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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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2019 MTRPA Conferences

Join us October 2 – 4, 2019 at
Montana League of Cities and Towns Conference

MTRPA is excited to be at the annual MLCT Conference 2019. This event brings together more than 400 municipal elected officials and employees from across Montana to network, learn, and collaborate with their peers and industry partners. Being an attendee offers you the chance to collaborate, learn, and engage with your peers and subject matter experts.

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?
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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



2018 MTRPA Conference

Host: Amy Teegarden – Helena Parks & Recreation
Helena Civic Center Auditorium watching keynote speaker and film screening: CHARGED – The Eduardo Garcia Story
Eduardo Garcia
Group photo on the Mt Helena Climbing Routes and Finding Sasquatch field trip
Participants engaging on the trip with Mary Hollow from Prickley Pear Land Trust on the Peaks 2 Creeks and MT Wild field trip

2018 MTRPA Conference in Helena, October 15-17.

“Charged & Engaged…. Maintaining Relevance Across Montana”

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!