For Immediate Release

Contact Information: 
Heather Weishaar
Communications & Marketing Director
[email protected]


Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Supports Forest Preserve and Conservation District Professional Community

La Grange, IL – For the first time since 2003, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) has launched a new section. This new section will support the professional needs of members working at forest preserves and conservation districts throughout Illinois. 

“For the first time, individuals working at forest preserve and conservation districts have a nationally recognized state professional association that will proactively work to provide high quality continuing education programs, networking opportunities, and resources to further advance career development in the field of conservation and natural resource management.” – Elizabeth Kessler, Executive Director, McHenry County Conservation District, and Chair, IPRA Forest Preserve and Conservation Committee.

The Forest Preserve and Conservation Section has a strong base of volunteer leaders that will be responsible for planning section education and events, managing section finances, creating section award(s), serving on the Conference Program Committee, and providing section outreach through IPRA’s online community platform - IPRAConnect. 

In the next several months, they will be offering the following new programs: Working with Natural Resources Restoration Contractors, Trends in Revenue Streams/Market Analysis with National Benchmarking Study, and 30x30 Legislation: Impacts on Conservation. Additional information can be found on the IPRA website, .  

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association serves nearly 2,500 park, recreation, and conservation professionals throughout the state, and is a national leader in providing premier education, networking, and resources. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please visit the IPRA website: