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The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association is comprised of professionals in the parks & recreation field dedicated to improving your quality of life! Members of the organization are affiliated with local, county, state and federal agencies and are featured throughout this website in picture collages. For further information, many have provided links to their respective websites on our Member Links page.

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Upcoming Events

MTRPA Conference

2017 MTRPA Conference October 5-7, 2017 in Missoula, MT

MTRPA partners with the Idaho/Montana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in Missoula on October 5-7, 2017 at the Holiday Inn. This conference will be filled with excellent education opportunities for park and recreation professionals, planners, landscape architects, architects and engineers with CEUs for each profession. The conference kicks off Thursday with educational sessions and field trips. Friday’s educational sessions will be geared toward all design professionals and parks and recreation, along with field trips and lifeguard instructor refresher course. Saturday will feature more tours at Fort Missoula Regional Park.



2017 Rendezvous is still in the planning process, so the schedule is subject to change. View schedule and speaker biographies.


Gold Jacket, Green Jacket Golf Invitational
Thursday, October 5, 12 – 6pm, $40

Join us for the annual MTRPA golf outing before the conference begins! We’ll play 18 holes underneath Mount Sentinel on the east side of the Missoula Valley. The winner of the tournament will receive a to-be-coveted Green Jacket and the person with the highest score will receive a to-be-coveted Gold Jacket…but really, who cares? The invitational will include typical golfing with amazing views and prizes on some holes for closest pin, longest drive, and more! Other holes will feature hockey stick putting, funny equipment, and the dizzy hit!

We look forward to all different types of golfers and hockey players from recreational to PGA tour quality! We’ll make sure the Volkswagens and alligators stay off the course so we can have a ton of fun and maybe listen to some Carpenters after the round. Remember, there’s 375 more days until the next conference’s golf tournament, so sign up for the Gold Jacket, Green Jacket Golf Invitational.

Two-River Float Trip
Saturday, October 7, 2 – 4pm, $25 for adults, $10 for ages 12 & under

Why float one river when you can float two during your conference? Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for a relaxing and engaging float through the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. Learn about the removal of the dam, float past the new Kettlehouse Amphitheater, Milltown State Park, FWP fishing access sites, Brennan’s Wave, and other Missoula must see locations! All equipment and guides provided.

Please dress warmly with close toed shoes.  We will provide water and snacks for the time on the water. Shuttle will pick up from Holiday Inn at 2 pm and will return to Holiday Inn after float trip.


If you are interested in joining one or both of these events, please sign up by calling 406-721-PARK or register online. If you have any questions, please call Missoula Parks and Recreation at 406-721-PARK. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Missoula!



The exhibitor area will be the center of activity with breakfasts, lunch, and session breaks taking place in the exhibitor area. This will allow for ample opportunity for exhibitors to provide information on their products and for attendees to network.

Exhibitors are invited and expected to fully participate in all activities. It is a good opportunity for you to get to know our members and better understand their concerns. Exhibitor Information and Registration

We are seeking sponsors for the 2017 conference. There are various levels of sponsorship opportunities.Visit the Sponsorship page and download the form, then submit to the address at the bottom of the page.


The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Missoula on the Clark Fork River. This centrally-located facility is within walking distance to restaurants, night life, shops, trails and fishing access. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-410-6667. Mention you are with the ID/MT ASLA Conference for a rate of $139/night. Reservations must be made by Monday, September 4 in order to receive this rate. All conference events are either located at the Holiday Inn, withing walking distance or transportation is provided.

Resevations: 1-877-410-667
Front Desk: 406-721-8550
Address: 200 South Pattee, Missoula, MT, 59802


Do you know a professional, media representative, organization or parks and recreation advocate that deserves some recognition? Take a few moments to nominate them for consideration of an MTRPA award.

Eligibility: Open to individuals and organizations in the state of Montana. Membership is not required.

Nomination Process: All nominations must be from a current MTRPA member. To make a nomination, prepare a brief biographical statement of the nominee and an abstract, not to exceed 200 words, that describe why you are making the nomination. Include your name and contact information.
Email by September 1, 2017 to

Categories: New Professional Award, Professional Award, Media Excellence, Citation of Merit (Community and Political Advocate, Outstanding Volunteer Service, Research and Academic Studies, Program innovation)

For more information, check out the Award Announcement 2017.


MTPRA offers two scholarships open to Montana College students.

Dr. Steve McCool Scholarship – $250
Dr. Joel Meier Scholarship – $250

Must be a Montana College student with a declared major in Recreation or Park Management and currently attending a Montana College or University. Must demonstrate interest in the Parks and Recreation profession through attendance to the annual conference or participating in MTRPA.

More Information and How to Apply