Through the Park Champion™ initiative, NRPA members and community advocates serve as year-round ambassadors for their community to their elected officials. With the support of the NRPA Public Policy and Advocacy team, Park Champions™ learn how to be effective advocates, engaging their elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons, social media campaigns, coalition building and, most importantly, Park Champion™ events that focus on targeted public engagement activities to help grow our advocacy movement

Park Champions™ across the country are inviting their local elected officials as well as members of Congress and their staff to see their parks and programs first-hand at park dedications, program kick-offs, special events, and more! The Park Champion™ show-and-tell advocacy model allows our members to create meaningful experiences for members of Congress that demonstrate the importance of investing in parks and recreation.

Become A Park Champion™

Get Started with the Toolkit

Invite your members of Congress to your next event with our step-by-step event planning guide:

Plan Your Park Champion™ Event with the Toolkit 


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