Illinois Park & Recreation Association

Our mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. IPRA leads the nation in providing premier education, networking, and resources for professionals in parks, recreation, and conservation.

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One of IAPD/IPRA's greatest statewide public awareness events - Park District Conservation Day - is coming to the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 20!

Help us reach more than 100,000 people with positive messages and a visual sampling of the wonderful things park, recreation and conservation agencies bring to the citizens of Illinois. Send your agency's bands, orchestras, chorales, dance, theater, tumbling groups, zoos and other talent to perform for fairgoers on one of the various stages throughout the fairgrounds.

We are also looking for volunteers to coordinate entertainment, distribute giveaways, assist in the Park Play Station (children's arts and crafts activities) or work a shift at the Park District Conservation Day booth. Performers and volunteers receive FREE parking and FREE admission to the Illinois State Fair on Park District Conservation Day! 

You won't want to miss out on this fun-filled day, so register soon!  

Register your entertainers (it's FREE!)
Sign up to volunteer
Reserve a hotel room in our discounted room block at the Springfield Crowne Plaza Hotel
Ask a question about the day

Call for candidates to join the IPRA Board of Directors- click here 

Call for candidates to join IPRA Section Boards-click here

You and Your Family Are Invited to the 4th Annual IAPD/IPRA Legislative Awareness Picnic
August 27, 2016
10 am -2 Pm
Joliet Park District, Inwood Park, 3200 West Jefferson, Joliet, IL
Registration is free.
Enjoy an old-fashioned family Picnic with FREE food, games and fun-filled activities!
Register through IAPD at




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