The Missouri Parks Association is a group of over 3,000 Missourians and other friends united by our love for, and interest in, Missouri's state park system. Our association began in 1982 at a time of financial crisis, when strong political interests were planning to dismember the park system and hand it out in pieces to other agencies. We met that challenge, defeated it, and led an effort to put the park system on a stronger, more consistent financial footing. We've been together ever since.

We have two key purposes—we educate public officials and the general public about the values at stake in our state park system and we defend our parks and historic sites when they are threatened. We are a member-supported organization run entirely by volunteers who enjoy this beloved Missouri institution and aim to keep it a system in which we can all take pride.

Thanks for visiting our web pages and please come back often to see new park and historic site features. Even better, we'd love to have you join us as a member of the Missouri Parks Association.

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May '16 Newsletter

   In Memory of B. H. ("Booker") Rucker, 1939-2016

The Best Way to Help Support Missouri State Parks is to Become a Member of the Missouri Parks Association.


The May 2016 edition of Heritage details the challenges faced by MPA during the '16 legislative session, plus UPOP and the Seniors in the Park.


To make an online donation to MPA in memory of long-time board member B. H. Rucker, please click the "Make Donation" button.



Order the New Park Book

The newly updated edition of Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites: Exploring our Legacy is now available at a 20 percent discount for MPA members or, for non-members, at the regular price with a one-year MPA membership included. To find out more about the book and ways to get a copy, click here. 




State Parks Need Your Help Now!

State parks have been under attack in the legislature this session, and they need your help. A few legislators bent on asserting control over parks or teaching them a lesson have been introducing multiple bills in both houses, and others in the majority party have been piling on.  Please click here to find the legislative update from the Missouri Coalition on the Environment.