Providing current, relevant, and useful information to our members is our #1 priority.  It’s also what our members have chosen as the #1 reason they join MPRA.  Every education event - annual conference, regional events, section workshops, monthly newsletters, quarterly magazines, even Facebook posts – are designed with education as the primary objective.  Please let us know about topics, speakers, and trends so we can continue to be of service to you in your important, life-changing work!

The National Certification Board has approved certification extensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.




The Missouri Park & Recreation Association, in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association, offers the industry-leading  certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program. The CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.


Date: May 26-28, 2020

Location: Maryland Heights, MO


Hotel Information:                                                                

      Country Inn & Suites

      1190 S Main St, St. Charles, MO 63301

      (636) 724-5555


      Rate: $87++/night with group code CPSI

      Discounted rate good until 5/10/20.

Thank you to our sponsors:




The Missouri Park & Recreation Association, in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association, offers the premier certification program in swimming pool operations, the Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification. The AFO program provides the most comprehensive and up-to date training for pool operators and includes information on water chemistry, disinfection, mechanical systems, operations, healthy pools and safety.

Date: April 27-28, 2020

Location: North Kansas City, MO 


Hotel Information: 

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites

      1995 Macon St, Kansas City, MO 64116

      (816) 218-1100

      Rate: $119 ++/night with group code MPR

      Discounted rate good until 3/26/20.

Please mark your calendars for the Fall Course on October 6-7 in Columbia, MO. 


For sponsorship opportunities please contact Sarah Veile at 1-573-636-3828 or email


MPRA/KRPA Executive Forum

Financial Planning for the Unplanned


The Missouri Park and Recreation Association along with the Kansas Recreation and Park Association have joined forces to present the eighth annual MPRA- KRPA Parks and Recreation Executive Forum. This dynamic leadership conference targets upper-level management professionals in key decision making positions within public agencies in Missouri and Kansas providing parks, recreation and similar community services.


Join us this year as we discuss the effects minimum wage increases in your state and surrounding states have on the many facets of your park and recreation department. With the minimum wage legislation Proposition B underway in Missouri, park and recreation agencies in Kansas and Missouri will face financial burdens to budgets that are already strained. 


How can your organization think critically about changing your current approach to doing business to respond to and manage the change that this legislation brings?  While the bottom line is important, it is not the only, or even most, important impact to your agency.  Done right, you can position yourself to not only survive this challenge, but also to thrive in spite of it.  Using real world case studies, we will explore methods of creating sustainable systems that address the challenges additional expenses bring financially, organizationally, and operationally.  (And have some fun doing it!)

Date: October 16-17, 2019

Location: Centerview, Raymore, MO 

Hotel Information: 

   Hampton Inn, 16410 Cornerstone Dr, Belton, MO 64012

   Group Rate: $112.00 ++/ night

   Phone: (816) 416-8006

   **Make your reservation by September 15th and mention Missouri Park & Recreation to receive the group rate. 

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Lyle B. Beaver

Leadership Development Institute

Are you ready to Step It Up?
The Lyle B. Beaver Leadership Development Institute is just what you, a future leader, needs. The Institute helps develop professionals and prepare you for leadership positions within our field and our association. So, take the next step and join us this fall!


Session topics include Rock Solid Leadership, Courageous Conversations, Media Relations, Ethics, Partnerships, and much more!



Next Class Date: Fall 2020

Location: TBD


Check back for more information in the summer of 2020!


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