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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February '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 February issue of Heritage highlights the new cultural resource initiative addressed at the MPA Annual Meeting and pays tribute to conservation champion Pat Jones. 


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. 

Weldon Woods Resolution

Weldon Woods, a wild forest, adjacent to Katy Trail State Park, is under threat of development that will destroy the wild character of the land along this part of Katy Trail State Park and disrupt the delicate fauna and flora of the ecosystem. Owned by the University of Missouri, this 200-acre treasure now faces a palpable and direct threat of destruction. The university is selling Weldon Woods to a home builder, and a development plan was approved by the St. Charles County Council in June 2018 to build approximately three hundred homes on the acreage. 

For more information about Weldon Woods, visit  https://bit.ly/2QhxNUY

View MPA’s resolution to Halt the Sale of Weldon Woods

View the Halt Sale of Weldon Woods resolution voted and approved at CFM's Annual Convention on March 8-10, 2019