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Sharing the stories of purpose-driven Parks and Recreation professionals. We believe every professional has the potential to make a difference in their organization and in their communities. These are the stories of the future leaders who are navigating their career and finding their purpose through Parks and Recreation. (Previously: Becky Talks Parks)

Let's Talk Parks Podcast: Stories of Purpose-Driven Parks and Recreation Professionals Let's Talk Parks

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Sharing the stories of purpose-driven Parks and Recreation professionals. We believe every professional has the potential to make a difference in their organization and in their communities. These are the stories of the future leaders who are navigating their career and finding their purpose through Parks and Recreation. (Previously: Becky Talks Parks)

    Programming for Hybrid Nature Experiences

    Programming for Hybrid Nature Experiences

    Did your agency pivot to virtual programs during the height of the pandemic?  Are you still using those programs today?  On this episode, Nate Bibat, Senior Naturalist at the Dunes Nature Center, comes on the Let's Talk Parks show to share how his organization was able to quickly pivot to online environmental education programs.  He shares the various tools and methods they used for the hundreds of students in their programs - including making videos on YouTube, launching a podcast, creating virtual tours on Google Earth, and so much more!  He also talks about how him and his team made those online programs more accessible for those with hearing or visual impairments.  Tune in to learn how these programs continue to evolve into hybrid learning experiences, where online pre-visits serve as a helpful way to introduce students and teachers to the content before they travel on-site.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evzYMOQ-0jo

    Thank you to our sponsor, Landscape Structures for sponsoring this episode.  Learn more, find a playground consultant, and earn CEUs by visiting playlsi.com. 

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    Connect with Marissa on LinkedIn--> https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-moravec-cprp/

    • 53 min
    Making Your Playgrounds More Inclusive and Inviting For All

    Making Your Playgrounds More Inclusive and Inviting For All

    In this episode, Dustin Graham and I talk about the risks and rewards of intentional playground design. We talk about how we can make our playgrounds more inviting, and share some examples of different parks across the country that have used their cultural heritage as part of their community space design.  While the audio version will give you a taste of this topic, you’ll want to head over to the video to SEE these parks and truly experience them for yourself!  https://youtu.be/-Z8spRYJtGQ

    Thank you to our sponsor, Landscape Structures for sponsoring this episode.  Learn more, find a playground consultant, and earn CEUs by visiting playlsi.com. 

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    Connect with Dustin on LinkedIn --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/dustin-wants-to-build-your-playground/

    Connect with Becky on LinkedIn --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap/

    Connect with Marissa on LinkedIn--> https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-moravec-cprp/

    • 52 min
    Upcoming Series: Innovative & Inclusive Parks

    Upcoming Series: Innovative & Inclusive Parks

    This is a quick preview to a new upcoming series on the podcast about how to make our parks and playgrounds more inclusive and innovative. I can't wait to share these new interviews with you soon!

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    Connect with Becky on LinkedIn --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap/

    Connect with Marissa on LinkedIn--> https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-moravec-cprp/

    • 4 min
    Do you suffer from "imposter syndrome?"

    Do you suffer from "imposter syndrome?"

    In this episode, Marissa and Becky talk about how imposter syndrome has impacted them throughout their careers.  If you think that you've suffered from this, be sure to tune in for how this might affect your work within the parks and recreation field. This episode was inspired by Jai Cole from Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission who had a recent session at NRPA about this topic. Here is the link to the recent article about imposter syndrome from HBR magazine and some strategies for reducing this phenomenon in the workplace - and finally, the link to the Brene Brown podcast which dives deeper into this topic with the authors from the article.

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    Connect with Becky on LinkedIn --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap/

    Connect with Marissa on LinkedIn--> https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-moravec-cprp/

    • 35 min
    Do You Really Need Public Speaking in Parks and Recreation?

    Do You Really Need Public Speaking in Parks and Recreation?

    The answer is yes! Marissa went through middle school, high school, and college assuming that she would never need to get in front of a crowd to present information. She was totally wrong and gets on the mic during this episode to explain the times you may be faced with public speaking and what you can do to overcome that hurdle. 

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    Follow us on Instagram -->> https://www.instagram.com/lets_talk_parks/

    Connect with Becky on LinkedIn --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap/

    Connect with Marissa on LinkedIn--> https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-moravec-cprp/

    • 13 min
    Embracing the Seasons of Your Career

    Embracing the Seasons of Your Career

    The field of parks and recreation is very seasonal. But so are you!  In this episode, Becky talks about how to embrace the season of your career wherever you are.  Whether you've been feeling burnt out or in need of a change, hopefully you find a bit of peace in knowing that it's all a part of your rich and unique career experience. :)



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    Connect with Becky on LinkedIn --> https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-dunlap/

    Connect with Marissa on LInkedIn--> https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-moravec-cprp/

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Amanda D'Agostino ,

Everything I wanted (and need) in a Parks Podcast

This podcast is great for people of all backgrounds. I am a current student and wanted to know more about what other professionals are doing. It gives you a great idea of the wide range of positions and ideas in the field of Parks and Recreation. I've learned so much by listening!

AliM1979 ,

Parks, Parks, Park!

All parks, all the time! We need this podcast, now more than ever. Kudos to Becky and team for highlighting incredible work happening in parks and recreation agencies across the country. Listen in for ideas or inspiration-I typically get both.

ksgrosh ,

Thank you!

As I started working a Parks+Rec job during COVID and its relative isolation, this podcast has helped me connect with others in the field and given me a sense of community. Thanks for the diversity of content and being a wonderful resource!

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