Challenge Cost Share Projects
Challenge Cost Share projects are as diverse as our national parks. This year we seek to support projects that serve parks and promote bold innovation in one or more of three thematic categories:
- Urban Outreach: Projects to promote active healthy living, restore or conserve community natural and cultural assets, or promote close-to-home access to recreation within an urban setting.
- Youth Engagement: Projects to engage youth participants to play, learn, serve, and work associated with NPS sites.
- Connecting People to the Outdoors: Projects to enhance access to outdoor recreation opportunities.
Examples of past projects:
- Teens to Trails the Acadia Rendezvous and Appalachian Trail Adventure
Weekend adventures introduced Maine teens to Acadia National Park and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. 20 Outing Clubs, 150 teens with volunteer trip leaders and college mentors attended half-day outings and skill building workshops to help build confidence and strengthen newer Outing Clubs.
- Northwest Indiana Mighty Urban Wilderness Paddle
This new program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore exposed park neighbors to paddling in local waterways reaching 3,660 students, grades 4 to 12, and 1,200 members of the public through 22 days of paddling.
- Discovering How National Parks Protect our Natural Resources through Watershed Education
Discovery Days at Manassas National Battlefield Park engaged 6,000 six graders with teams of retired teachers and George Mason University science student interns. Inquiry-based activities such as hands-on science explorations and state-of-the-art technology were built into new watershed curriculum.