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.
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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.

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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While athletic fields don’t always seem like they would offer much potential for increased sustainability, there are way...
05/07/2021

While athletic fields don’t always seem like they would offer much potential for increased sustainability, there are ways to transform sports facilities into eco-friendly community spaces. Join us for a webinar, Thursday, May 13 at 2 p.m. EDT, that will focus on ways park and recreation professionals can take action to make play areas — including youth sports fields and facilities — more conservation-friendly.

The webinar is free for NRPA Premier Members, $35 for members, and $50 for nonmembers. Register here: https://bit.ly/3uoDOCR

Image: Promotional graphic for the webinar, "Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces" on May 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT

While athletic fields don’t always seem like they would offer much potential for increased sustainability, there are ways to transform sports facilities into eco-friendly community spaces. Join us for a webinar, Thursday, May 13 at 2 p.m. EDT, that will focus on ways park and recreation professionals can take action to make play areas — including youth sports fields and facilities — more conservation-friendly.

The webinar is free for NRPA Premier Members, $35 for members, and $50 for nonmembers. Register here: https://bit.ly/3uoDOCR

Image: Promotional graphic for the webinar, "Sports Facilities Into Eco-Friendly Community Spaces" on May 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT

Park and recreation professionals are #HungerHeroes, doing everything they can to ensure thousands of kids know where th...
05/07/2021

Park and recreation professionals are #HungerHeroes, doing everything they can to ensure thousands of kids know where their next meal is coming from. Today, we're celebrating their incredible efforts with No Kid Hungry! Join us as we #ThankAHungerHero: https://bit.ly/3tlVaPc

Image: A smiling child. Text: "Thank a hunger hero. Gratitude for those who serve more than just meals." Photo courtesy of No Kid Hungry.

Park and recreation professionals are #HungerHeroes, doing everything they can to ensure thousands of kids know where their next meal is coming from. Today, we're celebrating their incredible efforts with No Kid Hungry! Join us as we #ThankAHungerHero: https://bit.ly/3tlVaPc

Image: A smiling child. Text: "Thank a hunger hero. Gratitude for those who serve more than just meals." Photo courtesy of No Kid Hungry.

NRPA is pleased to see the Biden administration's "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful" report recommending t...
05/06/2021

NRPA is pleased to see the Biden administration's "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful" report recommending the United States achieve its goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3vLGOcz

Image: Excerpt from statement reads, "While we work to find community-driven climate solutions, we also recognize that Black, Indigenous and people of color, as well as people living in lower income communities, face the greatest consequences of climate change. The 30x30 plan is a step in the right direction to ensure that these communities have access to clean outdoor spaces, water and air for generations to come." -Elvis Cordova, NRPA Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy

NRPA is pleased to see the Biden administration's "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful" report recommending the United States achieve its goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3vLGOcz

Image: Excerpt from statement reads, "While we work to find community-driven climate solutions, we also recognize that Black, Indigenous and people of color, as well as people living in lower income communities, face the greatest consequences of climate change. The 30x30 plan is a step in the right direction to ensure that these communities have access to clean outdoor spaces, water and air for generations to come." -Elvis Cordova, NRPA Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy

Social justice, equity and reform are not new topics for landscape architecture — rather, they are at its origin. Freder...
05/06/2021

Social justice, equity and reform are not new topics for landscape architecture — rather, they are at its origin. Frederick Law Olmsted’s prominent role in shaping public opinion on social reform in the period leading up to and during the Civil War still impacts practice today. Join us Tuesday, May 18 at 3 p.m. EDT, for a conversation that recenters the way we tell the story of Olmsted’s work and origins of landscape architecture. This free webinar is co-hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and NRPA, two of the founding partners of Olmsted200.

NRPA is offering this free webinar for 0.1 CEU for all members and non-members. Register here: https://bit.ly/3uoqX3x

ASLA is offering this free webinar for 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) for all members and non-members. Register here: https://bit.ly/33j5CfO

Image: Promotional graphic for the free webinar, "Conversations with Olmsted: His Vision for Reform," on May 18.

