333 - Connecting People to Local Waterways Through Restoration and Recreation

Thursday, September 28
9:45 AM–11:00 AM

Location: Room 210

Days: Thursday, 28 September
Track: Conservation
NRPA Three Pillars: Conservation
Session Type: Education Session

Almost all watershed restoration projects have goals that not only include ecological benefits, but also recreational access, community health and well-being. Through these projects, park and recreation agencies are in a unique position to connect people of all backgrounds to their local river or stream through recreation as well as play a role in advancing their local government’s watershed protection goals. This session will highlight tools to engage in this type of work as well as a success story of a park and recreation agency working with multiple partners to meet the goals of their local government’s watershed restoration plan.

CEU Credits: 0.1

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will explain what role park and recreation agencies can play in watershed restoration projects within their community
Participants will recognize strategies to incorporate public recreation opportunities into watershed restoration projects
Participants will identify how to build meaningful partnerships with community groups including citizen science, education, recreation and local based nonprofits to maximize the public impact projects