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Membership

Membership Benefits

Professional Development 
The park and recreation industry is constantly changing. Therefore, the importance of professional development is paramount to your agency and yourself. The Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association, Inc. offers professional development opportunities to fit your needs. For a full listing of all of the Association's services and educational training opportunities visit our website at www.wpraweb.org

WPRA Conferences and Events
WPRA is committed to helping you do business better by providing conferences and events that highlight issues affecting your agency and our industry. These events, which attract approximately 500 attendees and over 125 exhibitors annually, are designed to help you develop business strategies and grow your agency professionally.

Online Education
Earn a reputation for your professionalism, advance your career and give your agency a competitive advantage with courses and resources from the acclaimed WPRA Webinars, the educational arm of your State Association. WPRA Webinars provide the educational tools you need at every stage of your career, and without the expenses incurred by travel and lodging.

PRMonthly
The Wisconsin Park & Recreation Associations Monthly electronic newsletter that keeps members up to date on pertinent association, state and national park and recreation news, educational offerings, membership updates, etc.

IMPACT Magazine
The Wisconsin Park & Recreation Associations quarterly member only magazine that consists of WPRA news, updates and articles.

Leadership Academy
Join a national network of more than 100 real park and recreation professionals recognized by the industry as the next generation of leaders. The WPRA Great Lakes Leadership Academy program delivers a highly regarded curriculum focusing on leadership and business analysis skills and delivers a comprehensive leadership training experience for selected participants. The Leadership Academy program provides the tools you need to further your career in parks and recreation administration.

Path to Diversity
As the face of America changes, so must the face of the park and recreation industry. WPRA hopes to effect positive change through education. Along with WPRA and numerous other partners and sponsors, the WPRA Foundations offers scholarships, grants and the provision of education programs that encourage entrance and advancement in the field of parks and recreation.

Member Categories

The Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association offers members the option of registering for a number of membership branches and/or categories that best meet their professional needs.

Professional
This membership category is available to part-time and full-time employees working in Aquatics, Parks, Natural Resources, State Parks, Recreation, Senior Centers, Therapeutic Recreation, Fitness and Athletic Coordinators, Landscape Architects, and others working on behalf of parks and recreation. Membership can be obtained in the Individual category, Departmental (2 professionals from the same agency), and/or Agency (3 or more professionals from the same agency). There are different rates for each of the three professional categories. Membership in this category includes 2 professional sections: Aquatics, Park, Recreation, and the Young Professional Network. Each professional member has the right to vote and to hold office.

Organizational
This membership category is available to non-profit organizations that promote park and/or recreational related services, i.e. American Red Cross, YMCA’s, Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Club, City or County Zoos, etc. An individual designed of the organization is entitled to membership services, and has the right to vote and hold office.

Commercial
This membership category is available to for-profit companies that provide services and/or products for the park and recreation industry. Examples of companies or vendors can include Landscape & Architecture, Aquatic Facility Supplier, Award & Trophy, Playground Equipment and Surfaces, Athletic Field Construction and Products, Sports Photography, Surveyors, Attractions, Promotional Products, and numerous other companies providing products and/or services to the industry. One company staff is eligible and listed as the WPRA representative. Such membership does not include the privilege of voting or holding office. Additional staff may join at the Professional level, but they may not hold office or vote, as they are still considered an employee of a commercial company.

Student
This membership category is available to full-time students enrolled in a park, natural resource, recreation management, therapeutic recreation, physical education, cultural arts, or related curriculum that relates to the provision of park and recreation services. Student membership includes one professional section. Student membership does not include the privilege of voting excepts as members of committees or holding office, except that the Student Section Chairperson shall be a full voting member of the WPRA Board of Directors.

Board/Commission
This membership category is open to citizen Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Councils relating to parks and recreation. Each designated member is entitled to membership services, and has the right to vote and hold office.

Office Support
This membership category is available to part-time and full-time office employees working in an Aquatic, Park, Natural Resource, Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation agency. Membership includes the privilege of voting and holding office.

Citizen Advocate & Friend
This membership is open to all citizens with an interest in promoting and advocating parks and recreation. A Citizen member of the State Association in neither a Professional in the field nor a student member. This category would also not apply to current Park & Recreation Board and Commission members. Members in this category cannot vote or hold office.

University/Faculty
This membership category is open to those employed at universities offering a park and/or recreation related curriculum. If the number of faculty exceeds four, additional individuals may join at the group agency rate. Each designated member is entitled to membership services, and has the right to vote and hold office.

Emeritus
This membership category is available to retirees from the park, recreation, and allied leisure fields. Each member has the right to vote and to hold office.

The following membership sections have representation on the WPRA Board of Directors: Aquatics, Park, Recreation, and the Young Professional Network.