Annual Meeting

MPA 39th Annual Gathering
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

September 11-12, 2021

Join us at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park for the 39th annual gathering of the Missouri Parks Association!  We’ll be at Rock Bridge all day on Saturday, with a special focus on Friends of State Parks and Partnerships. The morning program features a discussion with Friends of Rock Bridge and a panel discussion on Strengthening Park Partners. Options for educational tours and hikes Saturday afternoon will be followed by dinner at the Billy Gilbert Memorial Shelter and an evening program by Dan Burkhardt of Magnificent Missouri. Note that the members’ annual meeting and the quarterly board meeting will be Sunday morning at Stoney Creek Hotel.

Register today

Book your own lodging at Stoney Creek Hotel in Columbia by August 20, 2021, to take advantage of the block of rooms MPA has set aside for September 10th and 11th. Call the front desk at 573-442-6400 and ask for the MPA rate of $115 for the weekend of September 11th or reserve online at  A campground is available at Finger Lakes State Park (17 miles north of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park). Reserve your space online at

Saturday, September 11 at Billy Gilbert Memorial Shelter, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

8 - 9 am Registration and Networking
9:00 am Welcome to MPA 39th Annual Gathering
Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Presentation
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Panel Discussion - Strengthening Park Partners
12:00n Lunch
1:30-4 pm Behind-the-scenes tours and educational hikes of Rock Bridge Memorial SP and Gans Wild Area
5 - 6 pm Happy Hour: Billy Gilbert Memorial Shelter
6 - 8 pm Dinner and Program: Billy Gilbert Memorial Shelter

Sunday, September 12 at Stoney Creek Hotel, Columbia

Breakfast on your own (if staying at Stoney Creek Hotel, continental breakfast is provided)
8:30 am Annual meeting of members
9:30 am Meeting of MPA board of directors (all are welcome to attend)
12:00n Adjourn