The National Park Service – Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (NPS-RTCA) supports locally-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the United States. NPS-RTCA assists communities and public land managers in developing or restoring parks, conservation areas, rivers, and wildlife habitats, as well as creating outdoor recreation opportunities and programs that engage future generations in the outdoors. 

NPS-RTCA does not provide financial assistance or monetary grants. As a collaborative partner, we provide professional services to help you achieve your conservation and outdoor recreation project vision. Through an application process, community groups, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, national parks, and local, state and federal agencies can apply for NPS-RTCA technical assistance. 

Explore our Community Assistance publication 


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Video: A Helping Hand for Your Community

See how NPS-RTCA can help implement your community's conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

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Publication: Indigenous Communities

Explore our new publication! Stories of Partnership: Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Achievements in Indigenous Communities

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Video: Anza Trail Cultural History Park

The Anza Trail Cultural History Park is a case study for making cultural history accessible using universal design principles.

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Map: Community Assistance Projects

Explore an interactive map highlighting current NPS-RTCA projects across the country.

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Building Healthy Communities

Parks, Trails, Water Trails, Health, Heritage, Natural Disasters, Accessibility, Underutilized Spaces

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Conserving Lands and Waters

Climate Change Adaptation, Land and Habitat Conservation, River Restoration

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Public Land Collaboration

National Parks, State and Federal Lands

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Developing Organizational Capacity

Collaboration Services, Organizational Development

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Resources and Publications

Explore publications and resources published by NPS-RTCA or developed in collaboration with national and local partners.

Last updated: March 25, 2024