American Water grant blog 410

Building Better Communities Through Water-Inspired Play Areas

By Michele White CAE, IOM | Posted on September 13, 2019

Since 2014, NRPA and the American Water Charitable Foundation have partnered to support 14 grants to communities throughout the country to support nature and water-inspired play spaces.

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Parks and GI blog 410

Parks + Green Infrastructure = Healthy Communities

By Jenny Cox | Posted on September 10, 2019

Parks themselves play a key role in disaster recovery when natural disasters strike, but when they implement green infrastructure they also function as spaces that mitigate the impacts of these disasters.

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Blue Green Algae blog 410

Dogs’ Deaths Prompt Concern Over Toxic Algae Found in Public Recreation Ponds and Lakes

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on September 3, 2019

Tragic deaths of beloved dogs from suspected poisoning from blue-green algae have occurred recently in public recreational lakes and ponds in North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.

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Green Infrastructure Framework blog 410

Evaluating the Many Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Local Parks

By Kevin Brady | Posted on July 24, 2019

NRPA's Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework encourages the collection of environmental, social, economic and health data that can realistically be measured without a ton of time, money or experience.

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Bioblitz Winners blog 410

First Annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz — The Results Are In!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on July 12, 2019

More than 40 park and recreation agencies from across 21 states participated in the first annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz.

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Chanute Blog 410

Chanute Recreation Commission Serves as Resilient Partner in Wake of Flooding

By Julie Aikens | Posted on June 25, 2019

Chanute Recreation Commission used its Increasing Access to Healthy Meals at Parks grant to create a space to serve as a community feeding center and shelter in the case of a community crisis or natural disaster.

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Blog BioBlitz 410

NRPA BioBlitz: How We Found 123 Species in Two Hours

By Michele White | Posted on April 29, 2019

We love pollinators here at NRPA and to celebrate Earth Week, we held a pollinator BioBlitz at our headquarters. Our BioBlitz, focused on pollinators and plants, took a snapshot of the pollinators that can be found here and the local flora that is available to support them.

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7WaysCelebrateEarth410

7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month at Your Local Park

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 7, 2019

Trees are blooming, people are sneezing — spring is in the air and April is here! As we thaw out from the winter months, its easy to see why April is the perfect time to celebrate Earth.

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bio blitz 410

Where Are Your Bees and Butterflies?

By Brett Johnson | Posted on March 21, 2019

The spring and summertime are the perfect times to plan pollinator-based BioBlitz events to document the current pollinators and plants species found in your parks.

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President Signs Lands Package 410

President Signs Bill to Permanently Authorize LWCF

By NRPA Public Policy | Posted on March 12, 2019

LWCF reauthorization has passed Congress and was signed by the president today, and while this is a big win for our industry, the fight isn't over yet.

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Congress Passes Lands Package 410

Congress Passes the Natural Resources Management Act

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on February 28, 2019

Thanks in large part to the efforts of NRPA members, this package will permanently reauthorize LWCF and provide a guaranteed amount in funding for the state assistance program.

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Recycling OSR 34 410

Is This the End of Recycling? — Episode 034

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 25, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking about one of NRPA’s top trends in parks and recreation for 2019 that is causing quite a stir.

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The Counts Are In

The Annual Monarch Counts Are In...And It's Not Looking Good

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on February 6, 2019

Much more needs to be done in order to conserve this critical species. Here are a few ways you can help immediately.

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boston green infrastructure 410

Innovative Community Engagement in Beantown

By Allison Perlman | Posted on November 26, 2018

NRPA's Green Stormwater Infrastructure Community Outreach and Education Grant Program, supported by Southwest Airlines, allowed the city of Boston to develop and test an innovative engagement strategy around green stormwater infrastructure.

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pollinators and pie 410

Have Another Slice of Pumpkin Pie and Thank a Pollinator

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on November 20, 2018

We would lose scores of other delicious and essential things without pollinators, but their job is so much bigger than making food.

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NRPA Conservation Advisory Panel

Meet the Newest Members of NRPA’s Conservation Advisory Panel

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on November 7, 2018

The panel provides feedback and subject matter expertise for NRPA’s conservation programs and initiatives and serves as a sounding board for new ideas and practices that help to provide guidance to the NRPA staff.

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GUPC 2018 Grantees

Announcing the 2018 Great Urban Parks Campaign Grantees

By Jenny Cox | Posted on November 2, 2018

The 10 selected grantees demonstrate their commitment to ensuring green stormwater infrastructure projects not only address local environmental issues, but also provide the community a sense of ownership over the project.

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Greening of Detroit 410

The Greening of Detroit

By Monica Tabares | Posted on October 3, 2018

How the city of Detroit is using its Green Stormwater Infrastructure Community Outreach and Education Grant from NRPA and Southwest Airlines.

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