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11:59 pm Award Nominations Deadline
Award Nominations Deadline
Feb 21 @ 11:59 pm
Award Nominations Deadline
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!
11:59 pm Presenters Deadline
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!
11:59 pm Scholarship Deadline
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[...]
all-day MTRPA Conference 2020 @ Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
MTRPA Conference 2020 @ Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
Apr 19 – Apr 22 all-day
MTRPA Conference 2020 @ Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
MTRPA CONFERENCE 2020 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[...]

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Annual Conference


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 Coper King Inn and Convention Center.  The conference committee have 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!

Don’t miss out! Early bird registration ends 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.

1920s History in Your Park or Organization?

As we move into the 2020s let’s take a look back at the Roaring 1920s and celebrate our park history.  If you have a park or other facility that was developed in and around the 1920s and have some pictures we would love to share the information at the conference.  Please send high resolution pictures or memorabilia you’d like to display. Mail to JP Gallagher at the Butte-Silver Bow Parks Department at 1340 Harrison Avenue or email photos to Jocelyn Dodge at

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!

Thank You 2020 Sponsors!

Thank you Grondahl Recreation Inc. for our Monday morning breakfast and keynote speaker!

Thank you Great Western Recreation for our Sunday night social!

Thank you Montana State Parks/Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks for our Tuesday pre-banquet social!



  2018 Annual Conference

October 15-17, 2018

Helena, MT

2018 Annual Meeting Notes

MTRPA Conference held in Helena, MT, had a great productions of presenters and speakers and we want to say thank you. Below is a list of the powerpoints presented at the conference for you to visit.

1-Junk In = Junk Out


3-Trees & Conflicts

MTRPARoad to Tobacco Free Parks 10.11.18

MTRPA Revenue & Cost Recovery

Montana inclusion

MTC Motor Vehicle Increase MTRPA

Metcalf_SCORP_2018 (3)

Marian Pick this one!


Conserving Water Through Proper Irrigation – Montana MTRPA

Combining Resources to Achieve Effective and Efficient Use

MTRPA Economic Presentation

The Montana Trails, Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference was be held October 15-17, at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT. The conference theme was “Charged & Engaged- Maintaining Relevance Across Montana” highlighting 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.

2017 Business Meeting Notes




 Recap of Annual 2014 Conference

Business Meeting Minutes


Recap of Annual 2013 Conference

Annual Business Meeting Minutes


Highlights of the Conference

(L-R) Garrett Koepke, Katherine Bascom, Adam Woods, Doug Haberman, Past President MTRPA
(Nora Gartner, not present)