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Discover the many benefits of membership with the National Recreation and Park Association. We aim at improving health, supporting community, preserving the environment, and strengthening the economy. Whether you are a citizen, professional, or a student, NRPA has something for everyone.

Networking/Resource for Knowledge
Network with others through NRPA’s Web site on the members-only area. Contact field experts, notable civic and business leaders and others involved in parks and recreation in our new eCommunities, an interactive networking and sharing of best practices through multiple message boards driven by topic. eCommunities allows you to post documents, folders, and other attachments to enhance your networking experience.

Parks & Recreation Magazine
NRPA's monthly publication, delivered to all members, provides an in-depth look at the latest trends and industry standards. Most of the articles are written by park professionals and experts in the field, and we invite anyone interested to submit an article. Please visit the editorial guidelines for Parks & Recreation magazine.


Joseph Lee Memorial Library and Archives
NRPA's Joseph Lee Memorial Library and Archives contains a wealth of publications related to the parks and recreation field. The library is a unique resource center for NRPA members with research requests or technical service queries.


National Programs and Partners
NRPA establishes new levels of service through partnerships that provide innovative programs, funding support, and public visibility for communities eager to showcase the benefits of parks and recreation.  Join your colleagues in more than 1,200 communities who already know about the significant NRPA membership benefit associated with the numerous national programs developed in cooperation with corporate and nonprofit partners through NRPA National Partnerships.


Member Rate on Industry Publications
Check out NRPA’s Store for publications and material to enhance your resources.




Training and Development
NRPA provides several conferences, schools, institutes, workshops, and other training opportunities throughout the year.  Member rates are provided for these.


NRPA's comprehensive Training Calendar will show you month-to-month activities. The organization’s premier event, the NRPA Congress & Exposition, provides educational seminars, provocative discussions, and innovative solutions.


Certification Programs
The primary purpose of certification is to ensure that those employed in recreation, park resources, and leisure services meet high standards of performance. For details on NRPA's certification programs, click here.


Career Center
Access this area on NRPA’s Web site if you are a job seeker or an employer looking to post a job in the field.




A Voice on Capitol Hill
NRPA’s Public Policy Division informs national lawmakers, public officials, and others of the value of parks and recreation. Working in collaboration with allied groups, state recreation and park societies, and NRPA members, the division supports and advances national legislation, policies, and programs that encourage greater public investment in recreation resources. Hundreds of professionals and citizens advocate annually in Washington, D.C., in support of our public recreation and park agenda during NRPA's National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation. This event offers rare access to the behind-the-scenes details of national issues, allowing you to use your persuasive talents to advance your views face to face with your elected representatives.


Other Benefits

NRPA’s Insurance Programs
Insurance programs for professionals, students, teams, and individuals. Because accidents happen . . . NRPA is there. NRPA’s Team Sports Insurance program is designed for sport leagues, conferences, and associations. The number of lawsuits against individuals involved in sports and recreation is increasing yearly. Are you protected against the soaring legal expenses associated with a personal lawsuit? NRPA’s Business Pursuits Insurance program continues to be a popular insurance program.


NRPA Mailing Lists
The NRPA’s membership list and various other lists are available for rental.


Car Rental Discounts
Members enjoy discounts on Hertz rental-car program.


Awards Program
NRPA's National Awards recognize outstanding programs and people who are daily examples of how parks and recreation efforts improve the quality of life. Winners are announced annually at the NRPA Congress & Exposition.

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