Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day, December 20, 2010

What Works: A Dollar a Day

December 20, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Concessioners in about ten national parks offer guests a chance to make a $1 per night contribution to help fund projects in those parks. The money is deposited with the National Park Foundation and then returned to be spent on park projects selected by the local park or the local park and a local friends group. Guests can choose to drop the contribution at check-out.

Over the past five years, some $1.1 million has been raised -- more than $310,000 last year alone.

Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day is inspired by the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to connect Americans to the outdoors and its IdeaJam blog. ARC’s submissions to the blog can be found if you click here. Additional ideas that have been submitted to IdeaJam can be found in our September 2010 newsletter, which is here.