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Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program May 2019 | Volume I, Issue 4

The Waterfall Garden Park, designed by formerly incarcerated Japanese American Masao Kinoshita, is one of the 42 sites along the Remembrance Trail. Wikimedia Commons Photo.
The Waterfall Garden Park, designed by formerly incarcerated Japanese American Masao Kinoshita, is one of the 42 sites along the Remembrance Trail. Wikimedia Commons Photo.

A Walk to Remember: Seattle Japantown's New Urban Trail


When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the forced removal of Japanese-Americans from their homes during World War II, Seattle’s Japantown community was changed forever. Today, Japantown’s residents are working with the National Park Service to share and preserve their history and cultural resources through the new Japanese American Remembrance Trail in the heart of the city. Read more


Mobile, Alabama, National Park Service Photo
Mobile, Alabama, National Park Service Photo

Reconnecting Creeks to Culture in Africatown


Local leaders in Africatown, a community in Mobile, Alabama formed by a group of emancipated African slaves, are working with the National Park Service to increase public access to their waterways. By reconnecting the neighborhood to its natural resources, they hope to improve quality of life for residents and share their stories with the world. Read more


National Park Service Video
National Park Service Video

Apply for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Assistance from the National Park Service

The National Park Service -- Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is currently accepting applications to provide conservation and outdoor recreation planning assistance in partnership with local communities, national parks, nonprofits and government agencies. Our services are free and includes visioning, planning, community engagement and other related activities. This program does not provide funding for projects. Applications for assistance are due June 30, 2019 and can be obtained here. Projects that are currently underway can be explored on our website. See how we can help turn your community's vision into a reality!


Storytelling Toolbox
Storytelling Toolkit

This Month's Toolkit

Storytelling is a powerful tool that can help capture the essence of a community by highlighting its unique historical, cultural or environmental characteristics. Building a story is a creative process that can achieve a multitude of goals.

Creating stories identifies community experiences and values in relation to planning efforts, and this toolkit provides guidelines for highlighting those narratives.


Last updated: May 22, 2019