What It Is
Have you ever wondered where you could find the founding documents and legislation that authorized Cooperating Associations as our official interpretive and educational partners? Here you can find all of the founding legislation with our oldest and longest standing partners.
Why It Matters
In 1936, the 74th Congress passed appropriations allowing “under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service….. the giving of educational lectures therein and for the services of field employees in cooperation with such nonprofit scientific and historical societies engaged in educational work in the various parks and monuments… “
In 1946, the 79th Congress made further appropriations for educational lectures for partners engaged in educational work with the National Park Service.
In 1947, delegation of authority was passed from the Secretary of Interior to the Director of the National Park Service to designate nonprofit scientific and historical societies that engage in educational work with the National Park Service. Furthermore in 1966, the delegation of authority was passed to NPS Regional Directors.
Title 54 of the US Code further establishes the partnership authorities surrounding this historic partnership.
For more guidance, check out Directors Order 32 and Resource Manual 32.