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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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RECAP: MTRPA at MLTC When our Secretary/Treasurer, Maria Butts, attended her first Montana League of Cities and Towns in 2016 with municipal employees and officials from all over Montana, she thought "Why isn't Parks & Recreation here?" That thought was reinforced when her co-MTRPA board members asked the same question during an MTRPA mid-year meeting.  From there a seed was more »

Flathead Avalanche Center Kicks Off Season with Northern Rockies Snow and Avalanche Workshop

November 16th from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the O'Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish, Montana. Click Avalanche Center Workshop for more more »

MTRPA Meetings and Sessions Announced at MLCT

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 more »

Register Now! MLCT 2019

Join us October 2 - 4, 2019 at Montana League of Cities and Towns Conference MTRPA invites Parks and Recreation professionals to attend this year’s MLCT Conference in Billings, MT. Attend MTRPA’s Membership Meeting to stay up-to-date on Parks and Recreation in your state. More meetings and sessions to be announced. This event brings together more than 400 municipal more »

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Stay up to date with MTRPA! We are excited to announce that we are bringing updates about Montana Trails, Recreation, & Park Association right to your inbox. Sign up for updates straight to your inbox! more »


Need more money? Who doesn't? Please find information below about a grant program to fund multiple use trails.  This is from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund | Rails-to-Trails Conservancy RTC launched the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund in 2015 to support organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve rail-trails. more »

State Charts: The Economic Impact of Local & Regional Parks

NRPA just released findings of the economic impact of parks for each state for 2013. Take a look to see where Montana ranks for Jobs created by State for 2013 and Economic Impact by State. For more stats and charts, visit the NRPA more »

A Smart Investment for America's Health

It's no secret that access to parks, trails and green space improve the quality of life for people. Parks have shown to be a great investment for communities. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, more »

Designed to Move: Active Cities

A new study has been published that links active cities to better communities. What is an active city? An active city depends on how active its citizens are. This in depth study shows why being an active city is so important not only to the overall health of citizens (we all know that being active leads to a healthier lifestyle), more »

Request for Proposals: Exploratory Scenario Planning Grant

Request for Proposals: Exploratory Scenario Planning Grant Interested in using exploratory scenario planning to assist in a planning or community decision-making process? Apply today!   Western Lands and Communities (WLC), a joint program between the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, is seeking communities interested in using exploratory scenario planning to assist in a planning or more »

LWCF Grants Available

Montana State Parks ( announced today that federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Program (LWCF) grants will be available for local, public and outdoor recreation projects in Montana. Applications are due by Friday, February 7, 2014.  Cities, counties, school districts, conservation districts, Indian Nations and similar entities are eligible to apply. Typical facilities funded in the past include ball fields, more »

Montana State Parks SCORP Public Comment

Montana State Parks ( announced today that public comment is being sought on the draft Montana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The plan provides strategic recommendations to help maintain outdoor recreation as a priority in Montana because it benefits the quality of life for Montanans, and helps sustain economic vitality of our communities. This plan, titled Creating a Vibrant more »

Governor Signs Bill

Governor Steve Bullock signed HB24 creating a state Parks and Recreation Board on April 29, 2013 at the Pictograph Caves State Park interpretive center.   The bill provides powers, duties, and rule making authority to the Board to oversee state parks, primitive parks, state recreational areas, public camping grounds, state historic sites, state monuments, and other heritage and recreational resources. more »