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How to Onboard New Volunteers Safely and Efficiently This Summer

By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on May 6, 2021

Background Investigation Bureau, the exclusive background screening provider of NRPA, provides what you need to know to be efficient in your on-boarding practices and keep your community safe.

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Addressing Issues at the Intersection of Climate and Health — Episode 089

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 20, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how the Climate for Health Ambassador Training, taking place this June in partnership with Climate for Health, will benefit park and recreation professionals at all experience levels.

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From Experiencing Homelessness to Becoming a Community Leader — Episode 087

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 23, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Dr. Samose Mays, the director of Bryan County Parks and Recreation and the Georgia Recreation and Park Association district two commissioner, to learn more about his story of adversity, resilience and how parks and recreation saved his life.

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Celebrating Parks and Recreation’s Inaugural 30 Under 30 — February Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 21, 2021

On the February bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Michael Biedenstein, past chair of the NRPA Young Professional Network, and Hayley Herzing, NRPA’s senior member of membership, to talk about the inaugural 30 Under 30 program, which recognizes the 30 best and brightest park and recreation professionals under 30 years old.

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Reflection and the Path Forward: Highlights from My First NRPA Annual Conference

By Tiff Cunin (they/them) | Posted on December 2, 2020

Tiff Cunin, NRPA's senior program manager for health, reflects on what they learned at their very first NRPA Annual Conference.

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5 Tips for Submitting a Successful Session Proposal

By Kelly Moffett | Posted on December 1, 2020

NRPA is now accepting proposals for the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, September 21-23, 2021. To help you with your proposal, here are five tips for submitting a successful education session proposal.

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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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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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Virtual Interviewing and Onboarding Best Practices

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on May 18, 2020

If you have never hired an employee virtually, interviewing and onboarding may be a new challenge to tackle - here are some helpful tips.

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Introducing the Greener Parks for Health Webinar Series

By Jenny Cox | Posted on May 18, 2020

NRPA is equipping park and recreation professionals with the tools and knowledge to advocate for and institutionalize green infrastructure in park systems to address climate impacts, improve community well-being and advance equitable outcomes for all.

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Finding Your Unicorns

By Jason Elissalde | Posted on May 12, 2020

Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.

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Parks and Recreation’s Next Generation — Episode 065

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 5, 2020

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Mary Elise Conzelmann and Sean Fitzpatrick, two inspiring students who are pursuing their degrees in fields related to parks and recreation and will be graduating this year.

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Be a 2020 NRPA Annual Conference Speaker — Why Not?

By Marhonda Williams, CPRP | Posted on April 9, 2020

If you know you have the gift of connecting with people and have a passion you are willing to share, Marhonda Williams, CPRP, encourages you to give Speed Sessions at the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference a try!

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This Is Going to Leave a Mark

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on March 19, 2020

With the disruptive shift in our society from the COVID-19 pandemic comes a series of thought-provoking considerations to re-establishing our community values and our professional accountability.

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My Journey to Becoming a CPRE

By Nicole Ginger, MAEA, CPRE | Posted on March 9, 2020

As someone who has been teaching the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) prep course since 2009, Nicole Ginger's journey to becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) came as a surprise - even to her.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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