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

Second Class Offering
May 10 through 12, 2017
* Informational brochure and registration form


MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall 2017

The MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall will be held October 10 through 13 at Cragun’s Resort and Conference Center. The conference brochure and registration form will be available in June.

Housing Reservation Form – PDF
Housing Reservation Form – Online


Flashback Page
Click here
for the history of MRPA Annual Conference locations and themes.


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 2016

Thank you to all who attended the MRPA Annual Conference at the Eagan Community Center!
Visit the MRPA Facebook page to view photos from the event.


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 Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall
October 6 – 9, 2015

Thank you to all who attended the annual conference  at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minnesota.  We were excited to gather recreation professionals together to network, learn, and grow our profession.

MRPA Facility Tour

September 25, 2015

St. Paul Saints CHS Field Tour

June 2, 2015

Summer Leadership
Summer Leadership Workshop

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Chaska, Minnesota

Group Photo
Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute 2 – St. Louis Park City Hall – May 2015

MRPA Group at LSI
Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute 2 – Landscape Structures – April 2015

Thirty-five participants were involved in ERLI 2, that met six times during March – May 2015 at various locations. A few of the topics that have been covered are leadership, communication, staffing and personnel, project management, partnering and contracts, and more.  Thank you to the program sponsors, Landscape Structures Inc. and Flagship Recreation!