This Spring 2020 toolkit will help MPRA and partnering universities promote membership and participation in MPRA to current and potential students. This kit includes important dates, membership information, conference room hosting for students, sample newsletter content and graphics.

Important Dates

  • December 5, 2019 - Legislative Workshop, Jefferson City

  • December 11, 2019 - NAYS CYSA Webinar

  • December 18, 2019 - Region 4 Maintenance Rodeo, St. Charles

  • January 15, 2020 - Region 1 Maintenance Rodeo, Sedalia

  • January 22, 2020 - Park Resources Safety Day, Des Peres

  • January 29, 2020 - Legislative Action Day, Jefferson City

  • February 18-21 - MPRA Annual Conference & Expo, Lake Ozark

  • March 11, 2020 - Park Resources Green Day, University City

Students are recommended to attend events in BOLD but are encouraged to attend any event.


2020 MPRA Membership

If you have not already, now is the perfect time to renew your MPRA membership. We appreciate your continued partnership with MPRA to ensure future and current parks and recreation professionals have all of the tools needed for a successful career. Below is a link to renew your organizational membership. We also encourage student membership so be sure to share the student membership application below as well. Feel free to also review and share the listing of MPRA membership benefits.

MPRA Organizational Membership Renewal Application

MPRA Student Membership Application

MPRA Membership Benefits

Join MPRA Email Promotion

If you have newsletters or email communications, here are some sample messages to encourage MPRA membership and event participation.

Missouri Park and Recreation Association: Become a Member Today!

MPRA has been in existence since 1959 and has been a valuable tool for anyone seeking a career in parks and recreation or similar profession. Becoming a member gives you a direct line to education and networking opportunities that can get your career jump started, even while you are a student. Since you are currently seeking a degree in parks and rec, <Your school name here> strongly encourages you to become a member and participate in events and learning sessions hosted by MPRA. Student membership is only $25 per year and gets you countless benefits geared directly towards your professional career.

Some benefits include:

  • Professional Development - members have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and network with other members at numerous events throughout the year.

  • Certifications - MPRA provides and supports several certifications that can help make you stand out as a professional.

  • Awards & Scholarships - Outstanding leaders and members are recognized for their contributions at the annual MPRA Conference and Expo.

  • Members Only Resources and Publications - As well as online resources, members will receive Missouri Parks and Recreation magazine. Your membership not only allows you to receive these publications but it gives you the opportunity to be published or recognized in them as well.

  • Annual Conference & Expo - Each year MPRA hosts a statewide conference to bring its members and partners together to learn, network, and socialize. As a student, you will have a special opportunity to attend at no cost! MPRA needs students like you to assist with the success of the event, and in doing so, you get to practice public speaking, meet future employers, and network with other students from around the state for FREE!

Don't miss out on this great opportunity! We highly recommend your participation with MPRA. If you would like to learn more, visit their website, email or call 573-636-3828. The staff at MPRA are ready and willing to help you excel your career and support your future with parks and recreation.

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MPRA Conference & Expo - Room Host

Each year MPRA hosts a statewide conference to bring its members and partners together to learn, network, and socialize. We recommend you encourage your students to take advantage of a special opportunity to attend at no cost! MPRA needs students to assist with the success of the event, and in doing so, they will get to practice public speaking, meet future employers, and network with other students from around the state for FREE!

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Room Host Student Registration Form

MPRA Conference Webpage

MPRA has teamed up with the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and will offer a special onsite Academy for Youth Sports Administrators for professionals pursuing the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential. NAYS believes that every community should have at least one CYSA overseeing organized youth sports programs.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020 in conjunction with the MPRA Annual Conference and Expo at The Lodge of Four Seasons. 

After a full day of hands on training, participants will complete the certification process via the Online Academy system. This allows participants to experience both the Onsite and Online Academy, have an opportunity to meet the NAYS Academy faculty and to network with other youth sports professionals around Missouri.

Completing the Academy gives youth sports administrators a strong foundation on issues pertaining to overseeing youth sports programs in today's ever-changing environment. Some of the topics covered through the Academy are youth sports philosophy, professional development, volunteer management, child abuse prevention, parent management, conflict resolution, insurance and risk management, program evaluation and marketing. More than 3,800 professionals from around the world have earned this important certification.

Students can also join us for a FREE informative webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11:00 am to learn more about the ONE-DAY Special Academy for Youth Sports Administrators that will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 during the MPRA annual Conference at Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake Ozark, MO.

Link to the Informational Webinar Registration

Registration Form for the Academy

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NAYS Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA)


Social Media Resources


If you have social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter here are some sample messages to help spread the word about MPRA and encourage membership and participation among your students. Feel free to use these posts as is or personalize them to your audience.

Tag MPRA in your posts, too.

Sample Social Media Posts

Join MPRA Marketing

  • Why join Missouri Park & Recreation Association? A membership with MPRA can help jump start your future career in parks and recreation. #4MPRA #careerdevelopment

  • Missouri Park & Recreation Association is a great resource to help jump start your future career in parks and recreation! Become a member today! #4MPRA #joinMPRA

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Other Resources

Print Flyer 8.5" x 11"

If you prefer a printed promotion, feel free to distribute this flyer that encourages membership and event attendance.

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