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2016 Award Nomination Form - 2016 Board Nomination Form

“In celebration of our 20th year, NYSTRA is offering a membership special –Buy a 1 year membership and get the second year for only $20! Special valid from  January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016 (Online applications only)


Congratulations to the 2015 NYSTRA Award Winners

New President’s Message!

The New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association (NYSTRA) supports and promotes the highest standards of Therapeutic Recreation practice. It unites and provides a voice, individually and collectively, to those engaged in the delivery of Therapeutic Recreation Services within New York state.

NYSTRA was founded with the belief that the provision of Therapeutic Recreation Services is essential to the quality of life and the quality of care of individuals receiving health and human services.

NYSTRA was founded in 1994 by a group of dedicated, experienced therapeutic recreation professionals whose goal was to unite the TR profession in New York State into a single organization with its total resources and energies devoted solely to the promotion of Therapeutic Recreation.

By joining NYSTRA you become a member in the only organization in New York State where your dues go exclusively to TR activities.  These activities are determined by you, the membership.  NYSTRA gives full and equal membership to all who join, from any sector of TR practice, giving representation to the diversity of our field.

NYSTRA is YOU! A membership driven association that requires your input and involvement to best meet the needs of the TR profession.




Recreation Therapy Licensure Update, January, 2016


New Online Membership Application