The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD)
is devoted to the successful and effective administration of state parks.
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 organization.


On January 1, 2014, we made history by hosting over 800 hikes and more than 27,000 people in all 50 states – an increase of 5,000 participants over 2013 . Once again, this signature event for America’s State Parks was an opportunity to showcase state parks as “close to home” places for connecting people to nature, promoting year-round recreation and fostering healthy outdoor lifestyles.

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.