The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources.
Through the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program, National Park Service staff provide free, on-location facilitation and planning expertise. Staff will draw from project experiences across the country and adapt best practices to your community's specific needs.
National Park Service staff help local leaders:
- Define project vision and goals
- Inventory and map community resources
- Identify and analyze key issues and opportunities
- Engage collaborative partners and stakeholders
- Design community outreach and participation strategies
- Develop concept plans for trails, parks, and natural areas
- Set priorities and build consensus
- Identify funding sources
- Develop a sustainable organizational framework to support the project
Then call or email a National Park Service staff member near you to discuss your idea, and let them know by July 15 if you intend to submit an application by the August 1 due date.
Find a local staff member HERE.
• Application Deadline: August 1, 2015
• Download the Application HERE