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  • 01 Dec 2016 11:53 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    SORP Scholarship Opportunity - Deadline to apply January 16, 2017

    The 2017 National Outdoor Recreation Conference is the premier opportunity for new professionals and students to present their work, learn about best practices and network with outdoor recreation professionals.

    Applications for 2017 conference scholarships are being accepted through Monday, January 16, 2017, midnight Eastern time.

    New Professional Conference Scholarship

    Applicants should be employed in the outdoor recreation profession and have completed an outdoor recreation degree within the last five years or be under 35 years of age.

    A scholarship valued at $1,015 will be awarded to each scholarship recipient, which includes a $500 check for lodging and travel-related expenses. The remaining $515 (425+90) is the value of a full-conference registration and a one-year membership to SORP. Applicants are encouraged to ask their organization for funds to supplement the conference scholarship. Applicants do not need to be current SORP members.

    Recipients are expected to attend the full conference.

    Download the 2017 announcement and instructions

  • 21 Nov 2016 5:50 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Our December Park Pulse poll finds that three in four Americans plan to purchase gifts that encourage physical activity this holiday season. These gifts could be sneakers, bikes or even passes to your recreation center. Our poll found that the median amount spent on these gifts will be between $100 and $250 and that Millennials and Gen Xers are more likely to purchase gifts related to physical activity than baby boomers. The best place to use these gifts? Local parks and recreation centers, of course!

    See the Full Results

  • 18 Nov 2016 2:33 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Arizona Town Hall rounded up people from different cities, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds for the 109th Arizona Town Hall in Mesa this week on the topic of “Financing Arizona’s Future.”

    After three days of meeting, the participants came together on Wednesday and adopted over 20 topics of recommendations that will go to members of the Legislature. The participants said they know there’s only so much money, but they called for more money to education, and taking action.

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  • 14 Nov 2016 11:40 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The divisive tone of the 2016 campaign season further emphasized the need for park and recreation agencies to improve the lives of Americans and bring together people from all walks of life. During this webinar, NRPA's Public Policy Team will highlight key outcomes from the November elections, and preview what the results mean for you and your agency. This webinar will also cover a breakdown of the new Congress and the Trump Administration. Presenters: Oliver Spurgeon: NRPA Government Affairs Manager Jayni Rasmussen: NRPA Advocacy & Outreach Specialist David Tyahla: NRPA Senior Government Affairs Manager Kevin O'Hara: VP of Urban & Government Affairs FREE for NRPA Members / $30 for Non-Members CEUs: 0.0 Click the link below to regsiter.

  • 07 Nov 2016 3:11 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Join us this Thursday, November 10, at 2 p.m. ET for a webinar on how conservation trends are set to affect parks and recreation in 2017. The webinar will share how new approaches can bring new funding to parks and recreation and restore natural habitats for wildlife, and how agencies can creatively use technology to meet conservation objectives. Part of the Premier Webinar Series, this webinar is free for Premier members and $25 for non-Premier members.


  • 07 Nov 2016 10:04 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Thanks to funding from the EPA and Applied Materials, NRPA is offering four park and recreation agencies funding and additional supplies to implement the Wildlife Explorers program and a hands-on environmental improvement project. The grants will total $2,690.75 each and will be given to agencies reaching kids in underserved, low-income communities and/or communities of color. Grant applications will be accepted now through November 21, 2016.

    Click here for more information.

  • 19 Oct 2016 4:23 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Exposure to the great outdoors comes with immeasurable health benefits, but as our lives continue to get busier, more confined, and more sedentary, it becomes harder to spend time outdoors. Humana and NPF are celebrating the significant health benefits of spending time in a national park. These benefits are highlighted in our new Owners Guide, Recharge in the Parks, which offers tips on how to improve wellness by replenishing and refreshing your mind, body, and spirit in a park. Download the guide today. Great things are ahead of you when you start with healthy!

  • 19 Oct 2016 8:19 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    What the video conference and read supporting documents HERE...

  • 12 Oct 2016 3:24 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    This annual study probes Americans’ usage of parks, the key reasons that drive their use and the greatest challenges preventing greater usage. Each year, the study probes the importance of public parks in Americans’ lives, including how parks compare to other services and offerings of local governments. The survey of 1,000 American adults looks at frequency and drivers of parks/recreation facilities visits and the barriers to that prevent greater enjoyment. Survey respondents also indicate the importance of park and recreation plays in their decisions at the voting booth and their level of support for greater funding.

    Discover more here.

  • 11 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Parks are the infrastructure of our communities. The locus for daily walks and memorable civic events, parks represent the identity of place. Very few buildings achieve the iconic status of most parks. Ask anyone to meet in front of a notable structure and it will likely require an address. Choose a park as the meeting place and the question moves to specifics — By the fountain? At the entrance?

    In the United States, parks have been understood as essential to community health for the past 200 years, including Asa Grey's garden cemetery movement, Frederick Law Olmsted's Boston Fens and his "lungs of the city" metaphor associated with the design of Central Park in New York. These parks set a standard for improving ecological health through the plant and water systems of the park, and community health through clean air and access to nature. While designers anecdotally and through their own personal experience felt natural settings provided individual health benefits, a body of data supporting these theories had yet to exist.  READ FULL ARTICLE

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