This is a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Schools or Childcare Programs That Operate Their Programs in Parks (commonly known as Forest Schools). These programs:
- Operate outdoors in a nature-based setting.
- Provide a nature-based curriculum.
- May be a roaming program, where students are brought to a location each day.
You need to obtain a license in order to utilize a park to operate your program. In order to obtain a license, you must submit a Request for Proposal as described below.
- Areas You Can Apply to Use
- First-come, first-served after other permitted users including picnics, events, and kids’ camps. You must relocate if others are using the space.
- Use of the following areas is not allowed:
- Athletic Fields
- Performance spaces
- Wedding locations
- Specialty gardens
- Any areas where maintenance staff is working
- Cannot require public to move.
- Activities need to be moved to different areas in order to avoid too much wear in a particular area, particularly lawns.
- Hiking activities must stay on trails.
- Focus should be on environmental stewardship including Leave-No-Trace guidelines and principles:
- These are outdoor park areas to be enjoyed for their natural beauty and nothing should be assembled or constructed in this site (no fairy houses, mud pies, etc.).
- No collection, climbing or damage of trees, shrubs, other plants, animals or other natural resources. No digging is permitted.
- Nothing may be attached to or hung from trees or plants. Any equipment must be free standing.
- Please bag and remove all trash completely out of the park and dispose of it off site. Please bring your own supplies, as they are not provided.
- Any backcountry toileting must be done according to Leave-No-Trace guidelines and principles.
The license is provisional and subject to revocation should these terms be violated or if there are complaints. The license is for utillizing park space only. The license holder is responsible for meeting any local, state, and federal programming requirements.