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Professional & Agency Membership

mParks - Michigan Recreation and Park Association - is the leading advocacy organization in Michigan dedicated to the advancement of public spaces, recreation and natural resources. We are committed to providing resources and professional development opportunities for park and recreation agencies, professionals, citizen advocates and industry suppliers, to increase the value of our industry within the State of Michigan.

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Agency Memberships

Agency Memberships are an excellent value for organizations that provide parks, recreation and leisure services to communities of all sizes. Agencies can add up to 10 Board and Commission Members and additional staff members to their membership. There are two types of agency memberships:

This membership includes ONE professional membership and a variety of benefits, including access to grant funding, weekly email newsletters, as well as discounted fees for professional development workshops and participation in special mParks events and programs. Basic Agency Memberships start at $330.

This all-inclusive membership provides the benefits of a Basic Agency membership for up to 10 Board and Commission members and ALL employees in a chosen employee tier, plus enhanced benefits including special conference sessions and access, complimentary trails manual, up to five printed copies of the Annual mParks Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide, features on the mParks website and in mParks publications, and much more! Premier Agency Memberships start at $510.

Professional Memberships

Agency Memberships are an excellent value for organizations that provide parks, recreation and leisure services to communities of all sizes. Agencies can add up to 10 Board and Commission Members and additional staff members to their membership. There are two types of agency memberships:

Professional Memberships provide a multitude of benefits for supporters or those in the parks and recreation industry whose department or employer is not a mParks agency member. Each professional membership type includes one professional membership and basic membership benefits. $130.

Affiliate memberships are only available to tour groups/ travel organizations, senior centers, friends groups and universities offering parks and recreation curricula for students. This membership provides all of the benefits of the Individual Professional membership and several additional benefits. Of particular interest to senior centers and travel groups: affiliate members are eligible to take part in the online consignment ticket revenue program. Affiliate Universities may also include their parks and recreation students under their membership for no additional fee. $295.

This membership is designed specifically for professionals who have retired from the parks and recreation industry. Retired members may serve on mParks Focus areas and committees. $50.

Parks and recreation students, or students in a similar or related field of study attending a non-member university are eligible for this membership type. Students will have access to the Career Center where parks and recreation jobs are posted frequently as well as access to parks and recreation networking opportunities. $35. For more information about Student Membership, please go to the mParks Student Page.

Associate memberships are only available to out of state members, part-time professionals working less than 30 hours (employer verification required), special interest individuals and volunteers not currently employed in the field who are interested in mParks and the advancement of parks, recreation and community services within the state of Michigan. $50.