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Cooperating associations are official nonprofit education partners of the NPS. Working side-by-side with NPS staff, nearly 70 associations curate and manage park stores across the National Park System. Through NPS-approved products, programs, and events, they help people better understand and connect with the meanings and themes of a park. Effective interpretive programs ignite curiosity. Cooperating associations help satisfy that curiosity with engaging educational products that allow visitors to take a tangible piece of the experience home with them. An Association is defined as a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established under State law, with which the NPS has a signed standard Cooperating Association Agreement. Director's Order and Resource Manual 32 provide guidance for those activities performed under a signed standard Agreement. As part of their standard agreement with the NPS, Associations donate proceeds from their sales to support the park’s interpretation, education, and research activities.
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Learn more about DO 32 and RM 32 and why they are important.
The National Park Service has many agreement templates available to facilitate various kinds of partnerships
Visitor Center Futures is a workgroup whose members explore opportunities to reimagine visitor centers and challenge our assumptions to better meet visitor needs.
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This recorded webinar examines Director's Order 32, which mandates parks take action to promote a sustainable business environment for cooperating associations.
In this recorded session you will explore how to make good, ethical decisions as federal employees while working with NPS partners.
Overview Are you interested in learning more about the National Park Service’s Cooperating Associations, including understanding this important partnership; its history, role, and function; and the application of Director’s Order (DO) 32 and Reference Manual (RM) 32? This is the first webinar in a series of planned webinars focused on important topics in Cooperating Associations
Do you have questions about Cooperating Associations and Partnerships? Access a list of regional coordinators here.
Led by people with disabilities who are directly impacted by the issues a post-pandemic world raises, learn how to provide an accessible & inclusive experience to your visitors and coworkers.
Learn how your content team can leverage two new features coming to the CLP - Interactive Learning Activities and the User Journal - to further your program goals.
This post provides guidance and best practices on how to create & maintain accessible content as required in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Learn more about available tools and practices to identify, capture, and transfer knowledge among employees.
In this video, you'll learn practical tips on how introverts can harness their strengths and overcome the challenges they face when presenting.
The Trainer Toolbox Summary provides training tools and resources that any trainer or presenter can use to create and/or improve their course content.
In this learning activity, you will learn how planning is essential to everything the NPS does; explore the planning framework; and have access to examples of different plans.
Learn more about KSAs - what they are and how they relate to the hiring process.
This document supports the Digital Individual Development Plan Pilot and provides a step by step process to help you write IDP Learning Objectives.
Learn about writing for the web, including tips on writing clearly and simply, improving search engine optimization and creating content users will read.
These guides for supervisors and employees cover types of harassment, protections and what to do if you are a victim of or witness workplace harassment.
NPSNext invites conversation and collaboration. To effectively solve problems and leverage opportunities you need all staff to contribute. Depending on the size of your park/unit you may need to reach out beyond the planning workshop to gather ideas and actions.
Now that you’ve had the powerful conversations with the people who work in your program or park, it’s time to distill it all down to a vision. In this phase of the process, you’ll compile and edit the shared values and key actions that rose to the surface during the workshops. You’ll also begin the work of communicating these new commitments.
A plan is only as good as its execution. Sustaining your NPSNext vision will mean building structures and processes that let your staff check in, keep each other honest, and celebrate success.
Strategic planning can offer renewed focus and a chance to chart a new path. During uncertain times it can feel hard to set aside the time to reflect and plan. It is precisely these times when intentional action is most needed to focus energy and effort.