The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program and the UNLV Public Lands Institute created this site to serve as a tool for planning professionals and educators to better engage young people in stewardship of natural resources and in conservation and recreation planning.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program implements the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America. RTCA staff provide technical assistance to community groups and local, state, and federal government agencies to conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways. RTCA seeks to engage youth in conservation and recreation planning and project implementation to meaningfully connect them to the natural world and to give them tools as participatory citizens and future stewards of our rivers, trails, and natural areas.
The Public Lands Institute is committed to developing effective solutions for public land management and stewardship that are essential for the protection, multiple use, sustainability, and management of public lands. The Institute works in collaboration with federal, state, and non-profit partners to create new knowledge, advance technology, improve education, and engage the community. The Institute, through its Education about the Environment Strategy, envisions that, in the long term, every resident and visitor will understand, appreciate, and care for Southern Nevada’s environment.