$375,100 awarded to 18 projects across the country that promote stewardship, access to outdoor recreation and connect people to the outdoors

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2023) – The National Park Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), announced today $375,1000 to fund 18 education and outdoor recreation projects through the 2023 NPS Challenge Cost Share Program. Each project connects a local community to a nearby national park, national trail, or wild and scenic river. This year’s group of awardees will engage more than 8,600 participants in active, healthy outdoor recreation and in education initiatives that increase knowledge about our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

“National Park Trust is thrilled to once again partner with the National Park Service and community partners across the country to connect people of all backgrounds and abilities to national parks while engaging the newest generation of outdoor enthusiasts and stewards. The Challenge Cost Share program is a terrific example of an initiative that leverages public and private funds to invest in communities to create sustainable partnerships that benefit parks and people.”

Grace Lee, executive director of National Park Trust

“Partnering with the National Park Trust allows the National Park Service to reach more people and communities through the Challenge Cost Share Program. We appreciate the work of local partner organizations across the nation, who are using their resources and skills to support conservation, recreation and education projects that are meaningful and impactful to their communities.”

Lauren S. Imgrund, NPS associate director for Partnerships and Civic Engagement

A sample of the 2023 projects includes:

  • Removing invasive species and building native plant communities along the Wabash River in George Rogers Clark National Historic Park (IN);
  • Improving six miles of historic trails, upgrading existing trailheads and rehabilitating five backcountry campsites at Zion National Park (UT);
  • Engaging local Hawaiian communities in the “Stars above Haleakala” program to share knowledge of traditional Hawaiian night sky use through partnerships with community-focused solar science groups at Haleakala National Park (HI).

Partnerships are what make these projects possible. The NPS and National Park Trust are providing $375,100 in direct financial support, in addition to the nearly $980,000 pledged in direct and in-kind support from the community and non-profit organizations that partner with local NPS sites. The National Park Trust is administering the program and leveraging additional financial resources to deepen the program’s impact and reach.


Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, National Park Trust’s mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, the Park Trust has acquired many of the missing pieces of our national parks, benefiting 52 national park sites. Our national youth education and family initiatives, including our Buddy Bison Programs and National Kids to Parks Day, serve hundreds of Title I schools annually and cultivate future park stewards. We believe that our public parks, lands, and waters should be cared for, enjoyed by, and preserved by all for current and future generations. Find out more at


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