Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The More We Learn, the More We Grow

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The More We Learn, the More We Grow

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As I look back on another great experience at the NRPA Annual Conference, this year in St. Louis, I'm amazed at the networking and educational opportunities offered. I've attended more than 15 NRPA Conferences and each of them has offered unique opportunities for our members.

One of the things that always strikes me is how much we learn from each other. Whether it is through networking at an event or from our peers presenting at a session, we all have so much knowledge to share. The beauty of the park and recreation profession is that we are always willing to share what we know.

The more we learn, the more we grow as both professionals and advocates. And, there is never a time to stop learning. We all know our day-to-day jobs take up more and more of our time as many of us take on more responsibilities these days. But, as trends, technology and people evolve, it is important for us to keep up with these changes. And, NRPA is here to help.

I had someone tell me they could not believe the amount of data that NRPA had and how much it would help them in telling their story to elected officials. That's part of our goal at NRPA. We want you to be able to make your case to demonstrate how important parks and recreation is to our communities. …

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