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.

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

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Don't miss your opportunity to speak at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, and the chance to win a...
01/06/2021

Don't miss your opportunity to speak at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, and the chance to win a free full-package registration to attend the conference. There are only 2 days left to submit your education session and speed session proposals - the deadline is this Friday, January 8! #NRPAConference

Submit your proposal here: http://bit.ly/35crEm1

Image: Neelay Bhatt of PROS Consulting speaking at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Nearly 9 in 10 U.S. adults say it is important for children and young adults to have access to mentors, according to NRP...
01/04/2021

Nearly 9 in 10 U.S. adults say it is important for children and young adults to have access to mentors, according to NRPA's January #ParkPulse poll. tinyurl.com/yazmngbx

Image: Infographic depicting survey results

Despite the challenges, 2020 wasn’t just a year we survived. It was a year we can look back on and be proud of what we a...
01/01/2021

Despite the challenges, 2020 wasn’t just a year we survived. It was a year we can look back on and be proud of what we accomplished together. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy new year in 2021! #HappyNewYear

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We know how hard you have worked this year — adapting to changing and challenging circumstances almost every day while r...
12/30/2020
Advancing Community Health and Well-Being — A Greater Role for Parks and Recreation in 2021 | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

We know how hard you have worked this year — adapting to changing and challenging circumstances almost every day while remaining committed to your mission, your teams and your communities — and the public recognizes how essential your work has been for their mental and physical health. In 2021, this role will be even greater. And if anyone can rise to the challenge, it’s park and recreation professionals.

In our latest blog post, NRPA Director of Health Allison Colman shares where park and recreation professionals should focus their efforts in 2021 as we recover from the pandemic and other challenges, so we can ensure all people can thrive.

In 2021, park and recreation professionals should focus efforts in these areas as we recover from the pandemic and other challenges, so we can ensure all people can thrive.

The final Open Space Radio episode of 2020 is out now! This year has been challenging in so many ways, and on our final ...
12/29/2020

The final Open Space Radio episode of 2020 is out now! This year has been challenging in so many ways, and on our final episode of the year, we’re looking back at some of the conversations we’ve had, discussing the lessons we’ve learned, and looking ahead at some of our hopes and goals for 2021.⁣

Tune in here: http://bit.ly/34SAHbE

[Image: A trail marker pointing in two directions, with one arrow marked as 2020 and the other as 2021. Text reads: “Open Space episode 081: 2020 Reflections and Looking ahead to 2021]

Happy Kwanzaa from all of us at NRPA!Image: A kinara with seven lit candles. Text reads, "Happy Kwanzaa!"
12/26/2020

Happy Kwanzaa from all of us at NRPA!

Image: A kinara with seven lit candles. Text reads, "Happy Kwanzaa!"

Merry Christmas from your friends at NRPA!Image: Close-up photo of a red Christmas tree ornament. Text reads: "Merry Chr...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from your friends at NRPA!

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We're signing off for the next few days to rest, reflect and spend time with our loved ones for the holidays (even thoug...
12/23/2020

We're signing off for the next few days to rest, reflect and spend time with our loved ones for the holidays (even though it may look a bit different this year), and we hope you find time to do the same! From all of us at NRPA, thank you for the joy you continue to bring to your communities and happy holidays!

Image: Snow-covered branches and pine cones, with text that reads: "Happy Holidays"

Congratulations to Congresswoman Deb Haaland  on her nomination to Secretary of the Department of the Interior. The full...
12/17/2020

Congratulations to Congresswoman Deb Haaland on her nomination to Secretary of the Department of the Interior.

The full text of our statement can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/3nyRxDI

The January issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is live! Read the full issue: http://bit.ly/2WiT19aImage: The cover of ...
12/17/2020

The January issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is live! Read the full issue: http://bit.ly/2WiT19a

Image: The cover of the January 2021 issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

Local parks stimulate economies, support public health and build a sense of community — all things that are more critica...
12/16/2020

Local parks stimulate economies, support public health and build a sense of community — all things that are more critical than ever. Join us in telling President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris that a future economic stimulus package should include $500 million for parks: https://bit.ly/3p439ir

Image: A child stands on a tree stump feature at a natural playground.

