Full List of Member Benefits

NRPA members receive a whole host of special discounts, news, exclusive education and networking opportunities, advocacy support, grant opportunities, and much more to help them be successful. NRPA understands your needs as professional which is why we provide our 50,000 members with assets they cannot get anywhere else. As a member, you get immediate access to these valuable benefits and resources.




Education and Professional Development


Receive the member rate to The NRPA Annual Conference, 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.


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).

Career Center

Whether you are a job seeker or employer, the NRPA Career Center is the best online resource for park recreation professionals. Members receive a discounted rate on Career Center postings and access to an array of job resources.



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.

Online Learning

Receive a discounted member rate on relevant online learning opportunities for individuals at all levels in the park and recreation field. This includes online courses and webinars.

Leadership Opportunities

Volunteer for NRPA’s extensive leadership opportunities in our Networks, Committees and Board.


NRPA Connect

Network with members and share resources through NRPA’s online networking site, NRPA Connect. Members can connect with their peers through online communities and the member directory.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer through various opportunities throughout the year or at the annual conference where you can receive a discount, making it easier to attend and network with your peers.



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.



NRPA provides members with research -- papers, projects, best practices, benchmarking, and other resources -- to help members support their programs.

Parks & Recreation Magazine

A thought-provoking monthly member magazine that covers national trends, highlights innovative practices, profiles leaders in the field, and keeps you up to date on what is happening around the association.

Knowledge Center

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.



Receive reports from PRORAGIS, NRPA’s national database GIS tool developed for benchmarking, planning, and determining best practices.

Email Newsletters

NRPA provides weekly and monthly newsletters that deliver breaking news, grant opportunities, upcoming webinars and events, and other member resources. This includes Top Five, NRPA Express, Advocacy Insider, and more. Networks, Committees and Board.

Advocacy Support

Advocacy Insider

NRPA’s Public Policy newsletter covers legislative updates and advocacy news. Advocacy Insiderhighlights reports and other resources available through NRPA on issues of state and national policy.


Park Champions

With the support of the NRPA Public Policy team, Park Champions will learn how to be effective advocates by engaging their elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons, and events.

Member Discounts

Insurance Programs

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 provided by AON.

Background Screenings

(Premier Membership Benefit Only)
Gain immediate peace of mind knowing that your volunteers and employees are well-vetted using First Advantage’s comprehensive, hassle-free background screenings.

Energy Audits

(Premier Membership Benefit Only)
Manage and reduce your energy expenses with the assistance of APPI Energy.

Cooperative Purchasing Program

(Premier Membership Benefit Only)
Gain access to thousands of quality products from multiple vendors with the cooperative purchasing program from U.S. Communities.


Public Data & Online Engagement

Simplify the way you access, analyze, and communicate information in your community using the mySidewalk tools.

Program Guide Mobile App

(Premier Membership Benefit Only)
Use the GoStrive mobile app to share your program guide with your community. It allows users to find, register and pay for their programs and activities right within the app.

Accessibility Audits

(Premier Membership Benefit Only)
Receive a discount on all accessibility audits and services provided by Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC.

Fun Express/Oriental Trading

(Premier Membership Benefit Only)
Receive a 20% discount off retail prices of Fun Express/Oriental Trading Company, Inc. products and FREE UPS Ground shipping on orders of $125 or more.

Other Benefits

Supported Grants

Receive updated information on NRPA supported grants.

NRPA Store

Receive a member discount on all publications, resources and apparel.


Fund Your Park

A new member benefit for NRPA members, Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies.

Journal Subscriptions

Receive member discounts on subscriptions to the Journal of Leisure Research and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal.

Have questions? Contact our customer service team:

703.858.0784 (local)
800.626.NRPA (6772)





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