ERIC Number: ED449978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Diversity and the National Parks: Working Together for Change. The National Parks Community Partners Program.
This guidebook was developed to assist in the creation of partnerships. It discusses some of the best practices and lessons learned in the program's first year, and gives novice community-based organizers a sense of how effective partnerships can be formed. The guidebook will help the more experienced organizers of National Park Service employees in five areas: (1) thinking about techniques for organizing effective coalitions of government and non-government individuals; (2) providing practical tips on where to go to find, recruit, and hire more diverse applicants; (3) creating methods to bridge cultural and bureaucratic gaps that may hinder the formation of effective alliances; (4) understanding the reciprocal nature of the relationship between the park service and the community; and (5) providing a basic format for establishing, building, and sustaining a partnership. This guidebook provides information to help assess the need for community partnerships and best practices for getting started. It also examines strategies for recruiting, fund raising, developing media relations, and promoting partnerships. Employment opportunities for park service personnel are outlined. (SAH)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, National Parks, Park Design, Science Education
National Parks Conservation Association, 1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: 202-223-6722; Web site: http://www.npca.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC.