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.

Register for the MPA 34th Annual Meeting Oct 14-16


August '16 Newsletter

   UPOP Going Strong

The 34th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Parks Association will be held Oct. 14 - 16 at the new Echo Bluff State Park.  Register HERE.


The August 2016 edition of Heritage highlights the Nov. 8 vote on the
Parks, Soil, and Water Tax and includes the agenda for the MPA Annual Meeting, Oct. 14-16.


MPA's Urban Populations Outreach Project continues in Kansas City, St. Louis, Joplin, and Columbia.



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. 




Vote Yes on Amendment #1

The mandatory ten-year vote to renew the State Parks, Soil, and Water Sales Tax will be on the general election ballot November 8.  To learn more and see how you can help, visit the Citizens Committee for Soil, Water, and State Parks.