Advocate Member Benefits


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Why join IPRA?

Advocate membership is perfect for part-time or retired professionals, park & recreation professionals working outside of Illinois, a person representing an association or foundation related to the field, or those seeking employment.

We offer educational workshops and webinars for the development and improvement of the knowledge and leadership skills of professionals in the field of parks, recreation and conservation. Check out Supervisor Symposium & Professional Development School!  

Get tools you can use! Utilize our online communities, IPRAConnect, where members can pose questions, share resources and collaborate with each other across the state.

Join the fun! Experience the legendary Park Pursuit – where teams engage in a day-long race where team building, healthy competition, and recreation take center stage.

Be a mentor! Join ProConnect - a unique and multi-tiered mentoring experience that includes early career, mid-level career and seasoned/retired professionals. Participants are encouraged to apply from all domains within the parks and recreation field.   
Your membership experience includes…
  • Access to network of 2,500 members and growing 
  • Access to IPRA’s online Membership Directory and IPRAConnect online communities
  • Discount on registration to IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference 
  • Discounts on professional development & event registration, including:
    CPRP Prep Training Classes, Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course and Professional Development School 
  • Discounts on online job postings
  • Volunteer opportunities with IPRA Sections and committees
  • Membership in targeted Special Interest Group(s) 
  • Opportunity to apply to our award-winning mentoring program, ProConnect
  • Recognition for outstanding achievements at the individual and agency level through our Awards and Recognition program
  • Subscription to IL Parks & Recreation magazine and IPRA Today eNewsletter
  • Scholarships offered by the Illinois Park & Recreation Foundation for both students and professionals

Network and learn from fellow professionals in your chosen IPRA section(s)

  • Administrative & Finance 
  • Communications & Marketing 
  • Diversity
  • Facility Management
  • Forest Preserve & Conservation
  • Park & Natural Resource Management Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation

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Memberships are valid through December 31, 2022

I love all of the opportunities IPRA provides to its members to grow as professionals.  The involvement choices are varied and reach out to many different interests, skill levels, and time commitments.  IPRA Membership Survey 2018

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