National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.
NRPA is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks and recreation opportunities. Founded in 1965 through the merger of 5 national organizations dedicated to the same cause, NRPA has grown over the years - in total membership, in outreach efforts, in building partnerships, and in serving as the voice and defender of parks and recreation. NRPA is dedicated to educating professionals and the public on the essential nature of parks and recreation. Through learning opportunities, research, and communications initiatives, we strive to generate significant public support for our movement in order to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities. We also advocate for increased national funding for parks and recreation through federal grants and initiatives that support healthy lifestyles, economic vitality and environmental stewardship. We are the hub for connecting advocates, professionals, suppliers and government leaders so that, together, we can achieve common goals and further advance our movement. NRPA is funded through membership dues, conference and event sales, and charitable contributions. These funds are used to conduct research, education and policy initiatives on behalf of the movement. NRPA is a non-profit organization organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia.
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This is a page for supporters of the National Recreation and Park Association. We encourage open discussion while keeping the messages and comments family-friendly. We continuously monitor our social media. Please note, we will mostly respond to posts within regular business hours. By participating on this page, you are agreeing to our community commenting policy which is listed below. We reserve the right to delete posts containing any of the following elements: - profanity - personal attacks - willful misinformation - spam - any advertising that’s unrelated to the NRPA mission - off-topic / irrelevant posts - promoting violence - anything that infringes on copyrights or trademarks - promoting illegal or questionable activities If you repeatedly violate this policy, you will be removed from our page. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Mission: NRPA’s mission is to advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

Happy Kwanzaa from all of us at NRPA! Image: Kinara with the words, "Happy Kwanzaa"
12/26/2019

Happy Kwanzaa from all of us at NRPA!

Image: Kinara with the words, "Happy Kwanzaa"

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at NRPA!Image: close-up of red berries on frost-covered branches an...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at NRPA!

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Do you believe parks save lives? We do and we support the professionals who are saving lives every day in every communit...
12/24/2019
Do You Believe Parks Save Lives?

Do you believe parks save lives? We do and we support the professionals who are saving lives every day in every community through parks and recreation. You can show your support by starting a fundraiser on Facebook for NRPA. #ParksSaveLives #GiveToParks

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Show your support!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to validate the great work you do and show decision makers its value with an NRPA Awar...
12/24/2019
NRPA Award Applications Open in January

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to validate the great work you do and show decision makers its value with an NRPA Award.

Image: Awards at the Best of the Best ceremony at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference

Starting January 6, 2020, NRPA will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Awards Program.

Did you know 34% of park and recreation agencies market their offerings in a least one additional language besides Engli...
12/23/2019
Park and Recreation Marketing and Communications Report

Did you know 34% of park and recreation agencies market their offerings in a least one additional language besides English? Find out what else we discovered in our new report.

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Learn more with our new report!

The Bald Eagle Recreation Center is helping its community use food as medicine, along with doctors’ orders, to reduce he...
12/23/2019
Free Food Program is Eradicating Health Disparities

The Bald Eagle Recreation Center is helping its community use food as medicine, along with doctors’ orders, to reduce health disparities.

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Community members in the JJ Center Food Pantry shoppers program are taught that food can have positive health benefits

Happy Hanukkah! How is your park and recreation agency celebrating the Festival of Lights? Image: Menorah, dreidels and ...
12/22/2019

Happy Hanukkah! How is your park and recreation agency celebrating the Festival of Lights?

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Happy #WinterSolstice! It's officially winter. Image: friends play pond hockey at Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine
12/21/2019

Happy #WinterSolstice! It's officially winter.

Image: friends play pond hockey at Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine

Nothing brings New Year celebrations together like a good fireworks display. Listen to the latest episode of Open Space ...
12/21/2019
Wow Your Community with an Epic Fireworks Display — Episode 055 | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

Nothing brings New Year celebrations together like a good fireworks display. Listen to the latest episode of Open Space Radio to learn more!

