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MTRPA Annual Dues Renewal
Jan 1 @ 7:00 am
MTRPA Conference @ Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 17 @ 10:30 am
MLCT Conference @ Billings Hotel and Convention Center
Oct 2 – Oct 4 all-day

Register for MLCT today!

MTRPA invites Parks and Recreation professionals to attend this year’s MLCT Conference in Billings, MT October 2-4, 2019 in Parlor 1031 for the following:

  • Wednesday 10/2 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Parks and Recreation Directors Meeting
  • Wednesday 10/2 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. MTRPA Executive Board Meeting
  • Wednesday 10/2 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. MTRPA Mid-Year Member Meeting (open to all)
  • Thursday 10/3 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. MTRPA Annual Conference Planning Session (open to all)

Come prepared!

Download the Mid-Year Meeting Agenda

Can’t make it?
Join us on-line!

Remote Mid-Year Member Meeting Access

Can’t make it to Billings this year? Join us on-line for our Mid-Year Member Meeting Wednesday 10/2 at 3 p.m. Our Membership Chair, Chris Waite, will be providing on-line meeting access via Zoom. (You don’t need to download the Zoom Meeting App, you can select the option to join using your browser only.) The on-line meeting invitation is below:

Chris Waite is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MTRPA 2019 Mid Year Membership Meeting
Time: Oct 2, 2019 03:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Please use the link below to join using your computer/smart phone/tablet.  You don’t need to download the Zoom Meeting App, you can select the option to join using your browser only. Please email/call Chris Waite, Membership Chair if you have any questions about joining the meeting (, 406-698-1447)

Video Conference Link:

To join by phone:
Dial +1-669-900-6833

Ender Meeting ID: 996138293
Award Nominations Deadline
Feb 21 @ 11:59 pm

MTRPA, an affiliate of the National Recreation & Park Association, presents awards annually to recognize individuals, organizations and agencies for significant contributions to the parks and recreation profession. Learn more and nominate someone today!

Presenters Deadline
Mar 1 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm
Presenters Deadline

The conference committee is working hard on session framework to address current topics and opportunities at our MTRPA 2020 Conference.

Learn more and submit your presentation today!

Scholarship Deadline
Mar 13 @ 11:59 pm
Scholarship Deadline

The Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association annually awards the Dr. Steve McCool and Dr. Joel Meier Academic Scholarship to a Montana college student at an accredited University or College with a declared major in Recreation, Park, Resource or related field. Learn more and apply today!


Early Bird Conference Pricing Ends
Mar 15 @ 11:59 pm
Early Bird Conference Pricing Ends

Last day for Early Bird Conference Pricing. Register today to save $$!

DEADLINE for Discounted Hotel Room
Apr 1 @ 10:16 pm – 11:16 pm
DEADLINE for Discounted Hotel Room

Register for our conference, then book your hotel!

Copper King Hotel is blocking out 100 rooms at a conference rate price of $99.00/night for each of the three nights of the conference April 19, 20, & 21. Please contact Copper King Hotel & Convention Center to book your stay BEFORE APRIL 1st

MTRPA Conference 2020 @ Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day


Roaring 2020s: Planting our Planet with Inclusive Communities through Parks and Recreation

April 19 – 22

Copper King Hotel & Convention Center Butte, MT

Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation is excited to host the MTRPA annual conference April 19th – 22nd at Butte Copper King Inn and Convention Center.  The conference committee has been hard at work to provide members, students, retirees and associates a first-class conference that will provide valuable educational sessions, exciting events, off-site tours of some of Butte Historic areas, watering holes, and tours of Butte’s unique park, trail  & open space facilities.

Join us for a roaring time this spring! You won’t want to miss one day of this conference celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, Roaring 20s history, and the Roaring 2020s!

First, become a member today to get $60 off conference registration and $50 off exhibitor booths!

Full conference registration 4/19 – 4/22 includes access to all sessions, keynote speakers, off-site tours (Tuesday), exhibitor hall, conference t-shirt, and the following:

  • Sunday 4/19: Welcome Reception social will be at Metals Sports Bar & Grill sponsored event 7 – 9 PM, transportation provided.
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 4/20 – 4/22: Continental breakfast provided.
  • Monday and Tuesday: Lunch provided.
  • Monday 4/20 5 PM: Headframe Spirits Distillery will host MTRPA conference attendees and exhibitors for the debut of an apple brandy that was distilled with apples harvested from Foreman’s Park in Butte. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition apple brandy will benefit Butte-Silver Bow Parks & Recreation. Samples will be served at Headframes Distillery tasting room. (Attendees under 21 can still attend these tasting events and non-alcoholic drink tickets will be provided.)
  • Monday 4/20 7 – 9 PM: 51 Below Speakeasy (walking distance from Headframe) appetizers will be provided at this sponsored event and we are encouraging attendees to dress in Roaring 20’s attirein the spirit of the theme of the conference for that event! Prizes will be awarded for the most authentic attire. Transportation will be provided for attendees to all social events.
  • Tuesday 4/21: Off site tours. Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

NOTE:  Dinner not provided Sunday and Monday nights.

Become a member today to get $60 off conference registration and $50 off exhibitor booths!

Registration will go live Friday afternoon 1/10/20.

Don’t miss out! Early bird registration through March 1st.


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Register, then book your hotel!

Copper King Hotel is blocking out 100 rooms at a conference rate price of $99.00/night for each of the three nights of the conference April 19, 20, & 21. Please contact Copper King Hotel & Convention Center to book your stay.

Calling all Exhibitors


First, become a member to get a coupon code for $50 off booth registration AND preferred exhibitor booth location!

Exhibitors Booth registration includes 10×10 booth and full access for ONE person to access all social events, food/drink at events, banquet meal, off site tours, sessions during the conference, and conference t-shirt.  There is a fee for additional exhibitor attendees.

NOTE: MTRPA reserves the right to limit exhibit hall registrations to those firms providing products and services consistent with MTRPA’s mission and values. Assignments are generally made on a first-come, first-serve basis. MTRPA reserves the right to make final booth assignments. Registration confirmation will be sent upon receipt of your paid booth registration. The early bird registration ends March 1, 2020. Regular pricing starts March 2, 2020 and registration is open until filled. Register today!

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