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

With the support of the American Latino Heritage Fund, the National Park Foundation is working with the National Park... read more

American Latino Theme Study

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

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

Acadia National Park Impact Grant

An Impact Grant allowed the Lakeshore to engage a professional Anishinabe Native American birch bark canoe builder to... read more

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Impact Grant