GI Policies Blog 410

Advancing Policies for Green Infrastructure in Parks

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on August 7, 2020

In order to better support the park and recreation profession to advocate for and receive necessary investments, NRPA has identified green infrastructure and how it can be supported and implemented in local parks as a top legislative priority.

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Denver BioBlitz 410

One Year Later, Pollinator BioBlitz at Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguinette Park in Denver

By Gretchen Wilson, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP; Louise Bordelon; and Cinceré Eades | Posted on August 4, 2020

It has been one year since the City and County of Denver, Colorado, along with Dig Studio, Wilson & Company, Biohabitats and The Butterfly Pavilion hosted our Pollinator BioBlitz at the Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguinette Park.

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KS 410

Looking Forward: NRPA’s Strategic Plan with Kristine Stratton — Episode 070

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on July 28, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re speaking with NRPA President and CEO Kristine Stratton about what NRPA wants to achieve in the months and years ahead and how we’re going to get there.

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OSR August Bonus 410

Building Better Communities Through Water and Nature-Based Play — August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on July 23, 2020

On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're diving deeper into one of the features of the August issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, "Restoring Nature's Playground."

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Atwood Dam blog 410

Pollinator BioBlitz in 2019 Informs Future Plans for Atwood Dam

By Grace Trimble | Posted on July 16, 2020

Last year during NRPA’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, Grace Trimble hosted a BioBlitz at a newly established pollinator habitat at Atwood Dam in Mineral City, Ohio.

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greener parks blog 410

Greener Parks for Health: Ensuring Equitable Access to Inclusive and Resilient Green Spaces

By Karl Schrass | Posted on July 9, 2020

This Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate the essential work park and recreation professionals do to help create communities that are vibrant, healthy and strong, we should also look to the future and ask ourselves, “What changes should be made in order for our society to be more equitable and just?”

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pollinator solarization blog 410

Solarization: An Easy, Organic and Effective Way to Prepare a Pollinator Habitat

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on June 19, 2020

One of the more difficult tasks in creating high-quality pollinator habitat is preparing the land for planting, but there is one method that is completely organic, works great, is simple to do and can be done largely with volunteers: solarization.

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lwcf senate blog 410

The LWCF Vote in the U.S. Senate Is a REALLY Big Deal

By James E. Headley, CPRP | Posted on June 19, 2020

A monumental vote was taken in the U.S. Senate on June 17, 2020. By a vote of 73 -25, the U.S. Senate voted to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conversation Fund (LWCF).

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gupc blog 410

Tips for Virtual Engagement

By Lauren Baldwin | Posted on June 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted park and recreation agencies' ability to reach new audiences, but this Great Urban Parks Campaign grantee shares tips that have helped them virtually educate their community about the benefits of green infrastructure.

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Greener Parks Webinar Series blog 410

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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Radnor Lake State Park blog 410

Celebrating the Vital Importance of Parks During World Parks Week

By Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO | Posted on April 29, 2020

Even though our current reality prevents us from gathering, it doesn’t stop us from finding new ways to enjoy nature and it certainly doesn’t stop us from showing our respect for those who protect and maintain our natural spaces.

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Six Ways Parks and Rec is Celebrating Earth Day blog 410

Six Ways Parks and Recreation Is Celebrating Earth Day

By Cort Jones and Audrey Fox | Posted on April 22, 2020

Since 1970, the world has celebrated Earth Day on April 22, but this year, because of physical distancing guidelines and many people self-isolating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation agencies all over the country have developed creative ways to celebrate virtually and safely.

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Safely Celebrate Earth Day 410

Safely Celebrate Earth Day with Parks and Recreation — Episode 064

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 21, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by three dedicated and creative staff members of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio to talk about the virtual Earth Day celebrations they have planned so their community can safely learn more about the environment around them and how to protect it.

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Bio blitz September blog 410

BioBlitz Moves to September but Pollinator Awareness Can Continue at Home

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on April 14, 2020

Originally scheduled for June 2020, NRPA's Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz will be pushed back to September 2020 to ensure communities across the country can participate.

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Fireflies April Bonus Episode 410

How Parks Can Ensure Fireflies Continue to Shine Bright — April Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 26, 2020

The April issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into the feature article, “Can Parks Help Save Fireflies?”

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Conservation Covid 19 410

Tips From NRPA’s Conservation Team During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Karl Schrass | Posted on March 25, 2020

NRPA’s conservation team has put together a list of resources to help you and your family learn, appreciate and find comfort in your local community of living things during this uncertain time.

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Something positive blog 410

Something Positive Amid the Chaos

By Allison Colman | Posted on March 23, 2020

These are the three things that stick out to Allison Colman, NRPA's Director of Health, as unintended benefits that the COVID-19 outbreak may have brought our way.

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BioBlitz March blog 410

Calling All Pollinator Lovers: Host a BioBlitz This September

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on March 6, 2020

By hosting a Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, you can help promote pollinator awareness and engage your local community in a pollinator-focused activity.

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