(Washington, D.C.) May 16, 2013 – The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced today that it awarded 33 grants totaling $134,371 to National Park Service employees through its Horace M. Albright-Conrad L. Wirth Grant Program. The 2013 grants will support a wide range of innovative projects that give National Park Service employees the opportunity to pursue personal and professional training experiences including digital media training, specialized training in field botany, flight training and more.
“We are proud to fund the diverse and important projects of the Albright-Wirth grant recipients,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “As their non-profit partner, it is imperative to support our National Park Service colleagues as they grow and expand their skills, knowledge and expertise. Their commitment to personal and professional enrichment benefits the entire park system.”
“These recipients and their projects symbolize the true spirit of former Directors Horace M. Albright and Conrad L. Wirth,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “By providing our employees the opportunity to develop career enhancing skills, the National Park Foundation is improving the National Park Service and our workforce alike.”
Since 1987, the Albright-Wirth Grant Program has provided funding for both individual employees and employee groups in all career fields, grade levels and geographic locations who have three cumulative years of National Park Service work experience. The National Park Service, WASO Learning and Development Office, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, administers and funds the program.
Whether it is the Albright-Wirth Grant Program or another National Park Foundation program, it is the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations that allow the National Park Foundation to continue its Congressionally-chartered mission to support and protect America’s treasured national parks. Find out more about the work of the National Park Foundation and how to help at www.nationalparks.org.
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More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places. www.nationalparks.org.