Advocacy is one of the most important services we provide to our members. Our public policy team works every day to represent the cause of public parks and recreation at the federal level by fighting for funding and legislation that improves access to open space and recreational opportunities for all people.

Learn About Federal Policy and Legislative Issues Impacting Parks and Recreation

Please take time to review these advocacy resources to learn about the federal policy and legislative issues impacting parks and recreation and what you can do to help advance the interest of parks and recreation in your community and throughout America.

  • Take Action - Send messages directly to your members of Congress, learn the status of key legislation, and take direct action to advance the parks and recreation movement.

  • Advocacy Insider - NRPA's online advocacy newsletter. Stay informed on federal legislation, national policy developments, and breaking news of importance to parks and recreation. Here you will find the most recent edition of Advocacy Insider as well as archived editions.

  • Advocacy Resource Center - From fact sheets and issue briefs, to reports and analysis, to NRPA submitted testimony and official comments, this one stop shop will provide you with all of the tools you need to be an effective advocate for parks and recreation. Learn about NRPA's Legislative Platform.

  • Park Champions - With the support of the NRPA Public Policy team, Park Champions are learning how to be effective advocates by engaging their elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons, and events.

  • NRPA Summer Camp on Capitol Hill - We invited you to experience what a typical child experiences in a summer camp or out-of-school time program offered by local parks and recreation. You'll see firsthand how federal funding is critical to fostering healthier youth through out-of-school time. Learn more about this event.

How Many Mayors Does It Take to Make a Movement?

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We’re one year into the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, and we want you to know that NRPA and our partners at ULI and TPL are here to help!

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Secretary Zinke Announces LWCF Allocations

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Secretary Ryan Zinke announced this year’s Land and Water Conservation Fund allocations this week at Acadiana Park Nature Station in Louisiana.

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Historic Day for the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

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The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conversation Fund.

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An Atypical August on Capitol Hill

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Although August in D.C. is typically quiet, we used this time to continue our direct engagement with the Hill on important issues.

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2018 Farm Bill Update: Tell Your Members of Congress That You Love LAMP!

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The House and Senate are currently working to reconcile the differences in each of their versions of the 2018 Farm Bill to pass a final, unified bill before the September 30 deadline.

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Congress Is Getting PHIT, Thanks to You!

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Passage of the PHIT Act in the House represents an increased support for physical activity as a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle.

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News Stories

10.18.18Top Story

Encouraging volunteerism at parks is a win-win situation

10.18.18Around the Country

Wilson Foundation pledges $200M for Buffalo, N.Y., and Detroit parks

10.18.18Around the Country

Make sure you maintain your maintenance equipment