Engaging Diverse Groups in Building Community Resilience through Stewardship

Advocates, stewards, and volunteers are key to the success of ecologically balanced park projects and spaces. They provide vital assistance in the advocacy, establishment, maintenance, and educational outreach needed to ensure these spaces are in harmony with nature, well-maintained, and a welcoming place for all.

by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

This resource provides a process, tools, and case studies that will help park and recreation professionals thoughtfully explore how to engage in community-building work around natural resources and conservation efforts. It specifically focuses on building partnerships and community trust, conducting community engagement and communications outreach, and planning events. It also allows space to reflect on your current practices and how you, your agency, and your community are engaged in this work.

This resource is meant to be used in a reiterative process. You may be tempted to try the steps that are easy without working through the full process, such as reaching out to new groups before doing the additional steps. Remember, this work takes time, consistency, thoughtfulness, and dedication. By no means should you delay taking steps in your journey for this work. However, it will take time and may take several attempts or methods to achieve the desired outcomes. By dedicating a thoughtful approach to this work, you can ensure long-term and sustained success and change. When using this resource, reflect on each section — your successes and challenges — and change your approach, if needed. Also, this guide is not prescriptive in its process. Feel free to use the information as it applies to your current processes. And most of all, be mindful as you move through this work!

Attached document published June 2021

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National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.

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