MRPA hosts a variety of education opportunities throughout the year. Workshop information will be added to the Upcoming Events post throughout the year.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam
March 14 – 16, 2018
Plymouth Creek Center
* This course is currently full.  We have now opened a second course April 18-20

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam
April 18 – 20, 2018
Rosemount Community Center

Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute (ERLI) 2
Six Times throughout September – December 2018

2018 MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall
October 9 – 12, 2018
Rochester Civic Center

Call for Session Proposals – Due February 12, 2018
Call for Session Proposals Cover Letter
Call for Session Proposals – Word File
Call for Session Proposals – PDF Fill-able File
Please send to:

Paul Widman
Tel: 507.328.2527

Sara McKay
Tel: 507.835.9751

MRPA Entertainment Jamboree
TBD November or December 2018



The Did You Know Program is an advocacy and education program developed by Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and owned by Missouri Park and Recreation Association.  The MRPA Board of Directors approved the purchase and management of the program and the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation is the founding partner.

The Did You Know committee has developed a database template that agencies will use to provide their research and statement information to MRPA.  The Association will upload the information to the Missouri site for national use, and also keep the Minnesota data on the MRPA website.

Did You Know – Toolkit

Did You Know – Missouri Toolkit

If you’re interested in purchasing the Did You Know Toolkit, contact Michelle Snider at or 763.571.1305 ext. 100.  Or click here to purchase online.


Past Events

MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall 2017

Thank you to everyone that attended the 80th MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall.  The conference committee put hard at work into providing delegates, students, retirees and associates engaging education opportunities, valuable networking events, and meeting with 70 innovative vendors during the exhibit hall.

We extend sincere gratitude to our amazing sponsors and conference partners, as well as the Annual Conference Committee for helping make the 2017 MRPA conference a great success. Thank you for joining us to celebrate our profession through stories, experiences, and the continuing quest to build lasting legacies throughout the great state of Minnesota. This conference was an exceptional learning opportunity!

Click here to be directed to the MRPA Facebook page to view photos from this year’s conference.

MRPA extends our appreciation to the following partners for making the 2017 Annual Conference possible:

  • Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation – Delegate Gift and Student Luncheon
  • Hiway Federal Credit Union – Keynote Presentation
  • WSB & Associates – Keynote Presentation
  • Landscape Structures / Flagship Recreation – Keynote Presentation
  • Gopher Sport – Exhibit Hall
  • Musco Sports-Lighting – Networking Event
  • Anova – Recharge Station
  • St. Croix Recreation – Adventure Race and Breakout Room
  • Minnesota Wisconsin Playground – Off-Site Institute
  • USA Inflatables – Adventure Race
  • Taho Sportwear – Signage and Exhibit Hall Bags
  • Warning Lites – Off-Site Institute and Conference Support
  • SRF Consulting Group – Laser Tag Tournament

To view the 50th Anniversary video, visit


Summer Leadership Workshop
May 21, 2016

Members 2
Developing Risk Management Plans
April 20, 2016

Leadership Summit 2016 - 1
Leading from the Inside Out Summit
April 7, 2016

Technique of an Olmpian
Discover Curling
March 23, 2016

Bridges out of Poverty
November 20, 2015

From Harvest to Dinner Table
November 4, 2015

MRPA Facility Tour

September 25, 2015

St. Paul Saints CHS Field Tour

June 2, 2015