Someday I’ll take that vacation. Someday I’ll read that book. Someday I’ll start that business. Raise your hand if you have ever started a sentence with “Someday, I’ll.”
The sending and receiving of holiday cards is a tradition many families share this time of year. Read this blog post about family traditions, NRPA’s holiday card and best wishes for the holiday season.
December’s cover story by John Crompton focused on the evolving lifestyle and financial factors motivating today’s seniors toward recreation.
Recently the Every Body Walk! Collaborative held the first ever walking summit. NRPA was there representing parks and recreation and the great news is that community parks and recreation continues to be recognized and viewed as a key component for improving health and getting people active through walking. This post gives some insight into the summit and resources you can use to help create more walkable communities.
The trend of diminishing green space is pretty well summarized in the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni Mitchell. There is a newer trend of taking back some of those parking spaces and converting them into open space and parks—parklets.
The staff here at NRPA headquarters took a few moments to reflect and think about the amazing members we have.
Here is our list of 10 reasons to be thankful for parks and recreation.
Becky Genoways, CFEE, is an instructor at the IFEA and NRPA Event Management School and she gives a sneak-peek into what this school is like for attendees.
Learn why you should submit an education session proposal for the NRPA Annual Conference.
Read on to find out what NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane has to say about the infamous Toys vs Trees ad.
We asked three NRPA staff members — a first-time NRPA Annual Conference attendee, a second-timer and a veteran from the field — to share their perspective and offer thoughts about the event.
After the federal government shut down more than two weeks ago, one of the loudest frustrations from the public was the closing of our national parks. State and local parks aren’t under the financial umbrella of the federal shutdown.
Daily video blog from the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX. Kayode Lewis and Taylor Potter give an interesting take on their final day at the event.
Daily video blog from the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX. Kayode Lewis and Taylor Potter give an interesting take on their third day at the event, what they learned and what they experienced.
Daily video blog from the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX. Kayode Lewis and Taylor Potter give an interesting take on their first full day, what they learned and what they experienced.
Relive a journey of two individuals as they documented their time at the NRPA Annual Conference in Houston, Texas through a daily video blog. One is a young professional in the field and the other a student learning about the park and recreation field.
These hacks will make navigating NRPA's Annual Conference just a little bit easier.
Requirements for accessible trails are evolving and advancing and if you are in parks and recreation, it is time to get familiar with what’s to come in the next few years Accessibility expert John McGovern, JD, outlines what you need to know.
Terri Stowers, park and recreation manager for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in North Carolina, shares her story and how she was influenced to attend the NRPA’s Supervisors Management School.
In this blog, David Carter of Carter Consulting Group previews his NRPA Annual Conference session on effective communication. Carter explains why communication can be so tough and how his Speed Session can help you improve your communication skills.
Have you heard that National Visit a Park Day is in October? This is something that NRPA and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) have celebrated to help promote the wonders of our natural and treasured resources out there – local parks.
Did you know though, that amongst the thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of square feet of floor space lays a “Hidden Gem” of NRPA's Annual Conference? The Career Center.
There's so much to do at NRPA's Annual Conference – from hundreds of educational sessions, to an amazing expo hall, to valuable networking opportunities.
A Marketing Manager from Carmel Clay shares how this agency is leveraging the 10 Million Kids Outdoors campaign in their community and offers tips on how your agency can take advantage of the program.
Trails across the United States help connect people to nature, inspire healthy activities, and by their very nature, help protect natural places - making communities more livable and connected.
How can park and recreation agencies continue to contribute to the fight against obesity? We have identified four critical steps you can take now to demonstrate your leadership and contributions to health and wellness.
At NRPA we believe in preservation of natural resources and the promotion of good conservation and stewardship practices. We decided to take the Loudoun County, VA Green Business Challenge.
If you are heading to NRPA's Annual Conference, plan to attend one of the Speed Sessions.
Get ideas on how to continue to work on reversing the trend of a childhood spent indoors this fall and all year long
What’s a park bench have to do with business models for parks and recreation? In this blog learn how pricing differentiation on memorial benches was a win/win business decision for a park and recreation agency.
These days, you’ll find more and more research and information about concussions and the importance of providing and practicing good concussion management.
One of NRPA’s PRORAGIS Ambassadors, shares how having the right information, especially powerful data, can give strength to our public park and recreation advocacy messages.
Jay Tryon, CPRP, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, writes this blog post sharing how volunteering at NRPA’s Annual Conference had a positive impact on his career.
Read an NRPA staffer's analysis from a Let’s Move event and how parks and recreation are and continue to be leaders of healthier communities and the fight against childhood obesity
One of the sectors identified to make it easier for Americans to walk was Parks, Recreation, Fitness and Sports.
