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The Connections series reveals how parks and recreational services relate to our everyday lives.

Celebrate 2016 Outdoors!

January 15, 2016 No Comments

It’s a new year, and what better way to celebrate than with a breath of fresh air! This year the Eppley Institute staff welcomed 2016 outdoors, from the Tennessee River in Knoxville, to Indiana state parks with family and friends. This holiday season I had the opportunity to visit Chain O’ Lakes State Park while visiting family in

It’s Time to Garden!

Kelli Martket

April 22, 2015 No Comments

I’ve been an amateur gardener for several seasons. Each spring and summer, we toss some plants in the ground, add some water, and hope for the best. Ok, maybe it’s a little more than that. Fertilization, pruning, aerating the soil—those occur in our garden, although probably not to the extent they should. The hot peppers have always been

A Park for All Seasons

September 3, 2014 No Comments

The shore of Lake Superior is where I spent most of my childhood. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a pristine and wild place. From a young age, I joined my father on his fishing and boating adventures, whether it was trolling the Houghton Canal or deep water fishing for the ‘big’ catch. Lake Superior surface water temperatures

Connection to Parks: One Experience

October 8, 2013 No Comments

In this installment of Connections, Eppley Institute Executive Director Steve Wolter considers how time spent outdoors has enriched his life, from childhood to the present day. My connection seems to be all I can remember from my childhood forward. It’s as if I can’t recall a time when I was not outdoors…

Our Connection to Parks – Time with Grandpa

July 23, 2013 No Comments

In this installment of Connections, Eppley Institute Project Manager Austin Hochstetler shares a special memory of spending time at a neighborhood park with his grandpa. I grew up four miles outside of a small rural town in northern Indiana. When I was little, I was blessed with countless opportunities to encounter the natural…

Connections: Halifax Public Gardens

July 11, 2013 No Comments

In this Connections blog entry, Deputy Director Christy McCormick writes about her family’s connection with a Nova Scotia urban park. One of the best surviving Victorian public parks in North America, the Halifax Public Gardens, holds a very special meaning for me. I found myself wandering through the grounds a few months ago, when the edge of Hurricane Sandy…

Connections: Top Ten Prospects for Public Health Partnerships

July 1, 2013 No Comments

In this blog, we explore how parks and recreation overlap with other services in our community, and how parks and recreation agencies can partner with a variety of other organizations to achieve public health goals. We’re all aware of the power of partnerships, as well as the mantra that virtually every modern park and recreation manager must learn to…

Connections: A Summer Vacation to the Beach, Without the Ocean

June 25, 2013 No Comments

In this entry we explore summer vacations and parks by looking at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, one of our home state’s hidden gems. Summer is upon us and many families are eager to figure out vacation plans (if they haven’t already). Most folks enjoy taking their kids to the ocean, where people flock to the beaches and roll out the giant beach towels…

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