Conservation

Bikes and Bees

Learn about efforts to enhance biodiversity and educational opportunities at Minneapolis’ Perkins Hill Park.

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Green Infrastructure Promotes Resilience

Explore how equitably implementing green stormwater infrastructure into parks can help ensure open space is used to its full potential.

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Balancing Trees: Conservation, Safety and Green Space

Explore how trees provide ecological and cultural benefits to our communities, and tree-care professionals help us prioritize conservation, safety and green space.

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Optimizing Fleet Management for Sustainability

Learn how park and recreation professionals can use creative strategies to prioritize sustainability in their fleet management operations.

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Cultivating Outdoor Enthusiasts for Environmental Resilience

Learn how NRPA is exploring opportunities to cultivate outdoor enthusiasts using parks, green spaces, planning and facilities to address environmental justice issues.

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Advancing Equity and Conservation Through Environmental Education

Explore how technology, art, sports and play offer unique ways to help children build a positive connection to nature and the environment.

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Fostering Park-Based Neighborhood Resiliency in Detroit

Learn how public-private partnerships support resilient, climate-ready communities.

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Federal Funding Fosters Sustainability and Resilience

Learn about the complex and nuanced effects of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 on park and recreation agencies.

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Parks and Recreation Builds Sustainable, Resilient Communities

Discover how NRPA partners with the park and recreation field to advance sustainable plans and strategies through advocacy and education.

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Thriving Parks: More Habitat, Less Lawn

Consider how park and recreation professionals can convert unused turf grass into vibrant habitats to support biodiversity and local wildlife.

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Climate Change Is Now

Learn how Maui County is integrating sea-level rise and coastal threats into planning.

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Connection to the Diné Bikéyah

Insight into who the Diné Bikéyah are and how more equitable conclusions can be reached.

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Embracing Generational Diversity to Cultivate an Effective Workplace

To get the most out of our workplaces, it is imperative that we understand multi-generational dynamics and the differing viewpoints and experiences that our co-workers may have.

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Recruiting and Engaging Your Workforce

When recruiting staff for your agency, consider targeting often overlooked or marginalized populations through community partners, elected officials and targeted recruitment.

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BioBlitzes and the State of Our Habitats

A BioBlitz is an event where community scientists observe and document flora and fauna in an area to capture a snapshot of a place’s biodiversity.

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The Atlanta BeltLine

In Atlanta, along a 22-mile loop of open and planned trails and parks, the Atlanta BeltLine is building a legacy of equity and wellness for its residents.

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Parks as Places for Connection, Belonging and Inspiration

As we grapple with everyday challenges due to climate change and social inequities, can park programs become spaces for communities to come together, and find hope and inspiration to confront these challenges?

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Can We Talk About Resilience?

Just asking two or three simple questions can help park and recreation professionals and people outside of the field to think about the role of parks in community resilience.

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Centering Community in Building Equitable and Resilient Parks

Ensuring our parks benefit everyone is essential to guaranteeing resilient, healthy and equitable communities.

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Restoring the Riverfront in Atlanta

The Riverwalk Atlanta project will reconnect the city to its waterfront by providing access to the river’s edge.

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Helping People to Beat the Heat This Summer

As summer’s warmer temperatures lead to higher concentrations of ground-level ozone, older adults and children are likely to be affected by resulting health ailments.

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The Role of Parks in Disaster Planning, Recovery and Response

Here are a few ways parks help reduce community vulnerability and improve resilience.

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Measuring and Treasuring Our Night Skies

The National Park Service has been collecting and analyzing data used to understand night sky quality for 20 years.

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Urban Nature and Intentionality: Elevating Urban Biodiversity and Equity

Through intentional efforts, cities can determine priorities for creating new natural areas if the desired result is to provide more equitable access.

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Creating Partnerships for People and Wildlife

Learn why park and wildlife agencies should collaborate.

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Sustainable Construction Decisions

Learn more about this natural solution for the Northbrook Park District in Illinois.

