National Park Service


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Published in Weber, Samantha, and David Harmon, eds. 2008. Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 2007 GWS Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites. Hancock, Michigan: The George Wright Society.


National parks throughout the system are encouraged to engage in partnerships that allow us to most effectively fulfill our mission. Research learning centers (RLCs) are directed to increase the amount and effectiveness of research and research education through partner projects. Each RLC has its own unique partnerships; the range includes bringing together organizations with overlapping goals, to collaborating on funding and facilitating science and research education efforts. Four RLCs highlight the scope of collaboration.