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.
The Montana Trails, Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference will be held at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT. Click the link to book your room at a discounted rate (discount ends October 1).
The theme is “Charged & Engaged- Maintaining Relevance Across Montana”. The conference will highlight strategies and methods for developing quality parks, trails, healthy built communities and programs while also providing insight and strategies on long term maintenance of these amenities. Participants include: municipal, state, and federal park & recreation professionals, students, citizen board members, NGO’s and related businesses. Programs, discussions and field trip themes include:
Charged Park Operations and Maintenance-
Engaged Communities- Improve & Empower Communities Through Volunteerism, Health & Wellness and Social Equity
Leadership & Advocacy– Maintaining Strategic Relevance
Economic Chargers– Expressing Our Value (National, State & Local economic benefits of parks, open space, trails & recreation)
The conference keynote presentation on October 16th will feature Montana resident, inspirational speaker, film maker and outdoor celebrity chef, Eduardo Garcia in person. We will show his feature length award-winning film, “CHARGED- The Eduardo Garcia Story” a documentary film that covers his story of being shocked with 2400 volts of electricity in a freak incident deep in Montana’s backcountry. Near death, alone and miles from help, Eduardo got and took his first steps towards what would ultimately be years of recovery and rehabilitation.
Since his recovery, Eduardo has become an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, mastered the use of his prosthetic hook in the kitchen and is back to exploring the great outdoors. CHARGED is more than a survival story. It is about building stronger relationships and a better life after tragedy. It is about finding your best self so you can live life fully charged!