National Parks Bring History to Life

July 12, 2017Farah AnwarField Notes
– National Park Service

Through our support of the Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) initiative, the National Park Foundation seeks to provide every fourth grader in the country with the opportunity to visit a national park during the school year. We have successfully granted $3.4 million through our transportation funds to 307 federal land and water agency sites.

In the 2016-17 school year, we expanded the initiative to support community-driven programs in nine focus cities, including Baltimore, Houston, and Cleveland.

As part of Baltimore’s implantation of the initiative, students visited Hampton National Historic Site, where they were immersed in place-based educational activities. The youth experienced the mansion through exploration, as well as artifact and document analysis, while building on classroom knowledge.

The field trip to this national park afforded students the opportunity to travel back in time as they experienced what life was like in the late 1700s, just as the Revolutionary War ended. During the field trip, students discussed the connections between cultural, agricultural, and natural history. They also participated in a series of interactive activities, such as exploring an underground ice house.

The EKiP program has seen great success in connecting fourth graders to our federal lands. The park programming brings classroom lessons to life through interactive exploration and raises awareness of our federal lands and waters. By engaging with partners, we hope to continue to amplify the impact of this powerful initiative.

Interested in learning more about EKiP? Check out this infographic about the initiative!

Learn how you can support programs that get students and families outside to experience our national parks in new and unique ways. The National Park System is filled with countless, incredible natural and historical sites; all generations should have the chance to uncover them for themselves!

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