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 Parks as 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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Inspiring The Next Generation Success Stories

Big Bend National Park was recently awarded an Impact Grant allowing the park to purchase and install needed roadside... read more

Big Bend National Park Impact Grant

Acadia National Park is currently working to complete a public demonstration project to replace outdoor lighting at... read more

Acadia National Park Impact 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

Through the Untold Stories project, in partnership with WETA and Florentine Films and with generous support from the Haas... read more

Mount Rushmore National Memorial America's Best Idea

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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