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Benefits of ORPA Membership
Members recieve a reduced member rate to attend the ORPA Annual Conference. This engaging and informative three-day educational event is the centerpiece of ORPA's annual educational schedule and attracts more than 250 delegates and 45 exhibitors each autumn. Join us this year at "Camp ORPA" at Resort at the Mountain Welches, Oregon, September 15 to 17. Click here for more information.
ORPA conducts several workshops throughout the year to provide critical training for parks and recreation professionals in all fields of work. Examples of workshops are irrigation training, trails workshops, natural play areas workshops, and marketing seminars. Check the website regularly for timely, inexpensive and informative training opportunities specifically designed for your individual and agency needs.
Grants and Scholarships
The Gene Herlocker Professional Development Grant Fund provides annual grants for training and continued education to ORPA members. SPRINT (Section for Programming Interests), MACS (Maintenance & Construction Section) and Aquatics also offer substantial support to their section members with scholarships for national and regional training opportunities throughout the year.
Publications and Information
The Oregon Parks and Recreation magazine debuted in April, 2003, to rave reviews. This full-color publication displays informative articles about Oregon agencies and programs. The magazine will be published three times annually during the spring, fall and winter. Regular e-mail notices are sent to members with timely training and legislative activities. An annual membership directory is provided with information about member agencies, individuals and resources in Oregon.
Professionals and volunteers are recognized annually for outstanding accomplishments in: Professional Service, Innovative Programming, Management Leadership, Private Sector Service, Legislative Advocacy, New Professional, Distinguished Service and Design Awards.
The National Recreation and Park Association Certification Board establishes standards for professional qualifications. ORPA holds an annual training and examination for certification as a Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and certification as an Aquatics Facilities Operator (AFO).
Voice in Legislative Issues
ORPA serves as a voice for park and recreation agencies in local, regional and national legislation and policy initiatives affecting the profession. In 2010 ORPA worked in concert with other organizations to pass Measure 76 - a renewal of the dedication of Oregon lottery dollars to parks and natural resources. That renewal included a dedication of funds to the Local Government Grant Program that supports park projects throughout the state of Oregon. The ORPA Legislative Committee is working hard to ensure continuing state and federal resources to local agencies and advocate for the improvement of local parks and recreation across the state.