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Member Benefit: Learning, Training and Professional Development

NRPA offers members a variety of learning opportunities to help you gain knowledge and fast track your career development.

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Managing Up

With these guidelines, learn to shift your perspective to bring upper management on board and develop a productive working relationship.

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Reimagining Parks, Health and an Entire Small Town

The city of College Park, Kentucky, is working with the community to re-examine the current amenities and imagining a future park system that provides broader access.

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Transforming Citizens into Pollinator Lovers

Bioblitz events allow park professionals and park visitors to gain a deeper understanding, better connection to and feeling of ownership of their park.

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Path to Recovery

NRPA’s Path to Recovery framework includes comprehensive guidance, tools and resources focused on lifting restrictions and reinstating operations.

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Industry Mourns the Passing of Pugsley Award Winner Maxwell D. Ramsey

A well-respected professional and advocate, Ramsey worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority while serving as a Board of Trustees member with NRPA from 1981 to 1983.

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Engaging Youth Through Mentorship

NRPA and Elizabethton Parks and Recreation have partnered to implement and expand evidence-based mentoring practices for at-risk and high-risk youth in Carter County, Tennessee.

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Community Engagement: The Key to Understanding Local Perspectives

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s mixed-method approach to community engagement is key to understanding local perspectives and priorities while building trust.

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A Park Planner's Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learn what L.A. County’s park planning and development professionals are doing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAPRA Can Take an Agency from Good to Great

City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation submitted CAPRA paperwork and is confident that they are ready for their upcoming site visit.

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2020 NRPA Annual Conference Education Programming Overview

John Prue, Conference Program Committee chairperson, shares how the CPC selects the best, most relevant educations sessions to serve peers and support NRPA’s Three Pillars.

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LSPR Honors Tom Lovell with Community Center Dedication

“Tom Lovell was the driving force behind the successes and accomplishments of LSPR for 38 years,” says Joe Snook, current administrator of Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation.

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Member Benefit: NRPA Career Center Resources

Whether you are a job seeker or an employer who is looking to hire qualified individuals, the NRPA Career Center is here to help.

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Are You Selecting the Right P&R Candidate?

When it comes time to recruit and hire someone new into your organization, there is no need to fret over the impending process. However, it may help to keep a few things in mind as you figure out who is the right fit for your P&R team.

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Reflecting Our Values in the Community

The American Water Charitable Foundation has partnered with NRPA for the past seven years to bring nature-based and water-play amenities to communities across the country through its Building Better Communities Grant Program.

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North Port's CAPRA Accreditation Journey

The Florida-based park agency shares what its team learned from the experience.

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Industry Pioneer Dr. Joe Frost Passes Away on Feb. 17

The ‘Contemporary Father of Play Advocacy’ devoted his career to play and child development research.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

This month, NRPA members are discussing rental fee waivers or reductions for community groups.

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Member Benefit: Five Tips for Using NRPA Connect

NRPA Connect is an online networking platform that makes it easy to communicate with an experienced network of nearly 65,000 peers ready to share best practices.

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Keeping the Hearth of Parks and Recreation Glowing Through Mentorship

Learn how relationships sustain connection and support professional development.

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Directors School - Definitely Worth It

Directors School gives you the space and time needed to embrace the next steps of your park and recreation journey.

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Remembering Harry 'Hal' G. Haskell Jr.

Dedicated park and recreation professional passes away on January 16, 2020, at age of 98.

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Member Benefit: Summer Camp Safety Solutions

NRPA member discount programs can help you safely prepare for your camps and save you money.

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