05-24-23 | News

National Park Trust and NPS Fund Community Projects to Connect People with Nature

Funding Award to 18 Projects Throughout the Country
by Staff

The National Park Trust and National Park Service have announced $375,100 in funding for 18 education and outdoor recreation projects through the 2023 NPS Challenge Cost Share Program. Pictured is Zion National Park, which is the location of one of the winning projects.

The National Park Trust, in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS), has unveiled the recipients of the 2023 NPS Challenge Cost Share Program, providing $375,100 in funding for 18 projects focused on education and outdoor recreation. Each initiative aims to connect local communities with nearby national parks, national trails, or wild and scenic rivers, promoting active outdoor engagement and increasing awareness of our nation's natural and cultural heritage.

Grace Lee, Executive Director of the National Park Trust, expressed enthusiasm about the program's ability to foster sustainable partnerships that benefit parks and people. Lee stated, "The Challenge Cost Share program is a terrific example of an initiative that leverages public and private funds to invest in communities to create sustainable partnerships that benefit parks and people."


By partnering with the National Park Trust, the National Park Service expands its reach and impact through the Challenge Cost Share Program. Lauren S. Imgrund, NPS Associate Director for Partnerships and Civic Engagement, acknowledged the valuable work carried out by local partner organizations across the nation. Imgrund stated, "We appreciate the work of local partner organizations across the nation, who are using their resources and skills to support conservation, recreation, and education projects that are meaningful and impactful to their communities."

The 2023 projects encompass a diverse range of initiatives. Some examples include removing invasive species and restoring native plant communities along the Wabash River in George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, providing environmental education outings for underserved students in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and exploring Indigenous history on the New England Trail to promote equity in environmental preservation.

These projects are made possible through the collaboration and financial support of the NPS, the National Park Trust, community partners, and nonprofit organizations. The National Park Trust is administering the program and leveraging additional financial resources to amplify its impact and reach.


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