A new episode of Open Space Radio is out now! With COVID-19 increasing barriers for access to healthy food for so many a...
12/15/2020

A new episode of Open Space Radio is out now! With COVID-19 increasing barriers for access to healthy food for so many across the country, park and recreation professionals have been working hard to find ways to meet these needs. One way has been through farmers markets. Tune in as we chat with Darlene Wolnik, training and technical assistance director for Farmers Market Coalition, as well as Maureen Neumann, an NRPA program manager, about how farmers markets are helping farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor, increasing access to fresh, local produce for consumers, and helping communities regain a figurative “town square.”

Listen here: http://bit.ly/2IPTRa4

As many parts of the country are beginning to experience winter weather, it's always a good time to brush up on the wint...
12/15/2020

As many parts of the country are beginning to experience winter weather, it's always a good time to brush up on the winter edition of the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines!

Learn more: https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/winter

Image: "A Guide on How to Recreate Responsibly." 1. Know before you go 2. Practice physical distancing 3. Plan ahead 4. Play it safe 5. Explore locally 6. Leave no trace 7. Build an inclusive outdoors

There are so many wonderful traditions during the holiday season, and we're curious to know what yours are! Comment your...
12/14/2020

There are so many wonderful traditions during the holiday season, and we're curious to know what yours are! Comment your favorites below (and since many of the traditional celebrations are being tweaked this year, let us know if you're starting any new traditions). Happy Holidays!

Image: Text reads "What is your favorite parks and rec holiday tradition?" on a gold background with colorful lights.

Wishing you peace and light this holiday season. Happy Hanukkah! Image: A menorah with the words "Happy Hanukkah!"
12/11/2020

Wishing you peace and light this holiday season. Happy Hanukkah!

Image: A menorah with the words "Happy Hanukkah!"

12/08/2020

The National Recreation and Park Association is currently seeking a Development Coordinator to join our Development team which is a part of our Programs and Partnerships department.

The Development Coordinator supports achievement of the Corporate team’s revenue goals by coordinating and supporting conference, advertising, and sponsorship-related production and communications processes and deliverables. The Coordinator collaborates with the Marketing, Conference, Facilities, and Finance teams to ensure deadlines and schedules are met and deliverables completed. The Coordinator interfaces with corporate partners to ensure superior service and relationship cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Do not apply to this position on Facebook. To learn more about this position and apply, please visit: https://bit.ly/31DaMTJ

With mental illness and substance use disorders so closely related, it is no surprise that roughly 10.2 million adults e...
12/07/2020

With mental illness and substance use disorders so closely related, it is no surprise that roughly 10.2 million adults experience these two diseases simultaneously. The current pandemic only exacerbates these conditions by increasing levels of stress and anxiety as a result of isolation, loneliness and uncertainty. Over the past few years, NRPA has developed several resources to support park and recreation professionals as they address substance use and mental health disorders in their own communities.

NRPA is proud to announce the release of two new resources addressing stigma and prevention efforts related to substance use and mental health disorders.

Learn more and view the resources at: https://bit.ly/2JZFGzD

Image: Dark blue graphic that reads "New Resources Available" with letter blocks spelling out the words mental, health and care.

Join us for a webinar Thursday, December 10 at 2 p.m. EST, as we explore the ways in which park and recreation professio...
12/07/2020

Join us for a webinar Thursday, December 10 at 2 p.m. EST, as we explore the ways in which park and recreation professionals have been affected by the pandemic, and the tools, resources and partnerships they are using to continue communicating information that is vital to their mission.

This is part of our Premier Webinar Series, which is free for NRPA Premier Members, $35 for all other members and $50 for nonmembers.

Register today: https://bit.ly/2VFWNcm

Image: Blue webinar graphic with text that reads, "Public Relations: Communicating More with Less. December 10, 2020 at 2 p.m. EST.

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12/04/2020

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The latest episode of Open Space Radio is out now! Tune in as we chat with Jayni Rasmussen, senior campaign representati...
12/03/2020

The latest episode of Open Space Radio is out now! Tune in as we chat with Jayni Rasmussen, senior campaign representative for Outdoors Alliance for Kids, about Every Kid Outdoors - a program that allows fourth graders in the U.S. and their family members free access to over 2,000 federal lands and waters.

Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/3mLPfkh

Image: Jayni Rasmussen outside, smiling. Text reads, “Open Space Episode 079: How Every Kid Outdoors is Increasing Access to Parks”

The promising news of an effective COVID-19 vaccine has been encouraging to all, but with the recent unsettling rise in ...
12/03/2020
COVID-19: Remaining Vigilant This Winter | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

The promising news of an effective COVID-19 vaccine has been encouraging to all, but with the recent unsettling rise in cases, it is important that we remain vigilant and double down on efforts to slow the spread.

Image: An individual bundled up in winter clothes and wearing a mask to prevent spread of COVID-19.

The promising news of an effective coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine these past few weeks has been encouraging to all, but with the unsettling rise in COVID-19 cases recently, it is important that we remain vigilant.

NRPA is now accepting proposals for the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference! Check out these five tips for submitting a successf...
12/02/2020

NRPA is now accepting proposals for the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference! Check out these five tips for submitting a successful education session proposal: https://bit.ly/39BalOs

Three-quarters of U.S. adults say they would consider taking actions to help their local community, according to the Dec...
12/01/2020

Three-quarters of U.S. adults say they would consider taking actions to help their local community, according to the December NRPA #ParkPulse poll. tinyurl.com/y6mlgtk6

Image: Infographic depicting survey results

It's #GivingTuesday! How will you give back? Let us know in the comments. www.nrpa.org/giveImage Text: 5 Ways to Give to...
12/01/2020

It's #GivingTuesday! How will you give back? Let us know in the comments.

www.nrpa.org/give

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5 Ways to Give to NRPA
1. Give Time: Volunteer for a committee or other opportunity at nrpa.org/volunteer.
2. Give Voice: Text 'parks' to 52886 to sign up for advocacy alerts and make your voice heard.
3. Give Money: Visit nrpa.org/give to support park and recreation professionals.
4. Give Skills: Share your knowledge by submitting an education session proposal at nrpa.org/proposals.
5. Share Our Mission: Invite your network to follow NRPA on social media.

Winter is coming –– are you in the know for snow? Check out the winter edition of the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines fo...
11/30/2020

Winter is coming –– are you in the know for snow? Check out the winter edition of the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines for tips on safe winter recreation: www.recreateresponsibly.org/winter

Wishing you a happy and safe Thanksgiving from all of us at NRPA!Image: A tree-lined trail covered in orange and yellow ...
11/26/2020

Wishing you a happy and safe Thanksgiving from all of us at NRPA!

Image: A tree-lined trail covered in orange and yellow leaves, with text that reads "Happy Thanksgiving"

Join us for a webinar Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. ET, as participants from this year’s Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities ...
11/25/2020

Join us for a webinar Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. ET, as participants from this year’s Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program share experiences about their work and how they shifted their activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://bit.ly/3pWKw12

#SafeRoutesToParks #WeAreParksAndRec

We're one week out from #GivingTuesday, but it's never too early to show your support for park and recreation profession...
11/24/2020

We're one week out from #GivingTuesday, but it's never too early to show your support for park and recreation professionals. This year, we are seeking tax-deductible donations to support NRPA’s mission to strengthen communities through the power of parks and recreation.

Visit www.nrpa.org/give to learn more.

Image: People walk along a trail through the trees. Text says www.nrpa.org/give and Giving Tuesday

#WeAreParksandRec

At #NRPAVirtual, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky of the Trauma Stewardship shared a tool outlining 15 strategies to help people...
11/24/2020

At #NRPAVirtual, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky of the Trauma Stewardship shared a tool outlining 15 strategies to help people manage the effects of trauma, including anxiety, exhaustion, anger, apathy and other emotions. As you navigate this challenging and stressful time of year as we enter the holiday season and continue to manage through the pandemic, consider applying some of the strategies outlined in the Tiny Survival Guide: https://bit.ly/2KpkL99

Our partner @engAGEDCenter is conducting a poll of Aging Network organizations and other community partners to help guid...
11/23/2020

Our partner @engAGEDCenter is conducting a poll of Aging Network organizations and other community partners to help guide its future work and priorities. Help engAGED better support your social engagement work! Take the poll https://bit.ly/3na738j.

