Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

Published: May 16, 2017

Apply by June 30 to be considered for technical assistance with your locally-led conservation and outdoor recreation project.

Have an idea for a trail, river, or park in your community? The National Park Service can help!

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation.

The community assistance specialists in the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program can help you to:

  • Increase access to outdoor recreation and the natural world;
  • Improve community health with new opportunities for more active living;
  • Promote conservation and encourage stewardship of local resources;
  • Benefit the local economy by improving quality of life; 
  • Connect youth to the outdoors and engage the next generation of conservation stewards; and
  • Build partnerships that support your project's success!

To find out if the National Park Service can help your community, review the application process. Then call or email their staff member nearest you to discuss your idea. Their staff want to talk with you informally before you apply, to explore and develop your project idea and help you make the best of your application. Please let them know by the end of May if you intend to submit an application.

Still need help deciding to do something great in your community with our help?  Watch this short video.

Apply Now! Applications are due by June 30.