This Partnership Toolkit provides informational resources to guide the development and growth of your partnership program.
Policy and Resources
Policy and Legislation
In addition to Director's Order #21: Donations and Philanthropic Partnerships and its Reference Manual, there are several other policies that apply to partnership work:
- Director's Order #32: Cooperating Associations provides guidance to National Park Service managers and staff who work in partnership with Cooperating Associations and helps define the roles of the two organizations in order to strengthen mission alignment and clarify the responsibilities of each organization. Please Use the Reference Manual, Director's Orders #32 in tandem with this Director's Order.
- Director's Order #7: Volunteers in Parks provides direction to National Park Service personnel who are responsible for, and/or involved in, implementing a volunteer program. A Reference Manual is currently being completed. Please refer back to this page for updates.
- Director's Order #45: National Trails System outlines the policies and procedures for national scenic and historic trails and the National Park Services' responsibilities in processing nominations and offering program leadership for national recreation trails. The associated Reference Manual is currently being developed.
- Director's Order #46: Wild and Scenic Rivers provides the policy guidance necessary for accountability, consistency, and continuity in implementation of the Wild Scenic Rivers Act and addresses management responsibilities for Wild and Scenic Rivers.
National Park Service Management Policies 2006: The Guide to Managing the National Park Service focuses on the management of the national park system.
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- Brian O'Neil's 21 Partnership Success Factors are a synthesis of best practices for establishing partnerships that best accomplish the National Park Service mission and that helps build a community of stewardship.
- The Beyond Outreach Handbook, A Guide to Designing Effective Programs to Engage Diverse Communities, provides guidance on developing programs that connect diverse communities to their local national parks. Topics include, exploring and designing deep engagement programs and identifying program gaps and opportunities for long-term successful outcomes.
Last updated: July 6, 2018