Last updated: September 15, 2017
“The National Park Service was founded in 1916. At that time, the countries population was around 100 million people, with approximately half living in urban areas. More than 100 years later, the US is home to more than 324 million people, with 80% of the population living in cities. This and additional demographic changes affect how parks are valued, how they are visited and the level of support for parks. Success for the National Park Service in the coming years will depend on its ability to stay true to its mission while also aligning with community-driven agendas that serve urban communities and their social, economic, recreational, and health needs…
Urban Lights is a collection of stories and learnings from across the country, showcasing the breadth and depth of innovative work in the urban sphere from coast to coast. The programs and partnerships featured here illustrate a variety of relationships between public lands and urban communities. These stories shine a light on new approaches to working and illuminating a path forward for parks and programs working in urban areas.” -Urban Lights
Cabrillo National Monument’s Native STEAM program was recently featured on page 10 of this publication. Take a look at how we are working to connect with our community in innovative ways.
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