Social justice, equity and reform are not new topics for landscape architecture — rather, they are at its origin. Frederick Law Olmsted’s prominent role in shaping public opinion on social reform in the period leading up to and during the Civil War still impacts practice today. Join us Tuesday, May 18 at 3 p.m. EDT, for a conversation that recenters the way we tell the story of Olmsted’s work and origins of landscape architecture. This free webinar is co-hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and NRPA, two of the founding partners of Olmsted200.

NRPA is offering this free webinar for 0.1 CEU for all members and non-members. Register here: https://bit.ly/3uoqX3x

ASLA is offering this free webinar for 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) for all members and non-members. Register here: https://bit.ly/33j5CfO

Image: Promotional graphic for the free webinar, "Conversations with Olmsted: His Vision for Reform," on May 18.

The 2021 NRPA Agency Performance Review provides the information you need to gain more funding support, improve operatio...
05/04/2021

The 2021 NRPA Agency Performance Review provides the information you need to gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve your community. nrpa.org/APR

Image: Infographic depicting key findings from the 2021 NRPA Agency Performance Review

The 2021 NRPA Agency Performance Review provides the information you need to gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve your community. nrpa.org/APR

Image: Infographic depicting key findings from the 2021 NRPA Agency Performance Review

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re replaying one of our Coffee Talks from last year’s #NRPAVirtual, where ...
05/04/2021
Coffee Talk Replay: Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change — Episode 090 | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re replaying one of our Coffee Talks from last year’s #NRPAVirtual, where we discussed the importance of park and recreation professionals being prepared for disasters due to a changing climate with Kenny Weigandt of Willamalane Park and Recreation District and John DiSpaldo of FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency.

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talks from last year's NRPA Virtual, when we were joined by Kenny Weigandt from Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Oregon,  and John DiSpaldo, a regional preparedness liaison for FEMA, to discuss being prep...

Six in seven adults in the United States look forward to outdoor activities this spring and summer — including swimming,...
05/03/2021

Six in seven adults in the United States look forward to outdoor activities this spring and summer — including swimming, going to the park, visiting a beach or lake, and attending picnics or barbeques — according to a recent NRPA #ParkPulse poll. https://tinyurl.com/by7e9n94

Image: Infographic depicting survey results

Six in seven adults in the United States look forward to outdoor activities this spring and summer — including swimming, going to the park, visiting a beach or lake, and attending picnics or barbeques — according to a recent NRPA #ParkPulse poll. https://tinyurl.com/by7e9n94

Image: Infographic depicting survey results

Great article from VICE by Katie Way on how to say thank you for all that parks and recreation have provided throughout ...
05/03/2021
Parks Carried the Pandemic Year on Their Backs. Here's How to Thank Them

Great article from VICE by Katie Way on how to say thank you for all that parks and recreation have provided throughout the pandemic (and always)!

#Parks #Recreation #ThankYou #WeAreParksAndRec #ParksAndRecreation

Look out for volunteer opportunities, show love on social media, and show up to town halls to sing the praises of public green space.

As bills aimed at preventing transgender youth — particularly transgender girls — from participating in girls’ sports co...
04/30/2021
Supporting Transgender Inclusion in Youth Sports | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

As bills aimed at preventing transgender youth — particularly transgender girls — from participating in girls’ sports continue to appear in state legislatures, we've put together some best practices, resources and learning opportunities for supporting transgender inclusion in youth sports.

As bills aimed at preventing transgender youth — particularly transgender girls — from participating in girls’ sports continue to appear in state legislatures, here are some best practices, resources and learning opportunities as it relates to transgender inclusion in youth sports.

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Mitigating its effects and building communit...
04/29/2021

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Mitigating its effects and building community resilience requires collaboration across sectors and at scale.

NRPA and Sasaki are committed to helping park and recreation professionals better anticipate and meet climate challenges with a new toolkit, Climate.Park.Change. This comprehensive online platform supplies agencies across the country with a comprehensive examination of climate change risks and strategies, specific to the Intermountain West. Learn more, https://bit.ly/3xxyDT8 #ClimateParkChange @SasakiDesignSocial

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Mitigating its effects and building community resilience requires collaboration across sectors and at scale.

