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 removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in Olympic National Park, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history... read more

Olympic National Park Park Stewards

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

Redwood National and State Parks will increase public awareness and significantly reduce light pollution within the parks... read more

Redwood National Park Impact Grant

This Impact Grant targeted the first phase of a multi-part project to upgrade the availability and reliability of near-... read more

Shenandoah National Park Impact Grant

The Zion National Park Green Fleet Bicycle Project was initiated to encourage using bicycles for short trips within and... read more

Zion National Park Impact Grant