8, 2022

The countdown to September’s BioBlitz is on! In only a few short weeks, communities across the country will celebrate our fourth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz. Here are a few tips for hosting your own BioBlitz in your community.

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New Resources to Increase Youth Sports Registrations

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on August 5, 2022

To support park and recreation professionals looking to recruit more families into their youth sports programming, NRPA has developed a suite of family-facing resources that showcases what sets park and recreation youth sports apart from the rest.

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