National Park Foundation Park Steward Eileen Quinn
Park Steward Mission• The National Park Foundation was established to do the following:• Strengthen the connection between the American people and their National Parks by raising private funds• Making strategic grants• Creating innovative partnerships• Increasing public awareness. Photo Taken from www.nationalparks.org
Park Steward Values• Protecting fragile ecosystems and wildlife habitats through conservation programs• Securing tens of thousands of acres of parkland for new parks and existing parks• Supporting trail restoration across the country with programs like Active Trails.• Founding the national Parks as Classrooms program and supporting other youth programs like America’s Best Idea Grants, Electronic Field Trip, First Bloom, Junior Rangers, Park Climate Challenge, and WebRangers.• Preserving our African American History in the national parks• Leading the fundraising effort for the Flight 93 Memorial• Creating unique opportunities for teachers and education professionals to use the parks as teaching tools with programs like Park Teachers and Park Stewards.• Uniting public and private interests in support of our national parks• Restoring the Washington Monument• Creating national volunteer and service to the land programs
Stewards Make a DifferenceVolunteer Stewards are individuals and organizations committed to developing a world-class network of parks and protected areas. They assist with the site management and operation of a number of protected areas throughout the province. Over 270 individual stewards and nearly 60 steward organizations are currently involved in the program.
What It Means to be a Volunteer Steward• Encourage public participation in site management and operations;• Enhance public understanding of, and commitment to, conservation and protected areas programs; and• Foster communication between the public, local government, and Parks and Recreation. Photo Taken from www.nationalparks.org
Steward Duties• Stewards help us monitor conditions at select parks and protected areas.• Stewards have no enforcement responsibility.• Although they do not represent the government legally, their observations alert us to the unique management needs of the sites they care for.• There are two types of stewards: Roving Stewards and Stewards Assigned to Site.• Stewards plan to think ahead.• To problem solve; to explain; to plan are another aspect of the Steward.• To be actively engaged.• Stewards have to gather relevant data.• Stewards must be able to evaluate thinking and learning.• Stewards must be able to offer a solution.
Park Stewards Responsibilities Stewards of the LandRoving Steward Steward assigned to site• Not assigned to specific site • Required to visit their assigned site(s) at least twice per year• Free to move from site to site to monitor, take photos, or install a sign • Observe, record, and report on natural conditions and human• Free to take on special short/long activities, including destruction or term projects alteration, and unauthorized• Use specialized skills and interests to activities; assist other stewards or staff to under • Install and maintain signs along the take special projects. site boundary, • Complete and submit site-inspection forms, which the department uses to update its site database.Most of the county’s trails and terrain are included within four kinds of parks andpreserves: county parks, state parks, the U.S. Forest Service (Cleveland NationalForest) and the Irvine Company.
Inputs• Volunteers to maintain the lands • Conducting breeding surveys natural resources • Installing bird houses• Volunteers to maintain and install • Mapping special features and rare signs around the boundary species• Public education and promotion • Developing comprehensive of the National Park lists(plants, birds, animals, etc.)• Biophysical inventories and other • Organize annual site clean-up research projects • Planning and developing site• Making minor fence repairs improvements(parking lots, trails,• Providing input into site ect.) management plans • Planning and leading educational• Conducting fund raising activates programs• Developing interpretative trails • Designing interpretative and signs brochures
Process What are the specific needs to operate the national park and stay open for all to enjoy?•Site clean ups•Reclamation projects•Install and maintenance of signs alongthe protected boundary•Trail development and parking areas•Public education and promotion•Biophysical inventories and otherresearch projects•Fundraising•Volunteers Photo Taken from www.nationalparks.org
Process• One of the Stewards Programs is an Electronic Field Trip. This is away to generate excitement and volunteers from the students andinstill in them an awareness of the National Parks’ historical relevanceand a passion to support this national treasure.• The program provides high school educators with immersivetraining throughout the summer in a national park, during which theyfamiliarize themselves with their local national park, learning aboutthe park’s mission, resources, and roles and responsibilities of the parkstaff. The teachers then work with their park partners to developservice-learning projects and design educational tools of relevance tothe national parks to be implemented in the upcoming school year.The projects serve to address the needs of the parks, while at thesame time meeting local, state, and national education standards.
