NRPA supports park and recreation professionals’ work to create Community Wellness Hubs in their communities. These trusted gathering places connect every member of the community to essential programs, services and spaces that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life.
NRPA is uniting local leaders, advocating for policy change and advancing local solutions through research, tools and catalytic grants. Through these areas of work, we seek to create systems-level changes in policy, planning and funding, and support place-based projects that are driven by communities. Join us as we work to ensure fair and just access to parks for communities across the United States.
NRPA is equipping park and recreation professionals with the tools, knowledge and resources to plan, implement, maintain and advocate for green infrastructure projects within parks and across park systems. Our projects address climate change impacts, provide social, environmental, economic and health benefits and advance equitable access to quality green spaces and parks.
NRPA's Commit to Health campaign supports the goals of improving healthy food access, reducing obesity and chronic disease, and fostering social supports at local park and recreation sites.
Local park and recreation agencies provide ample opportunities for youth to build positive social connections. Through the Mentoring in Parks and Rec, NRPA supports agencies in their efforts to build effective and evidence-based mentorship programs that connect youth with caring and compassionate mentors while strengthening connections across community.
Healthy Aging in Parks is NRPA’s campaign to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of older adults through parks and recreation.
NRPA positions park agencies as national leaders in advancing pollinator health. By working with these agencies, NRPA engages communities in saving pollinator species nationwide and connects our members to our network of parks and to pollinator resources.
NRPA works to ensure that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation. To achieve this, NRPA has made a formal commitment to the Partnership for Inclusive Health’s Commit to Inclusion initiative. We’re calling our three-year pledge Parks for Inclusion.
Wildlife Explorers is NRPA’s turn-key initiative that connects youth to nature by utilizing local park and recreation spaces to encourage nature discovery.
Parks are key community stakeholders when it comes to addressing the effects of climate change. From protecting water resources via green infrastructure practices, to reducing urban heat island effect through city wide forest restoration - parks play a critical role in building climate resilient communities.
Heart Your Park Day of Service is NRPA’s corporate volunteering program that supports companies making a difference in parks and green spaces by providing hands on service projects in their local communities.