Inspiring The Next Generation

How We Help

The national parks serve as some of our nation’s most dynamic classrooms and centers for active learning for all ages. From science to the arts, service learning to teacher training, America’s national parks teach invaluable lessons about our planet, our history, and ourselves. These incredible places, and all that they offer beyond the boundaries of the national parks, are the catalysts for inspiring a new generation of park enthusiasts. The National Park Foundation is dedicated to utilizing these powerful learning environments that can provide in-depth, real-world learning experiences, to nurture a deep connection between the next generation and America's national parks.

The National Park Foundation is:

  • Bringing over 30,000 students to national parks this year through its Ticket To Ride program.
  • Working with teachers in all 50 states to embrace national parks as places of classrooms and centers for active learning.
  • Making a difference, with over $3.5M provided to national parks through education grants and programs in the last three years.

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Programs that Inspire

Inspiring The Next Generation Success Stories

Through an Impact Grant, the park installed a protective fence to prevent deer damage to vegetable crops, and to ensure... read more

Rock Creek Park Impact Grant

This project enabled the interpretive staff and volunteer astronomers of Glacier National Park to expand night sky... read more

Glacier National Park Impact Grant

Grand Teton National Park has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to design and install green roofs on... read more

Grand Teton National Park Impact Grant

Rocky Mountain National Park introduced nearly 70 youth from low income families to the park by providing them with free... read more

Rocky Mountain National Park America's Best Idea Grant

Yellowstone National Park sent staff to improve their crosscut saw maintenance and sharpening skills through the help of... read more

Yellowstone National Park Impact Grant

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