California's New Monuments
Close to 2 million acres of land are now protected for future generations.
Parks Saving the Monarch
Parks are critical partners in the nationwide effort to restore habitat and increase the population of this beloved insect.
Water and Energy Conservation
The Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is taking steps to become a better steward of the environment.
Citizen Science Programs
Involving citizens in research projects can help forge strong connections to nature.
Coastal Access and Climate Justice
Protecting California’s coastal resources while ensuring public access for all.
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Introducing California's Newest National Monuments

April 2016 issue, By Paula Jacoby-Garrett

Close to 2 million acres of sweeping desert landscapes, dozens of sensitive species and thousands of cultural heritage sites are now protected for future generations.

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Parks Saving the Monarch

April 2016 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Parks and recreation agencies are critical partners in the effort to save the monarch.

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Doubling Down on Water and Energy Conservation

April 2016 issue, By Amy A. Garcia

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks aims to safeguard the environment.

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Citizen Science Programs

April 2016 issue, By Greg Kearns, Melinda Fegler and Michelle Schreiber

Building confidence and stewardship in the outdoors using citizen science and research program techniques.

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California Coastal Access and Climate Justice for All

April 2016 issue, By Robert García, Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš and Amy Trainer

The importance of protecting California’s coastal resources, under pressure from climate change and growing development, while ensuring public access for all.

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Departments & Columns


Enhancing Our Ecosystems

April 2016 issue, By Susan K. Trautman, CPRP

The importance of striking a balance between conserving our watersheds and connecting communities to rivers and open spaces, particularly in coastal areas.

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Editor's Letter

Where Will All the Flowers Go?

April 2016 issue

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen highlights the articles that speak to the importance of conserving land, water and energy, and parks and recreation's role in those efforts.

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Community Center » Nature Art Contest

Art Contest Connects Kids to Nature Like Nothing Else

April 2016 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Park and recreation agencies develop creative ways to connect kids to nature and art.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

April 2016 issue

Stay up to date on what’s happening in parks and recreation with the latest news from around the field.

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Community Center » NRPA Connect

Hot Topics

April 2016 issue

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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Community Center » Pool Safety

Some Steps to Take Following a Major Pool Accident

April 2016 issue, By Sonia Myrick

 The actions taken immediately after a major incident can help safeguard against future legal issues. 

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Community Center » Urban Directors

From the Director’s Chair

April 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Gain insight from high-level park and recreation professionals on how they tackle various weighty issues.

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Research Update

Creative Strategies for Financing Parks and Recreation

April 2016 issue, By Donald L. Rockey Jr., Robert Barcelona, Bob Brookover, Dustin Thorn and Dominic Saturday

Creative financing strategies from several financially successful departments of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.

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Member to Member

Making Ends Meet: It Takes a Village of Funders to Re-Make a Park

April 2016 issue, By Beverly Smith

Financing assistance opportunities for park and recreation projects.

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Millions in New LWCF Grant Funding for Urban Parks? Yes, Please!

April 2016 issue, By David Tyahla

The who and how of applying for the 2016 LWCF Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grants.

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Law Review

Governmental Immunity for Deadly Mountain Goat

April 2016 issue, By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

Balancing resource preservation — in this case, a mountain goat — and visitor safety in Olympic National Park.

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Health & Wellness » Commit to Health

Commit to Health and Conservation: Seven Simple Activities

April 2016 issue, By Daniel W. Hatcher

Seven easy programs to get youth and families outdoors this spring.

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Health & Wellness » Fracking

Fracking on Parkland in Appalachia

April 2016 issue, By Jonathan Casper, Ph.D., Timothy Kellison, Ph.D., Kyle Bunds, Ph.D. and Josh Newman, Ph.D.

How is fracking on or near public parklands impacting park usage?

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Social Equity

Diversifying for the Benefit of People and Parks

April 2016 issue, By Tyler Tapps and Tim Wall

What can we do to extend opportunities for participation in parks and recreation to a broader spectrum of society, including more racially and economically diverse Americans?

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Future Leaders

Contrasting Modalities of Post-Graduate Studies

April 2016 issue, By Anthony Iracki, MS, CPRP and Derek Donlevy, M. Ed.

The online versus on-campus approach to career development.

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NRPA Update » Great Urban Parks Campaign

Great Urban Parks Campaign: Green Infrastructure in Underserved Communities

April 2016 issue, By Jessica Culverhouse

NRPA and the American Planning Association convene green infrastructure experts and thought leaders to determine how best to advance green infrastructure projects in parks in underserved communities.

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NRPA Update » Henry L. Diamond

Henry L. Diamond — an Appreciation

April 2016 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

NRPA celebrates the life of one of the most influential Americans for the cause of parks, recreation and conservation in the past 50 years.

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

April 2016 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Are You Ready for Superhero Camp Season?

April 2016 issue, By Hayley Herzig

Stay on budget using Fun Express products that promote creativity, learning and fun.

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Kathi Muller, CPRP

April 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Kathi Muller, CPRP, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

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NRPA Update » Park and Recreation Month

Spring for a #SuperJuly

April 2016 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

Some tools to get you started on your plans for Park and Recreation Month.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development

April 2016 issue

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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Green Infrastructure: Making a Virtue of Necessity

April 2016 issue, By Eric Tamulonis, ASLA, LEED AP

Envisioning a park system as part of a larger network of other public, quasi-public and protected private open space.

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Park Bench

Of Pollinators and Partnerships

April 2016 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department in partnership with Texas Discovery Gardens, supports two historic properties located within the garden grounds, including the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium.

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