The Missouri Parks Association is a group of over 3,000 Missourians and other friends united by our love for, and interest in, Missouri's state park system. Our association began in 1982 at a time of financial crisis, when strong political interests were planning to dismember the park system and hand it out in pieces to other agencies. We met that challenge, defeated it, and led an effort to put the park system on a stronger, more consistent financial footing. We've been together ever since.

We have two key purposes—we educate public officials and the general public about the values at stake in our state park system and we defend our parks and historic sites when they are threatened. We are a member-supported organization run entirely by volunteers who enjoy this beloved Missouri institution and aim to keep it a system in which we can all take pride.

Thanks for visiting our webpage and please come back often to see new park and historic site features. You can also find us on Facebook. Even better, we'd love to have you join us as a member of the Missouri Parks Association.

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October '19  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 October issue of Heritage contains an update on the Rock Island corridor and a tribute to Darwin Hindman.


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