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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August '18 Newsletter

  UPOP Is Going Strong

The Missouri Parks Association is an all-volunteer group dedicated to supporting Missouri's extraordinary system of state parks and historic sites.  Click the button below to become a member!


The August issue of Heritage introduces us to Kendra Varns Wallis, MPA's first executive director, as well as Kenda Sanders.


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. 




Registration Open for 36th MPA Annual Meeting

The 36th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Parks Association is planned for October 5 through 7, 2018, at Watkins Mill. This three-day gathering will begin Friday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. tour of Confederate Memorial State Historic Site and continue with a 3:00 tour of the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.  That evening's social will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and a possible program.  Participants will gather Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. at the Watkins Mill visitor center for the annual state of the parks address by Ben Ellis and a panel on cultural resource stewardship (a complement to last year's panel on natural resources).  Sunday morning's annual meeting of members and board directors will be held at The Elms hotel. Register HERE through September 21.