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Project: Community Training Institute

Description: The Community Training Institute for the Protection and Interpretation of our Parks and Watersheds will be a comprehensive interpretive and leadership development program for staff, volunteers, program participants and members of the public. Consolidating training offerings into one comprehensive program is not only more efficient and cost effective but allows for more diversity of offering to a wider audience. Matching funds will support non interpretive training content and the development of a business model that leverages, grant funds, private dollars and participant fees to ensure long term sustainable funding. The MRCA and it’s partner non-profit, Community Nature Connection (CNC), have a history of providing a variety of professional development and training programs for staff members, volunteers and program participants. These programs run the gamut from half day skill-based naturalist training (ornithology, ethnobotany, tracking), day long or weekend sessions (survival skills, restoration, first aid/CPR) to week long certifications such as Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) training and California Naturalists. This professional level of training enhances the quality of visitor services and programs and, for participants, provides knowledge, skills and abilities that carry with them long after a course and create eligibility for a career pipeline in the parks as well as an enhanced visitor experience in the parks. Community Nature Connection will operate this program.

Reference Number: 3810P841941

Implemented By: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Objective: The Community Training Institute for the Protection and Interpretation of our Parks and Watersheds will be a comprehensive interpretive and leadership development program for staff, volunteers, program participants and members of the public. Consolidating training offerings into one comprehensive program is not only more efficient and cost effective but allows for more diversity of offering to a wider audience. Matching funds will support non interpretive training content and the development of a business model that leverages, grant funds, private dollars and participant fees to ensure long term sustainable funding. The MRCA and it’s partner non-profit, Community Nature Connection (CNC), have a history of providing a variety of professional development and training programs for staff members, volunteers and program participants. These programs run the gamut from half day skill-based naturalist training (ornithology, ethnobotany, tracking), day long or weekend sessions (survival skills, restoration, first aid/CPR) to week long certifications such as Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) training and California Naturalists. This professional level of training enhances the quality of visitor services and programs and, for participants, provides knowledge, skills and abilities that carry with them long after a course and create eligibility for a career pipeline in the parks as well as an enhanced visitor experience in the parks. Community Nature Connection will operate this program.

Total Cost: $500,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2021    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles, Ventura

Located In Disadvantaged Community: Unknown

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $500,000.00
Local Contribution11/22/2019$200,000.00
Prop. 84, Upper Los Angeles River Watershed Protection Program11/22/2019$250,831.82
Prop. 84, Santa Monica Bay and Watersheds Program (SMMC)11/22/2019$49,168.18



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