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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2014 MPA Meeting
Held at Montauk SP


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


MPA held its 32nd Annual Meeting Nov. 7-9, 2014, at Montauk State Park. The gathering included trips to Camp Zoe and Current River State Park.


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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The Missouri Parks Association's next annual meeting will be held at Bennett Spring State Park on October 16-18, 2015.  Lodging options and program details will be provided at a later date.  We hope that you can attend!


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.

Conservation Day at the Capitol

Please join MPA on Thursday, April 2 for Conservation Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.  The Conservation Federation of Missouri has reserved the third-floor rotunda for groups who want to come support Missouri's natural resources and outdoor heritage.  Be sure to visit us at the MPA table!