Mastering the art of public speaking can be very rewarding and extremely useful. Explore best practices that can help build confidence and effectively engage community members to successfully communicate and impart industry expertise in a clear, concise manner.
New York City Parks launched a pilot program to combat a growing byproduct of the opioid epidemic — syringe refuse in parks. Every syringe collected represented a risk not just to the public and staff, but also to those individuals suffering from addiction.
NRPA’s Innovation Labs, along with other progressive NRPA education, certification and training programs, are workforce investments which help to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
In this issue, take a closer look at the skills and courage required to be an effective leader in the field of parks and recreation.
Sharing highlights from two industry-related data series from the federal government - one celebrates outdoor recreation’s contribution to the GDP and the other notes recent investment trends.
Majority of Americans believe teaching young children to swim is important. Local park and recreation agencies provide access to low-cost aquatics programming in communities nationwide.
Park and rec directors are encouraged to embrace technology to efficiently run their facilities and engage their communities in our tech-driven world.
Explore the importance of providing young professionals with the preparation needed to excel in their current position and to prepare them for future opportunities.
A city park in Seattle hosted the ninth and 10th Great American CampOuts, which provided a free overnight weekend retreat for 46 families, most of whom live in public housing in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Learn why your knowledge of how parks and recreation impacts the community you serve can inform decision makers about making better public policy.
Examining a case in North Carolina regarding the dangers of shallow water diving and how “contributory negligence,” can contribute to injuries.
East Bay Regional Park District, the largest regional park agency in the country, works to reduce the risk of wildfire in the complex fire landscape of Northern California.
NRPA staff members interview park and recreation agencies on the benefits of prioritizing employee health and wellness.
Learn about NRPA’s best practices guide for developing an inclusion policy to foster an environment where everyone feels welcomed, safe and respected.
NRPA’s Parks for Pollinators campaign strives to raise awareness about the current pollinator crisis. Review the results of two pollinator crisis-related surveys to see where the public stands on this topic.
NRPA shares the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to applying for the Gold Medal Awards.
The NRPA Awards program highlights the most innovative and creative programs and initiatives in parks and recreation and honors the best and brightest in the field. Deadline for entries is March 29.
Shannon Sonnier, Johnson County Parks & Recreation Sports and Facilities Manager, shares his experience of becoming a CPRE.
Are you looking for a flexible, convenient way to develop or hone your leadership skills? Look no further than NRPA’s Leadership Certificate.
A true advocate for parks and recreation who worked at the local, state and national level, we remember Dr. Richard Moe.
NRPA is calling for nominations from both professional and citizen leaders who are passionate about parks, recreation and environmental conservation.
Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!
See what the latest hot topics are on NRPA Connect!
It’s a new year and it’s time to start thinking about hiring qualified individuals for your open positions!
Patti Machado of the Town of Barnstable, MA shares her passion for her hometown and the launch of a free afterschool program at their youth center.
The CPRP designation shows your knowledge and understanding of key concepts within parks and rec as well as your commitment to the profession.
Professional Development Opportunities
Learn the dangers of uninspected or unmaintained playgrounds and NRPA’s answers: The Playground Maintenance and Playground Safety Instructor Certificates.
Bexar Parks Division stepped in during the recent government shutdown to assist with maintenance at the San Antonio Missions.