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

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Support Your Parks

Inspiring The Next Generation Success Stories

During the first year’s participation in the Park Stewards Program, underserved high school students from AmeriSchools... read more

Saguaro National Park Park Stewards

With this Impact Grant, Mammoth Cave National Park will reintroduce 150 specimens of rare Kentucky Coffeetrees into... read more

Mammoth Cave National Park Impact Grant

Cabrillo National Monument tells the story of 16th century exploration and preserves the Old Point Loma Lighthouse which... read more

Bringing Kids to Cabrillo National Monument

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

Yosemite National Park America's Best Idea Grant

Thanks to an America’s Best Idea grant, National Mall and Memorial Parks partnered with two after school clubs to... read more

Washington Monument America's Best Idea Grant