The National Association of State Park Directors

The NASPD is devoted to the successful and effective administration of state parks.

The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) is devoted to helping state park systems effectively manage and administer their state park system. The mission of the Association is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation's environment, heritage, health and economy.

The Association is composed of fifty state park directors, plus territories of the United States of America, including our newest member, Puerto Rico that have full membership privileges in the organzation. The Association has also established memorandums of understanding (MOU's) with what is referred to as Associates and Affliiates that share common goals. Honorary membership in the Association may also be conferred on any former member that has served at least three years as a state park director.

The Association is organized into six regions based on reasonable geographical groupings of members. The direction and management of the Association is vested in a Board of Directors comprised of ten members representing the six regions, President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Past President. Members should refer to the Constitution, By-Laws and Policies for further information on the purposes and objectives of the organization. On behalf of the members, the day to day responsibilities of the Association is performed by a paid staff person, referred to as the Executive Director.

This site provides members a common forum for the exchange of pertinent information regarding state park programs and services. Further, the site provides members a variety of other services including, direct links to state park directors and key staffs in each state, current research about state parks and related topics, employment opportunities within the various states, best practices, conferences and the Association's awards program.

NASPD Constitution PDF Document

2014 National Association of State Park Directors Conference

Sept. 2-5, 2014
CenturyLink Center
Omaha, NE
Nebraska Game and Parks is hosting the National Association of State Park Directors Conference September.
Register here:
Conference Registration
Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration

Outdoor Industry Association Report

The Outdoor Recreation Economy 2012

The Outdoor Industry Association recently issued a report addressing outdoor recreation as a significant sector of the American economy, including the creation of more than 6 million jobs. The report is full of interesting facts and figures that you may find useful and focuses on direct economic effects. If indirect effects on the economy are considered, the report estimates that outdoor recreation contributes $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy and 12 million jobs. A state-by-state report will be issued later this year. Here is the link to the report if you are interested in reviewing: http://www.outdoorindustry.org/national-economic-impact-reports.php?action=detail&research_id=167

About the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD)

Comprised of fifty state park directors, the NASPD (www.naspd.org) was founded in 1962. The mission of the Association is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy.

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