Benefits of Membership

Professional Development

PRPS is the leading source for educational opportunities in the recreation and parks profession in the Commonwealth. Members have access, at special rates, to quality continuing education programs, conferences, workshops, and webinars on a wide range of topics.
    Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Conference & Expo
    Annual Therapeutic Recreation Institute
    Certified Playground Safety Inspector course and exam
    Swimming Pool management training and Pesticide Applicator certification exam
    Park Resource Operation Workshops
    Biannual Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit
    Regional workshops on playground safety, therapeutic recreation, and other timely topics
    Webinars covering timely park and recreation trends
    CEUs to maintain professional certifications
    Scholarships for students and professionals


PRPS is the voice of Pennsylvania recreation and parks. We monitor state and federal legislation and inform you on issues that directly impact recreation and parks. We work to preserve and expand funding and technical assistance programs. We actively contribute to:
    Public advocacy about the economic, environmental, social, and personal benefits of parks and recreation
    Legislative advocacy and alliances in support of recreation, parks and conservation funds.
    Representation on important statewide industry advisory groups 
    Legislative Alerts to members on issues that impact your profession and your organization
   • Good For You, Good For All, Pennsylvania's statewide marketing and branding campaign for Pennsylvania's recreation and parks.

Membership is Valuable

Being a member of PRPS has given me an opportunity to meet and network with professionals in the industry. I've not only made great connections over the years but great friends as well."
Ryan McCleaster, Chief of Recreation, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District


Membership provides many opportunities to network with your professional peers! Sharing business and technical resources, professional contacts, program ideas, leadership and fundraising strategies and other assets increases your professional capacity, standing and worth. 

    Conferences, Summits, workshops, membership meetings, social events, the Dig It! blog, The Scoop, and on social media channels
    Branch and District-level events, such as, ski socials, golf outings, workshops, program/camp vendor expo, holiday parties, and volunteer opportunities at Hersheypark provide additional opportunities for networking.


PRPS members and their communities benefit from numerous Society programs and resources:
    Information on grants and funding programs
    Members-only access to RecTAP technical assistance grants
    Information on latest safety standards for pools, playgrounds, and park maintenance
    Participation in members-only consignment ticket sales program
    Recognition & Awards Program for professional excellence
    Technical assistance and resource library
    Annual Membership Directory and Buyers Guide
    Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Magazine and The Scoop
    Access to group-rate professional liability insurance
    Career opportunities listing on our website