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Ensuring Equitable Climate Solutions for Our Parks

As stewards of the land, park and recreation professionals have the opportunity to ensure equitable climate solutions are incorporated in communities across the country.

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Parks and Recreation and the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint

The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) is working with the broader conservation community to develop a cross-boundary plan to address climate change.

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Investing in Safe Streets

Learn why we must invest in safe streets to move people to parks, trails, restaurants, transit stops, schools and jobs.

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Engaging the Next Generation of Stewards

How to approach volunteer and outreach programs through an equity lens.

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A BioBlitz Event for Any Environment

Anyone can sign up to host an NRPA BioBlitz to receive all the toolkits needed to run the event.

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Bernalillo County Benefits From NRPA Programs

The grant-funded project, Second Street Landscaping Project, enabled vegetation and green stormwater infrastructure to be installed along this pre-existing trail.

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From Pines to Prairie: Putting Adaptive Resource Management to Work

Adaptive resource management is a structured, iterative process that allows for robust decision making in the face of uncertainty by learning from previous management outcomes.

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Revitalizing Parkland in Evanston, Wyoming

Park and recreation professionals at Evanston Parks and Recreation District are working to transform the underutilized space into a year-round outdoor recreational area for their community.

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Gauging the Value of the SITES Rating System

In its second decade, SITES promises to use its growing influence as a municipal governance tool with the goal of codifying NRPA’s Three Pillars into local policy.

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Reflecting on Systemic Racism in Conservation

Learn how Louisville Parks and Recreation has taken significant steps toward addressing systemic issues within the structure of its natural areas program.

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COVID-19 Is Prompting Changes to Conservation

Since the issuing of the stay-home-work-safe order in April 2020, the city of Houston, Texas, has seen markedly more use of its nature spaces.

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Conservation Inspiration: A Class for Older Adults to Engage in Action

Small groups of older adults are likely to engage in personal action if they believe others in the group would do what is needed to protect the environment.

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Park and Recreation Professionals Advancing Greener Parks

NRPA has identified green infrastructure and how it can be supported and implemented in local parks as a top legislative priority.

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Empowering Nonprofits' Switch to Solar

A Sun Club sustainability grant provided to the Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, helped the center to reduce its environmental impact while promoting sustainability in the community.

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Moving Forward: Making Racial Equity Real

The Forest Preserves of Cook County, Illinois addresses institutionalized racism by examining how it has impacted the patterns of investment in and stewardship of the preserves.

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Reversing the Impacts of Nature-Blindness

Due to the pandemic, our communities are reconnecting with nature. How can we ensure they continue to engage with open spaces?

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The Fight Against Tick-Borne Disease

Understand how partnering with local public health agencies can help protect your community from vector-related illnesses.

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COVID-19 Crisis Highlights Need for Greener Parks

Incorporating green infrastructure into parks can help boost their overall benefit to communities through increased health, environmental, social and economic benefits.

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Conservation at the Crossroads

Story County, Iowa, and its partners create a learning corridor that not only brings people together, but also helps to improve the economy, environment and quality of life.

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Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida

Sasaki design firm looks at how to use conservation as a main driver of form and function, all while achieving the goals of restoring the environment, reestablishing habitat and, ultimately, connecting people to nature.

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Developing a More Diverse Generation of Park Stewards

Learn how conservation corps programs are inspiring youth and young adults to become park stewards.

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Using Advanced Technology to Reach Our Conservation Goals

As we look back and recognize the strides we have made in conservation, we can also look to the future and determine what tools and tactics we need to address today’s threats.

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Can a Walk in the Park Put You in a Holiday Mood?

Twitter study shows the greener the urban green space, the more cheerful people become.

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Henrietta Lacks Park Inspires Bright Future for Baltimore Community

With the help of NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Grant, the green infrastructure transformation of Henrietta Lacks Education Park in Baltimore is inspiring community involvement in parks and recreation.

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