Parks department hosts gardening programs to support community health | App lets Yellowstone visitors explore the outdoors offline | Ashland, Ore., developing 100-year park plan with public input
June 20, 2018
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Parks department hosts gardening programs to support community health
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department in North Carolina has an "ag-vocating" program that teaches gardening to residents and discusses topics such as childhood obesity. Another offering is the Bringing Accessible Agriculture Recreationally Now program, which teaches youths business and marketing concepts.
Parks & Recreation magazine (6/2018) 
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Public Communication and Outreach
App lets Yellowstone visitors explore the outdoors offline
The iXplore Yellowstone app helps visitors who download the app to identify flora and fauna without internet access. The app also features a journal for people to track their travels.
The Montana Standard (Butte) (6/17) 
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Ashland, Ore., developing 100-year park plan with public input
The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission in Oregon is spending $230,000 on developing a 100-year plan for Lithia Park. The effort includes public forums and an online survey.
Ashland Daily Tidings (Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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"Picture 80 Acres" meetings held to solicit public input
Wake Forest, N.C., is holding public meetings as it decides how to develop outdoor-recreation opportunities on a 80-acre parcel of land. "Funds will be requested next fiscal year to develop a master site plan for the property based on the information we receive from the citizens," said Ruben Wall, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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Social Media and Marketing
How to win back Gen Z on social
How to win back Gen Z on social
Around one-third of those in Generation Z are deleting their social media profiles, while 64% are taking a break from their accounts, market researcher Origin says. To win these users back, marketers must articulate their brands' social purpose and values, focus on one social platform and master it, and reach out to consumers using their favorite social influencers via other channels, writes Dara Treseder.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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Most donors give to their favorite cause 4 times per year
Fifty-five percent of donors gave at least four charitable contributions to their favorite organization in 2017, regardless of income, a Community Brands report says. "Think through and plan your appeals -- what are you asking for, what type of gift are you hoping for and who are you asking," the survey's authors advise.
The NonProfit Times (Morris Plains, N.J.) (6/18) 
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Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us
National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, is a celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other critical pollinators. Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem and are responsible for one out of three bites of food we take each day. Celebrate pollinators with us by participating in our #Parks4Pollinators Photo Contest -- so be sure to submit your best pollinator photo for a chance to win a Miracle-Gro Nature's Care prize pack. Learn more.
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