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Multimedia from Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program

View videos and more about the work of the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program.

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This trailer previews the "Get Inspired Outdoors" video series which was created by the Appalachian Mountain Club in partnership with the National Park Service. The video highlights summer youth engagement programs in Providence, Rhode Island; Holyoke, Massachusetts; and Lewiston/Auburn, Maine.

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In Providence, Rhode Island, the Groundwork Providence “Green Team” joined with Steel Yard’s “Camp Metal Head” to create sculpture and “green design” environmental projects which expressed their creative response to the freedom of speech theme at Roger Williams National Memorial, a national park site in Providence.

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In Holyoke, Massachusetts and on the New England National Scenic Trail, the Youth Conservation Corps of the Trustees of Reservations teamed up with the Appalachian Mountain Club to learn about and reflect on what it really means to care for the environment. They had fun doing it too.

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In Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, the Androscoggin Land Trust, in partnership with the Tree Street Youth Center and the National Park Service, showed local young people how to have outdoor fun--fishing, hiking and camping--at a variety of local and state parks, and Acadia National Park in Maine.

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In Holyoke Massachusetts, Yamira Vasquez and Jose Garcia spent the summer working as the first Ridge Runners for the New England National Scenic Trail. The experience gave them the chance to be mentors to younger Youth Conservation Corps members, to interact with hikers along the trail, and to consider pursuing a career working in an environmental fields.

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Introducing Clark County, Washington's newest outdoor recreation success - a 32-mile water trail connecting four local bodies of water. A collaborative effort between many local stakeholders, the new Lewis River - Vancouver Lake Water Trail Plan is projected to be finalized this fall. The NPS RTCA is providing assistance with the trail planning process, signage, and mapping.

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Over 70 volunteers gathered this past summer to build the Goldstream Valley Lions Club bike pump park and skills course in Fairbanks, AK. The NPS RTCA program helped project partners find grant money through Alaska's Recreational Trails Program, identified pump park design/build experts to lead the workshop (Alpine Trails), and joined everyone else to shovel and pound the dirt to make it all real.

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Dennis Chestnut with Groundwork Anacostia in DC explains how trash is being collected from a stream that flows directly into the Anacostia River. The NPS RTCA program has assisted Groundwork Anacostia with forming the Groundwork Trust.

Learn more about our work in Washington, DC.

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Hop on your bike to learn more about the Upper Housatonic Valley Heritage Trails, recent recipents of a prestigous Bikes Belong Grant. The NPS RTCA program has assisted the Upper Housatonic Valley Heritage Trails for two years, working in partnership with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

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Steamboat Trace was highlighted as part of NET's Nebraska Stories series. The NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program assisted with the public involvement on this rail trail project over a decade ago. It is now a popular hiking and biking trail. The story is a production of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.

Learn more about our work in Nebraska.

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Minnesota's National Park Legacy, is a selection from "Minnesota's National Park Legacy" that highlights the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. The complete film shared the story of all of the National Park sites in Minnesota. It was co-produced by Twin Cities Public Television with all National Park Service sites in Minnesota. (transcript)

Learn more about our projects in Minnesota.

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National Park Service to focus on Androscoggin River, ME, showcases a new project partner of the NPS RTCA program in 2010.

Learn more about our projects in Maine.

Image of people paddling a kayak. Links to video. Revitalizing Communities - Promoting Health, tells more about how Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance experts help communities create great outdoor family recreation spaces.
Image of Groundwork volunteers. Links to video. Investing in Future Leaders, shares the voices and faces of the Groundwork Youth who have worked with the NPS. View the video at www.nps.gov/ncrc/nap
Image of Groundwork volunteers in front of NPS arrowhead. Links to video. Investing in Future Success, highlights leaders and participants of youth programs across the country who convened at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso TX to share ideas for improving youth programs. View the video at www.nps.gov/ncrc/nap
Photo of program leader, Barbara Rice. Links to audio. Hear more about our technical assistance from Program Leader Barbara Rice.
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