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

As part of the Park Stewards program, local high school students are contributing to an on-going scientific database that... read more

Badlands National Park Park Stewards

NPF has helped to increase private support to Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks and Big Cypress... read more

South Florida National Parks

At Point Reyes National Seashore, Ticket to Ride funds supported transportation for 10 recently arrived... read more

Bringing Youth to Point Reyes National Seashore

A 2010 Impact Grant allowed Blue Ridge Parkway to conduct an oral histories project that captured an array of diverse... read more

Blue Ridge Parkway Impact Grant

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