The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program is hosting a webinar Dec. 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET to share how ...
11/20/2020

The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program is hosting a webinar Dec. 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET to share how they shifted activities during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how the 2020 participants worked closely with community members to not only advance shared goals for parks, but also help build the capacity, skills and structures to ensure the work continues. Visit, https://learning.nrpa.org/products/advancing-safe-routes-to-parks-in-the-time-of-coronavirus

The Parks & Recreation magazine 2020 Innovation Guide is out now! Learn about the 2020 NRPA Innovation Award winners, as...
11/20/2020

The Parks & Recreation magazine 2020 Innovation Guide is out now! Learn about the 2020 NRPA Innovation Award winners, as well as the latest in park and recreation products at https://bit.ly/331TZdo

Image: The cover of the 2020 Innovation Guide

The December issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is live! Read the full issue at https://bit.ly/3kFPyeoImage: The cover...
11/19/2020

The December issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is live! Read the full issue at https://bit.ly/3kFPyeo

Image: The cover of the December issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

If you weren't able to join us for #NRPAVirtual last month, we're taking you there on the latest episode of Open Space R...
11/18/2020
Community Healing in the Wake of Trauma — Episode 078 | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

If you weren't able to join us for #NRPAVirtual last month, we're taking you there on the latest episode of Open Space Radio! On this episode, we're replaying the NRPA Virtual Coffee Talk session on community healing in the wake of trauma, with NRPA Director of Health Allison Colman and Deputy Director of County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation Mercy Santoro.

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talk sessions from NRPA Virtual, when we talked with Allison Colman, NRPA director of health, and Mercy Santoro, deputy director of Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, about the importance of community healing....

We are proud to partner with World Urban Parks for the #WorldCongress2020, taking place November 20-27 virtually! Dive i...
11/18/2020

We are proud to partner with World Urban Parks for the #WorldCongress2020, taking place November 20-27 virtually!

Dive into civic, community and evidence-based leadership from international experts, including NRPA President and CEO Kristine Stratton, NRPA Director of Health Allison Colman and NRPA Director of Park Access Rachel Banner! This year's theme is Parks for All – The Courage to Grow a Greener Future.

Learn more and register: https://buff.ly/346vZH7

#MyWUP #NatureNeverCloses

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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!
FREE Virtual Summer Camp from June 1st - 19th. Camp sessions will take place Monday-Friday beginning at 11AM (EDT) Providing kids with 90 minutes of Live programming from an all-star lineup of youth, high school and college coaches. Each day will include a period of sport specific training, mindfulness exercises designed to improve mental health and performance, cardio-focused fitness, and character development from Play Like a Champion staff. Children who register by Wednesday, May 27 will receive a "Camp Kit" in the mail with some Play Like a Champion "goodies" including our "Player Handbook" that will facilitate growth in virtue, in concert with the Character Development component of the camp. The Camp Kit will also include our Parent Like a Champion manual so parents get in on the fun by receiving research-based educational content Play Like a Champion is making this virtual camp available for FREE because we believe that all children, regardless of their family’s economic circumstances, should be able to play sports and participate in summer camps.
Is there an easy way to see whether a city (example, Henderson, Nevada) has won an award from your association? I thought Henderson had been a winner of the Gold Medal - https://www.nrpa.org/our-work/awards/goldmedal - but I see no mention.
For those in the field of Parks & Recreation who hold this namesake television series near and dear to your heart, there is a special show tonight. Tune In TONIGHT! The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation Thursday, April 30, 2020; 8:00 pm ET/PT on NBC This new, half-hour special will highlight many of the show's most memorable moments, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. Journey from the earliest stages of the show’s development to following the stars through to their emotional final day on set. You'll see all of your Pawnee favorites: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta. A new virtual episode will immediately follow, not to be missed. Treat. Yo. Self. 8 pm tonight, on NBC Parks and Recreation at PaleyFest on YouTube Enjoy four Parks and Recreation appearances at PaleyFest, marking the first time we have made these events all available at the same time on the Paley YouTube channel. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVeOmkpnYTwRTrZkQA57OCilQOxoCqSo
How has your parks and rec department continued to offer services to the community during the COVID-19 epedimic?
I am looking for a group page that is made up of members who are responsible for the grounds maintenance of parks and trails. Trying to get feed back and information on how others are utilizing equipment and new technology for their daily maintenance challenges.