Climate Resilient Parks: Feedback From the Field

Includes a Live Event on 03/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Climate change is creating new and unexpected challenges for park and recreation professionals, with drought, flooding, extreme heat and destructive weather forcing us to rethink and reinvent the ways we serve our communities and steward our open spaces.  

How are you making your parks more resilient to the challenges of climate change? Join our quarterly Sandbox networking event to share your stories and learn from your peers in the field.  

Our virtual Sandbox events invite participants to share their latest puzzles, problems and prototype ideas around a particular issue in the world of parks and recreation. Participants name specific themes they’d like to explore together and self-organize into break-out rooms to compare experiences, talk shop and brainstorm. 

Ayanna Williams, MSW (she/her) (Moderator)

Director of Community and Environmental Resilience

National Recreation and Park Association

Ayanna Williams, MSW  Director of Community and Environmental Resilience Ayanna Williams comes to NRPA as a tested leader in place-based environmentally focused nonprofits. Most recently she was the Healthy Cities Director at The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, mobilizing public and private financial support, facilitating equity centered conversations, and sharing stories of impact with caring respect for all.  For more than a decade she served as the Director of Community Building with Park Pride.  Throughout her career she has cultivated a broad perspective and deep understanding of environmental resilience, building and maintaining relationships, while engaging in work that depends on diverse local partnerships and the support of national institutions. Ayanna possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, knowledge fueled passion, and commitment to community. Ayanna has also worked with the United Way of Central Indiana, the University of Michigan's Ginsberg Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, and Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan with a concentration in community organizing and social systems. Ayanna grew up in Michigan's Manistee National Forest where she developed an appreciation for green spaces, gardening, and community. 

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