In addition to regular job duties, such as tree care, mulching, irrigation, and pesticide management, urban park workers have faced environmental changes due to drought, wildfires, and West Nile virus. They simultaneously have endured expectations to manage growing, diversifying park usage and limitations on career development. An integrated programming approach is used to provide training to frontline parks department employees in the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas. Results indicate high levels of adoption of practices, enhanced staff morale, and identification of potential future leaders. The program also introduces an urban audience to the broader array of Extension programming and services.
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Miller, L. M., & Walker, J. R. (2016). Pros in Parks: Integrated Programming for Reaching Our Urban Park Operations Audience. The Journal of Extension, 54(1), Article 24. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.54.01.24