OutputsExamples of projects completed by stewards include:• The parks are maintained and cleaned for all visitors• Innovative Technological Electronic Field Trips to generate public interest and awareness• Boundaries are maintained for safety of visitors and the parks’ indigenous natural environment• Trail development and parking areas• Public education and promotion• Protect and maintain natural ecosystems• Brochures to promote fundraising• Brochures that announce public events to provoke interest
Outcomes• Planning and leading educational programs• Developing interpretative trails and signs• Designing brochures• The Steward has explicated the maintenance to students. The Steward is allotted the land and protects it by preserving the natural environment for all plant and animal life.• The benefit is in the qualitative research showing the land is prosperous and thriving dew to the valuable work of the Steward.• The public is more interested in visiting a well maintained park with well developed trails.• The community is enhanced by having vocational training in the National Park so they can be more involved in our National Parks.• Is there a richer appreciation of Nature and history because of this experience?
ModelThe Shuttleworth Foundation takes an unique way toaward funding to particular institutionsThe Shuttleworth Foundation supports brilliance inindividuals and is not focused on past successes.By freeing up 100% of a person’s time to follow theirdream, they will be able to concentrate on the matterat hand; their dream becoming a reality.
Appeal to Shuttelworth Foundation National Park Foundation• Innovative and new ideas • Electronic Field trips through technology • Preserving our natural• To make the world a better resources place through change Stewards’ Impacts are:• Support brilliant individuals • Maintaining the land for the not past successes future• A community working • Thriving ecosystems together will support each • Preservation of natural other and make a social resources change. • Volunteers working for a better tomorrow
Personal Connection Philosophy • The more we expose the thinking, working and practices of our organization and our projects, the better. Exposing this information allows other organizations, project implementers, funders, policy makers, change agents, advocates and academics to learn from what we have done, critically assess, give feedback, and engage with us on the issues and open the door to collaborations. • Openly licensing allows others to replicate, reuse, adapt, improve, adopt, bring to scale, write about, talk about, remix, translate, digitize, redistribute and build upon what wePhoto Taken from www.nationalparks.org have done.
Personal Connection Philosophy• We support individuals through fellowships (rather than project funding) because we believe that great people are the true change agents. They are the champions who believe in the change they want to see in the world. They are the ones who have spent time and effort getting to know the landscape and the network within it, who are invested personally and professionally in the ecosystem. They have the vision, the drive, the passion and the motivation to see the plan through, and they will continue to do so after the fellowship ends. It is an investment in the individual and their vision for their contribution to positive change in the world.• We actively collaborate with others and encourage the same in our fellowships. We believe collaboration strengthens any initiative by sharing ideas and resources, challenging each other to do better and be better and bringing fresh thinking to the table. We do not want to reinvent the wheel and would not want others to do so either. We do not want to compete for resources or the attention of policy makers or beneficiaries. Working together is faster and smarter than working against each other.• We focus on innovation. We believe the implementation of proven ideas is important, but there is a great deal of support for these kinds of initiatives already. We want to give the person with the fresh idea a chance to try it and see if it brings about the positive change they believe it will. Conventional thinking takes a great deal of time and effort to shift and often radical alternatives are needed to bring about change.• We make use of conventional as well as social media to drive messages into a public forum and seed discussions, real time. We believe this helps to propagate ideas and invite interaction and engagement from a broad range of interested individuals and institutions.
Community Need• The community need is to have a place to go and “get back to nature”.• It is important to know what the past represents and how it will affect the future. This land that we have for our National Parks is a treasure that everyone can learn from.• I would take my family to the National Park because I want them to understand that we are here for a short time and as a society, maintaining the Earth is our responsibility.• Together the National Park Service and all Americans Make sure that they are preserved for generations who will follow.• Preservation and the future matter to all in the community because this is your land; we are responsible for the landscapes. Ecosystems, and historical sites—all protected in America’s nearly 400 National Parks.
Get Involved• Become a Volunteer! Do something that will make a difference tomorrow THINK CRITICALLY and ACT CRITICALLY!!!• Join in a hike or plan a family trip. Get back to nature. Take a moment to notice the beauty that surrounds you. How very precious and fragile the world around us is. We are all “Stewards”. We have a responsibility to take care of the world and keep it healthy for the next generation and the next generation and so on.• Search a couple of our local National Parks and see what they have to offer.• Mark Shields, National Park Foundation(202)354-6480, firstname.lastname@example.org • Do something to get yourself involved. Do something to develop students abilities to construct ideas into thinking.• Be apart of something great - The National Park Foundation.