What We Do

Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program extends and expands the benefits of the National Park Service to communities throughout the nation.

Check out the different ways we can help you!

How We Help

When a community asks for assistance with a project through our application, National Park Service staff provide free, on-location facilitation and planning expertise. We draw from project experiences across the country and adapt best practices to a community's specific needs.

Our staff help:

  • Define project vision and goals
  • Inventory and map community resources
  • Identify and analyze key issues and opportunities
  • Engage collaborative partners and stakeholders
  • Design community outreach and participation strategies
  • Develop concept plans for trails, parks, and natural areas
  • Set priorities and build consensus
  • Identify funding sources
  • Develop a sustainable organizational framework to support the project
Interested? Apply Today.

In order to obtain National Park Service assistance for your community project, please visit our application page for more information.

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- The National Park Service
isn't just about National Parks.

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We work with communities
to make them healthier

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and more livable.

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- Creating a greenway along the
Harlem River waterfront.

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- We want to create a safe
walking path for our youth

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and our families.

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- To make sure that the trail
is safe for users.

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- The services we provide vary

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depending on the needs
of the projects

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and the communities
we work with.

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- The rivers, the trails,
the parks

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that are nearby
where people work, live,

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and play are as important
to those communities

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as the National Parks are
to the nation.

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- People everywhere deserve
places to touch nature

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and enjoy the outdoors.

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the National Park Service

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to see how we can help
make that a reality.

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Last updated: April 16, 2019