NRPA and Sasaki are committed to helping park and recreation professionals better anticipate and meet climate challenges with a new toolkit, Climate.Park.Change. This comprehensive online platform supplies agencies across the country with a comprehensive examination of climate change risks and strategies, specific to the Intermountain West. Learn more, https://bit.ly/3xxyDT8 #ClimateParkChange @SasakiDesignSocial

A new research report by NRPA highlights the role park and recreation professionals and their agencies play in championi...
04/28/2021

A new research report by NRPA highlights the role park and recreation professionals and their agencies play in championing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts: https://www.nrpa.org/deireport/

Image: A cover of the report, titled "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks and Recreation"

A new research report by NRPA highlights the role park and recreation professionals and their agencies play in championing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts: https://www.nrpa.org/deireport/

Image: A cover of the report, titled "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks and Recreation"

04/27/2021

🆕CDC guidance out for summer camps and outdoor mask wearing.🎙️

Operating Youth and Summer Camps During COVID-19: https://bit.ly/2R4ybuM

Fully vaccinated people can go without masks outdoors, except in crowded settings (includes helpful infographic): https://bit.ly/3vngVj1

Happy #EarthDay!Be sure to join Latin GRAMMY winner MISTER G tonight at 7 p.m. EDT for a free concert to help inspire ec...
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay!

Be sure to join Latin GRAMMY winner MISTER G tonight at 7 p.m. EDT for a free concert to help inspire eco-literacy. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/32E2sDa

Image: A field of wildflowers in the mountains at sunset. Photo by Robert Crum.

Happy #EarthDay!

Be sure to join Latin GRAMMY winner MISTER G tonight at 7 p.m. EDT for a free concert to help inspire eco-literacy. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/32E2sDa

Image: A field of wildflowers in the mountains at sunset. Photo by Robert Crum.

We can and must do more. Read our full statement: https://bit.ly/3gzoJdoImage: Blue text on white background that says, ...
04/22/2021

We can and must do more.

Read our full statement: https://bit.ly/3gzoJdo

Image: Blue text on white background that says, "After many months of pain, anticipation and heartbreak, this week's verdict in the murder of George Floyd is a step in the right direction for accountability, but it is just one step. We see, hear, and share the immense pain and suffering felt by our Black community members.

Over the past months, parks and public spaces have served as gathering places for protest and for healing. Parks and recreation must be the place in our communities where everyone can come together, be welcomed and thrive. While this is our goal, we acknowledge that it is not our reality. We, as park and recreation professionals and advocates, can and must do more."

-Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO

We can and must do more.

Read our full statement: https://bit.ly/3gzoJdo

Image: Blue text on white background that says, "After many months of pain, anticipation and heartbreak, this week's verdict in the murder of George Floyd is a step in the right direction for accountability, but it is just one step. We see, hear, and share the immense pain and suffering felt by our Black community members.

Over the past months, parks and public spaces have served as gathering places for protest and for healing. Parks and recreation must be the place in our communities where everyone can come together, be welcomed and thrive. While this is our goal, we acknowledge that it is not our reality. We, as park and recreation professionals and advocates, can and must do more."

-Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO

Two days left to submit your photos and stories for the chance at being highlighted on the cover (and feature story) of ...
04/21/2021

Two days left to submit your photos and stories for the chance at being highlighted on the cover (and feature story) of the July issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine! The deadline is this Friday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Submit your photos and stories here: http://bit.ly/31SfBHn

#OurParkAndRecStory

Image: The cover of Parks & Recreation magazine with text that reads, "Your photo here."

Two days left to submit your photos and stories for the chance at being highlighted on the cover (and feature story) of the July issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine! The deadline is this Friday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Submit your photos and stories here: http://bit.ly/31SfBHn

#OurParkAndRecStory

Image: The cover of Parks & Recreation magazine with text that reads, "Your photo here."

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing why the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training — a free, vi...
04/20/2021
Addressing Issues at the Intersection of Climate and Health — Episode 089 | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing why the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training — a free, virtual training program from NRPA and Climate for Health at ecoAmerica — will elevate the essential role park and recreation professionals play in dismantling climate and health disparities in order to build resilient communities where everyone thrives.

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how the Climate for Health Ambassador Training, taking place this June in partnership with Climate for Health, will benefit park and recreation professionals at all experience levels.

