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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The draft management plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways is open for public comment until Jan. 8. Please help.


MPA’s Urban Populations Outreach Program is going strong with educational field trips to introduce inner city kids to our state parks.
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Order Your New State Park Book

MPA is partnering with Missouri State Parks and Missouri Life Media to produce a fully revised new edition of our highly acclaimed book on Missouri state parks and historic sites, expected by October 2014.  We need your help on a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for printing the full-color book.

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Missouri River Restoration at Issue

The Missouri Parks Association has taken a leadership role in rallying an array of conservation organizations in support of Corps of Engineers efforts to return the Missouri River to a more natural condition, beginning with a project affecting Arrow Rock State Historic Site.

Flader Named State Parks Trailblazer

Bill Bryan, Director of Missouri State Parks, recently awarded Dr. Susan Flader the Pat Jones Trailblazer Award for her outstanding leadership in support of state parks and historic sites in Missouri.  Currently the editor of Heritage, Susan has served MPA in many capacities since the group's founding, most recently as its president.  Congratulations on the richly deserved honor!