Who We Are: Community Assistance Arm of the National Park Service
and community leaders decide to conserve
close-to-home landscapes, Rivers & Trails
staff can help them get started. "
- American Hiking
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation
Assistance Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects.
The RTCA program implements the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America.
Where we work:
RTCA works in
urban, rural, and suburban communities with the
goal of helping communities achieve on-the-ground
conservation successes for their projects.
How we work:
focus is on helping communities help themselves
by providing expertise and experience from around
the nation. From urban promenades to trails along
abandoned railroad rights-of-way to wildlife corridors,
our assistance in greenway efforts is wide ranging.
Similarly, our assistance in river conservation
spans downtown riverfronts to regional water trails
to stream restoration.
Who we work with:
RTCA works with nonprofit organizations, community groups, tribes or tribal governments, and local, state, or federal government agencies.
Everywhere we work, we stand alongside
Please, get in touch:
RTCA has conservation
professionals in communities nationwide.
- Meet one of our staff, Diane Banta, who was profiled in the Rails-to-Trails magazine
- National Park Service Community Assistance
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Jobs: National Park Service Employment Opportunities