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Author Zivot, Emily
Title The process of outreach to under-served communities by National Park Service employees
book jacket
Descript 33 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 49-01, page: 0174
Adviser: Elizabeth Baldwin
Thesis (M.S.)--Clemson University, 2010
The National Park Service (NPS) has recognized a need to conduct outreach to people from communities that it recognizes as underserved. This paper offers an examination of outreach programs that were included in a "best practices" database by the NPS. Primary data for this study came from interviews, recorded and transcribed, with two groups of experts: NPS employees who developed or conducted outreach programs and senior managers in the NPS. Unlike traditional park programming, outreach programs are designed with non-visitors in mind. Outreach programs are supported by different rationales, have different goals, employ different methods, and offer different challenges than traditional programming. The following five themes were developed from interview data: (1) The rationale for outreach is often based on a desire to create healthy participants, not just healthy parks; (2) The goal of outreach is to create a sense of community between park employees and people who have not traditionally used parks; (3) Outreach uses methods that provide opportunities for person-to-person instead of person-to-resource connections; (4) Outreach is challenging because it can be a risky, uncomfortable experience for those conducting it; and (5) The way that the national park idea manifests is transformed during the process of outreach. Outreach offers a subtle solution to the "problem" of non-Anglo under participation
School code: 0050
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 49-01
Subject Natural Resource Management
Political Science, Public Administration
Alt Author Clemson University. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
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