NRPA Update

A Conversation with SaulPaul

A ‘Musician with a Message’ and second 2018 NRPA Annual Conference keynote speaker.

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Five NRPA Conference Hacks from the Insiders

Tips from an experienced insider can make all the difference.

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Directors’ Corner

See a sampling of some of the Directors' Corner education sessions to be offered at conference.

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Education on the Go

Get a glimpse of some pre-conference workshops, off-site institutes and mobile workshops available during conference.

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Special Events

At the NRPA Annual Conference, there will be sessions as well as opportunities to interact with peers and have fun.

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NRPA’s 2nd Annual Summer Camp on Capitol Hill

Members of Congress rediscover their love for summer camp.

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The NRPA Store

Providing you with the tools to help you expand your knowledge and stay current in the field.

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September 22 Marks the 25th Annual National Public Lands Day

Make plans to join NEEF for the 25th annual National Public Lands Day.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

See what's trending with members in NRPA Connect.

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Visit the Career Center at the NRPA Annual Conference

See what you can do at the NRPA Career Center booth at conference.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2018, August

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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Member Spotlight: Patricia Polzin, CPRP

Parks & Recreation magazine recently spoke with Polzin, executive director of Crete Park District in Illinois.

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NRPA Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

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A Conversation with Peter Kageyama

An internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist will be the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference keynote speaker at the Opening General Session.

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‘The Year of the Woman’

Among the sessions offered at this year’s conference, several are aimed at increasing our understanding of the role of women, past and present, in parks and recreation.

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2018 NRPA Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Highlights

The 2018 NRPA Exhibit Hall provides a spectacular display of more than 450 exhibitors that is sure to provide you with awesome ideas and solutions for all your needs.

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Congratulations! to the 2018 Innovation and Spotlight Awards Recipients

New this year, the NRPA Innovation Awards recognize park and recreation agencies nationwide that have improved and empowered their communities through innovative practices in park design, health and wellness, conservation and social equity.

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Parks for Pollinators

In June, NRPA held the #Parks4Pollinators Photo contest.

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The Passing of Two Trailblazers in Parks and Recreation

NRPA celebrates the lives of two trailblazers in the parks and recreation field.

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$2 Million for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects

Applications are now being accepted for grant funding that will support green stormwater infrastructure projects in 10–12 U.S. communities.

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Building Healthy Communities with Family Health & Fitness Day

Together, we are bringing awareness to the important role of parks and recreation in building healthy, active communities. #NRPAFamilyFitDay

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August: The Best Month to Champion Your Park

On August 3, members of Congress will head home for the summer to connect with constituents for an entire month — a huge opportunity for your agency!

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How to Get the Most Value for Your Park & Recreation Spend

By aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide, a government purchasing cooperative, like U.S. Communities, can help reduce costs and provide access to top-quality suppliers through competitively solicited contracts.

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Member Spotlight: Max Madalinski

Madalinski didn’t anticipate a career in parks and recreation. However, an opening for an associate parks project coordinator eventually, led him to the field he is still enjoying.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2018, July

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out what's trending this month on NRPA Connect!

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NRPA Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

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Introducing the Health and Wellness Advisory Panel’s Newest Members

Welcome to the newest members of NRPA’s Health and Wellness Advisory Panel.

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Meet Me at the Park Earth Month Winners Announced

Learn which 15 park projects were selected to each receive a $20,000 grant.

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What’s the Buzz? Celebrating Pollinators This June

NRPA is partnering with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation on the #Parks4Pollinators Photo Contest.

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NRPA’s Public Policy Team on Capitol Hill

NRPA’s public policy team has been hard at work on Capitol Hill on some of the hottest debates happening right now in Congress.

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Navigating Indianapolis’ ‘Circle City’

Take advantage of one of the Off-Site Institutes (OSI) or Mobile Workshops that we’ve expanded for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2018, June

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out what's trending this month on NRPA Connect!

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We’ve Got You Covered!

Member Benefit: NRPA Insurance Programs, sponsored by K&K Insurance, are the one-stop shop for park and recreation organizations.

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The 2018 Gold Medal Awards Finalists

AAPRA, in partnership with NRPA, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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Member Spotlight: Patrick Wesley

Wesley has devoted his career to parks and recreation, and currently serves as assistant director at Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation in Louisiana.

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NRPA Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

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Get Ready for #NRPAFamilyFitDay 2018

Family Health & Fitness Day, held on June 9, promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy.

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Persuade Your Boss, Like a Boss

How to justify your trip to the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference

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Navigating the Leadership Learning Track

More than 30 education session at this year's conference will be devoted to cover the latest in leadership principles that will take you and your agency to the next level.

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2018 NRPA Directors School

The 2018 NRPA Directors School will feature an updated curriculum and will be held at a new location — the beautiful Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois.

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NRPA Exhibits at STEM Festival

Children design their own parks at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held at the Washington, DC Convention Center.

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Recommended Guidelines for Credentialing Volunteers

NRPA partnered with the Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) to help park and recreation agencies screen better.

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Member Spotlight: Todd Johnson

Manager, Golf Enterprises, at Fairfax County Park Authority in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2018, May

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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NRPA Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out what's trending this month on NRPA Connect!

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2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review Now Available

This annual publication is a review of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States.

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