Full List of Member Benefits

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


Advocacy Insider
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.


NRPA Connect
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.

NRPA Express
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.

Top Five
The NRPA Top Five is a weekly membership publication with timely news and notes you need to know. 

Volunteer Opportunities
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.

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.

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).

Online Learning
Receive a discounted member rate on Online Learning opportunities in the Online Learning Center.

Receive a discounted member rate on NRPA’s monthly webinar.

Career Center
Receive a discounted member rate on all Career Center postings.

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

Member Discounts

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.

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!

GoStrive (Premier Membership Package Benefit Only)
GoStrive  is a mobile application that allows you to reach your community members through their smartphones. Use GoStrive to publish and edit your program guide. Your events, activities, and classes will appear within the app immediately. Community members can find, register, and pay for their programs right within the app. It integrates easily with your existing registration and events systems and is free to NRPA premiere members.

mySidewalk MindMixer has worked with over 1,300 organizations to build stronger relationships between civic places and the people who love them through transparent, meaningful and productive interactions online. Now, through the introduction of mySidewalk powered by MindMixer, organizations can continue to have these powerful conversations in one place for free. As an NRPA member, you’ll receive a 15-percent discount on Sidewalk Insights to help you make sense of your local feedback on

Accessibility Audits (Premier Membership Package Benefit Only)
Accessibility Audits is helping agencies transition to the Justice Department’s 2010 revised ADA-regulations. NRPA has partnered with Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC, to offer NRPA premier members a 5% discount on all accessibility audits and services. 

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.

Other Opportunities

Supported Grants
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.

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

Journal Subscriptions
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.

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