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On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with John Prue, Installation Program Director at Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR), Naval Station Great Lakes, and Wynn Cramer of Melrose Pyrotechnics about the things a park and recreation agency should consider when putting on a fireworks display.

With the right mindset, 2020 could be the year you achieve your Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certif...
12/20/2019
CPRP — It’s All About Mindset and Attitude! | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

With the right mindset, 2020 could be the year you achieve your Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification.

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if you prepare for the CPRP exam like it’s an awesome opportunity to learn, grow, develop and gain a broader understanding of your profession and how to become a leader, you will probably enjoy studying for the exam as much as Kris Ammerman did.

Photo taken by Senior Park Ranger Chris Dubuque of County of San Diego Parks and RecreationImage: Snow covers the ground...
12/20/2019

Photo taken by Senior Park Ranger Chris Dubuque of County of San Diego Parks and Recreation

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The Scotts Field Refurbishment Program is offering grants to youth-serving organizations in need of renovated ballfields...
12/20/2019
Scotts Field Refurbishment Program Grant Application

The Scotts Field Refurbishment Program is offering grants to youth-serving organizations in need of renovated ballfields.

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Scotts and MLB have a long history of giving back to local communities, teaming up to provide youth with modern, playable baseball and softball fields under the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program. The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program is part of the company's larger Gro More Good initiative to ...

It's almost awards season! Applications for 2020 open on January 6, 2020, so it's time to start thinking about what you'...
12/19/2019

It's almost awards season! Applications for 2020 open on January 6, 2020, so it's time to start thinking about what you'll apply for! http://ow.ly/Nczu50xEot1

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The new edition of the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies ebook is here!  http://ow.ly/uGNE50xEnN6Image: ereader...
12/19/2019

The new edition of the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies ebook is here! http://ow.ly/uGNE50xEnN6

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Our Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks Report is now available! http://ow.ly/OG8c50xDtHUImage: Rooftop garden in a...
12/18/2019

Our Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks Report is now available! http://ow.ly/OG8c50xDtHU

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Parks and recreation is an ESSENTIAL community service that saves lives. From mentorship and natural disaster response t...
12/17/2019

Parks and recreation is an ESSENTIAL community service that saves lives. From mentorship and natural disaster response to low-cost fitness programs that treat symptoms of chronic disease — Parks. Save. Lives. Donate now. www.nrpa.org/donate #ParksSaveLives #GiveToParks

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Green infrastructure in parks improves the environment while providing other social, economic and health benefits. Image...
12/14/2019
Parks + Green Infrastructure = Healthy Communities | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

Green infrastructure in parks improves the environment while providing other social, economic and health benefits.

Image: Landscape image of a park featuring a stream and a footbridge

Parks themselves play a key role in disaster recovery when natural disasters strike, but when they implement green infrastructure they also function as spaces that mitigate the impacts of these disasters.

NRPA's new Park and Recreation Marketing and Communications Report explores the challenges park professionals face marke...
12/13/2019

NRPA's new Park and Recreation Marketing and Communications Report explores the challenges park professionals face marketing to their communities.

Read the full report here: http://ow.ly/FSeW50xztYO

Image: Infographic depicts key highlights from the Park and Recreation Marketing and Communications Report

What are your favorite ways to enjoy the season? Share all your favorite moments using #ImAParkAndRecKid! http://ow.ly/5...
12/12/2019

What are your favorite ways to enjoy the season? Share all your favorite moments using #ImAParkAndRecKid! http://ow.ly/5PvX50xyvzh

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12/12/2019

Ensure your park improvement project continues operating past the initial funding cycle using these tips! Learn more here: http://ow.ly/qCxL50xytP4

Time is running out to apply for a Green Stormwater Infrastructure Training scholarship! Apply by Friday, December 13.  ...
12/11/2019

Time is running out to apply for a Green Stormwater Infrastructure Training scholarship! Apply by Friday, December 13. http://ow.ly/gNBR50xxLzb

Image: People study during the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program training

Encourage your community to try December's #CommitToHealth: Foods of the Month challenge with reduced fat dairy and nuts...
12/11/2019

Encourage your community to try December's #CommitToHealth: Foods of the Month challenge with reduced fat dairy and nuts!

