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MTRPA Conference

MTRPA Conference 2021


Although originally planned October 3rd – 5th, the annual conference is being rescheduled to Spring 2022, April 3 – 6th.

The MTRPA Board held an Emergency Board meeting Friday 9/3/21 at 2pm via Zoom to discuss either continuing with a hybrid virtual/in-person conference, go completely virtual, or reschedule to next spring. While many other state and national conferences are being canceled, rescheduled, or limited, the MTRPA Board voted unanimously to reschedule the conference to next spring.

The MTRPA still plans to have an executive board meeting and business meeting scheduled October 3rd. Along with that, we are working to plan some fun virtual fall activities for members like virtual round tables, virtual coffee with a student, and more.

Early bird pricing through February 1st!

First, become a member today to get $30 off conference registration!
Commercial members receive $20 off exhibitor booths!

Are you a member and still need a coupon code? Contact us


Book Your Room

The Holiday Inn Great Falls Convention Center has special pricing available at $109/night for MTRPA conference attendees and exhibitors. Book your stay on-line or call the Holiday Inn directly 406-727-7200 to make lodging arrangements; the code to use when you call in is MTR.


The conference committee is working hard on session framework to address current topics and opportunities. We are seeking thought provoking speakers with professional, cutting edge, interactive education sessions, and presentations that can provide information and proven methods to successfully manage and maintain parks, trails, recreation programs, and any insight on the tracks listed below. Our theme this year is “Reconnection through Recreation – Purpose and Resilience in Parks and Recreation.”

Program tracks include:

1. Trails Maintenance/Management/SCORP
2. Recreation/Aquatics Programming/Facilities/Management/Special Events
3. Parks and Urban Forestry: Resource Maintenance & Management
4. Administration

We are accepting proposals for presentations now through February 1st. Please Download and fill out the 2022 Call for Presenters form.


The Montana Trail Recreation and Park Association (MTRPA) is a non-profit, public interest professional organization representing professionals involved in providing recreation opportunities, natural resource management and leisure facilities to all Montanans as well as the countless tourists who visit our State each year. Exhibiting at MTRPA highlights your business or brand name to hundreds of receptive attendees for a very reasonable price. Businesses may also sponsor a social event or educational session independently or in combination with other business sponsors.

Exhibitors Booth registration includes one booth and full access for ONE person to access all social events and sessions during the conference. Any extra exhibitor attendees will need an Exhibitor Attendee Pass to cover costs associated with the conference and to gain access to sessions/events.
NOTE: MTRPA reserves the right to limit exhibit hall registrations to those 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.

Please fill out our 2022 MTRPA Trade Show Exhibit Booth Contract and also pay your exhibitor registration fee on-line or send a check to the address on the contract.


Businesses may also sponsor a social event or educational session independently or in combination with other business sponsors. Social Event Sponsor includes recognition by announcement, and appreciation poster. Educational Session Sponsor includes your sign outside classroom and recognition at beginning and end of education session. Learn more here.


Looking to bring visibility to a particular product or service? Donate to the silent auction! The 2022 State Conference is hosted by Great Falls Park and Recreation, a central location for parks and recreation professionals to gather. To donate, email Steve Herrig



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