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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December '17 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 December '17 Heritage details a recent MPA panel urging active stewardship, the farewell message of outgoing MPA president Steve Nagle, and more.


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. 




Public Meetings on New Missouri State Parks

Missouri State Parks has announced public meetings to provide information and seek comment on the future of three of the newly acquired state parks—Ozark Mountain, Bryant Creek, and Jay Nixon State Parks—during the first week of December. There will also be opportunity to submit comments online at mostateparks.com from December 4 to January 5.

Further information about these public meetings can be found here.

Now is the time to make your voice heard.

Ozarks Riverways Comments

The comment period for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Roads and Trails Plan Preliminary Alternatives is open to January 15, 2018. Constructive public comments are critical at this stage. To view or download a Citizen Guide for Commenting, click hereFor more information and a link to the official website to view the alternatives and related maps, click here.  To submit comments, click here.