Registration Closed - No On-Site Registration Allowed

The MPRA Conference & Expo brings together park and recreation professionals from around the state to connect and network with their peers during three exciting days of quality education, professional development, and fun events. Education sessions allow attendees to learn from top inspirational speakers within the profession on a wide range of topics. The expo hall features nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing their many products and services. 

MPRA formally invites you to join us in April 2021 at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, MO!


The 2021 MPRA Conference will offer many great sponsorship opportunities to any business and group who would like to contribute. Many benefits will come with a sponsorship as well as allowing your business to be seen by hundreds of parks and recreation professionals!

We thank you for your support!


If you are part of the parks and recreation industry we want to invite you to join us for a week packed with educational sessions, networking, and fun!


Our four-day event includes various educational tracks and an exciting vendor expo. Also, join us for numerous networking opportunities and awards presentations throughout the week.

Online Registration is closed. Please email your registration form

to the MPRA Office at or call (573)636-3828

to register over the phone.

**No registrations will be accepted after Friday, April 2, 2021.** 


This is your chance to showcase your business to parks and recreation professionals including representatives of nearly every municipal and county parks and recreation department in the state.


Additionally, administrative personnel from all levels of public, therapeutic, and commercial recreation will be present. Reserving your booth early will give you an advantage in choosing just the right space to maximize your exposure to delegates.


The MPRA Annual Conference & Expo is a great place for students to practice public speaking, meet future employers, and network with other students from around the state. 

Check back soon for more information on how to participate!

Important Dates:


November 16, 2020

Student Registration Opens

March 22, 2021

Student Registration Deadline

Check out the video below to learn more about how you can participate in the MPRA Annual Conference at little to no cost to you!


Holiday Inn Expo Center

2200 Interstate 70 Dr. SW

Columbia, MO 65203

(573) 445-8531

If making reservations by phone, please ask for the front desk
at the hotel, not reservations.

The group code is Park & Rec. 

Rate: $110++

Room block closes March 13, 2021.

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Important Dates:


September 1 , 2020

Award Nominations Open

January 8, 2021

Award Nomination Deadline


MPRA Awards Codes

Nomination Forms

  • Aquatics Section Awards

  • Sports Section Awards

  • Park Resource Section Awards

  • Region Governance Awards

  • Citations

  • Musco Giveback

  • Public Official

  • Support Staff

  • Retirement

  • Fellow

  • Associate Fellow

Missouri Recreation & Parks Hall of Fame

MRP Hall of Fame Guidelines

MRP Hall of Fame Application


MPRA is offering an opportunity to virtually attend live educational sessions presented at the annual conference as a webinar series beginning May 6, 2021 through September 9, 2021. 

All who atteneded the MPRA conference as a Full Delegate will automatically have access to the webinar series at no additional cost.

Thank you to our sponsors!


The safety and health of our guests is our top priority. MPRA is committed to following protocols including sanitation, mask-wearing, and other safety measures to offer an environment that encourages safety for your conference experience. MPRA will follow all current guidelines put in place by the City of Columbia, Boone County, the State of Missouri, and the CDC.