Olmsted200 invites you to join in celebrating Frederick Law Olmsted’s 199th birthday with a #FLOwatchparty! You’ll have ...
04/08/2021

Olmsted200 invites you to join in celebrating Frederick Law Olmsted’s 199th birthday with a #FLOwatchparty! You’ll have exclusive access to screen “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks,” a documentary narrated by actress Kerry Washington, at your convenience on April 24 or 25.

Then, join a live panel discussion moderated by TIME magazine journalist Justin Worland on April 26 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm EDT, featuring Dr. Thaisa Way, program director for Garden & Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks; Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation; and Justin DiBerardinis, director of FDR Park, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. #CelebrateOlmsted

Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/FLOWatchParty.

Image: Graphic for "Olmsted and America's Urban Parks" watch party.

http://bit.ly/FLOWatchParty

In recognition of World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Day, NRPA is proud to announce the release of a new resou...
04/07/2021

In recognition of World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Day, NRPA is proud to announce the release of a new resource, Elevating Health Equity Through Parks and Recreation: A Framework for Action. The interactive guide for local park and recreation professionals applies an equity lens to system-wide operations, programs and services. Learn more, https://bit.ly/3rU60vf #HealthEquity #HealthForAll #WorldHealthDay

Image: A group of co-workers meeting. Photo by Rawpixelimages, courtesy of Dreamstime.

As we return to youth sports, NRPA, along with 23 community-based sports organizations, urge local government officials,...
04/06/2021

As we return to youth sports, NRPA, along with 23 community-based sports organizations, urge local government officials, public health professionals and sports providers to keep equity at the center. https://bit.ly/31TGHi9

Image: Photo of soccer ball on a field with text that says, "Moreover, as we establish an equitable return to youth sports, it is imperative that restrictions and requirements imposed upon youth sports providers be applied equitably across all public and private organizations. - NRPA Statement on the Equitable Return to Youth Sports During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery." Photo courtesy of Canva.

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I’ve seen quit a few posts with pictures of Horseshoe Bend in Page, Az. but just 45minutes away you can see the Horshoe Bend of the Colorado River! This amazing and challenging hike up Spencer’s Trail climbs 1700 feet in 1.5 miles! You will be surrounded with breathtaking views of Glen Canyon, the Vermillion Cliffs and the Colorado River! And once you get to the top.....wow!!!! Look at that blue water flowing through the canyon!
Happy National Volunteer Week and Earth Day Week! In celebration of both, the Friends of Johnston County Parks in North Carolina is hosting an Earth Day Countywide Cleanup across the county this Saturday, April 24th from 9am-12pm. We are working with our local parks and recreation departments across the county, as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation as part of their Litter Sweep initiative, to clean our parks, greenways, open spaces, schools, and roadways. This is a great example of local, county, and state government, as well as non-profit conservation agencies, working together to serve our communities and give back in honor of Earth Day. For more information, check out our Facebook event page.
It's #InternationalPooperScooperWeek, so sing along with us as we remind people they need to scoop scoop baby and pick up after their pets! 👏⬇
Just as a reminder, employee referrals are a reflection of confirmation bias and are not racially equitable. Responsible stewardship of our profession and communities starts with inclusiveness and diversity.
FT Riley (Best Recreation program in the Army and DoD last year) is looking for a new NF-04 Outdoor Recreation Branch Chief. The announcement opens tomorrow and will remain open through the 25th. Salary is $70-85k. Please share with any and all who may be qualified and interested in joining the FT Riley FMWR team. Announcement can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/589088500
Ascension Parish, Louisiana Job Posting!
Loving the virtual conference so far! Job well done on all your hard work!
Enjoy the Outdoors with Pilot Rock at the #NRPAVirtual expo. It opens today! Visit us in Booth 928 and see what Pilot Rock has to offer in park benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles, grills, campfire rings and more. While you are in our booth sign up to win a Pilot Rock brand fleece jacket.
Greetings. I would like to explore opportunities within the sports and recreation. I do have experience creating soccer and athletic programs through education, not-for-profit and outreach sectors. I would like to network with recreation professions. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Good afternoon, I just became a member. I'm looking for an internship this summer. I can work anywhere in the country. I know some city parks and recreation departments aren't hiring due to covid. For the ones that are, what is your hiring process and how do you select students for internships?
I just applied to the following career: https://jobs.ilipra.org/jobs/8222-recreation-supervisor I was wondering if you can please help in anyway? Thank you!