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Parks. Save. Lives. Everyday in every community. NRPA supports the professionals who mentor youth, create resilient park...
12/10/2019

Parks. Save. Lives. Everyday in every community. NRPA supports the professionals who mentor youth, create resilient parks and passionately serve their communities. Give to parks this holiday season. www.nrpa.org/donate #ParksSaveLives #GiveToParks

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Local park and recreation agencies are a key partner in connecting vulnerable families to healthy foods and much-needed ...
12/10/2019

Local park and recreation agencies are a key partner in connecting vulnerable families to healthy foods and much-needed nutrition supports, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity in communities, and is a first line of defense against hunger for low-income families, many of which our members support.
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Learn the ins and outs of adding a universal playground to your agency. http://ow.ly/qxNb50xqNVXImage: Kids playing on a...
12/10/2019

Learn the ins and outs of adding a universal playground to your agency. http://ow.ly/qxNb50xqNVX

Image: Kids playing on a universal playground and text with webinar details

Time is running out! Give your community the very best and apply for CAPRA accreditation by December 13 to have the appl...
12/09/2019

Time is running out! Give your community the very best and apply for CAPRA accreditation by December 13 to have the application fee waived. http://ow.ly/3oXd50xvCmT

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download Parks & Recreation magazine's monthly crossword puzzle!  http://ow....
12/07/2019

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download Parks & Recreation magazine's monthly crossword puzzle! http://ow.ly/5r0y50xtIng

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The opioid epidemic is a crisis that is costing us human lives, and as park and recreation professionals, we can't just ...
12/07/2019

The opioid epidemic is a crisis that is costing us human lives, and as park and recreation professionals, we can't just do nothing. http://ow.ly/mgCj50xtHya

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We're offering 25 training scholarships for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). Apply by De...
12/06/2019

We're offering 25 training scholarships for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). Apply by December 13! #GreatUrbanParks http://ow.ly/mEOd50xtB5z

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Join us for an interactive diversity workshop with renowned expert, Angelou Ezeilo, at our headquarters in Virginia on D...
12/05/2019

Join us for an interactive diversity workshop with renowned expert, Angelou Ezeilo, at our headquarters in Virginia on December 17. http://ow.ly/ePHl50xsOJU

You’re sure to find some inspiration when you hear the life hacks of the people who were brave enough to get on the mic ...
12/03/2019
What Is Your Park and Recreation Life Hack? — Episode 054 | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

You’re sure to find some inspiration when you hear the life hacks of the people who were brave enough to get on the mic with us.

Image: Podcast guest speaks into the microphone at the Open Space Radio booth at the NRPA Annual Conference.

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with attendees at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference to learn their park and recreation life hacks — the tips and techniques that help get them through their day-to-day work.

Parks and recreation is an ESSENTIAL community service that saves lives. From mentorship and natural disaster response t...
12/03/2019

Parks and recreation is an ESSENTIAL community service that saves lives. From mentorship and natural disaster response to low-cost fitness programs that treat symptoms of chronic disease — Parks. Save. Lives. #ParksSaveLives #GiveToParks

Donate now. www.nrpa.org/donate

Image: An older adult helps a child cut carrots at a park.

Our new #ParkPulse poll reveals four in five adults want their communities to hold cultural events and celebrations duri...
12/02/2019

Our new #ParkPulse poll reveals four in five adults want their communities to hold cultural events and celebrations during the holidays. http://ow.ly/eBps50xpF7Y

Image: A colorful infographic depicts the type of seasonal holiday events people like to celebrate at parks.

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22377 Belmont Ridge Rd
Ashburn, VA
20148

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