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Feb
21
Fri
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!
Mar
1
Sun
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!
Mar
13
Fri
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[...]
Apr
19
Sun
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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Professional Awards

The Montana Recreation and Park Association annually recognizes members of our organization who meet the criteria established for the Professional and New Professional Awards.

New Professional Awards
  • Recognizing an individual who is relatively new to the profession who has exhibited innovation and ambition while helping to advance the goals of MTRPA
Professional Awards
  • Recognizing an individual who continues to provide leadership and make contributions to the profession and furthering the goals of MTRPA

2019 MTRPA Award Nominations

Want to recognize someone in parks and rec or a supporter? See criteria for 2019 Award Nominations.


Congrats Professional Award Winners!

See below for MTRPA award archives…

 

2017 Award Recipients

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD
Meg Whicher

Missoula Parks & Recreation

 

NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Madison Godfrey

Bozeman Parks & Recreation

 

2015 Award Recipients

This year the awards were presented at the annual MTRPA conference in Bozeman on October 26-29, 2015.

 

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Jon Thompson – Billings Parks and Recreation

 

NEW PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Glennis Cates – Cooney State Park

(Presented by Jenny Alexander)

 NEW PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Mike Pigg – Billings Parks and Recreation

 

2014 Award Recipients

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD
Mark Jarvis
Billings Parks & Recreation

NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Libby Metcalf
University of Montana

(Presented by Maren Murphy)

NEW PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Chris Waite
Billings Parks & Recreation

2013 Award Recipient


PROFESSIONAL AWARD
JENNIFER YOUNG
Kalispell Parks & Recreation

 

2012 Award Recipients

       

        YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD           PROFESSIONAL AWARD
         JARRET KOSTRBA                         ERIC SEAGRAVE
FWP Billings, MT                        Missoula Parks & Recreation


2011 Award Recipient

  PROFESSIONAL AWARD
JOE  FEDIN
Billings Parks & Recreation


2010 Award Recipients

            

  YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD               PROFESSIONAL AWARD
          KATE WILSON                                         KORY THOMSON
West Yellowstone, MT                             Billings Parks & Recreation

2009 Award Recipient



PROFESSIONAL AWARD
GILES SALYER
Great Falls Parks & Recreation

 

2008 Award Recipients

              

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD                  PROFESSIONAL AWARD
TODD GARRETT, FWP Bozeman                  BOB WALKER, FWP Helena