Missouri Parks Association is a non-profit citizens organization – independent and non-partisan – dedicated to the protection, enhancement and interpretation of Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites. 

Our association began in 1982 when Missouri parks and historic sites were in desperate need of more commitment and support from the state. Missouri Parks Association has taken the lead to secure voter approval of the Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax, one-tenth-of-one percent sales tax that provides funding for Missouri state parks and historic sites and soil and water conservation efforts. The tax is divided equally between the two efforts. This funding, approved by voters yet again in 2016, now assures basic financial support for parks but must be approved again by 2026. 

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March 2020  Newsletter

  UPOP Is Going Strong

The Missouri Parks Association is an all-volunteer group dedicated to supporting Missouri's extraordinary system of state parks and historic sites. Click the button below to become a member!


The March issue of Heritage contains updates on the Rock Island corridor and Ste. Genevieve NHP Negotiations.  


MPA's Urban Populations Outreach Project continues in Kansas City, St. Louis, Joplin, and Columbia.



Get Your New Park Book

The newly updated edition of Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites: Exploring our Legacy is now available at a 20 percent discount for MPA members or, for non-members, at the regular price with a one-year MPA membership included. To find out more about the book and ways to get a copy, click here. 


The Eleven Point River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in 1968. The establishment of Eleven Point State Park was announced in 2016 on land acquired by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Missouri Parks Association supports the purchase of the property along the Eleven Point River to preserve, restore, and interpret one of the state's most outstanding natural landscapes—identified in park plans since 1992--and to provide appropriate recreational opportunities for public use and enjoyment.

View MPA’s fact sheet about Eleven Point State Park

View MPA’s resolution to defend and conserve the Eleven Point National Scenic River

View MPA’s resolution opposing the sale of Eleven Point State Park