The California Park & Recreation Society provides career development, networking, resources and is the public advocate for California park and recreation professionals.
- CPRS is where California park and recreation professionals improve their knowledge of park and recreation management,
- CPRS brings California park and recreation professionals together from across disciplines and agency and regional boundaries to advance professionalism, opportunities for career growth and to encourage collegiality,
- CPRS is a resource for California park and recreation best practices, techniques, products and trends,
- CPRS is the voice of California park and recreation professionals and agencies, government and the media
Founded in 1946, CPRS is a nonprofit, professional and public interest organization with more than 4,000 members who create community:
- providing recreational experiences to individuals, families and communities
- fostering human development
- promoting health and wellness
- increasing cultural unity
- facilitating community problem solving
- protecting natural resources
- strengthening safety and security
- strengthening community image and sense of place
- supporting economic development
CPRS membership is well-distributed, with 86 percent of park and recreation agencies in California boasting at least one CPRS individual member. In addition, over 175 park and recreation agencies are themselves CPRS members.