• 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:

  • 03 Mar 2015 10:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    This year three big pieces of legislation are up for reauthorization — MAP-21, LWCF and the Child Nutrition Act — and chances are at least one of them affects your agency’s work. This Thursday, NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager Dave Tyahla and Deputy Director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Margo Pedroso will talk about the importance of transportation legislation, including MAP-21, and how you can be part of saving this critical legislation.

    Click here to register for this FREE webinar on Thursday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

  • 03 Mar 2015 10:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Recently, Leadership for Healthy Communities released a brief that outlines the important role quality youth recreation programs play in improving health and promoting positive youth development especially among underserved populations. The brief provides supporting research and offers policy recommendations that can be leveraged with leaders at the federal, state and local levels to help you promote and gain support for your high-quality programs for youth in the community.

    Click here to download and read the report.

  • 26 Feb 2015 2:01 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    IMBA has one last trail school in Arizona! Jordan and Lani of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in:
    Sierra Vista: March 13-15
    You are invited to join the crew as well as the local groups for the weekend.
    The visit features IMBA's Trail Building School, which is a great opportunity to hang out with like-minded trail lovers while learning about building and maintaining sweet, sustainable singletrack. Click here for details

  • 24 Feb 2015 3:19 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Each year, American Trails and the Coalition for Recreational Trails honor the nation’s most outstanding projects funded by Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant monies. If your chapter was involved with a significant RTP-funded trail project, consider nominating it for this annual achievement award. Projects will be honored on Capitol Hill in June during Great Outdoors Month, and it would great to have mountain bike trail systems represented. Deadline is April 1.

  • 24 Feb 2015 3:17 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Nonprofit groups have until March 6 to apply for a $100,000 trail assistance grant from Bell Helmets. In the Bell Built grant program's third year, IMBA and Bell are seeking applications for an advanced, technical trail to be built in 2015 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting begins the week of March 16 and will determine the ultimate winner. Learn more and apply.

  • 18 Feb 2015 10:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Host Location registration for the 2015 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) is now open. New this year, all Host Locations will teach their lessons at 10 a.m. in their local markets as the lesson travels around the globe over the course of 24 hours. In prior years, aquatic facilities hosting WLSL events conducted lessons simultaneously at 3 p.m. GMT.
    The 2015 event will mark Team WLSL’s sixth Guinness World Record attempt for the largest swimming lesson ever conducted.  Visit to learn more.

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