Take the #NRPADiscoveryChallenge!

This year during Park and Recreation Month, we want to see how you celebrate A Lifetime of Discovery at your local parks and recreation centers by challenging you to take the #NRPADiscoveryChallenge! Show us the things you saw, the places you went, how you got active and the things you learned every week throughout July.

To be eligible for one of our great weekly prizes, submit your best photos or videos below, or on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NRPADiscoveryChallenge. The weekly contests are broken down as follows:

          • July 2-8: What did you see? Show us something new you discovered to be eligible to win a pair of Nikon Prostaff binoculars and a $100 REI gift card!
          • July 9-15: Where did you go? Show us somewhere new that you went to be eligible to win a CamelBak hydration pack, REI Co-op two-person tent and a Black Diamond headlamp!
          • July 16-22: How did you get active? Show us a new way you chose to get active to be eligible to win a FitBit Versa smart watch!
          • July 23-30: What did you learn? Show us something that you learned or lessons you took away from your discoveries to be eligible to win an Osprey Farpoint travel pack!



How to Enter

  1. Take a photo in your local or park or recreation area — make sure it follows the weekly theme.

  2. Submit it via the form below or via Twitter or Instagram using #NRPADiscoveryChallenge.

  3. The winner will be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges. The photo that best demonstrates the theme will be dubbed the winner! NRPA will reach out to award the prize. Winners will be chosen July 9, 16, 23 and 31.

At the end of the month, one winner will be chosen for the grand prize — a GoPro Hero5 action camera and 3-way mount! The grand prize winner will be selected and notified on August 1, 2018.

Please note, Park and Recreation Month is a family-friendly activity. Please no distasteful or vulgar photos. Photos are subject to review before posting to the gallery. Users may enter more than one photo per week into the contest, however, each entry submitted must be substantially different than all subsequent entries. Winners will be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges.  If a user is chosen as a winner, they are not eligible for future weekly prizes. Please refer to Official Rules for details on the contest and claiming prizes. Winners will be contacted via email or a direct message from NRPA on Instagram or Twitter and must accept the prize within 24 hours.

Incorporate the #NRPADiscoveryChallenge Contest into Your Activities

  • With parental permission if needed, take photos with your summer camp participants for each week’s theme.
  • Use social media to challenge your community members to complete the weekly theme in your own park and recreation facilities.
  • Set up photo stations in your park and recreation facilities related to each week’s theme. Include the hashtags #NRPADiscoveryChallenge and #DiscoverJuly!

Other Ways to Get Involved in Park and Recreation Month

There are lots of ways you can get involved with Park and Recreation Month — whether you’re a park and recreation professional or park and recreation super fan! You can get involved by:

  • Hanging up the official Park and Recreation Month poster. We have lots of banners, web graphics and artwork in our toolkit.
  • Finding a Park and Recreation Month event in a nearby park!
  • Connecting with us on social media (FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest)! Not only can you participate in the contest, but we’ll also be sharing and highlighting Park and Recreation Month events from around the country. 
  • Ask your local legislators to officially declare July as Park and Recreation Month. Let everyone in your community know how important parks and recreation is.


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