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Easy Way to Connect with Your Community? Host a BioBlitz!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on August 8, 2022

The countdown to September’s BioBlitz is on! In only a few short weeks, communities across the country will celebrate our fourth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz. Here are a few tips for hosting your own BioBlitz in your community.

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New Resources to Increase Youth Sports Registrations

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on August 5, 2022

To support park and recreation professionals looking to recruit more families into their youth sports programming, NRPA has developed a suite of family-facing resources that showcases what sets park and recreation youth sports apart from the rest.

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What To Know About the Monkeypox Outbreak

By Allison Colman | Posted on July 27, 2022

Due to a recent rise in cases, the World Health Organization declared the spreading monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency on Saturday, July 23. Here's what you should know.

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We Rise Up by Telling Our Stories

By Clement Lau, FAICP, DPPD | Posted on July 26, 2022

With July being Park and Recreation Month and this year’s theme being “We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation,” Clement Lau, a departmental facilities planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, shares one way for park and recreation professionals to rise up: telling our stories.

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New SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit to Support Community Wellness Hubs in Parks and Recreation

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 22, 2022

NRPA’s SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit provides information for park and recreation professionals on how to provide SNAP/WIC outreach directly to community members, connecting them to enrollment and retention assistance for increased access to affordable and healthy foods.

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How Parks and Recreation Can Support People Experiencing Homelessness – August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 21, 2022

The August issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, titled, “Homelessness: How Can I Help?”

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Celebrate Community Health During National Farmers Market Week!

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 20, 2022

National Farmers Market Week, taking place August 7-13, is an annual celebration hosted by Farmers Market Coalition that highlights the vital role farmers markets play in the national food system.

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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week — Episode 117

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 19, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how Montgomery County, Maryland, is celebrating Latino Conservation Week with Michelle Ramirez, the public outreach specialist for Montgomery Parks.

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How to Rise Up for Parks and Recreation This July — Episode 116

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 5, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we map out all the resources you need to have a successful Park and Recreation Month this July.

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Take Action Now: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

By Dan McCarthy | Posted on June 23, 2022

After more than 50 years, the White House will once again convene a national Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September 2022. Here's how you can get involved and make your voice heard.

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Using the Inclusive Healthy Places Companion Guide for Park and Recreation Professionals

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 22, 2022

This resource is an opportunity for your agency to center the community in its decision-making and create systemic change that will lead to more equitable, inclusive, healthy and resilient park spaces.

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Paving the Way for Gender Equity in Youth Sports – Episode 115

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 21, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by 10-year-old Evangeline Iarossi, who wrote a letter to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor about the inequities between girls' and boys' sports, as well as Heather Wolf-Erickson and Sherisha Hills of City of Tampa Parks and Recreation, who are helping to address these inequities.

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How Phoenix Is Honoring the Life of Lori Piestewa — July Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 16, 2022

On the July bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're diving deeper into the story behind our Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest and discussing how Phoenix is honoring Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to her lose her life in combat while serving in the U.S. military.

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Community Wellness Hubs: A Public Health Solution

By Allison Colman | Posted on June 15, 2022

We are thrilled to share a new resource, Community Wellness Hubs: A Toolkit for Advancing Community Health and Well-Being, which provides guidance on how to create your own Community Wellness Hub.

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In the Face of Hate, We Persevere

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 14, 2022

Whether this is the first year your community is hosting a Pride event or its fifty-second, it is essential to keep the tradition going, because parks are at the heart of community and they’re at the heart of Pride.

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Tampa Athletics Director Heather Wolf-Erickson Fights for the Full Promise of Title IX

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on June 14, 2022

This June as we honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, NRPA celebrates our park and recreation professionals who continue to fight until the full promise of Title IX becomes real: so all girls and women have access to and benefit from sports equally.

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Starting the Conversation About Cyberbullying Between Parents and LGBTQ+ Youth

By Stand for the Silent | Posted on June 9, 2022

As we observe June's annual Pride Month, a month where the LGBTQ+ community celebrates in many different ways, the issue of cyberbullying for youth takes on particular urgency.

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Racism, Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. What’s the Difference?

By Shalini Mirpuri | Posted on June 8, 2022

These three terms are ever-present in our country’s discourse, and they’re often used interchangeably. But do they really mean the same thing? We’ve created this Quick Read to break down each of these definitions to help you determine which word is best to use in different contexts.

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