Whether you're a concerned citizen in a small suburban community or a park and recreation professional in a large urban environment, NRPA membership ensures access to benefits and services designed with your specific experience and needs in mind. From education to networking, advocacy to grant programs, and so much more, NRPA supports you so that you can better support your community.
Join today to take advantage of these member benefits! For questions about membership, contact Membership Services at 800.626.NRPA (6772), 7-1-1 for hearing and speech impaired, or email [email protected].
NRPA’s Public Policy newsletter covers legislative updates and advocacy news. Advocacy Insider highlights reports and other resources available through NRPA on issues of state and national policy.
Network with members and share resources through NRPA’s online networking site, NRPA Connect. Members can connect with their peers through online groups, listservs, forums, and member directory.
Members can engage in discussion with like-minded members on various interests, topics, issues, and trends through NRPA’s Networks. Take advantage of leadership opportunities and awards.
The NRPA Express is a monthly membership publication, which delivers the latest news and information about upcoming events, research projects, educational opportunities, grants, and initiatives about NRPA and the parks and recreation community.
The NRPA Top Five is a weekly membership publication with timely news and notes you need to know.
Receive a conference discount for volunteering, making it easier to attend and network with peers.
NRPA provides members with research -- papers, projects, best practices, benchmarking, and other resources -- to help members support their programs.
Receive reports from PRORAGIS, NRPA’s national database GIS tool developed for benchmarking, planning, and determining best practices.
View and share documents from agencies all over the country. Keep up-to-date on best practices and trends in the field with the resources provided in the Knowledge Center.
Parks & Recreation Magazine
NRPA's monthly member magazine informs, motivates and inspires professionals, civic leaders and citizens to elevate the value of parks and recreation as a public service.
Education and Professional Development
Receive the discount member rate to NRPA’s annual conference, Congress, where you will learn the latest developments and research findings, meet the top researchers and experts in the field, and network with colleagues in an interactive meeting format.
Receive the member rate to NRPA’s various schools which offer the most relevant and diverse professional development programs that cover all aspects of parks and recreation.
Enhance your career with NRPA’s four certifications: Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE), Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO), and Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI).
Receive a discounted member rate on Online Learning opportunities in the Online Learning Center.
Receive a discounted member rate on NRPA’s monthly webinar.
Receive a discounted member rate on all Career Center postings.
Volunteer for NRPA’s extensive leadership opportunities in our Networks, Committees, and Board.
Take advantage of NRPA’s many insurance programs ranging from blanket recreational activities/medical insurance plans, Instructors & Interns liability, team sports, football, equipment, and not-for-profit organization liability insurance.
APPI Energy (Premier Membership Package Benefit Only)
APPI Energy provides an exclusive member benefit that assists members in managing and reducing their energy expenses. APPI Energy navigates the maze of energy deregulation by negotiating favorable "real-time" pricing and contract terms and conditions with competitive energy suppliers across the country. APPI Energy provides energy procurement services with minimal time commitment and no upfront cost.
Guide by Cell (Premier Membership Package Benefit Only)
Guide by Cell offers audio tours, text messaging alerts, smart phone apps and mobile web functionality. NRPA members will receive these services at a 30% discount.
First Advantage (Premier Membership Package Benefit Only)
First Advantage is a comprehensive, hassle-free background screening provider. NRPA members gain immediate peace of mind knowing that their volunteers and employees are being well-vetted using some of the most powerful and advanced background checks available!
U.S. Communities (Premier Membership Package Benefit Only)
U.S. Communities is a cooperative purchasing program that offers a number of contracts competitively solicited by lead public agencies on behalf of public agencies nationwide. Register with U. S. Communities today to have access to the thousands of quality products from multiple vendors available through its contracts.
Fun Express/Oriental Trading (Premier Membership Package Benefit Only)
Fun Express offers NRPA members 20% discount off published retail price of Oriental Trading Company, Inc. products and FREE UPS Ground shipping on orders of $125 or more.
Receive updated information on NRPA supported grants.
Fund Your Park
A new member benefit for NRPA members, Fund Your ParkSM is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies.
Receive a member discount on all publications, resources, and apparel.
Receive member discounts on subscriptions to the Journal of Leisure Research and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.
Member List Rentals
Connect with park and recreation professionals, citizens, and vendors through NRPA's list rental program.