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March 2016

Certification Programs

Through national certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs and services. Learn more about CPRP, CPRE, AFO and CPSI certification programs today! Read More
February 2016

I’m a Park and Rec Kid!

I’m a Park and Rec Kid! Children who grow up utilizing their community park and recreation resources have the opportunity to thrive as both children and adults. These "Park and Rec Kids" grow up engaging with nature, learning social skills on the playground, and creating life-long healthy habits.

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January 2016

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. CPRP certification demonstrates your practical knowledge and that you have the current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment. Read More
January 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Study Shows Americans Are Passionate About Their Parks

Americans have a passionate and unwavering support for local and community parks according to a new study commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)and conducted by The Pennsylvania State University. They see local park and recreation services as a valuable part of their communities with 83 percent stating that they personally benefit from local parks and 92 percent stating that their communities benefit from these services.

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January 2016

2015 Gold Medal Award Grand Plaque Award Recipients Announced

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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January 2016

North Las Vegas Community Gets Revitalized Park, New Opportunities

Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas has received a makeover thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the City of North Las Vegas. Selected by NRPA for its 2015 Parks Build Community project, this park has been transformed into a stunning new space for the community living nearby who depend on it as an outdoor gathering place.

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January 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Identifies National Economic Value of Local Parks

According to preliminary findings of a new economic impact study commissioned by NRPA, the nation’s local and regional parks generate nearly $140 billion in economic activity per year and support nearly 1 million jobs.

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January 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Awarded Grant for Green Infrastructure Projects in Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been awarded a two-year grant from The JPB Foundation for the Great Urban Parks Campaign to explore the social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure projects in parks, especially in underserved communities.

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January 2016

Jobs in Parks and Recreation

The NRPA Career Center is your online resource for career and internship opportunities in the parks and recreation field. 

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December 2015

50 Years of NRPA

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) was formed when five related organizations joined together. In 2015, we’ll celebrate 50 years of NRPA and the association that is dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Read More
November 2015

PRORAGIS, or Park and Recreation Operating Ratio and Geographic Information System, is a national database that allows park and recreation agencies to benchmark with others, develop program planning, and enhance overall community operations. Read More
July 2015

New Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment.

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