A Blueprint for Social Equity and Economic Prosperity — March Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on February 27, 2020
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking with Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway, about the Chouteau Greenway in St. Louis — a $250 million greenway development project that spans 15 miles and 20 neighborhoods, with the goal of connecting communities and unifying different populations.
Choose to Be Great — Become a CPRE
By Doug Guild, CPRE | Posted on February 26, 2020
Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is the highest level of certification a park and recreation professional can reach - here's why Doug Guild, Parks Superintendent for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department, decided to get this certification.
Equipping Park and Rec Professionals with Master Planning Tool for Developing Inclusive Spaces
By Rachel Banner | Posted on February 25, 2020
To assist park and recreation professionals in the development of equity-based system plans, NRPA has released a new online tool — Creating Equity-Based System Master Plans.
Cultivating a New Generation of Diverse Environmental Leaders — Episode 060
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on February 25, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Angelou Ezeilo, founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation, about her lifelong pursuit of inclusion and equity in conservation and environmental stewardship, and the need to cultivate the next generation of diverse environmental leaders.
How to Prepare Your Camp for Emergencies
By Michelle Kasmierski | Posted on February 24, 2020
Whether a program participant trips and falls during an activity, experiences an allergic reaction to a bee sting, or there’s a flood or fire in the community center, having personal information available helps staff respond quickly and effectively.
When It Comes to Advocacy, It's All About Who You Know
By Kyle Simpson | Posted on February 20, 2020
Imagine how powerful it would be if NRPA staff knew about the relationships you had with members of Congress and could leverage them to create a more impactful dialogue between park and recreation professionals and legislators. Now there's a way to do just that.
Help Fireflies Before They’re Gone in a Flash
By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on February 19, 2020
There are 2,000 firefly species across the world, and 200 live here in the United States. But sadly, their species is declining. Here's how you can help.
A Closer Look at the RWJF-NRPA Health Equity Award
By Suzanne Nathan | Posted on February 13, 2020
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-NRPA Award for Health Equity recognizes an individual, or team of no more than two individuals, who has successfully implemented a systems change approach to reduce health disparities in their community within the past two years.
CPRP Certification: Find Your Why
By Luke Bolinger, CPRP | Posted on February 12, 2020
Why become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional? For Luke Bolinger, CPRP, it is to provide people with experiences like he had as a kid and young adult right in the community he serves — and learn to do it better.
Helping Older Adults Get Active and Form Social Connections
By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on February 11, 2020
Since 2013, NRPA, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been providing funding to local park and recreation agencies to support the delivery of three evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs.
How Park and Recreation Professionals Are Agents of Change — Episode 059
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on February 10, 2020
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we sit down with Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO, and Neelay Bhatt, Vice President at PROS Consulting Inc, to discuss their presentation at the Agents of Change Summit this week.
The Naloxone Debate — To Carry or Not to Carry
By Allison Colman | Posted on February 6, 2020
Despite recommendations from our nation’s top public health officials, the decision for park and recreation professionals to carry naloxone - an opioid overdose reversal medication - remains debatable and somewhat contentious across the field for a variety of reasons.
Attend the NRPA Annual Conference as a Fellowship or Scholarship Recipient
By Suzanne Nathan | Posted on February 4, 2020
Did you know NRPA's Young Professional Fellowships, Diversity Scholarships and Student Scholarships allow eligible NRPA members to attend the NRPA Annual Conference, all expenses paid?