On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're having a conversation about racial equity with Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and keynote speaker for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual).
NRPA is partnering with Climate for Health to offer park and recreation professionals the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training to better understand the links between climate and health, the spectrum of climate solutions, how to speak to others effectively on the topic of climate change, and opportunities to act and advocate.
On this episode of Open Space Radio — part two of our Great American Outdoors Act coverage — we talk with Senator Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), two of our Congressional champions who helped pass this historic legislation.
Despite drastic numbers and warnings grounded in science and data, we recognize that park and recreation professionals are facing mounting public pressure to “get back to normal” and are continuing to face difficult decisions on a daily basis.
Our hearts are with everyone who is currently impacted by some of the worst wildfires in history that continue to burn uncontained in Oregon, California, Washington and many other states in the western part of the country. Here are some ways you can help right now.
Due to COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is unable to offer its highly popular, award-winning Parks After Dark (PAD) program this year, but it has initiated the PAD in Motion program, in which it closes off park-adjacent streets for community members to safely walk and ride.
In part one of our Great American Outdoors Act double-header episodes of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Allegra “Happy” Haynes, the executive director of parks and recreation for the City and County of Denver, about what full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund means for her community and the country.
August 17 came and the curtain went up; the 2020 SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase was underway — and was successful even in the face of a pandemic.
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio received a $20,000 Parks for Pollinators grant through NRPA and The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation, which has funded the restoration of the Whetstone Prairie, as well as helped provide education on pollinators for local children and families.
As we move into the 2020-2021 school year, our professionals and partner organizations who have stepped up to serve meals during COVID-19, and our families that have benefited from these quick actions, are facing their next challenge.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re celebrating our birthday! We started Open Space Radio a little over three years ago, and while many of you may have heard us talk about the early days of finding our podcasting groove, we like to invite you — our listeners — in every once in a while to reflect back on some of our favorite Open Space Radio moments.
In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that staff at four in five park and recreation agencies are leading park activation activities — like small group naturalist programs, virtual learning centers and drive-in movies — to promote park and open space usage.
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking with Roslyn Johnson, director of Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, about the challenges of starting a new role with a new department just before COVID-19, supporting her community during tough times and the ongoing need for true equity in parks.
Winning the 2019 Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz grand prize was a significant boost to the budget for Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and having those funds earmarked for pollinator-specific projects was a game-changer.
A virtual BioBlitz is a great way to engage your community in an activity that is educational, fun and provides a community benefit!
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with the creator of the BioBlitz and Wildlife Biologist for Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, Sam Droege, as well as Brett Johnson, an Urban Biologist for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, about how a BioBlitz event can help educate your community and inform staff who manage parks and public lands.
With all the changes and uncertainty due to COVID-19, as well as necessary restrictions that limit you from meeting in person, here are some tips and solutions to help you safely onboard new employees and volunteers moving forward.
In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learn that three in five park and recreation agencies are making plans to support students this fall, whether through expanded childcare offerings or by offering resources to support education efforts.