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Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional: Getting the Credit I Deserved

By Kelli Beavers, CPRP | Posted on April 19, 2022

Kelli Beavers, CPRP, director of recreation, parks, and tourism for Charles County Government (Maryland), shares why obtaining her Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification has given her the credit she deserves for serving as a park and recreation professional for the last 24 years.

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Going from CPRP to CPRE

By Carrie A. Fullerton, CPRE | Posted on April 11, 2022

Carrie A. Fullerton, CPRE, the executive director of Arlington Heights Park District in Illinois, shares her experience of going from a Certified Park and Recreation Professional to a Certified Park and Recreation Executive.

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One of My Best Takeaways From the COVID-19 Pandemic — Achieving the CPRE!

By Tara Eggleston Stewart, CPRE | Posted on April 7, 2022

Tara Eggleston Stewart, chief of aquatics and athletic facilities for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation, shares her journey to becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE).

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Celebrating Women in Parks and Recreation — Episode 111

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 29, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're revisiting a previous episode featuring the founders of Women in Parks and Recreation, which began as a Facebook group and has grown into a into a 501(C)3 nonprofit charitable organization with a goal of strengthening women in the field through networking, collaboration and learning.

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Diving in and Staying Afloat: My Journey to Becoming a CPRP

By Amber Moore, CPRP | Posted on March 17, 2022

Amber Moore, CPRP, the aquatics supervisor for Brigham City Corporation (Utah), shares why becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) was worth it for her — and why it's worth it for you!

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Serving Those Who Serve — Episode 110

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 15, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking all things Morale, Welfare and Recreation, also known as Armed Forces Recreation, with NRPA's incoming Armed Forces Recreation Network chair, John Prue, as well as Caité Kendrick and Kiersten Warren.

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The CPRE Isn’t That Scary After All

By Myla Neal, CPRE | Posted on March 9, 2022

Myla Neal, CPRE, the assistant director for Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services in Virginia, shares her experience with taking the Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam, as well as some helpful tips.

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Celebrating Parks & Recreation’s 30 Under 30 — February Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 20, 2022

On the February bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re having a conversation with two of this year's 30 Under 30, Rosie Santos and Hashim Taylor, as well as NRPA Volunteer and Awards Manager Michael Biedenstein.

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The Year in Review: A Listen Back at Your Favorite Open Space Radio Episodes of 2021 — Episode 105

By Cort Jones | Posted on December 21, 2021

On the final episode of Open Space Radio for the year, our host Cort Jones reflects on the 13 most-downloaded episodes from 2021 and shares inspiring messages from guests of each episode.

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New Year, New You, New NRPA Online Learning Opportunities

By NRPA Online Learning | Posted on December 17, 2021

We’re rolling out an exciting new approach to online education at NRPA in 2022, with a jam-packed schedule of insightful Talks, engaging Clinics and interactive Sandboxes to keep you learning with your peers throughout the year.

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Handling Parent Complaints Within Your Recreation Program

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on December 15, 2021

If you run a well-organized program and you are a great communicator, parent complaints will be at a minimum. However, sometimes things will happen that are out of your control causing a parent to complain. Here are seven steps to handle a complaint effectively.

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The Park and Recreation Movement in Mexico and Beyond — Episode 104

By Cort Jones | Posted on December 7, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re replaying one of our Coffee Talks from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference with Luis Romahn, president, CEO and founder of Parques de México and the National Association of Parks and Recreation Mexico.

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New Resource to Help Engage the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on September 13, 2021

NRPA partnered with Justice Outside to create a resource that provides a process, resources, as well as case studies, to help professionals thoughtfully explore how to engage in community building work around natural resources and conservation efforts.

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Don’t Miss Coffee Talks at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference — Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 24, 2021

On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, you get a sneak peek at the guests who will be joining us for this year's Coffee Talks at the NRPA Annual Conference.

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The Importance of Community-Based Workforce Development

By Ayanna Williams | Posted on June 11, 2021

NRPA recently developed two resources to help you explore what workforce development is, what it can be for the field of parks and recreation, and how we can reflect on developing or renovating equitable community-based workforce development programs. Learn about and access the resources here.

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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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