Partner Resource Toolkit
Need advice on caring for your Olmsted park or place? In addition to our materials and toolkits, we’ve collected an ever-growing list of resources from Olmsted 200 Founding Partners and other like-minded organizations. Whether you’re looking for funding opportunities, hiring boards or other information, we hope these resources jump-start your search.
The Olmsted Network
Although the Olmsted Network does not currently offer grant support, we aim to identify and amplify funding opportunities that may suit our partners and their ongoing projects. We are also happy to offer our national imprimatur, whenever possible, when you apply for state or federal grants. Please let us know if you would like a letter of endorsement by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Funding considers itself to be the most comprehensive database of financial resources, educational programs and work-training opportunities for historic preservation, cultural resources and the arts.
Obtaining Arboretum Status
The Morton Register of Arboreta is a comprehensive list and database of named arboreta and other public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants. ArbNet offers an Arboretum Accreditation Program that provides standards for the establishment and development of an official or bona fide arboretum.
The National Center for Preservation Technology & Training encourages research and partnerships in the field of historic landscape preservation to improve the technologies available to practitioners. They offer grants through the Preservation Technology and Training program, as well as publications and training.
Save America’s Treasures
The National Park Service administers Save America's Treasures grants in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Equity & Access
Trust for Public Land
TPL’s ParkScore evaluates park access levels for nearly every city and town in the United States. They’ve ranked the 100 most populous U.S. cities by comparing five park categories: equity, access, investment, amenities, and acreage. In 2023, they also released The Common Ground Framework: Building Community Power Through Park and Green Space Engagement.
City Parks Alliance
National Recreation and Parks Association
NRPA has created a resource to support communities in improving health equity through the use of public spaces. Health Equity Framework aims to guide citizens and agencies through self-evaluation and development of actionable plans to improve access, particularly for BIPOC citizens. NRPA also offers a helpful fundraising guide.
The materials in Prevention Institute’s Advocacy Toolkit for Park Equity, Life Expectancy, and Power Building toolkit were designed to support community-based organizations, their members and others who are seeking to secure equitable investments in park infrastructure in disinvested communities.
American Public Health Association
APHA and other organizations have pledged support for the Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities, where you can find ways to work with built environment professionals to build, plan and support healthy, equitable communities. Their conversation guides highlight successful cross-disciplinary collaborations across the county.
The Olmsted Network
The Olmsted Network offers its own advocacy resources. Our advocacy toolkit includes step-by-step guides on forming friends groups, lobbying government officials, writing op-eds and more.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Saving Places offers resources for the preservation of historic spaces. Although the toolkit isn’t designed specifically for landscape preservation, there are several articles that you might find useful as an advocate, including these fundraising tips. They also post grant opportunities here and offer advice on National Register nominations.
National Parks Conservation Association
NPCA's Civic Voice Workshops create new generations of advocates while fostering dialogue around the issues that matter in our parks and communities.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.
State Historic Preservation Offices
Each state has a SHPO charged with administering federal and state preservation programs and laws. They oversee the nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places, conduct surveys of historic resources and provide education, training, and technical assistance to the public in historic preservation matters.
The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation
The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation is an inter-disciplinary professional organization which provides a forum for communication and exchange of information among its members. It is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of historic landscapes in all their variety, from formal gardens and public parks to rural expanses.
Preservation Action is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that serves as a national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. They seek to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government.
American Society of Landscape Architects
ASLA offers a variety of ways to continue your landscape architecture education, including LACES-approved professional development courses. Topics include Professional Practice; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and more.
Landscape Architecture Foundation
Perhaps most known for their Olmsted Scholars Program, LAF also offers research, scholarship and leadership tools. For example, LAF hosts webinars, presentations and workshops to foster dialogue about landscape performance.
Central Park Conservancy
PGMS® School of Grounds Management Certificate Program
The School of Grounds Management Certificate Program was developed to provide goal-oriented education opportunities for professional grounds managers.
Central Park Conservancy
This site includes FAQs, handbooks, and webinars, designed to share the Central Park Conservancy’s experience managing and restoring Central Park and adaptable strategies for urban park managers.
Weed Wrangle is a one-day, area-wide, volunteer effort to help rescue public parks and green spaces from non-native invasive species. Weed Wrangle volunteers learn, practice and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of non-native invasive plants and are encouraged to replant with natives in removal areas. This may be a program you can employ in your park.
Creative Placemaking Guide
Sponsored by City Parks Alliance and the Trust for Public Land, this guide explores how art and cultural expression can invigorate parks and open spaces, deepening a sense of place and inspiring community pride.
Hiring & Recruitment
CPA Job Bank
City Parks Alliance regularly posts jobs for urban park professionals.
Sponsored by the National Council for Preservation Education, PreserveNet targets students and professionals in the historic preservation, landscape architecture and urban planning fields.
NRPA Career Center
The National Recreation and Parks Association Career Center is an online resource for park and recreation professionals. It also offers career development resources.