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The Oregon Recreation and Park Association is a professional trade organization for thousands of members who work in or engage with parks and recreation in the state of Oregon.  By becoming a member of ORPA, you gain access to a vast body of parks and recreation knowledge, conference and training programs, and opportunities to connect with parks and recreation peers from around the state.


Resources for Parks and Recreation

In addition to in-person workshops and training, members can also access a variety of resources on our website.  These resources include:


Conference and Training

Members receive discounts on all workshops, training, and the Annual Conference.  Learn from your colleagues in the field, both at agency and district levels, as well as our resourceful commercial members. Many events include continuing education credit opportunities for CPRP, CPRE, ASLA, and more!

Explore upcoming ORPA events.


A Voice in Salem

ORPA has a robust advocacy program, providing a voice for Oregon park and recreation interests at the state and federal levels.  The association maintains an active presence before the Oregon State Legislature and key state agencies and has regular communication with Oregon's congressional delegation.  

Each year the ORPA Legislative Committee meets to discuss the current issues in the legislature impacting parks and recreation and works closely with our Legislative Advocate to develop a statement and plan for advocating the needs of parks and recreation.

Review past efforts and successes in the legislature.


Career Resources

Our career resource center is a centralized job search site that highlights employment opportunities in the field of parks and recreation in Oregon and surrounding states.  Members of ORPA can post job opportunities for their organization without paying a fee.  You can also subscribe to the career center and receive new job notifications directly to your inbox!


Leadership Opportunities

Part of growing professionally includes an opportunity to take on leadership roles.  As an ORPA member you can run for a seat on the Board of Directors or Executive Committee.  Members are also eligible to run for a President position within an ORPA special interest section.

Only members vote on incoming board members as well as any bylaws changes.

Become a Section Leader.


Leadership Academy & Mentorship

As part of our strategic plan, ORPA has developed a leadership academy with a mentorship component.  If you are interested in participating in this program as part of the academy or as a mentor, please reach out to ORPA for more details.


Access to Scholarships

ORPA has funds available for members who wish to attend a workshop or training but are unable to cover the expense.  This includes registration fees to the National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference.  

Learn more about the Herlocker-Ward Scholarship Fund.


Playground Builds and Volunteer Service Projects

Every year members of Maintenance and Construction Section (MACS) of ORPA volunteer their time to build a playground in an under served community in Oregon.  This is not limited to building playgrounds and can extend to a variety of service projects.  We accept applications throughout the year.

More information on applying for a volunteer service project.

You can also volunteer to help build a playground as a member of ORPA!  Indicate in your profile that you would like to receive information from MACS in order to learn more about upcoming opportunities.


Recognition from your Peers

At the ORPA Annual Conference we present 11 awards to programs, agencies, commercial partners, and individuals for their outstanding service and dedication to the field of parks and recreation in Oregon.  This is a great opportunity to stand out, advance your career, and receive or nominate someone for a much deserved recognition.  

Nominate someone or a project for an ORPA Award.


Become a Member Today!


Oregon Recreation & Park Association | PO Box #202, Lake Oswego OR 97034 | 503.534.5673
ORPA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization