Student Recreation Challenge

Student Recreation ChallengeThe NRPA Student Recreation Challenge 2.0 is an opportunity for students to compete in a series of challenges throughout the city of Indianapolis. Teams of three will travel to multiple destinations and will be challenged both physically and mentally along the way. Bring your tennis shoes and charge your phones, because this year’s competition will test your endurance, navigation skills and use of technology. Start brushing up on your park and recreation knowledge, and get ready to explore Indianapolis!

Challenge Details: 

When: TBD

Where: The 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN

Who: Three students per team from universities around the country

Cost: To meet the needs of a student budget, participation in the challenge is FREE, but conference registration is required. Conference registration is FREE for NRPA Student Members and only $95 for non-members.

What's Included: All participants will receive special NRPA Student Recreation Challenge T-Shirts that will make all your friends jealous. Each member of the winning team will receive a special medal and the glory of being the 2018 NRPA Student Recreation Challenge Champions.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Dease or Hayley Herzing.

*We invite teams that reflect the diversity of our profession and those we serve Teams may request modified activities that suit the needs of team members with disabilities. To request a modification, email Hayley Herzing at and simply request a modification due to team member disability. We will contact you to discuss what is necessary for your participation.


 2016 Student Recreation Challenge in St. Louis Photo Gallery:

2016 Student Recreation Challenge


*Students are defined as anyone who is currently enrolled as a full-time or part-time student pursuing a degree in parks, recreation, conservation, or related matters, and is not simultaneously employed as a full-time professional.