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  • 20 Apr 2015 11:08 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity recently unveiled a new interactive database that provides nutrition, physical activity, obesity data and more from a variety of sources. The data, trends and maps online resource allows you to gain state-level data that can help you better understand the health factors facing your community. This information may help you better structure programs or even inform you on how to market your capabilities for improving health and wellness in your community.

    Click here to search the database. 

  • 20 Apr 2015 11:04 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Summer grassroots training program for youth. Each year, the Sierra Student Coalition hosts Summer Programs (SPROGs) that teach students how to effectively organize around environmental issues. SPROGs last a week during the summer, and food and boarding are provided for youth who attend.

    This year, West SPROG will be held just outside of Los Angeles, California, from July 12–19. You can learn more at

    Our chapter is pleased to offer a scholarship for a qualified individual. For information about requirements and to apply for the scholarship, please contact Natalie Lucas at (928) 600-7844 or

  • 16 Apr 2015 8:11 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Fifty is the new 40 and at 50, NRPA is doing better than ever. We’re launching new national campaigns and partnerships, advocating for essential legislation, ensuring the best professional development for our members and sharing the impact parks and recreation make in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we want to share the love by giving the 50th person to register for the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference free registration. Registration opens May 1 at 12 p.m. ET, so mark your calendars and, hopefully, you’ll be fabulous number 50!

  • 01 Apr 2015 1:40 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    During April, the Earth Month campaign will raise the visibility of community parks and rally citizens to vote daily – starting today through April 30 – for park projects in need. These votes will help direct critical funds for improvements that will benefit communities and give kids and families more access to opportunities to get outdoors, be active and have fun. Your parks can benefit, too. The public has the opportunity to nominate a favorite park to receive $20,000, so have your community nominate one of your parks!  Read more about the collaboration

  • 30 Mar 2015 11:37 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Walkability is increasingly a top priority for the public, and park and recreation agencies have a lead role in helping create more walkable communities. But how do you best communicate about walkability and the importance of creating more walkable places? America Walks is hosting a free webinar on Monday, April 13 at 1p.m. EDT that will help you understand which messages about walking and walkability work, and which ones don’t, all based on research by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. This is a great opportunity to hone your messages about the impact you have around walkability.
    Click here for more information and to register.

  • 30 Mar 2015 11:33 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Not to worry, we have just the solution to redeem your alma mater’s fame on the national stage – the NRPA Park of the Future Student Competition. If you know a top-notch park, recreation and tourism student, professor or hey, maybe that’s you, take a shot at putting a team together and see if you can design the park of the future. Check out these eight great reasons to enter (trust us they are GOOD – like free membership good!) or share them with someone you know.
    Click here for more information about the Park of the Future Student Competition.

  • 23 Mar 2015 10:05 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The National Park Trust (NPT) is celebrating it's annual Kids to Parks Day and it’s an occasion for all parks — local, state and national. You can be part of Kids to Parks Day by registering and hosting a kid-friendly event on May 16. Registered events are promoted on NPT’s website and they offer a planning guide and other resources to help you with your event. Check it out and share the benefits of parks and the outdoors with your community! Click here for more information and to register.

  • 18 Mar 2015 2:38 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    We love students of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and related professions because they bring a fresh perspective and cutting edge ideas to our field. That’s why, as part of NRPA’s 50th Anniversary, we’re looking for students to show us their ideas for the Park of the Future. Student finalists of the Park of the Future Student Competition will receive financial support in order to present their ideas at the NRPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Encourage students you know to enter the Park of the Future Student Competition and share their ideas with the field! Submitted projects are due on May 15, 2015.

  • 17 Mar 2015 12:47 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Be sure to log in and check the Advocacy page for State and National alerts. 

  • 04 Mar 2015 9:08 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    APRA members, here is an opportunity for one lucky parks and recreation department or summer camp to win a new BCI Burke playground.

    The Grand Prize winner has their choice of the $14,380 Burke playground pictured in the email below OR a $5,000 shopping spree through the Burke catalog. Entries are being accepted online until May 15. The winner will be selected via random drawing on or about May 22.

    To enter the contest, qualified parks and recreation departments/agencies and/or summer camps need to complete our online market survey. All entrants will receive a copy of the survey results (if desired).

    The entry form for the contest is located here:

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