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Introducing NRPA’s Equity in Practice Program – October Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 29, 2022

On the October bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross and NRPA Director of Learning Philip Silva to discuss NRPA's new Equity in Practice initiative.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Parks and Rec — Episode 121

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 20, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Edwin Rivera-Guzman, CPRP, to discuss Hispanic Heritage Month and how park and recreation professionals can celebrate in their communities.

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White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition: Parks and Recreation Day of Action Toolkit

By Asia Simms and Dan McCarthy | Posted on September 19, 2022

Here are some ideas on the types of events you could host to raise awareness and drive action in partnership with the White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition.

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On the Pulse of Innovation, Inclusion and Next Practices — Episode 120

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 13, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Neelay Bhatt, founder and CEO of Next Practice Partners — and this year's Best of the Best ceremony emcee — about innovation, inclusion and next practices in parks and recreation.

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Data-Driven Effort to Advance Park Equity Expands

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on September 12, 2022

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation's Parks Needs Assessment Plus contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural recreation needs, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

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Making "Next Practice" a Reality

By Neelay Bhatt | Posted on September 7, 2022

Neelay Bhatt shares a recap of the differences between "Best Practices" and "Next Practices," as well as introduces his new endeavor, Next Practice Partners, which will help park and recreation agencies prepare for what's next through planning, training and technology services.

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Creating a Safe Space for Youth and Teens — Episode 119

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 6, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Sydney Elliott, MBA, CPRP, the youth and business coordinator for City of DeSoto Parks & Recreation, to discuss the importance of engaging teens in park and recreation programming.

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Becoming a Better Mentor: Strategies to Be There for Young People

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on September 1, 2022

MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, recently launched a series of resources that benefits anyone looking to support a young person and includes real-world advice, plus tangible, evidence-based strategies for mentors.

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How Hosting a BioBlitz Improved Five Communities’ Pollinator Protection

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on September 1, 2022

Agencies who have participated in NRPA’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz program share how it has positively impacted their agency’s work to support pollinators and native habitat, as well as engage their community members.

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