Make Your Awards Submission Shine

How to Make Your Awards Submission Shine

By Cindi Wight, MR, CPRE | Posted on March 19, 2018

NRPA's Awards Committee Chair shares insight on what she looks for in an award-winning application.

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50 Ways

50 Ways Parks and Recreation Pay Out Every Day

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on January 16, 2018

Together, our park and recreation systems contribute expansively to a healthy economy, environment and society in at least 50 tangible ways.

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President’s Action to Revoke National Monument Status is a Bad Idea

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on December 14, 2017

There may be good reasons to alter the boundaries of certain national monuments, but the wholesale reductions announced for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante are not reasonable modifications.

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9 Minutes with 9-Year-Old Kedar on How to Save Pollinators — Episode 012

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 11, 2017

How a 9-year-old is saving pollinators with an app, a board game and endless enthusiasm.

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Americans’ View on the Role of Parks in Natural Disaster Prevention

By Melissa May | Posted on December 7, 2017

While we may never be 100 percent guarded against the forces of nature, there are many steps that our local and federal government can take to mitigate loss and increase our safety.

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Community Members Transform Contaminated Land into Oasis

By Roseann Bongiovanni | Posted on November 30, 2017

Roseann Bongiovanni of Chelsea, Massachusetts' GreenRoots shares how they use community engagement to make improvements that benefit all.

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Why 3 National Orgs Came Together to Promote Proximity to Parks — Episode 010

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 13, 2017

On October 10, 2017, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) came together to launch a campaign called 10-Minute Walk.

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The Latest Conservation Research All in One Place

By Kevin Roth, PhD, and Teresa L. Penbrooke, PhDc | Posted on September 19, 2017

There are many important and valuable research articles published each year related to parks and recreation. NRPA contracted with North Carolina State University’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department to review recently published papers focused on park and recreation’s role in conservation and resiliency.

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Greening Gary, IN from the Ground Up through Community Engagement

By Angela Larsen | Posted on September 15, 2017

The Alliance for the Great Lakes worked with community members in Gary to create meaningful Green Infrastructure projects that matter to them.

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Employee Engagement Boosts Community Cohesion

By Kellie May | Posted on August 22, 2017

In June, NRPA partnered with the Citi Foundation to host Global Community Day service projects at local park and recreation agencies in nine cities across the country. Citi employees, their family members and community volunteers participated in park maintenance/beautification, and other projects that helped revitalize local park spaces.

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Building Relationships to Foster Engagement in the Environment

By Rosie Santos | Posted on July 28, 2017

The NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign Community Engagement grant program offered us an opportunity to pilot a work study program to arm young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to address real issues in our community.

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Healthy Greenspaces, Clean Water, Community Pride

By Jennifer Cox | Posted on May 31, 2017

Green stormwater infrastructure offers a hopeful solution to both environmental and social challenges when implemented in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

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Only 52% Of Adults View Local Parks as Nature

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 25, 2017

A recently released comprehensive study takes a closer look at how Americans connect with nature. The Nature of Americans report combines data to better understand their sentiment of nature, outdoor activities, perceived benefits, and more.

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Defend Our National Monuments, Diversity and Inclusion

By Robert García and Daniel Rossman | Posted on May 16, 2017

We, the people, must raise our voices to defend the health of our neighborhoods and the future of our children. We must insist on more parks and greater access to healthy outdoor activity, along with protection for all our public lands and waters — including national monuments.

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May Park Bench Blog

All Roads Lead to...a Park

By Chris Brusatte | Posted on May 15, 2017

Since the dawn of humanity, it seems, people have enjoyed the beauty, tranquility and serenity that natural parks offer. We all share the love of the outdoors, for recreation and for a respite from the busy world that invades most of our daily lives. Nature and recreation are treasures to cherish.

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April Dirt Blog

Dirt is a Good Thing

By Emily Hiatt, NRPA YPN | Posted on April 25, 2017

Take a live snake into an inner-city school or community center and you may clear the room. I have had this experience several times… but only on the first visit.

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Newbies to Nature: Training Your Instructors

By Shannon Burton | Posted on April 14, 2017

Shannon Burton, Outdoor Programs Manager for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, shares her advice for training nature program instructors.

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Monarch

The Buzz on Bees, Monarchs and Other Pollinators This Spring

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on April 6, 2017

If you were wondering about the status of the highly threatened monarch butterfly this past winter, the news is not good.

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