Member Organizations

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

News and Events

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MTRPA welcomes Kinnsey Reilly as the Special Projects Coordinator. Kinnsey has been working with Missoula Parks and Recreation for 5 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. She has a love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, skiing, and playing sports. In this position, she will expand the MTRPA memberships and membership benefits, while enhancing marketing strategies. Welcome aboard!

Last Best Outdoors Festival August 22 in Columbia Falls

Tuesday, August 22, 4-8pm, The Coop in Columbia Falls The Last Best Outdoors Fest is a celebration of the jobs and businesses that make up Montana's outdoor recreation economy. Located in the heart of Columbia Falls, at the gateway to Glacier National Park, this event will highlight the thriving businesses that support Montana's booming outdoor economy. Hosted by Businesses for...read more »

Seeking Exhibitors and Sponsors for the 2017 Conference

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...read more »

MTRPA and ID/MT American Society of Landscape Architects Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDARS The MTRPA and ID/MT ASLA conference is scheduled for October 5-7, 2017 in Missoula, MT. The conference will feature speakers, exhibitors, tours and educational sessions. Information regarding hotel reservations and detailed schedule will be coming soon. Quick Schedule at a Glance: Thursday, October 5: 10:00-11:30am MTRPA Officer Meeting at Currents Aquatics Center 12:00-1:00pm Lifeguard Instructor Refresher Course...read more »

Conference Registration Deadline is Approaching! Plus New Conference Schedule and App.

The deadline for to register for the 2016 IRPA/MTRPA Conference "Connecting Our Communities" is Friday, September 30. Sign up soon to avoid the $25 late fee. Check out the Agenda at a Glance for a quick reference to what's happening throughout the event. In an effort to go green, all conference participants are encouaged to download the conference app, which will...read more »

Time to Nominate Your Professionals!

Do you know a professional, media representative, organization or parks and recreation advocate that you would like to recognize? Nominate them for an MTRPA award!   How to Make a Nomination: All nominations must be from a current MTRPA member. To make a nomination, simply prepare a brief biographical statement of the nominee and an abstract (not to exceed 200...read more »

Request for Qualifications for Resource Development Coordinator with MTRPA

The Montana Trails, Recreation and Parks Association (MTRPA) is requesting qualifications from interested individuals or organizations capable of providing services that result in increased memberships, sustainable funding and increased awareness and advocacy for parks and recreation as a Resource Development Coordinator. Please see the Requests for Qualifications Resource Development Coordinator 2016 for a complete description and qualifications. Services will begin September...read more »

Grants

Need more money? Who doesn't? Check out some grant opportunities listed here.  read more »

LWCF Grant Available

Montana State Parks is now accepting applications for the Land & Water Conservation Fund Program. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 15, 2016. Grants will be available to local, public and outdoor recreation project sponsors in Montana. Examples of eligible projects include sports fields, playgrounds, public facilities, open space acquisitions, campgrounds, splash parks and more. To learn more...read more »

Congress Passed Year-End Spending Package Including Reauthorization of LWCF

Good news! Congress has reauthorized the LWCF in it's year-end spending package for 3 years. The fund expired September 30, but is revived with the passing of the new budget. This bill allocates $450 million to LWCF for 2016, which is an increase from $300 million for 2015. For more information, and to see other highlights from the spending report,...read more »

State Charts: The Economic Impact of Local & Regional Parks

NRPA just released findings of the economic impact of parks for each state for 2013. Take a look to see where Montana ranks for Jobs created by State for 2013 and Economic Impact by State. For more stats and charts, visit the NRPA website.read more »

A Smart Investment for America's Health

It's no secret that access to parks, trails and green space improve the quality of life for people. Parks have shown to be a great investment for communities. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have chronic health conditions such as heart disease,...read more »

Brochure, Schedule, and introducing....an new app for the conference!

