Visitation and Experiences
- National parks need to create meaningful experiences for visitors to inspire stewardship; and rethink the concept of an appropriate visitor experience with multi-cultural backgrounds in mind.
- Inspiring stewardship is dependent upon meaningful experiences and constructing a more inclusive system.
- Improve NPS cultural literacy to go beyond signs in multiple languages; Conduct research to learn more about values, traditions, and preferences of various diverse communities.
- Reach out to the family vacation planners, mothers in many cases, to highlight positive experiences in national parks. Leverage social networking to share information about visiting and to overcome barriers around safety and security.
- Construct a more inclusive system by increasing awareness of national parks within communities of color; rethink the appropriate visitor experience, some activities practiced by people of color may not be considered appropriate by some of the white population, especially in urban areas; but all parks do not need to be all things to everybody.
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What Do You Think?
Help us shape an action plan for the national parks’ second century. Please let us know whether we captured the right actions from the summit discussions and whether any are missing. Also please indicate which actions are of the highest priority and which actions the group you represent is willing to take on as a priority.
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