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Bloomington Master Plan Project is Underway!

April 15, 2015

In January 2015 the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department established a partnership to research and draft a new five-year master plan for the Department. The plan will set goals and objectives for the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department from 2016 through 2020. The Eppley Institute is in the first


13 Spring Break Ideas from the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

March 12, 2015

Click a pin to find out more information. No plans for Spring Break? Want to get away from Bloomington for a day or two without spending tons of money? Why not visit one of these destinations recommended by the staff at IU’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands? These sites are not only among Eppley staff’s favorite


The Selma March

March 10, 2015

The Selma March on March 7, 2015 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Marchers who were beaten and tear-gassed as they tried to peaceably cross the bridge. March 7, 2015: President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha as well as members of Congress, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura, and civil rights


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Advantages and Disadvantages of Cohort-based Distance Education Certificate Programs

March 10, 2015

In the past, students who have enrolled in Eppley’s certificate programs have moved through the coursework at their own rate. Recently, however, we have introduced a cohort option for some of our programs. To help you decide whether the cohort option is right for you, we’ve compiled some of the advantages—and disadvantages—of a cohort-based distance education program. First,


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Eppley Publishes Article on Public Health and Parks Profession Similarities

January 30, 2015

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands staff have been asked to write a series of articles over 2014-2015 to be published in IPRA’s “The Profile” magazine. The articles, a year-long, four-part series, reviews the linkage between parks and recreation, and health in Indiana. Written by several staff at the Eppley Institute, the series provides context, trends, and


Park Manager International Certification Update

January 30, 2015

The Eppley Institute’s partnership for competency research and certification with the International Federation of Park and Recreation Academy (soon to become World Urban Parks) is creating collaborative ‘articulation’ agreements with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Portugal, and Japan. The Certified International Park Professional (CIPP) has over 40 members in its first 9 months of operation, and is


A Celebration of Twenty Years! Eppley Institute Releases FY2014 Annual Report

October 21, 2014

Advancing knowledge. Sharing experiences. Training, learning, progressing. The Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands has released our FY2014 Annual Report, a recap of the Institute’s work during the last year and a timeline of significant events in our twenty-year history. During the past year we collaborated with several new partners while continuing relationships with our existing partners.


Estimating your Special Event Costs with the Cost Recovery Calculator App for iPhone and Android

July 31, 2014

Special events in a park can encompass a broad array of activities. Here are some examples: Weddings paranormal events bike races geocaching church services scout camping scattering ashes music festivals cultural festivals reunions picnics   What are the costs associated with these types of events and how do you calculate them? Some activities such as a small family


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