Upcoming Events

MRPA hosts a variety of education opportunities throughout the year. Workshop information will be added to this page throughout the year.

MRPA Leadership and Conflict Management Workshop

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 
Sessions: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., includes lunch
Shoreview Community Center
Full day (.5 CEUs), morning session only (.25 CEUs), or afternoon session only (.25 CEUs)


Annie Frisoli, founder & CEO of Creating Community LLC and international facilitator and presenter within the park, recreation, and event profession has led numerous training and strategy sessions on topics related to leadership, culture, and team development. 

Morning Session – Conflict is Not a Bad Word

Conflict is inevitable. When people work together, they bring differing perspectives, opinions and motives that can lead to conflict. This training will recognize that conflict isn’t always bad. In fact, many conflicts -- when handled properly -- can create an atmosphere of creativity and innovation. Most importantly, know that conflict management skills can be learned. While natural ability is helpful, we know these skills can be effectively developed and improved.


Afternoon Session – Leading with Agility

To be a high performer and increase your long-term potential, you need a way to deal with the unknown -- and fast. Fortunately, it’s never too soon (or too late) to increase your learning agility. Learning agility is about knowing how to learn -- knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. It’s about learning from experience and applying it in new ways, adapting to new circumstances and opportunities.

Click here to view the event flyer and registration form.

Click here to register online

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam

March 20-22, 2024

Bunker Hills Activity Center, Maple Room
550 Bunker Lake Blvd
Andover, MN 55304

Note: This course is currently full. Email the MRPA office to be added to the waitlist gerhard@mnrpa.org

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam

May 8-10, 2024

SBM Fire Station 3
11920 Ulysses St. NE
Blaine, MN 55449

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*This course has more openings.  Registration deadline is April 17th.

MRPA Annual Conference 2024
September 24 - 27, 2024
Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center
Mankato, MN

This year’s conference theme is Impacting Communities. Changing Lives. The 2024 conference team is devoted to delivering a conference that will explore all aspects of parks and recreation.

Call for Session Proposals

The 2024 Conference Planning Committee is excited to bring to you the 2024 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference.  The Conference Committee is looking forward to providing diverse educational opportunities that will engage professionals from all backgrounds.

To submit an Educational Session Proposal please visit: ­­­­­


The deadline for Educational Session Proposals is Friday, March 15, 2024.  

If you have questions, the Conference Committee members would be happy to assist you:

Claudia Hicks, Conference Committee Co-Chair                                                      


Kevin O’Brien, Conference Committee Co-Chair


Ben Boldt, Program Committee Chair   


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Fridley, MN 55432

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