Category Archives: February 2008

Thirsting For Knowledge

Consider three vignettes: Scene 1: John, parks supervisor, visiting Joe, maintenance staff, at his home for a holiday reception John: “Nice tea garden, Joe! I wasn’t aware you knew about landscape architecture.” Joe: “You never asked!” Scene 2: John, speaking with Mary, a fellow supervisor John: “Hey, Mary. You’d be a great director. Are you going to apply for the job?” Mary: “Heck, no! You couldn’t pay me enough to be a director.” Scene 3: John, to Sam, who is … Continue reading

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Start An Environmental Book Club

At nature centers, we conduct classes, camps, and special events for young students, ages pre-school to sixth grade, because part of our mission is to educate. Parents and teachers are used to sending their kids on field trips because they are interested in providing engaging experiences in the outdoors that require children to learn in the three-dimensional world of nature. On a more practical level, parents will also pay for these experiences. The budgetary reality is that programming for children … Continue reading

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Professionally Speaking

You probably don’t need government statistics to tell you there is a surge in the fitness industry. Just look at the people coming to your facility. Do you see more Baby Boomers, determined to fight the effects of aging as hard as many fought for women’s rights and against the Vietnam War? How about youngsters? Do you see kids who are looking for that competitive edge in sports? How about those without school fitness programs, or the home schoolers looking … Continue reading

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Navigating Recreational Software

So you’re ready to take the plunge — or at least you think you are. Recreation software comes in many forms and packages, from programs that can organize a softball league as well as an entire department. Before a parks and recreation professional chooses specific software, many decisions must be made. How ready are you to make this decision, and is it the right move for your department? The Early Years Recreation software has come a long way since its … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Kid’s Craft Day March 14

Your parks and recreation department celebrates the Fourth of July and Valentine’s Day, so why not celebrate National Kid’s Craft Day? This is a great chance for kids and adults to enjoy gluing, painting, coloring, building, decoupaging and sculpting. Plan a citywide event that encourages creativity and some great finished projects. Here are a few simple craft ideas to incorporate as part of National Kid’s Craft Day. 1. Who says crafts have to be pink and cute? Provide an assortment … Continue reading

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