NRPA members receive 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 a professional, which is why we provide our 60,000 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 such as virtual talks, sandboxes, and clinics, for individuals at all levels in the park and recreation field. 

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 discussions 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.

Park Metrics

Receive reports from NRPAs Park Metrics, 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.

Open Space Blog and Podcast

NRPA's official blog and podcast cover the latest trends and news in the field of parks and recreation while focusing on unique and interesting stories.

Advocacy Support

Advocacy Engagement

This one-stop shop will provide you with all of the tools you need to be an effective park and recreation advocate.


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

Fun Express/Oriental Trading

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.

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

BIB’s Secure Volunteer platform makes background screening volunteers easy by combining great technology with a quality screen.


Accessibility Audits

(Premier Membership Benefit Only)
Receive a discount on all accessibility audits and services provided by W-T Group LLC/Recreation Accessibility Consultants.

Emergency Network Platform

(Additional Discount for Premier members)

ePACT is an incredibly easy-to-use system to collect emergency information, waivers and consents. You can also use ePACT to communicate with your customers and their emergency contacts in a crisis.

Other Benefits

Grants and Fundraising Resources

Receive updated information on NRPA supported grants.

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.

NRPA Online Field Guide

The NRPA Parks and Recreation Online Field Guide delivers contact information and detailed descriptions for suppliers to the parks and recreation industry. 

Have questions? Contact our customer service team:

703.858.0784 (local)
800.626.NRPA (6772)