Private sector support for America's national parks is a tradition as old as the parks themselves. Even before the National Park Service (NPS) was established in 1916, citizens were stepping forward to protect special places exemplifying the United States of America's national heritage. Over the years, partnerships have become essential to getting things done both within and beyond park boundaries. Visit the NPS Partnerships website to learn more.
The Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitor Center bookstore is operated by Discover Your Northwest. Discover Your Northwest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise based in Seattle, Washington and also licensed to operate in Oregon, Idaho, California, and Montana. Purchases from the bookstore fund special educational projects in the park.
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance ProgramA small dedicated group within the National Park Service, the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects. In the Hagerman Valley, the RTCA is helping with the Hagerman Hike Bike Path as it is being developed. The new recreational pathways are in the planning stage, and RTCA is providing some guidance.
Geoscientists-in-the-ParksThe Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match college students and recent graduates age 18 - 35 years old with short-term, paid, internships with the National Park Service. Participants may assist with research, synthesis of scientific literature, geologic mapping, GIS analysis, site evaluations, resource inventorying and monitoring, impact mitigation, developing brochures and informative media presentations, and educating park staff and park visitors.
Student Conservation Association
The SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
National Park Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America's national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. The NPF is the National Park Service's congressionally authorized partner. The National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable nonprofit whose sole mission is to directly support the National Park Service.
Last updated: June 18, 2017