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The Tiny Survival Guide for This Holiday Season

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on November 23, 2020

In her presentation at NRPA Virtual, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky shared this Tiny Survival Guide from the Trauma Stewardship Institute — a tool outlining 15 strategies to help people manage the effects of trauma, including anxiety, exhaustion, anger, apathy and other emotions.

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How Biodiversity Creates Healthy Communities – December Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 19, 2020

On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of the feature stories from the December issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, titled, “Biodiversity Lays the Pathway to Good Health.”

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Staging a New ACT

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on November 18, 2020

This blog post was inspired by an angry voicemail that Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, received in response to his organization sending out notices about diversity webinars.

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Community Healing in the Wake of Trauma — Episode 078

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 17, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talk sessions from NRPA Virtual, when we talked with Allison Colman, NRPA director of health, and Mercy Santoro, deputy director of Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, about the importance of community healing in the wake of trauma.

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NRPA Virtual From a Student's Perspective

By Amanda D’Agostino | Posted on November 12, 2020

Amanda D’Agostino is a student at Indiana University studying parks and recreation, and NRPA Virtual was her very first NRPA Annual Conference experience. This is what she learned.

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Giving Thanks in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD | Posted on November 10, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways, but Clement Lau believes it's good for his soul to reflect upon what he's thankful for - this is his gratitude list.

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Promoting National Take a Hike Day with #HikeYourTurf

By Rachel Banner | Posted on November 3, 2020

For every social media post using the hashtag #HikeYourTurf by November 17, 2020, Merrell will donate $1 to NRPA to ensure that everyone has access to a great hike!

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How to Make Your Voice Heard on Election Day and Beyond — Episode 077

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on November 3, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Elvis Cordova and NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager Kyle Simpson, to talk about some of NRPA’s key legislative priorities, how you can get involved in our advocacy efforts, and you guessed it — the importance of voting!

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Park and Rec Planning in a New Era with David Barth — November Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 29, 2020

On this month's bonus episode of the podcast, we’re diving deeper into one of the feature stories from the November issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, titled, “A New Approach to Parks and Recreation System Planning," with David Barth, principal of Barth Associates.

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Senior Centers and The Big Question: Do We Open or Remain Closed?

By Colleen Pittard and Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on October 21, 2020

Here are some tips and recommendations for how you might start to navigate this big question as you try to meet the needs and demands of the older adult population you serve, as well as ensure you are adhering to public health guidelines and doing your part to keep those you serve safe.

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How to Center Equity in All That We Do — Episode 076

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 20, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA's Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer, Autumn Saxton-Ross, to learn more about her vision for NRPA and the field of parks and recreation when it comes to centering equity in all that we do.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: Special Edition October Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on October 16, 2020

In this Parks Snapshot survey, we learned that many park and recreation agencies are offering full or truncated offerings of their fall and winter programs.

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The Importance of Physical Activity During a Global Pandemic

By The BOKS Team | Posted on October 8, 2020

 BOKS is a free physical activity program designed to reverse this health crisis by getting kids active and establishing a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.  

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This Year’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Was a Success!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on October 7, 2020

Like so many activities forced to adapt this year due to the pandemic, the NRPA Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, which was planned to run in June for Pollinator Month, was rescheduled for September to ensure agencies and their communities could participate safely.

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Wildfire Implications for Conservation, Equity and Health

By Cindy Mendoza | Posted on October 6, 2020

The wildfires in the western part of the U.S. and the conditions caused by their blazes pose a major threat to park spaces and recreation facilities, as well as raised questions about how natural disasters like these impact health and wellness, equity and conservation.

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How Action Sports Can Build More Equitable Communities — Episode 075

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 6, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Selema Masekela, best known for his work on the ESPN X Games, to talk about how sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing are great outlets for physical activity, as well as tools for social connection and fostering creativity and self-expression.

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Why Conversations About Racial Equity Matter for Parks and Recreation — October Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 24, 2020

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).

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Join Us for the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training

By Rebecca Rehr | Posted on September 23, 2020

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.

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