• 18 Nov 2014 8:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Check out IMBA Region Director Patrick Kell's blog for all of the latest news on mountain bike advocacy and trail development in the southwest region. This month, he talks about trail design happening now in Caliente, NV, (over 40 miles) and in southwest Utah; the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society working toward more technical trails even after being named an IMBA Ride Center; trail advocacy work happening in the Prescott, AZ, area; regional mountain bike events you don’t want to miss and Patrick's planning for 2015.  Read more...

  • 13 Nov 2014 1:14 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Troops for Fitness program seeks to hire veterans to teach fitness and nutrition classes in order to inspire healthier and more active lifestyles. To date, Troops for Fitness has been implemented in eight communities with the goal of engaging 200 veterans across 12 communities. Learn more about Troops for Fitness.

  • 13 Nov 2014 12:23 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Park & Recreation Facility Management Certificate Program is a two-year course that develops skills in planning and managing parks, facilities and asset management. With budgets stretched and facilities aging, asset management is critical to the long-term financial sustainability of park and recreation systems. The course ends with each participant completing a capstone project at their respective park and recreation agencies or park districts. The Certificate Program is held in conjunction with Indiana University's Great Lakes Park Training Institute at scenic Pokagon State Park in northeast Indiana February 23-26, 2015.

  • 11 Nov 2014 9:57 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Nobody values your community's parks more than your community's residents, so, NRPA is hosting a webinar, presented by MindMixer on how to best engage your residents and use their insights to make your community better. Please join us for The Evolution of the Community Conversation, on Wednesday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

  • 10 Nov 2014 2:16 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The second round of participants have been selected for the NRPA Fund Your Park crowdfunding platform. Participants include the City of Forest Lake, Minnesota; Coconino County Parks and Recreation, Arizona; Delaware State Parks; Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Colorado; PBC Parks and Recreation, Florida; and West Bend Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Wisconsin! Their fundraising journey begins on November 24, so keep an eye out for their exciting projects.

    Click here to learn more about Fund Your Park.    

  • 10 Nov 2014 2:14 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The campaign ads are off the airwaves and another Congressional midterm election is in the books. The results of the Congressional elections will usher in a new class of elected officials. With the GOP taking control of the Senate and strengthening their majority in the House there certainly will be an impact on three very important legislative priorities for parks and recreation, namely the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s State Assistance Program, funding for active transportation and the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. NRPA’s Dave Tyahla breaks down the results and what you need to know on Open Space.

    Click here to read more about the 2014 midterm election and the impact on parks and recreation.

  • 04 Nov 2014 7:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The city of Peoria joins the ranks of the elite park and recreation agencies and departments across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more...

  • 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.

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