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

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

Through an America’s Best Idea Grant, in partnership with Univision and South Florida National Parks Trust, Everglades... read more

Everglades National Park America's Best Idea Grant

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

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

An Electronic Field Trip to Bryce Canyon National Park explored the park’s unique geological and paleontological... read more

Bryce Canyon National Park Electronic Field Trip