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Embracing Opportunities for Growth

By Tiffany Johnson, Ph.D., CPRP | Posted on April 26, 2024

Dr. Tiffany Johnson writes about the importance of volunteering and the great potential for growth because of it.

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Volunteering Cultivates Community and Belonging

By Edward Matthews, MLS, CPRP, AFO | Posted on April 26, 2024

Volunteering is a cornerstone of promoting societal well-being, fostering connections, building communities and enriching lives. NRPA stands as a beacon, advocating for the significance of volunteering and offering avenues for individuals to improve their communities.

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Help Older Adults Get Moving With Five Strategies From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report

By Katrina Piercy, Alison Vaux-Bjerke, Malorie Polster and Bianca Macias | Posted on April 24, 2024

As older adults continue to make up a growing share of the U.S. population, physical activity is a vital tool for helping them manage and improve their health. The Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults (Midcourse Report) highlights what works to increase physical activity among older adults. Park and recreation professionals can use these five strategies from the Midcourse Report to help older adults in their communities get moving.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

By Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE | Posted on April 23, 2024

Michael Kalvort explores the importance of volunteering and lists some ways to get involved right away.

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Networking Strategies for Advancing Your Career in Parks and Recreation

By Rachel Smith, MBA, CPRP | Posted on April 17, 2024

In the dynamic world of parks and recreation, building a robust network can be the key to unlocking exciting opportunities and advancing your career. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional looking for further challenges, strategic networking is an essential tool for success.

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NRPA Niagara Refresh Project Impacts Youth Across the Country

By Rukmini Kalamangalam | Posted on April 10, 2024

In celebration of the Niagara 60th anniversary in 2023, Niagara Bottling and NRPA tested a new model — a supplementary investment in parks that had previously been supported by grants. This past year, eight parks across the United States have received funding from Niagara to refresh their outdoor play space.

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Creating a World Where Humanity Stands Out — Episode 153

By Cort Jones and Cara Myers | Posted on April 9, 2024

On today’s episode, we’re talking with someone who has been making a big impact in the larger outdoor industry for a while now. Teresa Baker, founder of In Solidarity Project, is an outdoor enthusiast focusing on community engagement, creating events that encourage people to venture outdoors responsibly, and learning about our open spaces and what it takes to protect them.

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This Earth Month Let’s Celebrate Park and Recreation Professionals as Climate Heroes

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on April 4, 2024

April is Earth Month — the perfect time to engage community members in park cleanups and park improvement projects. Whether it’s planting trees or creating pollinator habitats, hosting outdoor activities to connect communities to nature, or fostering community engagement through environmental initiatives, park and recreation professionals are the driving force behind transformative change in our public spaces.

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