Now Accepting IPRA Board Applications

The IPRA Board is seeking candidates for the positions of Chicago Metro Representative and Southern Region Representative. Board Candidate Applications are due by
Monday, August 23, 2021, 5:00 PM. Learn more and apply here

Now Accepting 2022 Section Board Applications

IPRA is accepting applications for 2022 Board positions for IPRA special interest Sections.
Deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 9, 2021. Learn more and apply here

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IPRA Membership Assistance

If you are an IPRA Professional member and you lost your job in 2020, you qualify to renew your IPRA membership in 2021 as an Advocate member for $97. To take advantage of this membership option, contact us at [email protected]

IPRA is also offering a limited number of grants for IPRA Professional and Advocate members who lost their job due to COVID-19 to cover the cost of their 2021 membership dues. Learn more and apply .

Student members who graduate in 2020 and have not found a park & recreation position automatically had their membership extended through the end of 2021. 

Stay Connected with IPRA!

Please update your IPRA member account with a current email address to stay current on park & rec news and events. You can also add a personal / secondary email address to your account. 
To change your primary email address, log in here. On the “About Me” tab, Click on the pencil to the right of “My Addresses”.  Add a personal l secondary email address at the top of the screen. Your IPRA member account user name will NOT change. For assistance, contact us here.   

Education / Events

Learning Lab: Mindfulness for Balance Over Burn-Out - Part 2
August 5 - FREE for IPRA members! Info / Register

Supervisor Symposium
In-person & virtual options available!
Sept. 10 - Info / Register

Joint Section Education Event
In-person event l FREE for IPRA members! 
Sept. 15 - Info / Register

2021 CPRE Virtual Exam Preparation Program - Series C
Registration deadline, Aug. 13 - Info / Register

Safe Zone Conversations: Latinx
Sept/Oct - FREE for IPRA members! Info / Register  

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course - Fall 2021
Registration deadline, Sept. 20 - Info / Register

Professional Development School is Back!
In-person event l FREE for IPRA members! 
Nov. - Info / Register 

2021 Skills Development Webinar Series

The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities. Participants can earn up to 1.1 CEUs.
Learn more and register


Join the IPRA Virtual Community 

IPRA offers an online community, IPRAConnect, where you can share information and resources, post questions, and use email to communicate directly with people who share your professional interests. Visit and use your IPRA log in to explore IPRAConnect today!  

Join a Section & Network Virtually with Others in Your Field

Are you interested in networking with IPRA members who share your work interests and responsibilities? IPRA’s seven special interest groups, called Sections, provide our members with a way to connect with other professionals in their field.
Learn more about Sections

To participate in a Section, log in to your IPRA account, click on the My Participation tab, select your Section(s), and click the save button at the bottom of the screen. IPRA members are automatically subscribed to the IPRAConnectcommunity associated with your Section. If you need any assistance contact us here.

Recognize the Brightest Stars in Illinois!

IPRA Awards & Recognition Program
Nominations accepted until 11/12/21 - Learn more

Our Sponsors

Safe Zone Conversations on Racism, LGBTQ+, Latinx
Click here to learn more and submit an application to host an event for your agency or group today.

IPRA Commercial Members

IPRA Commercial Members have expertise in a wide range of products and services that support the park and recreation field. Contact our Commercial Members

Calling all Volunteers! Illinois State Fair
Saturday, August 21, 2021

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Looking for access to recordings of recent virtual programming events? Visit here