National Parks Now October 2014

About the Contest:

National Parks Now is a competition inviting multidisciplinary teams of young professionals to develop strategies for reshaping the national parks visitor experience.

As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016, the competition highlights four parks in the Northeast Region as case studies for attracting diverse audiences, telling new stories, and engaging the next generation of visitors at a time of fast- evolving technologies, regional contexts, and audience expectations. The National Parks Now sites tell complex stories about one of the country's densest and most diverse urban regions, containing countless layers of the nation's economic, ecological, and cultural history.

National Parks Now calls on teams to propose a broad range of interventions- new learning tools, hands-on workshops, customizable self- led tours, site-specific leisure and exploration opportunities, digital narratives, short or long-term interactive installations, performance events, outreach and engagement campaigns, for example - to create new experiences that connect these parks to larger, more diverse audiences throughout the region, and develop a model for similar parks nationwide.

National Parks Now October 2014