What We Do

The National Park Service has several programs that assist community-led efforts to restore rivers, establish trails, save open spaces, rebuild parks, and preserve other special places.
Group of young adults enjoying the view of a mountain range.
Group of young adults enjoying the view of a mountain range. © Heather Molvik

Challenge Cost Share > The Challenge Cost Share Program supports local projects that promote conservation and recreation, environmental stewardship, education, and youth engagement in national parks with the support of local project partners.

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance > The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program helps carry out the National Park Service conservation and outdoor recreation mission. The staff provides technical assistance to community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects, including the conservation and restoration of waterways, preservation of open spaces and parkland, development of trails and greenways, and development of close-to-home outdoor recreation opportunities.

Hydropower Assistance > The Hydropower Assistance Program provides technical assistance on Hydropower Licensing Proceedings of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers > The National Park Service (NPS) is one of four federal land-managing agencies with Wild and Scenic River management responsibilities. NPS works with these federal agencies, as well as state and local governments, landowners, and non-profit organizations, in a variety of ways to protect and enhance National Wild and Scenic Rivers.

National Trails System > The National Trails System is a network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement.

Last updated: January 23, 2018