Many leaders make sacrifices and work hard to reach their goals, but they also acknowledge that they cannot be truly effective if they fail to teach, nurture and motivate their staffers to achieve their own success.
By helping children develop an early passion and appreciation for nature, you could be creating the next generation of conservationists.
As the new year unfolds, it’s not uncommon for park and recreation professionals to ask themselves: “What will the next 12 months bring?”
Time and time again, park and recreation agencies have shown their resolve by facing challenges head on, leading their communities through tough times and finding the silver lining in the wake of tragedy and adversity.
Social equity serves a critical purpose: helping park and recreation agencies create a positive influence on the communities that they serve by emphasizing inclusion of all community members.
Parks should be places that unite communities, not divide them. It’s our job to create places that respect the opinions of all community members and welcome people from all walks of life.
Arts and culture reflect our natural surroundings — whether it’s Ansel Adams’s photograph, “Yosemite Falls,” or the PBS documentary, “10 Parks that Changed America” — arts give us a greater appreciation of our green spaces, as well as bring awareness to environmental causes.
Find out what all awaits you in the pages of this month's Parks & Recreation magazine.
What's the key to staying mentally and physically "young" as we age?
Two communities: one celebrating renewal; the other diversity - both celebrating togetherness.
I have always been reluctant to get too wrapped up in generalizing about age groups. Too often we run the risk of being flat-out wrong, insulting, or both. But, when a demographic tidal wave of 72 million enters its retirement years, it’s just too large to ignore. This is especially true for the field of parks and recreation.
Reaching out to fellow agencies and private partners is the new model of park leadership, whether in creating greener communities or managing park operations. This month's feature stories on conservation leaders and public-private partnerships show the power of outreach and partnership--though in vastly different ways.
Now is the time for park and recreation agencies to leverage all the environmental good they do by embracing roles as conservation leaders in their communities.
The February 2012 issue of Parks & Recreation explores topics related to the economy: funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Occupy Wall Street, invasive species, technology, developing non-traditional open spaces, and Washington State parks.