• 14 Oct 2015 1:47 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Imagine a six-year-old Diego Costa refereeing a football match. Given his combustible temperament it's likely there would only be one winner in a game he was taking part in -- the team he was playing for.

    At first glance the idea of six or seven-year-olds refereeing their own games would seem to be a recipe for chaos. But, that's exactly what the Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) has been experimenting with over the last two years in a scheme dubbed "Fair Play Football." Read full article...

  • 12 Oct 2015 2:51 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The “Music in the Mountains” acoustic music festival will be held on October 17th and 18th, 2015, in the North Mountain Visitor Center (NMVC)from 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on both days. The event is free and open to the public. Over 20 bands and musicians (listed below) have offered their talents for the festival. The beauty of the mountains, in combination with lovely music, is truly an experience to be had.

    Save Our Mountains Foundation (SOMF) has endeavored to preserve and protect the open space of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve since 1970, donating major parcels of land and helping others to donate even more to the entire preserve system. SOMF enabled the reopening of the North Mountain Visitor Center in January of 2011. Since then, the Center has been the welcoming portal of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves. SOMF continues to develop awareness of our delicate desert habitat through educational programs. The unique and fabulous Preserve system allows locals and visitors alike to experience, firsthand, the beauty of our desert spaces, and to appreciate wildlife that has adapted over the centuries to live in this dramatic and beautiful location.

    Music in the Mountains 10 9 2015.pdf

    MIM musician lineup ver4 10 9 2015.pdf

  • 05 Oct 2015 9:34 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    February 10-12, 2016

    The School of Public Health-Bloomington will host the first national symposium dedicated to showcasing the role that parks and recreation play in improving our nation’s public health and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to be a part of this important event. In particular, if your organization has developed an innovative program to help promote a healthy lifestyle we would certainly be excited in having you join us!

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  Abstract submission is open until November 2, 2015.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: The National Symposium is pleased to announce that Dr. Allen W Heinemann and Jayne Miller will be joining us as our Keynote Speakers. For more information on these amazing individuals please visit our website.

  • 02 Oct 2015 7:18 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As of today, the Arizona State Forestry - Invasive Plant Grant Program is accepting applications. Arizona State Forestry with funding provided by the USDA Forest Service is soliciting proposals from$10,000 to $20,000 to treat invasive and noxious plant invasions that threaten forested or woodland areas.

    ·         Funds are awarded on a cost matching-basis, and this program requires 50% (1:1) match from a non-federal source.

    ·         Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate partnerships (especially with a Cooperative Weed Management Area) and projects adjacent to National Forest System (NFS) lands or that will compliment NFS projects. 

    ·         Applications are due November 13, 2015.

    For application and details log in and check the grants page of the website.

  • 28 Sep 2015 12:45 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    LWCF is set to expire on Wednesday and the elected officials in Congress need to know why they must take action on this landmark law that supports local parks and outdoor recreation. We all know that LWCF, especially the State Assistance Program, provides valuable funding that helps parks and recreation improve quality of life all across the country. Not only that, it supports economic growth too — we now know local and regional public parks generate nearly $140 billion in economic activity per year and support 1 million jobs, making reauthorizing and fully funding this important law a no-brainer. Contact your elected officials and tell them to take action on LWCF now.

    Click hereto easily send a message to your elected officials urging reauthorization of LWCF.

    Click here to participate in the #RenewLWCF social media campaign.

  • 31 Aug 2015 11:41 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The work you do to improve health and wellness is shaping your community in big ways.  Up to 10 communities will be given a cash prize and their success stories will be shared broadly to inspire others. Applications are being accepted now through November 12 at 3 p.m. ET.  Click here for details and application. 

  • 31 Aug 2015 11:38 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Getting the recommended amount of physical activity each day continues to be a struggle in the United States. One of the easiest ways to add more physical activity is walking. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General is set to release a Call to Action on September 9 about walking and walkable communities titled "Step It Up!" with an event in Washington, D.C., which will be webcast. Parks and recreation are critical allies in getting more people to walk and creating Safe Routes to Parks. NRPA has produced this animated videothat encourages more walking in parks as well as a suite of resources you can use to get your community walking and demonstrate your leadership role in health and wellness.

    Click here for more information and resources on Safe Routes to Parks and walking. 

  • 26 Aug 2015 10:58 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Economic impact of Maricopa County’s open space park system

    (Maricopa County) – Have you ever wondered about the value and benefits your local park system brings to your community? Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department has, and as a result, conducted an economic impact analysis study to find out! Click Here for full article

  • 25 Aug 2015 1:33 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    FREE WEBINAR to Learn More About Earning the CYSA Credential in OCT in PHOENIX 

    Join us for a webinar on Sep 02, 2015 at 9am MST.

    Register now!

    APRA and NAYS believe that every community should have at least one certified and trained professional who understands the core/foundations of positive youth sports so that regardless of locale youth sports are guided by a similar, positive philosophy. You are invited to join us for this FREE informative webinar to learn about the ONE-DAY Special Academy for Youth Sports Administrators that will be held on FRIDAY, October 9th in Phoenix, AZ.

    This 15-minute webinar will provide specific information about earning your CYSA and will also outline the importance of positioning the youth sports professional as a leader, the qualifications as well as the roles and responsibilities of those individuals who oversee youth sports in a community. A special APRA registration rate will also be offered plus more!

  • 25 Aug 2015 8:29 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC) is in the process of rewriting all training manuals and training guides. One recent accomplishment is an update of the USDA Forest Service Standard Trail Plans and Specifications. These documents are for the design, construction, and maintenance of National Forest System trails and trail bridges. These plans and specifications are available for use by all interested persons. Read more and download plans and specs...

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