• 30 Oct 2014 8:22 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)


    American Trails continues the dynamic online Advancing Trails Webinar Series to help trail planners, supporters, and managers learn about focused topics of special interest. Our webinars are eligible for CEUs through the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), an authorized independent CEU provider through IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training). Our 75 minute webinars are worth 0.10 CEUs and are available for an additional $20 fee. 

    Read more and see current Advancing Trails Webinar Series schedule...

  • 24 Oct 2014 12:11 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Event Management School (EMS) provides park and recreation professionals with industry-specific training for organizing effective, well-attended events. This two-year program offers practical education for both novice and experienced event planners with hands-on, real-world applications that are sure to help increase revenue from your agency-run events.

    For a more in-depth look at what happens at EMS, take a look at how one of the instructors describes it. Don’t miss the 2015 Event Management School on January 18 – 22 at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, WV.

  • 07 Oct 2014 11:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Introducing the return of the ever popular Putt 4 Parks Golf Tournament!
    * Save the date and mark your calendars
                    November 14, 2014
    * Click here for details and to register.

  • 07 Oct 2014 7:35 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Do you have a new staff member, special announcement, event or just want to brag on your agency...we now have a place where you can post these items. Under the News & Events tab click on "What's Happening".

  • 07 Oct 2014 7:15 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department is one of only four cities in Arizona to earn accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. Read full article...

  • 03 Oct 2014 4:37 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Learn about concussion best practices for your agency in this webinar presented by Neal McGrath, Ph.D., nationally recognized neuropsychologist in the area of sports concussion, and Lisa Paradis, director of recreation in Brookline, MA. You'll learn how to educate staff and constituents on this important issue. Cost: $25 member/$33 nonmember. CEUs: 0.1. Learn more.

  • 01 Oct 2014 10:08 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Arizona Parks and Recreation Board Members had a successful leadership retreat on September 25-26 at Camp Colley on the Mogollon Rim. An agenda item included discussion regarding membership renewal dates for all active APRA members.  

    In an effort to streamline the membership renewal process, the board voted on and unanimously approved changing the renewal dates for all memberships to begin on January 1st of each year. All memberships purchased in 2014 will now expire December 31, 2015. 

    For details please visit our membership page.

  • 29 Sep 2014 9:52 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, their annual report on the rates and rankings surrounding obesity. Access this interactive data to see how your state is doing and where you can make health improvements. Notable are the high-priority recommendations to make safe places for physical activity available to all Americans.

    Access the report.

  • 29 Sep 2014 9:51 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The classroom is a great place to learn, but adding opportunities to move around, touch and try new technology, and interact or ask deeper questions of experts undefined now that’s a winning combination. At the 2014 NRPA Congress new, interactive learning and networking options have been added such as the Learning Playground, the Member Pit Stop and special demos including the high-tech virtual park tools of NC State University and a mobile recreation unit from BREC in Louisiana. Find all of these opportunities and more in the exhibit hall.

    Read more about the interactive learning at the 2014 NRPA Congress.

  • 29 Sep 2014 9:49 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Health and wellness is all about choices and it appears that the healthy ones are taking the lead. A study by Northwestern University researchers as reported in the Chicago Tribune found that, “nearly 90 percent of Chicago park-goers were satisfied with the food in the new healthy-options-only vending machines.” They also found that healthy options boosted average monthly per-machine sales from $84 to $371. This study shows how parks can play a significant role in shaping the healthy habits of the communities they serve, while also influencing partners and others to increase opportunities for healthier options.

    Read more about the study in the Chicago Tribune. 

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