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

The landscapes and geological formations of Canyonlands National Park never fail to impress visitors. The park is also... read more

Canyonlands National Park Impact Grant - Motion Cameras

This project reveals untold stories and strengthens a partnership with one of only four African-American owned and... read more

Cuyahoga Valley National Park AAEF

With the help of an America’s Best Idea grant, Grand Teton National Park provided experiential outdoor opportunities for... read more

Grand Teton National Park America’s Best Idea Grant

Working with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, the park delivered climate change education training to... read more

Great Smoky Mountains Park Climate Challenge

In the spring and summer of 2012, Golden Gate National Recreation Area engaged the southeastern neighborhoods of San... read more

America's Best Idea Grant at Golden Gate NRA