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Last Year’s BioBlitz Prize Being Put to Good Use in Garner, North Carolina

By Katie Lockhart, CPRP | Posted on August 12, 2020

Winning the 2019 Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz grand prize was a significant boost to the budget for Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and having those funds earmarked for pollinator-specific projects was a game-changer.

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How to Host a BioBlitz — Virtually!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on August 11, 2020

A virtual BioBlitz is a great way to engage your community in an activity that is educational, fun and provides a community benefit!

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How a BioBlitz Can Help Your Conservation Efforts — Episode 071

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 11, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with the creator of the BioBlitz and Wildlife Biologist for Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, Sam Droege, as well as Brett Johnson, an Urban Biologist for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, about how a BioBlitz event can help educate your community and inform staff who manage parks and public lands.

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How to Onboard New Employees and Volunteers Amid COVID-19

By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on August 10, 2020

With all the changes and uncertainty due to COVID-19, as well as necessary restrictions that limit you from meeting in person, here are some tips and solutions to help you safely onboard new employees and volunteers moving forward.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: August 5-7 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on August 7, 2020

In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learn that three in five park and recreation agencies are making plans to support students this fall, whether through expanded childcare offerings or by offering resources to support education efforts.

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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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Planning for the Next Normal in Out-of-School Time Programs

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 6, 2020

This new action guide from Kaiser Permanente provides guidance on the challenges faced during COVID-19, recommendations for addressing each challenge, and action items for moving ahead.

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An Epidemic: How Parks and Recreation Can Play a Role in Addressing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on August 6, 2020

Serving as providers of and connection points to public health services, parks and recreation plays a vital role in the ongoing opioid and substance use epidemic. We're proud to announce the release of Parks and Recreation: A Comprehensive Response to the Substance Use Crisis.

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Parks as Community Nutrition Hubs: Expanding Access to Healthy Foods

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 4, 2020

With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is working to support local park and recreation agencies in their efforts to serve as community nutrition hubs. But what is a community nutrition hub?

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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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3 Easy Ways to Get Kids to Keep a 6-Foot Distance

By Meghan Fitzgerald | Posted on July 30, 2020

Tinkergarten has designed easy ways to teach kids — from babies to elementary schoolers — how to physically distance effectively through a child-development lens and in a way they can understand and implement

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Evaluating Your Progress in the Time of COVID-19

By Lauren Redmore | Posted on July 30, 2020

To reduce unwanted contact with community members during COVID-19 and ensure safety comes first, NRPA’s evaluation team has compiled some ideas for low-risk evaluation and assessment activities that can help agencies in their efforts to continue to serve constituents across the country.

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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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Park and Recreation Industry Partners Step Up During COVID-19

By Michelle Dellner | Posted on July 27, 2020

The park and recreation community as a whole is filled with committed, generous and caring people, so it’s no surprise that many NRPA advertising partners have also answered the call to step out of the normal scope of their work and lend a hand to their local communities during COVID-19.

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COVID Courts: Documenting the Impact of the Pandemic on Recreation Spaces

By Jordan Henson | Posted on July 24, 2020

As a recreation professional and hobbyist photographer, Jordan Henson of Montgomery County Recreation used the time when many of the rims on basketball hoops at his local courts had been removed as an opportunity for work and play.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: July 22-24 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on July 24, 2020

In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we found that three in four park and recreation agencies report receiving additional funding from a variety of sources to support their response to the pandemic and mitigate the impact of budget cuts and revenue shortfalls.

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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week 2020

By Jessica Godinez | Posted on July 24, 2020

Latino Conservation Week began in 2014 as an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation to support the Latino community getting outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.

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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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