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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January '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 January 2016 edition of Heritage details the arrival of the new MPA book and the annual MPA meeting, and also considers the promise and peril of new state parks


To make an online donation to MPA in memory of long-time board member Booker Rucker, click "Make Donation." For details on sending a donation through the mail, please click here



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The Updated Missouri State Parks Book Is Now Available!

The newly updated edition of the Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites book is almost available to purchase.  The large full-color photographs and detailed essays of this handsome collection tell the stories of Missouri's extraordinary natural, historical, and cultural resources.   




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.

The Book Is Nearly Here!

Thanks to the diligent efforts of Susan Flader, Booker Rucker, and others, the revised edition of the Missouri State Parks book is nearly here.  Further information about the book will be found here, so please check back soon for more details.