Cities where parks, recreation and trails play a vital role in the lives of their residents are vibrant places to live and are, therefore, attractive to businesses and residents.
Children’s Access to Community Gardens Important
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation monitors bat populations in its urban park/nature preserve system.
Surrounded by a sprawling urban landscape, Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, Texas, is setting the green standard for parks across the United States.
El Paso community members, participating in an Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel, deliver a design that provides much-needed stormwater management features, while creating amenities for a low-income community.
Carkeek Park is one of Seattle’s best-known destination parks, known for its amazing network of trails and stunning wide-open sandy beach.
Making a big splash with a small footprint. There are straightforward steps planners and hosts can take to move toward a zero-waste event.
In the world of stormwater, the search continues for a simple solution to its management. That solution will no doubt include partnerships with state and municipal parks.
The challenge of managing and maintaining well-manicured landscapes.
Public parks, which often contain large swaths of land, are great sites for green infrastructure stormwater management because they offer multiple opportunities for slowing and capturing the destructive force of stormwater runoff.
As traditional gray stormwater management infrastructure continues to age, it often fails to adequately mitigate effects from increasingly frequent extreme weather events, as well as everyday rain events.
Traditionally, treatments for childhood ADHD have focused heavily on the use of prescription medications, but an emerging body of research indicates that nature-based interventions could be an effective alternative to the use of pharmaceuticals.
'Growing food, but also growing community' on a formerly vacant lot in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York.
Some steps to help ensure every child has the chance to connect with nature
A variety of reasons have led to the decline of this native wild bumblebee, whose 30-state range has been reduced to just 14 states in disconnected populations.
A community's dedication and perseverance helps lead to restoration of San Francisco Bay wetlands.
Although we are seeing declines in the diversity of wildlife, there is much that can be done to reverse the trend.
Following a disaster, a community's ability to recover depends on its level of resilience. What does this mean and how can parks and recreation help to build this capacity?
How can park and recreation leaders empower community members to take the lead in revitalizing their parks?
The construction, inspection and maintenance of green infrastructure projects has the potential to create new job opportunities in parks and recreation.
The building is a learning tool that can teach visitors about the relationship between nature, energy and the built environment.
In order to flourish in the next century, NPS must establish better relationships with this country’s increasingly diverse population.
Collecting recyclables is not simply a matter of setting out bins.
If you want to stay healthy, don’t go in the woods.
From small patches of original prairie land - remnants - land managers are learning the ingredients needed for prairie restoration.
This is the amount of time in a natural setting necessary to trigger the healthy benefits associated with being outdoors.
Friends groups - local citizens with a passion for parks - are an often-underutilized source of community talent and support.
A portion of the Braille Trail and Sensory Garden at the Watertown Riverfront Park — Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation.
Nature is everywhere, all the time. Instead of relegating the experience to specialized centers or programs, let's find ways to cultivate connections to nature in a wider selection of park and recreation opportunities.
Thinking ‘outside the fence’ leads to some innovative conservation projects at military bases nationwide; for example, golden-cheeked warbler habitat conservation around Camp Bullis near San Antonio.
NRPA, NWF and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are working on a program to continue growing the number of kids involved in nature-based activities.
Careful site analysis leads to innovative water management solutions at the Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center.
Got a field overgrown with noxious weeds? A hungry herd of goats might be just the solution.
Smart strategies for conservation can add up to major savings for park and recreation agencies.
Modern solutions help parks conserve precious water while maintaining beautiful grounds.
NRPA strongly endorses President Barack Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative, which encourages every fourth-grade child in the nation and their families to visit a national park during 2016, but asks him to broaden his vision to include all kids and his show of support to all parks.
An innovative alliance between South Florida students, scientists and a very hungry beetle is helping to eliminate invasive plants in parks.
Embracing “Nature Immersion Therapy” shows kids the wonders of the outdoors with health benefits to boot.
Discussion within the parks and recreation field about the precise purpose of conservation is heating up, with two camps approaching the issue from very different perspectives.
Park professionals have a unique opportunity to benefit their local and global ecosystem now and for the future by planting native species in their parks.
Bethany Bella channeled her love for storytelling and her community park into a project that garnered a national award.
Creative play in nature is becoming a hot topic in the park and recreation industry — new national guidelines help support park professionals to offer safe, educational and fun opportunities for children visiting their facilities.
Environmental Management Systems can help golf course operators be better stewards of the local environment by facilitating best conservation practices.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are causing major population declines in birds, bees and other wildlife.
Want to help connect kids to wildlife but don’t know how? Check out these five tips to help you turn an outdoor excursion into a wildlife-watching adventure.
There’s more to the bottled-water debate than just the unsustainable use of nonrenewable resources.
This winter’s extreme weather brought both positives and negatives to park agencies nationwide.
Trees bring communities together, enhance outdoor spaces and provide a wide range of economic benefits.
NRPA’s VP of conservation and parks shares insight gathered on park issues experienced in other countries during a recent trip to Brazil.
Determining the key beneficiaries of our efforts will focus our work for long-term impact.