October 26 - 29, 2015 at the Best Western Gran Tree in Bozeman, MT. 1325 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715 With only a few days left before the conference, now is the time to start thinking about what you would like to take away. Check out the Conference Brochure and Session and Tours At-a-Glance to see what we have to offer....read more »

Early Registration for MT/ID RPA Conference Extended to Friday, October 16

October 26 – 29, 2015 at the Best Western Gran Tree in Bozeman, MT. 1325 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715 EARLY REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16. The deadline for early registration has been extended to Friday, October 16. You can register online, or by mail with the Registration Form. Also, check out the Schedule at a Glance and Session...read more »

Registration Open For 2015 MTRPA/IRPA Conference in Bozeman, MT

Registration is now open for the 2015 Conference via mail. Online registration is coming soon. To register via email, please print and fill out the Registration Form, and mail it in with payment to MTRPA/IRPA State ConferenceBozeman Parks and Recreation DepartmentPO Box 1230Bozeman, MT, 59771 You can also register online. Also, check out the Schedule at a Glance and Session and...read more »

Designed to Move: Active Cities

A new study has been published that links active cities to better communities. What is an active city? An active city depends on how active its citizens are. This in depth study shows why being an active city is so important not only to the overall health of citizens (we all know that being active leads to a healthier lifestyle),...read more »

CPSI Course and Exam October 5-7 in Missoula, MT

The Missoula Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce it is hosting the 2015 Certified Playground Safety Inspector course through the National Recreation and Park Association on October 5-7, 2015.  This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered nationwide. Who should attend?  Administrators, supervisory personnel, public works departments, planning departments,...read more »

Requests for Qualifications& Proposals for Resource Development Coordinator with MTRPA

The Montana Trails, Recreation and Parks Association (MTRPA) is requesting qualifications from interested individuals or organizations capable of providing services that result in increased memberships, sustainable funding and increased awareness and advocacy for parks and recreation as a Resource Development Coordinator. Please see the Requests for Qualifications & Proposals Resource Development Coordinator for a complete description and qualifications. Services will begin September...read more »

Request for Proposals: Exploratory Scenario Planning Grant

Request for Proposals: Exploratory Scenario Planning Grant Interested in using exploratory scenario planning to assist in a planning or community decision-making process? Apply today!   Western Lands and Communities (WLC), a joint program between the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, is seeking communities interested in using exploratory scenario planning to assist in a planning or community...read more »

2015 Annual Conference Dates Set

The dates for the 2015 MTRPA Conference has been set. The annual conference will be October 27-29, 2015 at the Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman, MT. Be sure to save the dates in your calendars. Check back for more information and a registration form.read more »

2014 Academic Scholarships

MTRPA is pleased to announce the Dr. Steve McCool and Dr. Joel Meier: Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management Academic Scholarships are currently available to Montana college students with a declared major in Recreation or Park Management.  Two $250.00 scholarships will be awarded by the Montana Trails, Recreation & Parks Association at the annual conference to be held September 16-19 in...read more »

LWCF Grants Available

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Program (LWCF) grants will be available for local, public and outdoor recreation projects in Montana. Applications are due by Friday, February 7, 2014.  Cities, counties, school districts, conservation districts, Indian Nations and similar entities are eligible to apply. Typical facilities funded in the past include ball fields,...read more »

Montana State Parks SCORP Public Comment

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that public comment is being sought on the draft Montana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The plan provides strategic recommendations to help maintain outdoor recreation as a priority in Montana because it benefits the quality of life for Montanans, and helps sustain economic vitality of our communities. This plan, titled Creating a Vibrant Future...read more »

MTRPA/IRPA/ASLA Conference

The Montana Trails, Recreation & Park Association, the Idaho Recreation & Park Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects (Idaho/Montana Chapter) will hold a joint conference in Coeur d'Alene on Sept. 15th - 18th, 2013 at the Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn.  The full conference schedule of programs and activities is listed below.read more »

Governor Signs Bill

Governor Steve Bullock signed HB24 creating a state Parks and Recreation Board on April 29, 2013 at the Pictograph Caves State Park interpretive center.   The bill provides powers, duties, and rule making authority to the Board to oversee state parks, primitive parks, state recreational areas, public camping grounds, state historic sites, state monuments, and other heritage and recreational resources.  The...read more »