Nominate someone today for an SDPRA award!

We all know folks that improve our quality of life through their contributions to parks and recreation. Now is the time to shout it from the rooftops. Well, you don’t have to do that, just fill out a quick online form telling us why they’re awesome – we’ll take care of the rest. Nominations are required by Sept. 15. Awards will take place during the annual conference in October.


Student Scholarships Offered

SDPRA is seeking applicants for two $2,000 student scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarship program promotes and supports excellence in the field of park and recreation by providing financial assistance for both undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in a South Dakota college and university with parks and recreation emphasis. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Learn more and apply

Scholarship for Parks and Rec Professionals

Apply now for the Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance Partnerships scholarship, which was created to help dedicated professionals explore ways to integrate more partnerships into their work to benefit and bring value to parks, public lands and the communities that host them.

Applicants can be from any field of outdoor recreation and can request funding for conferences, single or multiple webinar series, and/or periodicals or training manuals, etc. Recipients will focus on expanding one’s knowledge and capabilities for expanding partnerships that will enhance outdoor recreation agencies. Presented by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals. Learn more

Membership Scholarship Available for New Members

SDPRA will award two communities or organizations a scholarship to send one representative each to the 2019 SDPRA Annual Conference this October in Rapid City. The scholarship targets new or lapsed members, in an effort to reach out to smaller communities that are not aware or do not have the funds to be actively involved. The scholarship includes the conference registration fee, two nights lodging and a year-long professional membership to SDPRA. The deadline is July 31. Learn more and apply