The NRPA Public Policy Team has compiled the details you need to know to understand Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) delays and what it means for parks and recreation.
Learn how Black Friday can bring your park and recreation agency big bucks without breaking your budget.
First-time NRPA Annual Conference attendee Gerry Logan shared his account of the event with the Young Professional’s Network.
Protestors gathered to protect Taksim Gezi Park in Instanbul from redevelopment into a shopping mall. NRPA’s own Gina Cohen shares commentary and information about Taksim Gezi Park, the significance of the protests and why these events stand as a reminder to us all of the significance parks and open public spaces have for people no matter where they are from
NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, met with the Secretary for the Department of Interior (DOI), Sally Jewell, to discuss the federal agency’s role in championing community parks.
We visited Rosemont Park District in Illinois and saw first hand how the Grow Your Park grant from NRPA and the Darden Foundation is bringing the community closer through community gardens.
How does one prepare to teach park and recreation professionals generally already considered at the top of their game?
We thought it would be fun to showcase how Park and Recreation Month can really be a great opportunity for your agency to engage with the community.
This post demonstrates how someone well into their park and recreaction career can take on new challenges such as a new certification opportunity like CPRP or CPRE.
NRPA Annual Conference Speed Sessions: Exciting, fun and innovative sessions delivered in just 20-minutes. Shannon Keleher shares what is behind her session, “How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich” in this post.
Using PRORAGIS to document how you are helping solve community problems could mean more support and increased resources for your agency
Park and recreation professionals must prepare for everything in an ever-changing world. This post offers resources that agencies can use to help formulate plans and be prepared.
NRPA and Angler Environmental have been working together to develop a Parks for Mitigation pilot project to creating stream mitigation banks on public parklands in the MD, VA, and DC region that, if successful, will serve as a model for other park agencies across the country.
Cindi Wight, Recreation Director at Rutland Recreation and Parks Department in Vermont, shares how NRPA’s Directors School taught her new skills and introduced her to amazing colleagues.
NRPA's pillars are a communications strategy, so how can they be used to communicate parks and recreation priorities to the public and policymakers?
Jason Tryon, CPRP, Operations Director/Athletic Coordinator at Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation in Charlotte, NC, touches on what pursing Certification is all about – a challenge to oneself
Read a personal perspective on taking advantage of leadership development programs for young professionals.
NRPA believes that core to the mission of public parks and recreation is the preservation of natural resources and the promotion of good conservation and stewardship practices.
Ron Strickler and Kayode Lewis share what they gained from applying for and receiving the NRPA Fellowship and NRPA Diversity Scholarship in 2012
The NRPA Young Professional Network is launching a series of blogs and video blogs to help shed some light on making the most of your career in parks and recreation.
PRORAGIS—NRPA’s park and recreation database and benchmarking tool—is helping park and rec pros use data to measure and compare to similar agencies.
With children spending more time indoors than out, park and recreation agencies are stepping up to reverse this trend and are helping to connect kids to nature through the 10 Million Kids Outdoors campaign.
NRPA is actively working with the CDC and other leading experts on an effort to define play deserts, essentially spaces that lack available opportunities for physical activity.
Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) shows a commitment to the park and rec field, tests your knowledge of parks and recreation, and helps you stand out among candidates in a crowded job market.
An NRPA staffer shares her first-year experiences at Legislative Forum.
Lewis Ledford, Director, North Carolina State Parks & Recreation and Chair, sheds some light on the tremendous influence of in-person constituent meetings.
What drives you to set personal and professional goals? For Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Officer, Dan Stencil, his inner drive is what he says defines him. One of the first to earn his Certified Park and Recreation Executive certification, Dan's got a great take on being motivated to reach your professional pinnacle and how certification, even at advance levels, can take you there.
Kids are spending eight hours or more in front of screens each day. The number of children in the U.S. who are obese has doubled in the last decade. Parks and recreation can change all that by getting more kids spending more time outdoors.
There is so much to learn in the January issue of Parks & Recreation. Browse highlights of five great stories you wont want to miss.
Government leaders have once again kicked the proverbial can down the road, failing to find the middle ground needed to address tough fiscal issues plaguing our country. The stage is set for a turbulent legislative beginning to 2013 and there is potential to have federally funded park and recreation programs on the chopping block.
Transportation will continue to be an important advocacy issue for park and recreation agencies and professionals.
Seve Ghose, CPRE/MOL, Director of the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation shares how certification of staff has given a boost to their agency, benefits their staff and provides his views on the value of certification.