Pollinator Crisis
Essential pollinator species are under grave threat, but parks may hold the key to replenishing their ranks.
Interview With Dan Ashe
Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, talks conservation, new initiatives and the importance of parks for all communities.
Agency Spotlight
Austin Parks and Recreation, serving one of Texas' most unique municipalities, takes an innovative approach to nature programming and conservation.
Parks for Mental Health
We know parks are a great resource for improved physical health, but they can also have a big impact on mental well-being.
Innovating for Health
NRPA's first Innovation Lab focused on Miami-Dade County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space and its plan to engineer a healthier urban environment.
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Features

It's Time We Talked About the Birds and the Bees

April 2015 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Pollinators, including honeybees and monarch butterflies, are in big trouble, but parks are in an optimal position to help shore up their populations.

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Defender-in-Chief of Fish and Wildlife

April 2015 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

The director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service talks conservation, new initiatives and the importance of parks for all communities.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Conservation and the Millennials…Continuing the Movement

April 2015 issue, By Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP

NRPA's Chair of the Board of Directors talks advocating for parks, recreation and conservation in the age of the millenial.

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Editor's Letter

Look Ma, No Food!

April 2015 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director mulls what the massive decline in pollinators might mean for our global future.

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Letters

Letters

April 2015 issue

Let us know what you think about what you read each month in Parks & Recreation magazine!

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Community Center » Agency Spotlight

Agency Spotlight: Austin Parks and Recreation, Texas

April 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Parks & Recreation takes a closer look at Austin Parks and Recreation, located in the storied wild, weird, musical town of Austin, Texas.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

April 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

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

NRPA Connect Hot Topics

April 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

Check out the highlights of what’s being discussed on NRPA Connect!

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Community Center » Tech in Parks

A Virtual War

April 2015 issue, By Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D.

Augmented reality comes to our parks with Ingress.

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By the Numbers

The Birding Effect

April 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

Check out highlights from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which sheds some light on the true value of birding — and by extension, the value of birds.

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Member to Member

Mud University as an Outdoor Playground

April 2015 issue, By Timothy Baghurst, Ph.D., I-Chun “Nicky” Wu, Ph.D.

Utilizing unused or vacant land in a park to develop a unique mud obstacle run for kids can be a fun alternative to typical programmed activities.

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Advocacy

Healthy Innovations Make the Case for Parks and Recreation

April 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA’s first Innovation Lab, held in Miami, Florida, aimed to get a closer look at an agency with a mission to integrate health and wellness into every aspect of its programming and initiatives.

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Law Review

No Liability Precedent in State Park Settlement

April 2015 issue, By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

Liability exposure is only one of many considerations in managing public park resources.

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Health & Wellness

Parks: Improving Mental Health and Well-Being

April 2015 issue, By Allison Colman

Being healthy isn't just about physical fitness — we also need to consider the mental components of health and wellness.

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Social Equity

Addressing Equity in Park Use

April 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Thoughtful consideration of cultural differences can have a big impact when it comes to increasing access equity in parks and recreation.

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Future Leaders

Time for Change: A New Frontier for Digital Nature Experiences

April 2015 issue, By Joy Kacoroski

Consider integrating technology into children's nature experiences for a modern, layered approach to education and conservation.

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

April 2015 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Premier Webinar Series

April 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

Cultivate your professional development with the 2015 Premier Member Webinar Series!

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Amy Fortenberry, CPRE

April 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Amy Fortenberry, director of the Plano, Texas, Parks and Recreation Department, is a passionate, lifetime park and recreation professional.

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NRPA Update » Monarch Conservation

NRPA’s Wonderful Waystation

April 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

NRPA, with the help of Eagle Scout candidate Jacob Schaffner, has installed a new monarch waystation to support a variety of pollinator species.

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NRPA Update » Parks Build Community

Annual Parks Build Community Project in Full Swing

April 2015 issue, By Jimmy O’Connor

NRPA’s annual Parks Build Community initiative recognizes that a quality park makes a community better.

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NRPA Update » Pitch, Hit & Run

Take Me Out to the Pitch, Hit & Run

April 2015 issue, By Kate Viebrock

MLB’s annual sporting competition engages hundreds of kids in our national pastime while connecting them with community parks and recreation.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

April 2015 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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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Richard Dolesh

April 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Richard Dolesh, NRPA’s vice president of conservation and parks, is NRPA's go-to guy when it comes to the history, trends and of-the-moment concerns of the park and recreation profession.

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Operations » Solar Energy

Free. Clean. Limitless.

April 2015 issue, By Becky Clay

Community solar power offers agencies a sustainable source of operational energy.

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Operations » Turf Maintenance

Making Smart Turf Equipment Choices: What to Consider

April 2015 issue, By Kevin Conry

There's a lot to think about when considering what turf equipment best suits your needs.

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Meet the Mayor

Chandler, Arizona’s Jay Tibshraeny

April 2015 issue, By Jayni Rasmussen

Chandler, Arizona Mayor Jay Tibshraeny knows amenities like health and wellness programming, parks and open spaces, and recreational trails make Chandler an excellent place to live.

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Park Bench

Boston Strong

April 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Boston Parks and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, with the help of several industry partners, built Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park in honor of the late Boston mayor.

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50th Anniversary

Archive Throwback: March 1979

April 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

In celebration of NRPA's 50th anniversary, we look back at the March, 1979 issue and its discussion of sustainable habitats and creative programming.

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