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Current Educational Opportunities

The IAPD is committed to helping our members stay current in all aspects of park districts, forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation, and special recreation agencies, from changes in laws to the latest trends and updates.

Legislative & Legal Updates

The IAPD is determined to take action on a regular basis to move the interests of our members forward and advocate on behalf of park districts, forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation, and special recreation agencies.

Register for the IAPD Leadership Institute

The IAPD Leadership Institute is an educational series designed to enhance the personal growth and professional development of those holding leadership and governance roles within park and recreation agencies.

Board Member Development Program

The IAPD Board Member Development Program is open to board members from IAPD member agencies.  The program gives recognition to local board members who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty.

Donate to Friends of Illinois Parks Today

Friends of Illinois Parks are individuals, corporations and groups who share a common belief in the importance of open space for wholesome recreational activities and in the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitats.

Watch the latest IAPD Legends Series Videos!

This video series records and memorializes the experience and dedication of citizen volunteers and park board members throughout Illinois. Be inspired by their service and work to improve the lives of those in their community.

From the Desk of Peter Murphy, President & CEO

On behalf of the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Board of Trustees, I’d like to welcome you to our website!

If you are visiting the IAPD website for the first time, please take a moment to browse and become familiar with everything that your association offers.  I also want you to know that the friendly IAPD staff is always available to answer any questions that you may have, on the website or on association services.

As a member, we know that your visits will provide you with a wealth of information in the form of research, education, advocacy and much more!

The IAPD created this website based on member input to help you stay educated and current with the continually evolving world of park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies. Most importantly, we want to add value to the work of skilled leaders, as well as to your goals as a board president, commissioner, attorney or executive director. We're here to help give you fast, easy access to important information as it relates to our field.

We hope you take advantage of this amazing resource and visit our website often. Be sure to add us to your list of "favorites" - we frequently update our information, and we wouldn't want you to miss any new developments!






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