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Diving Deeper Into the 2020 Park and Rec Trends — January Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 26, 2019

To kick off our monthly bonus episodes of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with Rich Dolesh, NRPA's Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and author of "Top Trends in Parks and Recreation 2020" - the highly anticipated article in the January issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Predictions for Parks and Recreation’s Top Trends in 2019

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on January 16, 2019

One part good research, one part taking the pulse of NRPA members, one part blue-sky thinking, the Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2019 are here.

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Using Art to Connect Kids to Nature

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on April 18, 2016

The Get to Know program, an art contest that encourages kids to connect with nature, was founded in part with the support of internationally famous wildlife artist, Robert Bateman.

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Your Award-Winning Magazine (and More)

By NRPA MarComMag Team | Posted on March 10, 2016

NRPA recently won six awards, including the coveted Publisher's Choice Award for best overall entry, in the Association TRENDS 2015 All-Media Contest.

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Ready, Set, Go Gold!

By Brenda Beales | Posted on January 26, 2016

Awards season is here and it’s time to get busy on that Gold Medal Award application!

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Jim Peterson: NRPA's First Program Chair

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 13, 2015

NRPA interviewed Jim Peterson, NRPA's first program chair.

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Robert Toalson: NRPA's 24th President

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 13, 2015

NRPA interviewed Robert Toalson, NRPA's 24th president.

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Tony Mobley: The Youngest NRPA President

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 12, 2015

NRPA interviewed Tony Mobley, the youngest NRPA president.

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R. Dean Tice: NRPA's Most-Traveled Executive Director

By Sonia Myrick | Posted on August 11, 2015

NRPA interviewed R. Dean Tice, NRPA's most-traveled executive director.

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10 Great Uses of Twitter for Parks and Recreation

By Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D. | Posted on December 11, 2014

Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D., provides the “why” and “how” for using Twitter to help your park and recreation agency achieve more visibility and build relationships.

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Natural Play: New Guidelines Mean New Opportunity for Parks and Recreation

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on September 10, 2014

Long-awaited national guidelines on the design, development and management of nature play areas were recently released. These guidelines will be invaluable to the park and recreation profession.

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Who Owns the Forests? Mountain Bike Trail Riders and Park Pros Weigh In

By Danielle Taylor | Posted on June 19, 2014

The U.S. Forest Service manages more than 4 million acres along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range, and in recent years, the land has been inundated with problems due to illegal trail building by mountain bikers in the area.

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Zombie Survival: Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

By Ann Cejka | Posted on May 19, 2014

Zombie Survival Camp, a week long day camp program in which children learn basic wilderness survival skills, emergency disaster planning and teamwork all while fighting off occasional attacks from what I call “real” fake zombies.

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Springtime Changes

By Samantha Bartram | Posted on May 6, 2014

Each month, as you crack the spine of a fresh Parks & Recreation Magazine, we hope the experience is both exciting and familiar.

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Eliminating Play Deserts

By Anne-Marie Spencer | Posted on April 24, 2014

In the April 2013 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, Samantha Bartram wrote about play deserts and their effects on community and national health and wellness. Explore resources to combat play deserts in your community.

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Color, But No Diversity

By Samantha Bartram | Posted on February 4, 2014

As we put our February issue to bed, those of us at Parks & Recreation Magazine pondered our colorful cover, meant to illustrate the excitement of adult sports trends. Our graphic designer Matt Brubaker pointed out, “even with all that color there is a lack of diversity.

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Hey NRPA Congress Attendee, Can You Relate?

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on October 21, 2013

We asked three NRPA staff members — a first-time NRPA Annual Conference attendee, a second-timer and a veteran from the field — to share their perspective and offer thoughts about the event.

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The NRPA Congress and Exposition: A Daily Video Blog Day Four

By Kayode Lewis, Taylor Potter | Posted on October 4, 2013

Daily video blog from the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX. Kayode Lewis and Taylor Potter give an interesting take on their final day at the event.

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