NRPA is an ultimate resource for best practices, case studies and comprehensive data that demonstrate how local park and recreation agencies are leaders in conservation, health and wellness and social equity. Our research offerings and publications are the standards for park and recreation insights
NRPA Research develops the data and key insights that promote park and recreation to local communities throughout the United States. NRPA Research focuses its efforts in two areas:
- Development of performance Benchmarks and Critical Metrics that help park and recreation professionals to more effectively and efficiently deliver offerings to the public.
- Key data and insights that Make the Case for expanded agency funding by establishing how Americans embrace their local parks and recreation offerings, and demonstrating how park and recreation is a partner and solution to many of the challenges facing our communities.
printed and digital publications on every aspect of parks and recreation.
Parks & Recreation Magazine
NRPA's monthly member magazine informs, motivates, and inspires professionals,
civic leaders and citizens to elevate the value of parks and recreation as a
public service. View the latest edition of Parks and Recreation.
Created specifically for leaders and advocates in our community, NRPA SmartBrief is a twice weekly snapshot of park and recreation news from around the country. To begin receiving this free email publication every Tuesday and Thursday, sign
Express is a monthly membership publication, which delivers the latest news
and information about upcoming events, research projects, educational
opportunities, grants, and initiatives about NRPA and the parks and
NRPA Top Five
Top Five is a weekly membership publication with timely news and notes you need to know.
questions about how to subscribe to or advertise in NRPA's electronic
newsletters, contact Roxanne Sutton at 703.858.2166.
NRPA Books and Products
publications to scholarly texts written by the brightest minds in the
business, NRPA has the titles to help you get the job done. Please browse our Online
Journals and Annual Publications
of Leisure Research - a quarterly journal devoted to original
investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of
Recreation Journal - a quarterly research journal devoted to
publishing scholarly and substantive manuscripts in the field of therapeutic
- Schole -
an official refereed publication which aims to disseminate knowledge
related to park and recreation courses, curricula and teaching.