Parks, People and Partnerships

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dc.contributor.author Baur, Joshua
dc.contributor.author Diprizio, Laura
dc.contributor.author Fernandes, Nicole
dc.contributor.author Fried, Zachary
dc.contributor.author Sellers, Jennifer
dc.contributor.advisor Kaplan, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned 2007-04-18T16:28:07Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2007-04-18T16:28:07Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.date.submitted 2007-04
dc.identifier 137 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/50482
dc.description.abstract National Park Service (NPS) units across the U.S. receive hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, but visitor demographics have generally not matched the increasing diversity of the U.S. population. The purpose of this study is to provide the NPS and community-based organizations (CBOs) with useful information and tools to improve their outreach efforts through partnerships. This study focuses on the Los Angeles metropolitan area because of its diverse population and relative proximity to several national park sites. In addition to the review of relevant literature and examination of model partnership programs, the study is based on interviews with NPS staff and 15 CBOs representing faith-based organizations, female organizations, urban nature centers, and youth organizations. While our interviews covered multiple topics, the primary focus was on the challenges and benefits to partnerships. Despite recognition of perceived barriers, all interviewees were interested in building partnerships. Furthermore, both NPS and CBO participants saw common benefits afforded by such arrangements. Our recommendations focus on three domains of effort for NPS focus: improving information exchange, strengthening logistical support, and enhancing cultural awareness and staff diversity. By addressing these areas, we believe that the NPS will facilitate partnerships with community-based organizations and meaningfully engage underserved audiences not currently visiting national parks. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject National Parks Service en
dc.subject.other Improve Outreach for National Park Service en
dc.title Parks, People and Partnerships en
dc.type Project en
dc.description.thesisdegreename Master of Science en
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline School of Natural Resources and Environment en
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan en
dc.contributor.committeemember N/A, N/A
dc.identifier.uniqname joshbaur en
dc.identifier.uniqname diprizil en
dc.identifier.uniqname nafern en
dc.identifier.uniqname zfried en
dc.identifier.uniqname sellersj en
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/50482/1/Parks_People_and_Partnerships.pdf en_US
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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