Champions of the Parks: How Companies Make a Difference

Danielle GrieserNPF Blog
Canyonlands National Park

From protecting America’s national parks, to connecting people to all they have to offer, to inspiring the next generation of national park stewards, we could not fulfill our mission without the generous support of our corporate partners. Here are a few examples of projects corporate partners helped support in our national parks in 2018:

Getting Kids Outside

Kids looking at nature at Obed national wild & scenic river
Dawn Kish

Programs that connect young people to the nature, history, and culture of our national parks foster future generations of park lovers. Partners like Disney, Sierra Trading Post, and Hydro Flask are proud to support the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program. So far, the program has brought over half a million kids to national parks, many of them for the first time.

As a premier partner of the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, Union Pacific Railroad also recently announced its support of Open OutDoors for Kids. In a 2018 pledge, the railroad company announced that it would help bring thousands of kids from the 15 states where Union Pacific operates to national parks through the program. This $3 million partnership is doing wonders for the next generation of park lovers!

Educating Outdoors

While students have long been a focus for National Park Foundation grants, we are proud to also support the teachers responsible for educating our youth. For the past three years, Chevron has funded the National Park Service’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program, a summer opportunity for educators to work, and often live, in a national park. Teachers develop lesson plans and curriculum for the park to use during the school year, and take their learnings back to their own schools. They then bring their students and encourage other teachers to do the same.

National parks are dynamic outdoor classrooms, and programs like Teacher-Ranger-Teacher provide opportunities for educators across the country to learn about the rich resources within parks. In 2018, Chevron supported 19 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher positions in California and Washington, D.C.

Rivers & Trails 50th

In 2018, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service commemorated the 50th anniversary of the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers systems. Understanding the importance of national trails and wild & scenic rivers as educational and recreational sources, several National Park Foundation partners supported projects to enhance, protect, and increase access to these important places. Find Your Park Partners Nature Valley and The Coca-Cola Company, with additional support from Bandit Wines, and Niantic, provided nearly a $1 million worth of program and project support for NPS-administered trails and rivers this year!

New National Parks

When the National Park Foundation was founded in December 1967, there were 237 national parks. Fifty years later, there are over 400 national parks within the National Park System. New parks help to broaden the stories told by the National Park Service and enhance educational offerings for visitors of all ages.

However, more parks also require more backing! Some of our newest national parks, including Stonewall National Monument, Pullman National Monument, and Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, received support through the generosity of our corporate partners. Understanding the need to preserve and share these pieces of American history, culture, and nature with the public, corporate partners like American Express, Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation, Union Pacific Railroad Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and Polaris, stepped up to help.

Thank You

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following partners for supporting our mission to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations:

Find Your Park Partners

American Express, Budweiser, HanesBrands, L.L.Bean, Nature Valley, Subaru of America, Inc., Union Pacific Railroad, The Coca-Cola Company


BMW*, The Boeing Company, Hallmark Channel

$100,000 - $499,000

Asset Marketing Services, BNSF Railway, Chevron, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Farberware, GE Lighting*, Giving Fund of Tides Foundation, Harland Clarke, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Niantic, The North Face, Northrop Grumman, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, REI Co-op, The UPS Foundation, Vacation Races

$25,000 - $99,000

Bandit Wines, Brooks Running Company, CamelBak, Celestron, Chaco, Crown Trails Headwear, Eagles Nest Outfitters, ecoStick Sweeteners, Evolve, Free People, Greenvelope, Humble Bundle, Hydro Flask, Marine Layer, Microwave Telemetry*, OARS, Paddywax, Parks Project, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Polaris*, Salesforce, Sierra Trading Post, Stabil Gear, Tailgate Clothing Co., Tango Card, USAopoly, YETI

*Donated all or part in-kind support

All partners are recognized at their commitment level during the 2018 fiscal year ending on September 30, 2018.

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