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Activity Resource Guide

Yes, we’re all staying at home, but it doesn’t have to be boring! The NISRA Recreation Staff have activity resources for you! Check this out…
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Summer highlights video

NISRA Office Closed

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an order on March 20 for residents of Illinois in non-essential services to “Stay-at-Home”…
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Registration and Brochures

  • NOTE: If you're new to NISRA, a paper registration form is required for just the first time you register, so that we'll have important emergency contact information for the participant.

Summer Day Camps Brochure

Click here to view our Summer Day Camps brochure (PDF) 
Online registration is not available for summer day camps.

Registration for summer programs, trips, and special events (not camp) opens April 9

Welcome to NISRA

The Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association provides year-round recreation activities for people with disabilities. Since 1976, children and adults of all ability levels have enjoyed socializing, building skills and having fun in hundreds of weekly programs, special events, camps and trips each year.

Our Mission

NISRA…enriching the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful recreation experiences.

Our Vision

NISRA will be recognized as a leader in providing community based therapeutic recreation services for children and adults with disabilities and maintain a positive, strong and collaborative relationship with its member districts. NISRA will also be recognized as a desirable place to work.

Our Values

  • Fun
  • Professional
  • Compassionate
  • Trustworthy
  • Innovative

Our Service Area

NISRA serves residents with disabilities in 13 communities in northern Illinois, thanks to the partnership of the member districts. Click here for a list of NISRA’s member districts.

Our Customer Service

It is important to NISRA that we not only provide professionalism through delivery of our services, but also in our customer service approach and experience. View our Customer Service Mission Statement (PDF) for more information.

NISRA is a 2018-2022 PDRMA Accredited Member

NISRA received Level A, Accredited status in our 2018 Loss Control Review process by the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA). This is the highest rating awarded by PDRMA, and is a reflection of NISRA staff & volunteers consistently implementing the safety standards set forth by PDRMA.

National Gold Medal Award logo

Two time recipient, for excellence in park and recreation management.


McHenry County Mental Health Board

A Barrington Area United Way supported agency

Community Foundation for McHenry County