PRPS is the leading state source for educational opportunities in the recreation and parks profession. Members have access, at special rates, to continuing education programs, workshops, and seminars on a wide range of topics. Annual training programs include the PRPS State Conference and the Therapeutic Recreation Institute.
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PRPS members and their communities benefit from numerous Society Programs:
Information on grants and funding programs
PRPS State Conference offers over 50 educational programs
Annual PA Therapeutic Recreation Institute offers over 40 education programs
Aquatic Facilities Operator Course provides nationally recognized training and certification
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course provides nationally recognized training and certification
Fall Membership Meeting provide programs of interest to each branch
One-day regional training workshops
Technical assistance and resource library
State sponsor of the Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program in Pennsylvania
Community Service Discount Ticket Programs distribute over 100,000 reduced-price amusement park and ski area tickets to local recreation and park agencies
Partnership with the PA DCNR Bureau of Recreation & Conservation to expand technical assistance and support for local recreation and park agencies
Park Resource Operation Workshop provides educational sessions focused on park management, park safety and environment
Where else can you make new friends with varying backgrounds that share your concern for quality recreation and parks services? If you feel as if you are alone out there solving problems and tackling issues, the network of peer support will be invaluable to you. When members share contact information such as business resources, program ideas, fundraising activities, and more, your job can be made easier.
When you join PRPS, you add your voice to Pennsylvania's largest advocate for recreation and parks, helping to protect and promote the profession at all levels of government. PRPS monitors and keeps you informed about state and federal issues, legislation, and regulations that directly impact recreation and parks. An annual legislative reception is held in Harrisburg. Through PRPS leadership, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund was established, which provides state grant funds and technical assistance to local governments, municipal authorities, non-profit organizations and land trusts.
PRPS will help to make sure your voice is heard through:
Legislative advocacy in support of recreation, parks and conservation with key contributions to the Growing Greener and he Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) programs. PRPS was a lead organization in the coalitions that supported both initiatives.
Representation on important statewide advisory groups such as the DCNR Advisory Council and the Pennsylvania Greenways Partnership Commission.
Updates to members on standards, regulations and requirements that impact their organizations such as lifeguard regulations, playground safety standards, long-term care regulations and state grant application requirements
Join now and receive your new membership rewards!
First-year dues discount
Member rates on workshops and conferences
Discounts on amusement parks, ski passes, and car rentals
PA Recreation & Parks magazine