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  • 12 Apr 2017 6:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    April is finally here and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to celebrate National Park Week! Parks across the country will host exciting events from April 15 to April 23, inviting visitors to visit, learn about, and enjoy the remarkable places and programs that are part of our National Park System! In honor of this annual festivity, admission will be waived at the over 400 National Park Service sites for the National Park Week weekends (April 15-16 and April 22-23), so be sure to mark your calendars and set a reminder to get out there and #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque!

    Head over to to get some inspiration on what to do and to check out some other great ways you can support our parks in April. A big thanks to our remarkable group of corporate partners, several of which are hosting special offers during April in celebration of National Park Week, including limited-edition products, that provide additional support for our national parks.

  • 07 Apr 2017 1:20 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Many of the critical federal programs that benefit parks and recreation are at risk of being cut or even eliminated. You can help us save these programs by inviting your members of Congress to your next event and showing them first-hand how important parks and recreation is to your community.

    It's easier than ever to invite your members of Congress for a visit with NRPA's new, interactive Park Champion Advocacy Toolkit!

    Do you have an exciting event like a:

    • Park dedication;
    • Program kick-off;
    • Earth Day, Arbor Day, or Kids to Parks Day event; or
    • Park and Recreation Month celebration?

    This step-by-step guide walks you through inviting your members of Congress to your next event. With this toolkit, it only takes a few moments to make a big difference for the future of parks and recreation.     Get Started with the Toolkit

    Host your members of Congress at an event by August 31 to be eligible for the Park Champion of the Year Award. The recipient of this award will receive recognition at the NRPA's Annual Conference in New Orleans and round-trip flights and lodging for two in your agency to come to Washington, D.C., in spring 2018 to advocate for parks and recreation on Capitol Hill. Have you already hosted your members of Congress at your agency this year? Tell us about it here to enter your event for consideration.

    If you need any help planning your Park Champion event, please do not hesitate to contact Jayni Rasmussen

    Advocacy and Outreach Manager  - National Recreation and Park Association (440) 522.9162

  • 03 Apr 2017 8:59 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    As part of NRPA's Great Urban Parks Campaign, and in partnership with Southwest Airlines, NRPA is offering grants of $10,000 each to three communities to support community engagement activities that educate and empower local residents to be active drivers of a green infrastructure project in their local park. This grant opportunity may be right for you if your agency is currently working on or planning a green infrastructure stormwater management project that addresses both environmental and social challenges facing your community. Applications are due April 21.  

    Learn more and apply

  • 30 Mar 2017 8:44 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Critics of national monuments created by President Obama — particularly the Bears Ears monument in Utah — have long argued that President Trump should revoke Obama’s orders establishing them. Meanwhile, the House Natural Resources Committee declared this month that it plans to work with the Trump administration to identify which declared monuments should be “rescinded or diminished in size.”  

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  • 28 Mar 2017 8:00 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Bumblebees are some of the most unusual and endearing creatures in nature. They are large and fuzzy with tiny wings in proportion to their body size, and, until very recently, many people believed that bumblebees shouldn't even be able to fly — they violated the rules of physics!

    In seeking the reasons how bumblebees are able to fly, the explanations quickly turn toward aerodynamic flow terms such as "dynamic stall" and "leading edge vortex." It makes you wonder if bumblebees only knew how much of a puzzle they still are to scientists and engineers.

    But, bumblebees and other native wild bees are in real trouble throughout the United States. The loss of pollinating services of bees is a matter of major concern in areas dependent on certain types of crops, fruits and nuts. The rusty patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, is one of those bee species so endangered that it was approved for listing as a federally endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. READ MORE...

  • 20 Mar 2017 12:40 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Last week, President Trump released his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018. To redirect funding to other priorities, the president has suggested deep cuts and even elimination of federal programs that support local parks and recreation. In a statement, NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, expressed our disappointment in the suggested cuts as they threaten key environmental and community programs. On NRPA's Open Space blog, NRPA's Public Policy Team breaks down the cuts and what they could mean for the field. The bottom line — the time is now to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to support our priorities.

    Get the details here...

  • 20 Mar 2017 11:14 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Creating a Relevant and Inclusive Future

    Monday, May 1 - Thursday, May 4, 2017

    The Saguaro Hotel - Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona

    The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, held annually by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, showcases innovative and creative approaches to nature-based outdoor recreation research, planning, and management.

    Click here for more details.

  • 09 Mar 2017 11:41 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    City officials are working on a 36-week pilot program to offer day jobs to panhandlers. A city social worker would drive a van around to busy intersections and offer panhandlers a chance to earn $10.68 an hour cleaning up parks and other light labor jobs. They would be paid at the end of each day.

    Panhandling has been a growing concern in U.S. cities such as Portland, where business owners worry the practice puts a damper on tourism and some residents and visitors complain about panhandlers asking for money on sidewalks and at stoplights.  Read Full Article...

  • 06 Mar 2017 8:48 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is tasked with managing millions of acres of public lands in the West. In order to ensure they are exercising good stewardship and balancing their dual mandate for managing public lands, each BLM Field Office is required by law to complete a Resource Management Plan (RMP). Read Full Article...

  • 01 Mar 2017 7:02 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 former President Barrack Obama signed into law the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act. Also known as H.R 4665, this new law is the capstone of recent efforts by House representatives to increase the assessment of the outdoor recreation industries contribution to the United States' Economy.

    Click here to read more. 

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