NRPA members receive a whole host of special discounts, news, exclusive education and networking opportunities, advocacy support, grant opportunities, and much more to help them be successful. NRPA understands your needs as professional which is why we provide our 60,000 members with assets they cannot get anywhere else. As a member, you get immediate access to these valuable benefits and resources.

Professional Development

Career Center
Whether you are a job seeker or employer, the NRPA Career Center is the best online resource for park and recreation professionals. Members receive access to an array of job resources, as well as discounted rates on postings.

Online Learning 
Receive free or discounted access to webinars and online educational courses for individuals at all levels in the park and recreation field.

Schools
Receive the member rate to NRPA’s various schools which offer the most relevant and diverse professional development programs that cover all aspects of parks and recreation.

NRPA Innovation Labs
The Innovation Labs bring together some of the sharpest minds both in and outside the field of parks and recreation to explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs and better serve the public.

Leadership Opportunities
Volunteer for NRPA’s extensive leadership opportunities in our Networks, Committees and Board.

 

Connect and Stay Informed

NRPA Connect
Network and share resources with more than 50,000 members through NRPA’s online networking site, NRPA Connect. Members can connect with their peers through online communities and the member directory.

Parks & Recreation Magazine
A thought-provoking, award-winning monthly member magazine that covers national trends, highlights innovative practices, profiles leaders in the field, and keeps you up to date on what is happening around the association.

Email Newsletters
NRPA provides weekly and monthly newsletters that deliver trending news, grant opportunities, upcoming webinars and events, and other member resources. This includes Top Five, NRPA Express, Advocacy Insider and more.

Open Space Blog and Podcast
NRPA's offical blog and podcast cover the latest trends and news in the field of parks and recreation, while focusing on unique and interesting stories.

 

Making the Case

Research and Data
Access national research you can use to demonstrate the value of parks and recreation to get more support and funding from your local government.

  • Park Metrics - Use the survey, interactive tools and the annual Agency Performance Review to more effectively manage your resources and facilities.
  • Facility Market Reports - Obtain key data and insights about the market served by your agency’s facilities.

Advocacy Support
NRPA works every day to represent the cause of public parks and recreation at the federal level by fighting for funding and legislation that improves access to open space and recreational opportunities for all people. This includes the over $4 billion in federal dollars that park and recreation agencies are eligible to receive. Initiatives like our Park Champions program teach agencies to be effective advocates by engaging their elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons and in-person events.

 

A Helping Hand

Fund Your Park
A crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies helps agencies raise money for specific projects.

Grants and Partnerships
NRPA works with funders and like-minded organizations to provide funding for agencies to implement programs that support conservation, health and wellness, and social equity.

Discounts
Members get access to discounted business solutions like background screenings, online engagement tools, insurance programs and more.

 

Read more about all the benefits you get as an NRPA member.