Challenge Cost Share Projects
Challenge Cost Share projects are as diverse as our national parks. This year we seek to support projects that serve parks and promote bold innovation in one or more of three thematic categories:
- Urban Outreach: Projects to promote active healthy living, restore or conserve community natural and cultural assets, or promote close-to-home access to recreation within an urban setting.
- Youth Engagement: Projects to engage youth participants to play, learn, serve, and work associated with NPS sites.
- Connecting People to the Outdoors: Projects to enhance access to outdoor recreation opportunities.
Read more about Challenge Cost Share's impact nationwide in the FY 2016, FY 2015, and FY 2014 project summaries.
Examples of past projects:
- “Youth Diving with a Purpose" at Biscayne National Park
High school seniors spent a week scuba diving with NPS professionals mapping an underwater shipwreck. See the YDWP NPS Ordinary Young People Doing Extraordinary Things!
- Learning Adventures at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Partners Outside Las Vegas Foundation, the National Park Service and Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance are providing experiential educational opportunities for 200 Southern Nevada YMCA youth. Watch the youth Cruisin' and Paddlin' on the Mighty Colorado.
- Groundwork Richmond Green Team and Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park
Green Team youth reached out to the Richmond, CA community to collaborate on a new community-designed park, installed a mural and cleaned up the surrounding area. They also completed a service learning project with Pt. Reyes National Seashore and an educational / recreational kayaking program with San Francisco Maritime National Park. See
50 Fund Playmaker: Javier Ochoa Reyes and Groundwork Richmond explain their efforts.
- Urban Rangers Connect People to the Outdoors
Run by University of Utah student volunteers, Challenge Cost Share funding placed youth ambassadors on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. They engaged adults and a large number of youth in an urban environment connecting people to the outdoors and providing information about three national historic trails and national parks along the Wasatch Front.